Ask anyone who has been to Marrakech and they will tell you about the hustle and bustle of the city, the fantastic amalgamation of sights, sounds and smells. The vibrant colours and lively atmosphere as you pass through the souks, perusing spices, textiles and pottery. Morocco’s ‘Red City’ as it is often known due to the colour of the walls that surround the old town, is a hive of activity with a juxtaposition of old and new. It is a great city to visit but can be a bit of a sensory overload!
Life in the desert is different. There is a calm; a tranquil silence that is only disturb by the sound of scarab beetles or a camel’s call. It doesn’t take too long before you begin to feel a disconnect from the often stressful modern world and start to reconnect with the natural landscape, a landscape that has existed for millions of years. To stand on this ancient ground and watch the sun set over the dunes is high on many people’s Bucket Lists and it’s easy to understand why! These are just some of the reasons why we love going to the Sahara Desert.
In the desert you will meet the Tuareg, Berber people who lead a traditionally nomadic lifestyle. They are very welcoming people who are a fountain of knowledge when it comes to life in the desert. Their navigational skills are incredible, using the stars at night and natural landmarks (that are often missed by the untrained eye) throughout the day to navigate through the desert. For the survivalists - they can tell you what you can and can't eat in the desert (Tip: It’s never the plant you think you would be able to eat!) and how to find water. Their culture is fascinating and their songs and stories have been passed down from their ancestors who have lived in the world’s largest, hottest desert for a great length of time.
Our Sahara Trek is an ideal trip for those who are looking for a short adventure and a break from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Although trekking over large dunes in the heat of the desert can be challenging the views from the top are worth it. At night you will stay in a beautiful desert camp where you will enjoy amazing traditional food, Berber music and a great atmosphere whilst surrounded by the spectacular Saharan night sky. Whether you choose to take part in the challenge to raise money for a charity of your choice or to tick the Sahara Desert off your Bucket List, this will be an experience you never forget!
For more information about our Sahara Desert Trek (3rd-8th February 2019) click here