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Desert trip "Morocco"

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1. Posted by polly-sam (Budding Member 6 posts) 7y

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[b]Hi there !
We (Husband; I and 2 kids aged 7 & 13) are off to Morocco after 1 week ; and looking to do a desert trip include camel ride; Our main destiantion is Marrakesh, but the kids want to experience the desert.

I need help to sort this out:

Which one of both Ergs worthwhile?? Chebbi or Chigaga ??
Which company would you reccemmend to go with?
Is riding a camel for 1/2h uncomfortable??

Thanks

Polly

2. Posted by timsaah (Inactive 6 posts) 7y

Hi,

A sahara deset trip to either Ergs requires 3 nights. if you have such time to spare , then you'd rather head to Erg Chebbi, which is more interesting and the drive there is scenic from A t Z.
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3. Posted by USAFAN (Budding Member 21 posts) 7y

Definetly go to Erg Chebbi; I won't drive this whole way in 1 day; Your kids might enjoy this trip if you break the way at each; 4days-nights .
I rode a camel for 1h:20mn it's really comfortable;
My suggestion :
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happy trip

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4. Posted by markwillen (Budding Member 78 posts) 7y

Erg Chegaga is marvelous and fascinating, but remote. I have taken children there (youngest so far was 7, not counting my daughter at 3 months...), but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it.

Erg Chebbi has much more flexibility. You are never very far from your auberge, there are swimming pools, quad bikes, shopping, air conditioning...

I encourage people to break the journey. Ouzarzate or Skoura are the best options for you, and you can vary the route by going via Nkob and returning via Skoura - or vice versa.

Some people find camels very uncomfortable! In my experience it's the boys who dislike it most. 'Tourist' saddles are positioned over the hump, in a position traditionally used for baggage or your wife's (or wives) palaquin - though a palaquin was pretty flat. The saddles are very broad. Some people find them perfectly comfortable.

A real nomad saddle sits further forward, on the camels 'shoulders', is much narrower, and gives much more control - possibly not a good thing!

Distances at Erg Chebbi aren't great, so you always have the option to get off and walk.

If all of this sounds like it's too far and too difficult, there are 'desert' camps around Marrakech that have camels, tents and all or more of the fun without the distance. You don't get any sand or dunes, but it's a fun evening and you avoid an 18 hour round trip.

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6. Posted by theshadow (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

Hi there,
Polly-sam ; I'm looking to do a desert trip also, we are 8people(students from Lisbon) we'll be landing in Marrakesh on June 15th , how was your experience?? which one of the Ergs you went to?? How long does it take from Marrakesh to desert??
(I'll pm you some questions)

Thanks!

7. Posted by polly-sam (Budding Member 6 posts) 7y

I've sent you a private message days ago, so I hope you get it. Thanks to everyone who helped us to plan our stay, specialy USAFAN ; all your Private messages and posts were helpful & appreciated .

A big thank you from Polly & Sam's Family

8. Posted by B.Room8 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

I and my room8 are backpacking to Morocco, for 9days , the plan is to start from south spain to Fes, here we would like to join a 3day or 4day trip to the desert, then to Marrakesh, but we likely will stop at Ouarzazate and travel to Marrakesh via asni, so we can trek and hike for a day or two.

Q::)
1-is it possible to fit all this activities in 9days? if not! then we may just end the trip in Marrakesh and skip the [1-2day hike]
2-Which company have you used for the desert trip??
3-Temp during mid Oct?

Thanks

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