I thought of booking the desert safari after reaching Merzouga as I had read many blogs which said, online booking is very expensive. A travel tip to remember always, is to try to negotiate the price of the desert safari instead of agreeing to the quoted price. You can also compare prices with other dealers in the town to know the average price.
Different packages have different price slabs, I chose the basic one which included the camel ride and overnight camping in the middle of the desert. I went with the package that my hotel owner was selling as he was giving the best price.
It was afternoon by now, I had a quick snack for lunch and geared myself up for the desert safari. A group of travelers from various countries had already gathered at the pick up point. As I saw them I knew this trip would be great fun as I would get to know new people and hear their story.
There were two siblings, a father and son duo from the USA. There were a bunch of students from South Korea and Japan, studying in Europe on a holiday break in Morocco. A girl from Portugal and her Canadian boyfriend.
After the shy introduction to each other, we mounted our camels and started the journey towards the evening. The camels were strapped with all the necessary food supply for the night and we were accompanied by the guides who were none other than men from the Berber tribe, very typical of North Africa.
Once the camel starts treading in the fine soft sand and as you move further deep into the desert, the sand dunes seem to grow bigger. As the sun sets, the sky turns reddish yellow. I was so engrossed by the sheer beauty of the landscape, I noticed that the town from where we had started had disappeared into the horizon.
The camel ride felt great, your body moving in rhythm to the camel’s movement. Very different and fun to do, you might feel like your back is going to snap any moment though if you are not used to this kind of a ride. Oh and not to forget, if you are busy clicking pictures and for a moment let go of the wooden handle in front of from your grip, chances are you will fall and end up at the camel’s feet, smack on your face.