Luxury Desert Camping in Sahara
If you wish to have a luxury desert camping experience in Sahara, then you should be aware of a few things. Especially if you are booking a tour from Marrakech, you consider that not all desert trips are the same. So, what are the most important things to look for before you book a trip?
Location is everything. The thing to look for is how deep you are in the desert and if there are any other camps nearby. Many camps are located close to the dirt road or village, so be sure to check where exactly the camp of your choice is positioned.
Camps have basic facilities like built kitchen, separate dining tent, a campfire, salons, sun loungers and many relaxing places around the camp where you can relax and enjoy the views.
You will find a big difference between standard and luxury tents. Standard tents are made of black wool and get extremely hot especially in warmer months. Luxury camps are much nicer, all handmade of large white tents to keep you cool during the hot months. In winter time they provide you with special heating. They are also bigger than the standard ones and usually look like a lovely hotel room with king size bed, furniture, carpets and all sorts of decoration. They also have a private bathroom with shower, sink, and toilet right in the tent.
The food in camps is usually very good, no matter if you stay at a luxury or standard camp. There would be a difference in the amount of food that you receive, a broader variety of dishes and how the meals are served but otherwise, you cant go wrong here.
It is also important that the camp offers different activities during your stay. Standard camps provide camel treks and sand surfing while luxury camps usually include much more activities like quad or buggy adventures on the sand dunes, guided walks, picnics in the desert and more.
Very important part of your desert experience is definitely the service. Imagine yourself all alone in the middle of the desert. Well, you have to rely on the staff to make your stay the best it can possibly be.
There are obviously different types of camps that you can choose from. You have the basic standard camp which is very affordable. On average you will spend around €40 per person per night including camel trek, night in a tent with breakfast and dinner. Be aware that if you stay in a standard camp you will have shared facilities as well as bathroom and the tent will probably have just a mattress on the floor.
If you choose to stay in a luxury camp then the price will be much higher but the experience is well worth it. You usually get an all-inclusive program which will include a transportation from your Riad in Marrakech to the desert, night in a luxury tent with a proper bed and a private bathroom, smaller camp with just 5 – 10 tents and included activities on the dunes. The price for the experience would be around €200 per person per night and they might require at least a two-night stay.
I really hope that this article will give you some insights on how to choose a proper camp in the desert and what to be aware of. Luxury desert camping in Sahara is an unforgettable experience, so don’t forget to bring your camera and take some amazing memories back home. One more tip… it can get really cold at night so try to pack a sweater or a jacket for those beautiful evenings in the desert.
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Luxury Desert Camping in Sahara first appeared on Our World Travel Selfies.
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