Join a camel caravan and spend the night in the Sahara dunes. Watch the sunset bathe panoramic views in shadow and colour. Relax under the palms at Oasis Obira while you watch the stars come out. Drum with Berber guides around the campfire. Brave the early morning to watch the glorious desert sunrise before making the homeward journey.
Riding a camel into the desert dunes is a fun and surprisingly relaxing experience, but there are a few useful tips to remember. Be sure to hold on tight when the camel stands up or kneels down, as it's a bumpy ride. Don’t hesitate to sway with the natural movement of the camel’s walk either - this will help ease discomfort and stiffness. Camels can be stubborn animals, but don’t worry - the camel guides know each one by name and understand their behaviour. You are in good hands!
The sight of oasis palms in the desert after a journey through the dunes is a truly precious moment. Oasis Obira, known for its Berber authenticity, feels like a personal paradise in the sea of sand. Mustafa will welcome you to his outdoor “salon” with the usual pot of Moroccan tea and a smile. Relax after your journey while your guides prepare a delicious tagine for you, right there in the desert! As usual, tagines are traditionally made with meat, but vegetarian and vegan options are available. (Pro tip: Moroccan cooking can involve a lot of sugar. If you prefer to eat without it, please specify this to your guide beforehand!)
For the truly adventurous, a hike to the top of the large dune overshadowing Oasis Obira will be vastly rewarded with a truly mind-blowing sunset (or sunrise!) view. Bear in mind, this climb is more difficult than it looks, so a reasonable level of fitness is required. Also, don’t forget your scarf - It can get pretty windy up there! If this is not for you, don’t worry, there are several more accessible sweet spots to enjoy the golden glow. For the lover of music, perhaps the most magical part of the evening will be the lighting of the campfire as your Berber guides gather around with their djembes to chant and drum. Don’t be afraid to have a go, they are more than happy to share their musical wisdom, and it’s a lot of fun!
Tents will be provided, but it is possible to sleep under the stars if you wish. Wake up early to catch the breathtaking sunrise over the desert dunes before the morning return journey to beat the hot sun. A night in the desert is a night to remember and is sure to be a highlight of your Moroccan visit!