2- ON THE ROAD TO THE SAHARA DESERT

Your hotel will probably organise trips to the Sahara Desert. I went on a 3 days tour, in mini bus, and the price vary from hotel to hotel from 650 to 850 MADirham (65€ to 85€) . Don’t ask me why! Note that the prices may vary according to the season.

It’s totally worth what you pay for.

No worry about organizing it a month in advance, I booked my spot the day before and it seemed pretty normal to them.

It’s 7am, and the driver will pick you up from the hotel.

On the journey, you will go through the High Atlas mountains.

High Atlas Mountain

High Atlas Mountains in January

High Atlas Mountains

High Atlas Mountains

 

High Atlas Mountains

HIgh Atlas Mountains

The High Atlas, range of Mountains spread from East to West and separating the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean part of Morocco. The mountains include Jbel Toubkal, the highest pick in the High Atlas at 4.167m.

3 ski stations can be found in the Mountains. So yes, you can ski in Morocco.

Berber live from architecture in the area and many scientific, mainly French, come frequently to learn the technique or irrigation used by the Berbers.

Next stop we made, was Aït Ben Haddou.

Aït Ben Haddou

Aït Ben Haddou

UNESCO world heritage site since 1987, the village is an example of Eastern clay architecture. Only four families live there but many tourists visit the site, one of the reason being, his famous popularity among film directors.

Movie list shot at Ben Haddou

Movie list shot at Ben Haddou

 

Berber in Ben Haddou

Berber in Ben Haddou

View from Aït Ben Haddou

View from Aït Ben Haddou

Aït Ben Haddou artisan shop

Aït Ben Haddou artisan shop

Panoramic view from Aït Ben Haddou

Panoramic view from Aït Ben Haddou

 

 

 

 

 

Back on the road again, you will stop at a beautiful spot with a fantastic panoramic view of huge rock mountains. (Sorry, I do not know the name)

Panoramic view on Rock Mountains

Panoramic view of Rock Mountains

Rock Mountains

Rock Mountains

 

 

 

We spent the first night in a comfortable hotel.

The next day, back on the road to a Berber valley and village where for many years, they produce carpets by hand.

Berber valley Morocco

Berber valley and village

Berber Village Morocco

Berber village

Original carpet machine

Original carpet machine

 

 

 

 

 

The material use to make the carpets or rugs comes from animal skin like camel or sheep.

Making a carpet or a rug can take between 2 weeks to 6 months.

It is a tradition old of several millennia.

It is for many Berbers family the primary course of income.

Humbling and enriching experience…
Several kilometres further, the nature keeps showing is wander with the Boumalne dades.

Boumalne dades

Boumalne dades

And the Todgha gorge

Togha gorge

View of Togha gorge

Togha gorge

View of Togha gorge

 

 

 

 

 

The Togha gorge is a canyon in the Eastern part of the High Atlas Mountains near Tinerhïr. It is a popular place for rock climber.

 

And now, our final destination, the Sahara Desert...

 

Sahara Desert Camel ride

Sahara Desert Camel ride

Sahara Desert dunes

Sahara Desert dunes

Sahara Desert

Sahara Desert

Group riding camels

Group riding camels

Sunset in the Sahara

Sunset in the Sahara

Sunset in the desert

Sunset in the desert

Sunrise Desert

Sunrise in Sahara Desert

Nomad by the fire

Nomad by the fire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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