Here is a checklist of things you need to know and things you will need to bring or buy for the trek:
- The Sahara camel treks run from October to April.
- Please allow 1 day for travel to reach the desert from the start point and 1 day to return.
- All our camel tours are full board and based on bivouac tents for two people. Tents and bedding with plenty of blankets are provided.
- Daily trekking time is approximately five or six hours with plenty of rest stops and a long break for lunch in the shade.
What to Wear
A long cotton scarf to wrap around your head is recommended if it is windy and the sand is blowing. You can buy a traditional Moroccan scarf for about 50-100 dirhams (depending on size) They do a great job keeping sand out of your hair, nose and eyes. It is more comfortable to wear longer pants when riding on camels. Between November and April, the desert can be very cold at night, so bring warm clothing for this time of year: sweater and jacket, hat and gloves; and in December, January and February particularly, you’ll also need warm socks, long pants and a warm coat.
What to bring
Make sure your bag is lightweight, tough and resistant; your main bag will be carried by camel. You will also need a smaller backpack for your daily trekking needs:
- Lightweight breathable T-shirts and shirts with long sleeves (to avoid sunburn).
- Lightweight pants and walking shorts.
- Walking shoes or trainers with sturdy soles.
- Sandals (when you’re not in the desert).
- Hat to protect you from the sun.
- Fleece, gloves, windbreaker, warm hat, warm socks, trousers and nightwear (It is hot during the day but can be freezing at night).
- Ski mask (against possible sandstorms).
- Sunscreen (at least SPF 15).
- Head lamp or flashlight.
- Toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Lighter or matches.
- Toilet paper (which you can buy in Morocco).
- Rubbish bag.
- ZipLock-type baggies (useful for everything).
- Bottled water (minimum 1.5 litres).
- Medical supplies: Prescription drugs, painkillers, bandages, and plasters of different sizes, topical disinfectant, eyedrops, sunburn lotion, and diarrhea medication.
You must carry a passport valid for at least six months with you. National identity cards are not sufficient.