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Be prepared for a lot of driving, BUT also to discover some of the most incredible places you’ll see in your lifetime! Our experience was absolutely lovely, and our guide Abdul made sure that even the smallest details were taken care of. I couldn’t recommend this more.
Khalid was the absolute BEST! This tour was definitely a highlight for my friends and I. My two friends and I got paired up with another couple in this small group tour, which really allowed us to experience the sights in a more flexible and intimate setting of a small group tour, rather than some of the big bus tour companies. Khalid, our tour guide, was so knowledgeable and accommodating, always ensuring we were beyond happy. The food, the music, the sights, the sounds, the stories - everything about this tour was incredible. Thank you Khalid!
My wife and I are so happy to have taken this tour. We actually had quite a few stops that I didn't know about and they all turned out to be either beautiful pictures, great opportunities to learn about the locals and culture, or both. We had a fantastic guide and made some good friends along the way. About the guide, Mustapha is such a great person, very dedicated with a sense of humor and just all around fantastic - made a huge impact on our enjoyment of the trip. I will say, the drive back from the desert to Marrakech seemed LONG. But it was worth it. Would definitely do it again!
This trip was fantastic. We experienced some unique places guided by a very knowledgeable and helpful tour-guide Abdul. All places visited were very interesting and well worth seeing. The overnight accommodation, the food and staff were all top notch. This trip is highly recommended.
I would highly recommend this tour! It's a bit of a whirlwind adventure, with the last day being a 'transfer' day all driving. Even with the driving, this tour was well worth it. Our guide Mustapha was very knowledgeable and accommodating and the experience was one-in-a-million. Thanks, Viator!
We easily met at the main square and were welcomed onto our tour by our friendly guide Mustafa and our driver Hassan. The two of us joined to make a party of 10. Our first day was spent crossing the Atlas mountains with plenty of stops for photos along the way. We also stopped at a women's cooperative that produced argon oil products. We were given a short talk on how the oil was extracted, tried some of their delicious samples and were able to buy products from their store. Mustafa was always on hand to offer insights about our locations and Morocco generally as well as answering any questions we had. After crossing the Atlas, we drove through a number of towns along the way, including a stop in the now almost abandoned village used in many films. There was an optional tour of a film studio, however, as no one in the group was particularly interested, we didn't feel pressured into spending money or time here. We stayed overnight in a traditional Moroccan Kasbah overlooking the Rose Valley where we were treated to a -lovely dinner as well as a night of Moroccan music and dancing in which both Mustafa and Hassan enthusiastically participated. After breakfast the next day we continued further into the Sahara stopping for more photos of the surprisingly varied scenery and to choose our complimentary scarf some members of the group also purchased traditional Moroccan dress. We arrived at a hotel on the edge of the sand dunes early evening where we were able to leave any excess luggage we didn't need for a night in the desert. After a quick change we were introduced to our extremely friendly camels for an hour and a half plod in the sand dunes as the sun was setting. Mustafa took an enormous amount of photos on everyone's cameras to make sure our good side and the camel's were captured. Arriving at our camp we were surprised by the standard of the facilities given the location! There were small individual 'rooms' with proper beds and electricity and a separate restaurant area with both indoor and outdoor seating where we were served mint tea aka 'Berber Whiskey' before moving inside for an amazing meal that they managed to prepare in the middle of nowhere - almost as far from Marrakech as the Algerian border! Afterwards we were invited to join the staff for some more singing/drumming, try our hand at sandboarding or just lie down and look at the stars.
The next morning we left the camp early 6am and started our camel ride back to the hotel. Half way through we stopped on a high dune to watch the sunrise and take more photos. We didn't have time for a shower at the hotel so after breakfast we headed back to Marrakech. The drive was long the best part of 12 hours, but the trip is worth the ride with some stops to stretch the legs and have lunch - we arrived back in Marrakech at around 9pm.
Overall I think the trip was a great experience - we had a really lovely group, which I'm sure makes a big difference, and both our guide and our driver were excellent. We'd highly recommend the 3 day tour as well as Mustafa and Hassan, its great value for money and we really felt like we packed a lot into the short trip.
I had a wonderful time on this 3-day tour! I would highly recommend it. We stayed at great places, ate at nice restaurants, and spending the night in the desert was really fun. Thank you!
great experience with excellent guide and thrill a minute driver. 5 star overnight and stop accommodations.
Nothing can ever compare with full moon over Sahara dunes!
We took the Small Group 2-Night Desert Tour from Marrakech in August 2017 with Mustapha as our guide and Mohammed as our driver and it was one of the highlights of our vacation.
The tour, and specifically Mustapha, exceeded our expectations in every possible way. Mustapha was not only knowledgeable but also very compassionate, caring, and understanding. Throughout the tour, his only aim was to ensure the best possible experience for his customers. He maintained a relaxed but timely pace to ensure we are able to visit everything without feeling rushed and even arranged for vegetarian meals to accommodate for our dietary restrictions. The Riad we stayed in for the first night was amazing and the Sahara Desert experience itself was simply beyond words. By the end of this trip he, in fact, was more like a family member than just a tour guide.
Thanks, Mustapha, for the memories that we will cherish for long time to come and not to mention new vobaulary words like yalla yalla!
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Fabulous! Mustapha our guide and Mohammed our driver were extremely polite, welcoming, accommodating and helpful. 5 stars for both of them! Mustapha's knowledge of his country, history and people showed through the love he has for all of these. Yes, as others have said it is a long trip, but I would do it again in a minute. This is not just a trip to the Sahara and back to the city - they try to immerse you as much as they can into the history and culture of their homeland. The Sahara experience was worth every minute. Every person on this trip opened their doors to us, opened their hearts to us and opened our minds. Yalla, yalla! Come on, hurry up - and do it!!
I would highly recommend this tour to anyone! Mohammed was an excellent guide and driver. Driving in Morocco can be nerve-racking, but I felt safe at all times while on the tour. It was great that almost everything was included in the price, with the exception of lunch and souvenirs. This meant we didn't have to worry about how much money to bring or where we could find an ATM. Water bottles were even included in the price, which we found really helpful, so we didn't have to bring a supply of water bottles with us. After traveling in Morocco for a few days figuring out the logistics on our own, this tour was an excellent contrast. Everything was well planned, and we were able to fully relax and enjoy the experience.
Khalid was incredible, everything that came up (sudden rain with our bags on the roof, forgotten items at hotel, etc) he handled so well. Also the roads can be super dodgy but I felt safe in the car the entire time. Perfect english. All tours do similar things but the guide is what sets them apart.
I wish there were 6 stars or more to rate this tour. We absolutely recommend this tour! We traveled for about a month around Morocco and Europe and this was the highlight by far. The bus was so nice and spacious, the tour guides were so fun and kind, the accommodations beyond blew our expectations, and the experiences will last a lifetime and forever be one of our favorite vacations. Do yourself a favor and book this trip!
Great tour we really enjoyed the experience, 2 nights probably not long long enough to get the feel for a truly amazing country with such spectacular scenery.
Our guide Mustapha, has endless knowledge of his wonderful country and made us feel very welcome while showing us as much as he could in the 3 days we were with him.
Thank you we can't wait to go back
Fantastic trip. Our driver, Hassan, was friendly, knowledgeable and great to travel with. They kept us very well supplied with cold bottle water. The tour covers a lot of miles in a short time, but there were enough stops to get out and stretch. The hotel the first night was very nice with a great meal, as was the meal served at camp in the dunes. Lunch stops were to nice restaurants, but cost was not unreasonable.
Only negative is the tents in the desert are like ovens. Too hot for a good night sleep despite the comfortable beds. Would highly recommend bringing a mat or towel and sleep up on the dunes instead.
From top to bottom, this was a fabulous excursion and the highlight of our week long stay in Marrakech. In general, this trip is a great way to see a lot of Morocco in a short time. The trip includes several incredible destinations and stops and you get a lot of bang for your buck. Our guide Mostafa was great: very knowledgeable and friendly, and he took very good care of all of us. Our driver Mehdi was an extremely skilled driver. You need someone excellent to traverse the mountains and deserts! The van was very comfortable. TIP: bring a travel pillow. There are many stops at spectacular views, and stops to get a drink or use the restroom. TIP: bring coins and smaller bills. It is hard to get these at the currency exchange and even the banks! Having smaller coins/bills is very convenient. The walk/hike uphill at Ben Haddou was great but it is very hot so you might want to bring a fan or sun umbrella. The Kasbah at Dades hotel on first night is fabulous. The terrace has one of the best views of our whole trip. The dinner meal was great. We had a vegetarian in our group and he was consistently able to get vegetarian food. The family had two adorable children. TIP: bring small packs of American candy such as skittles or starburst which won't melt which you can give to children you meet on the trip. They loved the candy I gave them making sure their father approved. The rooms were very nice with private bathroom. Day 2 had lots of great stops on the way to Merzouga Desert. I hope you see nomads with their donkeys. One donkey's back pack had live baby goats in it- - their little black heads bobbing around - so cute. The stop at Monkey's Feet was breathtaking. The stop at Todra Gorge was amazing. We took off our shoes to go in the stream. TIP: wear sandels and bring a small towel so you can go in the stream. Believe me you will want to. You will arrive to the hotel at Merzouga to board your camel late in the day, and you will be asked to take only what you need for the overnight. My daughter and I consolidated our stuff into one backpack and left the other backpack at the hotel. The backpack is hitched to the camel's saddle. Of course I read the review that said it was freezing at night in the desert so I packed a lot of layers. But it was very hot - - so if you are going in May or later, you won't need a bunch of clothes to stay warm. To take with you to the desert camp, you only need what you are wearing that day which won't be that dirty b/c there are no strenuous hikes on Day 2, what you will sleep in, your toothbrush, and camera. Bring sandels to wear when going into the bathroom. The trek out on the camels is just amazing. You will get the best photos of your trip, looking great in your scarf which they will tie for you. There are guides who walk with the camels and will take your photos. Hassan was our guide out to the camp. Such a great guy. You will arrive to the camp, and be very impressed with the set up. The tents are in a cluster close together with one shared bathroom. Your tent has two beds, very comfortable. The bathroom has a flushing toilet, and the sink has running water. There is a strenuous hike to the top of the dunes for the sunset but it was late in the day and not too hot. Go barefoot. The sunset is beautiful, and we got to do a bit of sand boarding like snow boarding. After our time on the dunes, we went back to camp and had tea and WATER. You will never appreciate water more than at this moment. They brought us bottle after bottle. We had a fantastic dinner, and then we enjoyed the drum party. There was dancing too. We went out to look at the stars and it was brilliant and peaceful. The beds were comfortable and it was not cold in May. I slept with the door open because we hoped to catch a breeze. This meant I didn't sleep well. If you don't sleep great, don't worry as you can sleep in the van the next day. In the morning, we went up the dunes to watch the sunset. Had a bit of tea at camp, then took the camels back to the hotel. Had great showers and the best breakfast of my trip. They had a buffet and a huge variety - - the scrambled eggs were great along with a tortilla type flat bread. Excellent coffee, juice and fruit. Day 3 is mostly just driving back but there are a few nice stops. This was truly the best excursion for Morocco. Couple other random tips: Hotel: since you will be gone for 3 days/2 nights, you might want to do two separate bookings at your hotel or Riad - - one booking for your stay BEFORE your desert excursion and one booking for your stay after your desert excursion. We kept our extra stuff at the Riad so we did not have to lug it around. Battery pack: If you take photos off your phone or listen to music on your phone, you should get a good battery pack for your phone such as Mophie. I bought an extra battery pack to use at the desert camp.
Aside from long days driving, the tour was superb. Stunning views, good food, and our guide Mustafa was knowledgeable and entertaining.
Excellent tour. I would definitely recommend this to others - the guide and driver were brilliant and very knowledgeable. I got to see a lot of places that I wouldn't have otherwise seen. There is a lot of driving but there are a lot of stops and a lot of different things to see. There's some amazing scenery! The places we stopped for food were really good. I particularly enjoyed the places that we stayed overnight, and the camels were ace. It is worth doing this tour to go to the proper sand dunes and see some proper desert. This tour was the highlight of my trip to morocco
Our guide, Mustapha and the driver, Hasan were wonderful!They made the trip super fun and we enjoyed every minute of it. It was beyond our expectation.Sahara was the highlight of the trip,with the camel rides and bivouac tent to stay overnight,although other places were equally amazing. Recommended!
The trip was amazing!!! Hassan and Mustapha were so lovely and knowledgable, picked up us on time and in a lovely comfortable 4x4! The first day we stopped off through the Atlas Mountains, Ouarzazate and then finally stopped in a hotel located on the top of a hill, although some may find it rustic, it was clean and the local food was delicious. The second day we headed to Sahara, we stopped at the hotel to leave our bags suggest you bring a backpack, as we only had one between us to take into the desert. Camels were friendly, was an amazing experience and the tents were very clean, well lit and overall was amazing someone bought a bottle of wine with them to the desert, which we thought was good idea. I found the trip extra special as its not a clique touristy trip, was really authentic and Mustapha's knowledge was endless. Overall was very enjoyable and was nice to get away from the busy city for a bit, although the car journeys are long about 9hour, 8hour and the last day 12 hours there are loads of breaks, time to stretch, go in shops, take photos etc. Can't wait to go again! Thank you Camel Safaries :
Mustapha is the best guide EVER and this trip is one of the best ones too. From the moment we met he was professional, courteous, very friendly. We stopped along the way to experience Moroccan culture and the food. Amazing experience in Sahara! I booked this small-group tour from Marrakech to Merzouga, and it was definitely the most memorable experience of my Morocco trip. One night in Sahara desert was fantastic, with numerous stars on the sky. Riding Camel was so fun and highly recommended. Not only the expereince in Sahara, but also times in other destinations, eg, Ait Benhaddou, Ouarzazate were so nice. My husband and I really enjoyed this tour, and highly recommend to choose this company for being well taken care of experience. I'll surely choose this company for my next trip to Morocco. A phenomenal experience worth repeating and recommending to anyone looking for an unique experience into Morocco.
Everything was great! My girlfriend and I loved the experience with Camel Safaries. Our driver (Hassan) and our guide (Mustapha) were the best. They were always in a good mood and helpful with anything we needed.
The trip was espectacular, we strongly recommend traveling to Sahara Desert with them.
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