Sunrise and sunset are without doubt the best times to see the dunes, as the changing light on the dunes runs through a huge spectrum of colours, from sandy yellow, through ochre, to deep orange, and verging almost on purple. It is a remarkable sight.
Gold Sand Camp
Gold Sand Camp, Erg Chebbi, Morocco
Following your 4X4 journey through the Erg Chebbi to Merzouga, you can enjoy a camel ride to the top of the dunes to watch the spectacular sunset over the Sahara. You then continue on to your accommodation for the night, Gold Sand Camp, a traditional Arab tented encampment situated not far from the base of the soaring dunes. The Ottoman Empire was the first to elevate the social importance of the humble tent by using it as a royal structure that followed sultans around on their visits and ceremonies. The large white tents, with black detail, have a colourful interior with attractive carpets and cushions, a small table and chairs, and an open front to gather as much of the breeze as possible. A separate tent acts as a dining area, and basic ablution facilities consist of a portaloo and small shower.
On your arrival you are welcomed with a mint tea and Moroccan pastries. Once you have had time to settle in, dinner is served, accompanied by musicians playing traditional Bedouin tunes. Electricity, which is partially solar and run from a generator, is available early on in the evening is then turned off to allow guests to enjoy the wonderful peace of the superb setting; there can be little to compare to a night under the stars in the Sahara Desert. There is also the opportunity to have an early start and return to the dunes to watch the sun rise, before a Berber breakfast back at the camp and your return transfer to Erfoud.
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The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.