Saturday, March 26, 2016

Camel caravan in the Sahara Desert

Erg Chebbi Dunes of the Merzouga Sahara Desert, Morocco
Camels are the ships of the desert and I had the pleasure of taking on a small cruise, sailing on the sandy waves of Erg Chebbi when visiting Morocco. Dunes of red dust reached far out into the horizon and their soft curves reminded me of a dream I used to have as a child. It seemed surreal as we were standing there at the transition point between flat desert to mighty dunes. I nearly could not grasp the enormity of what was lying ahead of us. We jumped onto the camel train and disappeared into the red sea of sand, distancing ourselves even further from civilisation. The sun was starting to set, casting long shadows across the sand dunes. It was quiet out here. The tranquility of the desert was only abrupted by the unsatisfied roaring of the camels as they were set to work. I love places like this where you can experience absolute silence. My mind automatically detaches from the normal stream of thoughts running through my head and my attention becomes solely focused on the moment.

Just before darkness took over we arrived at the berber camp hidden in the depths of the Erg Chebbi. The dunes towered up around us, encircling a small village of Bedouin-styled tents lined with colorful rugs. Beats resonating from Berber drums filled the air as we settled ourselves around the camp fire. Only guided by the light shimmering down from the full moon, part of the group decided to take on the challenge to rise at the top of the elephantine dune. I stayed put and watched the dark sky slowly being sprinkled with stars, while contemplating the magnificence of this enormous sea of sand.

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Watching the sunset in the Erg Chebbi Dunes located next to Auberge Café du Sud
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Obrigada to Joao Cajuda who organized this tour in partnership with Marrocos.com.
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