Photographer's Note

The best place to view the Moroccan desert is in the expanse of dunes near the small Berber village of Merzouga.

You can arrange a quick half-day trip into the desert on a camel very easily. We however chose to take camels into the middle of the desert, and spend the night in a tent among the dunes through It was an unforgettable experience. Most tourists that come to Merzouga, and that is not many, come and only see the oasis on the outskirts of the desert, but never get deep into the desert. After about a two hour camel trek with our Berber guide, we were in the heart of the desert and any evidence of civilization had disappeared. It was just our guide, a some tents, and us. Our guide made us a traditional Berber dinner of tajine (a stew with potatoes and chicken) as we climbed the highest dune around to catch the sunset. After a dramatic sunset we descended for some tea and then dinner. Soon it was pitch dark and it was just us sitting by a fire, with nobody else around. Pure silence, no noise but the wind and the fire. The moon was almost full and the way it reflected of the sand it was hard to tell whether it was sand or snow that surrounded us. Just lying there under a blanket of stars completely alone, I can’t think of anything much more romantic. In the morning we woke up in time for the sunset, had some tea, and were back to Erfoud.

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