Marrakech to the Sahara – From Bustling Souks to the Tranquility of Desert Dunes

Morocco’s pure magnificence spans from a Mediterranean shoreline within the North by way of scenic mountain landscapes to the empty wilderness of the Sahara within the South; it’s a nation that captivates and conjures up me with its contrasts, color and wealthy cultural heritage.

Marrakech is the right place to start out a Moroccan journey. Framed by the snowy peaks of the Atlas Mountains, with rose-colored ramparts and a thousand 12 months previous palmerie, Marrakech is straight away fascinating.

Discover the colorful souk of Marrakech the place every commerce has its personal space e.g. the steel quarter the place proud artisans craft objects as their forefathers did centuries earlier than them; the dyers quarter the place vibrant skeins of wool dangle drying within the daylight that streams into the slim walkways; the carpet quarter the place home-crafted Moroccan rugs dangle like beautiful work; the jewelry quarter the place glass-fronted home windows glitter with 18ct gold.

Uncover the sights and sounds of Marrakech’s Djemaa El Fna, one of many best squares in Africa and a UNESCO World Heritage web site. Within the afternoon you will notice tooth-pullers, snake charmers, water-sellers, storytellers and scribes. At night time the sq. transforms to a competition environment when a myriad of meals stalls are wheeled in from the alleyways; their tables and benches illuminated by lamplight and wreathed within the smoke of 100 Berber Barbeques.

From Marrakech, journey throughout excessive mountain passes & alongside verdant gorge oases; by way of Berber villages & handed one thousand kasbahs to look at the solar set over the slowly shifting sands of the Sahara. Benefit from the highlights of a journey by way of the Berber Heartlands of Morocco:

The World Heritage Web site of Ait Benhaddou, an enormous cluster of historic ksours (dwellings) and grain shops that stand on a darkish shaft of rock above a reed-strewn river;

The partially renovated Kasbah Taourirt in Ouarzazate;

The valley of One Thousand Kasbahs and a route lined with youngsters promoting garlands of roses in Spring (Rose Valley);

The oasis valley of Dades Gorge with its ruined hilltop kasbahs, valley-floor gardens and the unusual rock formations of the Tamnalt Hills;

The Todra Gorge, the very best gorge in Morocco with 300m sheer cliffs. In summer season the oasis palms are heavy with dates provided on the market, in hand-woven palm baskets, by Berber youngsters;

The spectacular Erg Chebbi Merzouga desert dunes.

Camel trekking in Morocco is, for a lot of, the spotlight of their Tour of Morocco. Take a camel journey into the Erg Chebbi desert dunes to look at the solar set throughout this unbelievable sandscape or camel trek additional, to a desert oasis, and spend the night time in a nomad tented desert bivouac set amongst the palm timber. The desert oases are a preferred vacation spot and, after dinner, camel guides create a festive environment by drumming and singing conventional Berber songs Marrakech Camel Riding.

If one night time within the desert is just not lengthy sufficient, stroll out of the ‘world as you understand it’ and wander within the Sahara together with your camel and a nomad information. I’ve undertaken two prolonged camel treks and I keep in mind on one event, after we stopped for lunch by a properly in a small oasis, wanting throughout the shimmering black desert (hammada) and seeing a whole bunch of camels strolling in direction of us. I watched for hours as litres of water have been raised, bucket-by-bucket, and brown furry bellies visibly expanded to accommodate the huge quantity of fluid wanted to final till the following watering gap. It was a kind of moments in life when time stops and the second is all encompassing.

The desert is a particular place and I by no means tire of strolling within the sand dunes, listening to Gnawa musicians and sipping candy mint tea because the world passes by.

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