So how do I sign up for the night in the desert with the Berbers?
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Oct 16, 2012 6:39 AM Last Post By: LRBZ
Sep 23, 2012 8:00 AM
So how do I sign up for the night in the desert with the Berbers?Hi all,
I'm a 28 year old male first time solo traveller. I'm gonna jump in and do Morocco as my first solo travel adventure in Dec this year.
Some questions I have about my travel plans in Morocco. Will be really grateful if the nice people here can give me some help :)
I intend to start my 10 day Morocco journey from Marrakech and end in Fez.
Roughly my itinerary is going to be like this...
2. Maybe Ouarzazate and Ait Ben Haddou (Or any other recommendations/suggestions?)
3. Stay with the Berbers (And play in the dunes)
4. Maybe one other town or place worth to stay a day or do a day trip
How do I sign up to do the desert trek and spend the night with the Berbers?
- Do I sign up with a tour once I reach Marrakech?
- Or do I travel and explore Ouarzazate and Ait Ben Haddou on my own then make my way to Merzouga and find a company for a desert tour + camp since I am moving north anyway?
Is 10 days enough for what I have in mind?
Is there anywhere I ought to visit that I might have missed?
Does the order of my itinerary make sense or should I rearrange it?
Any recommendations and suggestions are welcomed!
Sep 23, 2012 8:48 AM
1You will probably travel by bus, or? It is good way to go your way from Marrakech to Fes. If you want not to rent a car of course, that would be the best way anyway :)
Ait BenHaddou is worth the visit, the same is worth to see Todra Gorge or Dades, but Dades if you have not car it can be more difficult than Gorge, there you can go by taxi or some local transport.
You not need book some tour in Marrakech for to do camel trek in Erg Chebbi. Go self, you can now search after some accommodation, not for to sleep over there, but they can arrange good camel trek for you. Why I mean you can search after something now is for to save then the time and go directly to your choice than to spend the time with searching after some tour. You not need book it advance, only search and choice this you like most :)
You want to stay 10 days so be careful with to do your itinerary. Travel in Morocco goes slowly, there are big distance between places, so maybe you have not much time for to go to Chefchaouen I think.
Edited by: khamlia
Sep 23, 2012 6:12 PM
2Travel by bus to Merzouga and you will not be allowed to leave alive unless you agree to hire one of those aggressive guys who will meet your bus and insist you go on their tour. Best ask for a recommendation at your hotel rather than giving in to the pressure and hiring one of the bus-meeters.
Sep 24, 2012 12:40 AM
3Be aware that touts often travel on the bus to 'befriend' punters before arrival at Merzouga.
Sep 24, 2012 1:00 AM
4And because those "befriend" it would be good to find some accommodation now so when you are on the bus and some begin friendly talk with you, so you can say directly that you will stay at this and this hotel so they leave you in peace. But actually when I am thinking over so even to book in advance would not be so bad idea, because in such case the staff from hotel will wait on you by the bus station so you skip to be molested of touts waiting on the bus station for to catch the clients.
Sep 24, 2012 2:51 AM
5...... if beset by touts answer in jibberish, I use Gaelic, leaves them baffled.
Best to to wait until you can see the personnel, vehicles and sort out the terms and conditions face to face. This way you have a chance of a better deal and figure out if you want to travel with these guys or not. Judge on body language, personal appearance, demeanour, a gut feeling, make an assessment and then decide.
Take advice from tourists returning from trips if you get a chance, or if you have confidence in your hotel receptionist.
There's a possibility a tout or two has sent you Private Mail by now, they trawl these pages looking for victims, take care and if concerned post details here for advice.
Sep 24, 2012 4:08 AM
6morocotraveller, you have right that it is best to see them personnel, but if you go out from bus and touts are waiting there on the station and yells one over the other so it is a little chaotic and can be difficult to find just the right man, or? And, mostly it is not this man who take them to the desert, so even if just he seems OK so maybe the camel man is some other who is not so OK
And how he can take advice from tourists returning from trips, they come back from sand dunes at morning and are not on the bus station :)
Sep 24, 2012 7:25 AM
Sep 24, 2012 12:41 PM
8yes, I agree, but it is a bit difficult and not so easy to do in practice. As I wrote already, how can you ask other travelers, when you just get off the bus and touts jump on you? And if you go to any accommodation, so they have their own camel men and then you have not much choice. And running from one to another hotel and get in touch with camel men, it takes time as one can use in a different way.
Or should you try to choose a good part of the "screaming" touts who are waiting for clients?
II have experienced once a similar situation, they literally drowned each other over us, so in the end we did so we did leave them and did not made what we wanted to do.
In that case you have to book anything from Marrakech for example, but then you take the tour and rush all the way. And yet, then when you arrive in the desert, you can not choose a camel man. Tours have already agreed with the various camps and thus camel men are already given.
Do you understand what I mean? So how can you solve it?
Edited by: khamlia
Sep 24, 2012 2:46 PM
Sep 24, 2012 11:45 PM
Oct 16, 2012 6:39 AM
Where are you from? I'll be traveling alone in Morocco from 23rd - 31 Dec and I really would like to go to Erg Chigaga and spend a few days trekking in the desert. Are you interested in the Sahara desert?
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