So when given the last-minute opportunity to not only go for a camel ride, but to ride to a campsite in the Sahara at sunset, sleep under the stars and ride back at sunrise, I couldn’t say no.
After checking into our hotel, six of us on my tour were picked up by camel to start our adventure. We were sent off by the rest of the group and started our journey into the desert. My hair was wrapped in a pashmina turban to protect my face and hair from the blowing sand. We rode the camels up and down the sand dunes for 1.5 hours, making one stop to get off the camels, run up the tallest dune to capture the sunset (getting up the dune was a workout – the sand is soft and goes up mid-calf with each step).
When we arrived at the campsite, we were greeted with the Moroccan standard – green tea with mint and sugar – while we sat around a table and relaxed. Dinner was prepared for us at the campsite and was delicious – tomato-based vegetable soup and chicken tagine.
After dinner we sat outside looking at the thousands of stars, trying to make out the constellations, satellites and planets. I even saw a shooting star – only the second time in my life!
I spent the night in a tent, which was very basic, but more ‘glam’ than when I camped in Israel. In other words, I had a mattress on the floor instead of a sleeping bag. I thought it would get very cold overnight but it stayed warm and comfortable.