When to go: All year round.
Gear to Bring: Shash veil, plenty of water and a camel.
Watch out for: Sandstorms.
Things to view: Sand – lots of it.
The oasis town of Zagora in Morocco’s Draa Valley is less than twenty miles from the edge of the Sahara desert. The spot has been inhabited since time immemorial, and although there’s nothing much of historical interest in the town itself it’s a good base from which to explore the surrounding area.
You can arrange a camel trek into the heart of the Sahara from Zagora, and voyage across the dunes on your ship of the desert. Expeditions can be from 3 hours to seven days, depending on how much time or stamina you have to spare.
Sandstorms can blow up quickly and change the whole atmosphere of the desert. Always go with an experienced guide who knows the area and can give instruction should a storm strike.
When camel riding, it’s a good idea to wear a see-throught veil over your face, known as a shash. The shash helps retain moisture and keep the sand out of your eyes. When the wind blows, the see-through veil can be wrapped across the face, protecting it from the elements.
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