Posted By Dorrit, Coen, Sophie, Marlies & Leonie

high on our wishlist was a visit to the desert. Sophie also pointed out the camels in the travel guide. In Morocco the Sahara is accessible. Why not going there...
The next morning we first visited a carpet factory that was initiated by nuns to improve the circumstances of berber women. About 80 local women have a job here and get reasonable prices for their work. Then we drove to the Gorges of Ziz, a dramatic gorge of about 20 kilometers long and 1/2 kilometer wide. Here we spent the night at a campsite in the middle of the gorge. 

In the afternoon we searched for fossiles with Sophie and found some nice ones, the evening we spent with a Moroccan-French family in the restaurant with music and tea.
The next morning we drove to Merzouga, the landscape changed to a sandy dry area with long streched palm tree oases. The houses in the villages we passed were made out of clay with the colours yellow, yellow and yellow. 

After driving a long hot stretch through the dessert with sand blowing over the road in stripes, we saw the sand dunes called Erg Chebbi and we finally reached Merzouga. There were many police checkpoints, probably because we werexonly a 25 kilometers away from the Algerian border. On a wonderful campsite we spent three more than perfect days. The courtyard of the sandcastle was a campsite and, as in the movies, it was full of low palm trees and surrounded by sandstone arcades. Directly behind the campsite the desert started with groups of palm trees, several camels lying around waiting for passengers and sand dunes as far as the eye reached. A huge sandbox for the kids to play in, for us a surreal experience to be in the middle of the Sahara with all its beauty and its cliches. During the hot days we walked through the dunes, we went to the little village to look for local handycraft and we spent much time with a nice Swiss family who were camping with two boys. Evenings the temperature went down so we all had a good sleep. The starry nights were amazing and the sky was so clear one could see milky ways.

 During a camel tour, Sophie could finally sit on the back of a camel. Uphill and downhill we swung straight through the desert towards the great dune. The views were spectacular and the sunset was amazing, changing the colour of the dunes to orange, violet and pink. For all of us a great adventure. 

That evening we had to quickly pack everything together as a sand storm approached but fortunately we could enjoy locals playing traditional music in the bar.

3 Comment(s):
roos said...
Wat een superavontuur beleven jullie. Van t weekend ff skypen als dat lukt. x je zus
April 20, 2012 13:53:12
C. & A. Schär said...
Leute, wir liebe euren Blog - benötigen eine Mail-Adresse für weitere Infos zum Juni-Termin! Lg C. & A.
April 20, 2012 11:45:37
mawil said...
Ha lieverds, Wat een droom van een reis weten jullie waar te maken! Opnieuw reisbeschrijvingen om te bewaren en in de 'verlanglijst' boven aan te zetten.. Maar het allerbelangrijkste vinden wij natuurlijk dat we regelmatig bericht krijgen dat alles goed met jullie is. Waar is de foto van Sophie op een kameel? Blijf genieten, xxxx
April 17, 2012 09:41:04
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