I want a Sahara experience…
I am 27 years old and a solo female traveler currently living in Senegal and I’m getting a major itch to see the Sahara. Anyone have any experience with tours or companies or options for solo travelers to see/drive/camp/trek the desert? Also any tips on when to go?
Thanks in advance.
Well my own experience was an independent one, I have been camping in the sahara and was the expedition medic for a charity expedition a few years back, so I cant offer any personal recommendation, but I do know intrepid travel are an established company that offer a variety of experiences such as this one www.intrepidtravel.com/uk/tunisia/sah....
If you can get a cheap flight to Morrocco I know there are dozens of independent tour operators all offering a variety of tours there too, again I cant personally recommend any of them other than to tell you they are there. Sorry I cant be of more help.
September to November and April to May are the best times to visit IMO as they avoid the extremes of summer and winter.
Laura Pucik Thanks for the info! I'm a nurse, so I imagine being an expedition medic was an awesome experience. I'm just too close to the Sahara out here not to go, but I've wanted to see Morocco anyway, so maybe this'll be my excuse. :)
Michael Huxley It was! Im a nurse myself and its easy enough to do! Very worthwhile. It sounds like morrocco is on the cards then!;-)
The best places to access the Moroccan Sahara (and in which to organise trips) are Merzouga and Zagora, though if you go to the latter it will usually work out cheaper to push on further south to M’Hamid, which is closer to the Sahara proper.
Pretty much all the hotels and auberges in all of these towns will run trips into the desert, but recommended specialist agencies include bestofmerzouga.com (Merzouga), caravane-sud.com (Zagora) and saharaservices.info and zbartravel.com (M’Hamid); the latter also has an office in Ouarzazate.
Although it’s more expensive, a trip to the remote Erg Chigaga dunes, 60km southwest of M’Hamid, is probably the most likely to match your expectations of camping under Saharan skies.
I did a Moroccan Sahara trip with Moroccan Trail and can vouch for them being a great company. Guide was hilarious and had really good English, was reasonably priced too compared to others. This is their website: moroccantrail.com/
Laura Pucik You're actually the second person recently that's mentioned this group! It's encouraging that you've had a good experience with them. Thanks!
Lottie Gross No problem – I hope you get the Sahara fix you're looking for :) if you can, ask for Mustafa as your guide if you go with Moroccan Trails. He was great fun and ended up hanging out with us at the hostel when we returned from the desert!
Another option are Tunisian towns that sit at the fringe
of Sahara desert !!!
For me the 1997 3 day camel trek was a once in lifetime
journey which I organised in Douz which has several
companies selling tours
Mine was day one a short drive to our camel pick up
a ride to overnight tent site that the company had set
up out in the desert—my own bedioun tent and there
was a large community one for food & drinks
Day two breakfast then ride or camels to Ksar Ghilane
An oasis with hot spring pool ,a camping site with food
hall ,a place to buy drinks \,toilets/showers
A short walk to a 5 star hotel
Out across desert a small Roman fort from Carthage
times—we rode our camels out for a sunset
Final day a short 4 wheel drive back to Douz on oil pipe
line gravel road——-thats how mine went and altho $300
i would not have missed a magic journey