A trip to the desert was at the top of our list when planning our trip to Morocco. After doing extensive research online for a luxury desert camp, Erg Chigaga Luxury Desert Camp checked all the boxes. Run by Nick and Bobo since 2011, we were very pleased with their attention to detail and our experience as a whole. Nick handles all of the reservation details and Bobo runs the camp itself.
EXCURSION PACKAGE INCLUSIONS
The desert adventure is much more than a luxury glamping experience. The adventure package into the desert included private transport in a 4x4 vehicle with a driver, accommodations in Ouarzazate for one night to tour Ait Ben Haddou, a luxury tent at the desert camp, all meals and beverages and a sunset camel ride.
Departure will take place first thing in the morning from Marrakech. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and you will travel through the Altas Mountains for roughly three hours to Ouarzazate where you will spend the night.
The next day you will drive the remaining way into the desert camp with a total travel time of around 4 hours. After stopping for lunch at a resort where the road literally ends, the last hour and a half of the drive will be off-roading through the desert!
A different route will be taken on the way back to Marrakech. It will be a full day of travel with the first 2 1/2 hours off-roading through the desert. Total travel time will be around 8 hours.
It is a long journey to the desert on curvy and sometimes unpaved roads. If you frequently get car sick, this may not be the adventure for you!
AIT BEN HADDOU
Ait Ben Haddou is a fortified Berber village used as the filming back drop for scenes in Gladiator and Game of Thrones and a unique stop on your journey to the desert. The village is very well preserved and still home to families who will graciously give you a tour of their residence.
Plan to spend the afternoon exploring Ait Ben Haddou and make your way to the top of the village to watch the sunset over the desert hills.
Glamping at it’s finest! Each tent features a king size bed, separate sitting area, solar powered outlets and a full bathroom with running water. Let’s not forget the plush bathrooms and slippers available for use. Think luxury hotel room in the desert!
*Tip, keep your luggage to the back of the tent away from the door to help limit accumulation of sand in your bag.
SUNSET CAMEL RIDE
At sunset, a camel ride will be offered to one of the tallest sand dunes near the camp to watch the sunset over the desert. For as far as you could see, rolling golden sand dunes dotted the horizen.
Once the sun dipped behind the dunes, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour before dinner. Blankets and pillows were set up at the bottom of the dune. There is even sand boarding down the dune for those who dare!
(Knowing this was our anniversary, Nick aranged for our own private champagne table as a surprise. We enjoyed the twilight while sipping a beverage and watching the stars begin to fill the sky.)
During the summer months, the desert camps are not open given the scorching tempatures. The shoulder season are the best time to visit. We traveled to the desert camp at the end of October with enjoyable weather. It was hot during the day but very comfortable in the shade. Things drastically cool down at night. You will need the blankets on the bed but in my opinion, cool tempatures make for the best sleeping weather!