Have you ever been fascinated by the desert or the nomadic life of the Berber people? Are you tired of spending your holidays in dull and faceless resorts surrounded by other tourists? If yes, camel trekking in the Sahara desert is an adventure you should not miss out on. Everyone should at least once in their lifetime experience the solitude and quietness of the desert. Silent, endless and unpredictable, the Sahara is a great mystery, and for those of us who come from noisy cities, it is here that we realize how much we need peace and tranquillity. Each year, the Sahara draws thousands of adventurers of all ages from all over the world. Some go there on a spiritual journey to find themselves; others go simply to have fun.
The vast stretch of the Sahara desert covers an area roughly the same as that of the entire European continent. From Morocco in the west to Egypt in the east, this largest desert in the world is home to incredible cultures and civilizations. Beautiful sand dunes of all shapes and sizes adorn the horizon, changing colour according to the position of the sun. There are also the inevitable oases, home to around 75 percent of the Sahara’s population, offering trekkers the opportunity to rest in the shade and taste the local cuisine.
The autumn and winter months, from September to February, are the best time to ride camels in the Sahara due to favourable weather conditions. Camel trekking tours are organized across the region, but the most popular destinations for Western tourists are Morocco and Tunisia. This is largely due to the two countries’ openness and good safety record. Moreover, these countries have developed desert tourism with hotels and other tourist-friendly facilities. The length of the excursions can vary from a simple one-day expedition to a two-week adventure, depending on how much time you have on your hands. One-day outings are normally done by tourists who are not visiting the region solely for the purpose of camel trekking.
Agencies that offer all-inclusive packages dedicated to camel trekking normally organize five-day or one-week tours. The cost of a typical five-day package that includes flight tickets, accommodation in a four-star hotel, local transport, camel guide, gear rental and full-board starts from £ 600 (around € 700) per person. Depending on which country you choose for your camel trekking adventure, a standard itinerary will normally include a night in one of North Africa’s ancient cities, where you can do some quick sightseeing and shopping at the local markets. Once you begin your adventure, you will find that sleeping under the Saharan star-filled sky in a Bedouin tent is an unparalleled experience. Those looking for more luxury, however, can choose one of the many desert hotels that feature all imaginable facilities.
Since the majority of agencies provide experienced local guides, camel trekking in the Sahara is very safe and suitable for people of all ages and from all walks of life. As such, it represents an excellent opportunity for a family adventure, where your children will learn some important lessons in life. Contrary to what people may think, there are no dangerous animals or menacing people in the desert. The locals are well-known for their hospitality and warmth, expecting nothing in return from the wandering traveller. This all adds to the uniqueness of the Sahara experience. The solitude and quiet of the landscape is compensated for by the cordiality of the peoples who roam these lands. Rediscover the purity of the human heart and your place in nature by embarking on an adventure of a lifetime.