Camel rides to Merzouga Posted November 12, 2015

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DAY 1 : TAZZARINE – TAGHBALTE

The camel ride starts in Tazzarine. The hotel provides transportation to the departure place. The ride goes over a plain, passing rocks and sand dunes and through the villages Timganine and Seghdrar. We stop to visit the dunes of Taghbalte and drive to an oasis just outside the village Taghbalte
where we overnight.

DAY 2 : TAGHBALTE – HOUDA

We start in the morning through a dry riverbed and along palms and go from one oasis to another. We have the chance to meet Berber families and on the way we learn more about irrigation of the vegetable gardens. We stay just outside the village Houda.

DAY 3 : HOUDA – OUM JRANE

After a few miles we leave the river and take the direction towards Takcha. We leave the village to our left and take a path that takes us to the edge of the mountains and we continue our drive to the dunes of Oum Jrane where we overnight.

DAY 4 : OUM JRANE – BOUKACHBA

We leave the dunes behind us and drive to a large oasis. Goat and camel shepherds let their cattle eat the tamaris bushes. The landscape has a typical Saharan look, on one side sand dunes, on the other side a green stripe of palms and vegetable gardens. Boukachba is a place where the wind deposit all the dead branches of the tamaris. An ideal place for camping and having a campfire at night.

DAY 5 : BOUKACHBA РTAFRAOUTE 

We continue our journey along the oasis. The vegetation changes from tamaris to acacia. In the village of Tafraoute there are a few shops and we can have a drink on a terrace. We sleep just outside the village.

DAY 6 : TAFRAOUTE – OUBAHLOU

We drive along the dunes. Here we see the real Sahara life : the “blue men” of the Sahara and the brown nomad tents close to the wells. We will also camp near a well.

DAY 7 : OUBAHLOU – AFARDOU

The route now leads through the black desert, mainly dunes, black rocks and stones. In several places you can find fossils. Here in the middle of the desert with no light pollution we sleep safely under the stars.

DAY 8 : AFARDOU- LAATROUS

We keep a few stops in the shade of the many tamaris to eat and have som rest. Furhtermore we cross Djebel Filon Famarine and make camp in the peacefull oasis of Laatrous

DAY 9 : LAATROUS – MERZOUGA

We cross Oued Ziz and reach Erg Chebbie, known as the sea of sand. We enjoy the colourful pink dunes. We camp in the dunes and enjoy the magnificent sunset on the crest of a dune. Here we take leave of the camels, the guide and the camel drivers. If desired we can arrange transportation to your next destination.

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