Yalla, yalla!Hurry up, let’s go!We woke up crazy early and enjoyed a delicious traditional Moroccan breakfast. We had those amazing little tortilla pancake things again, except this time they were sweet and you could add preserves or Nutella. We also had olives, cheese, eggs, and with every meal you are offered a traditional mint tea. It’s really tasty and refreshing.With little time to spare we headed for the bus and met up with our group.We continued deeper into the desert as we awaited our sunset camel ride to camp.
By the end of the day we would be just on this side of the border of Algeria!
We made it to a little Berber village and met up with our guide Ali. Ali not only speaks French, Arabic, and Berber, the main languages here on Morocco but he speaks about a dozen other languages. That’s amazing! In fact most people here speak at least a few languages.Here we are checking out the local brick building yard. Still just water, hay, and dirt. It’s kind of amazing!
Ali took us to the local family Berber rug shop. We sat with the family and drank tea and learned about how the rugs were made. They make the rugs out of sheep’s wool as well as camel. And most of the rugs tell a story.
The rugs are adorned with symbols of spiders, farms, the tattoo art the women receive when they are engaged and married, the merging of tribes, and so on. I also learned that the spider is a sacred animal for the Berber women because of it’s web spinning abilities relating to the women who make the rugs. Passed down from grandmother to mother to child.
The colors are all natural derived from things like saffron, indigo, alfalfa, and natural black and white from the sheep. After viewing the rugs Ali took us for a walk around the village.
Then we went to the gorge where the natural spring is located.
Driving through the Desert
It was definitely a long drive out to the camp, but it was beautiful and so different. I loved the fact that all of the sudden you were in this amazing town out in the middle of nothing. I was hesitant to book the trip because of all the driving but the guides keep you engaged and they stop often. And by the time the tour was done I had absolutely no questions bas to wether or not it was worth it. This has been one of the most amazing things we’ve ever done.Last stop before we meet our camels. Another incredible overlook.
You can see some dunes back there now.
The moment we’ve been waiting for.
Liv’s was trying hard to keep her shit together and I must say she did a great job. Me on the other hand I kind of don’t see new/scary things through sometimes, otherwise I probably wouldn’t do them, so for me the camel thing was like holy shit I’m 50 feet in the air and on a camel. Yikes!
For those of you who have never been on a camel let me tell you that it’s not as majestic as one might think. Ha! They never spit but man do they stink!
I was definitely white knuckling it to our first stop. They don’t go fast or anything but they’re a bit wobbly and when you’re on the ridge of a dune it can make you feel a bit uneasy.
But if you just focus on that view it was pretty awesome. After about 45 minutes we stopped at a big dune so we could catch the sunset and do some sand boarding.
Yalla, yalla little camel we’ve got to ride into camp!
We arrived at camp and had our bags waiting for us. They brought us in the dining tent and we all enjoyed some traditional tea. Then it was off to our tent to get ready for dinner.
After a wonderful dinner of Chicken Tagine, rice, and fruit it was time for music around the campfire.
And look we made it to the border!
The perfect end to a perfect day. And now back up at 6 am for our sunrise camel ride back to the bus. At this point it felt like we had been trekking along in the Sahara for weeks, and I live for that feeling when I travel. It was absolutely the best!