I recently experienced the incredible feeling of spending an entire night in the Sahara desert in Morocco.
Arriving at sunset was the highlight for me as it was one of the most beautiful sights I’ve ever seen.
We hired a company specializing in navigating the desert. After our drive from Marrakech to Merzouga in a trip that lasted 2 days, we arrived at the “door of the desert” as it’s known. We were in the middle of nowhere, our companions: sand dunes and camels. And camels were our guides to the middle of Sahara.
We took a ride with these lovely creatures at 6pm, the sun was not high anymore, so it wasn’t very hot. After one hour into the magnificent dunes, where silence spoke louder than words, we stopped to admire the sunset…it was so beautiful! I have never seen anything like it. The dunes form perfect drawings. They have curves that hypnotizes us. When the sun light hit them, every grain of sand turned to gold. And the sun rays painted the sky with shades of orange, pink and red. There was no sound of any kind at that moment.
I was impressed to see a man kneeling down and standing up several times a little farther. He was concentrating in front of a tall dune. I realized he was praying towards Mecca.
To complete the feeling of awe, we kept riding the camels until arriving at our camp. A tent was waiting for us. Nothing else except for the light of the moon that night could be seen. That’s exactly what I expected from a night in the desert…the feeling of the soft sand under my feet and the unbelievable sky full of stars above. Yes, it was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. A night not to be forgotten…
*A big thank you to Monica from Le Touriste Blog for this guest post. Please check out more of her travel experiences here: letouristeblog.com