Postcards from Morocco – Day Three, to Erg Chigaga Dunes

Continuing from Day Two, CULT contributor Sofia Tome takes us on a journey through the magical country of Morocco, from Marrakech to the Sahara, in Day Three.

The following morning, we woke up to a true Moroccan breakfast of breads and condiments. Before we knew it, we were back in the cruiser and headed out for the Sahara. Within minutes, it seemed, we were in the middle of nowhere.

For hours and hours, Rasheed drove through the desert – no road, no signs, no map – quite the feat. I can’t begin to imagine how one is able to navigate the vast Sahara. We drove passed camels and nomads and, eventually, found a tree under which to have a picnic. Lucky for us, Khalid and Rasheed were prepared – there was no sign of life for miles and miles.

We wandered on, making a pit stop at the Draa Oasis, and finally arriving at our campsite at the foot of the Erg Chegaga Dunes. It was everything we imagined and more! After a brief rest, we were off to the dunes for an afternoon of desert activities – sandboarding and camel trekking.

Our guides and camp hosts were spectacular, performing Berber music for us, as dinner was prepared, and sharing stories about life in the desert. After a filling meal, we ended the night sitting around an epic bonfire, chatting under what seemed like the entire milkyway. It felt like we had the entire Sahara to ourselves.

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