Your immersion into life in Sahara begins with an excursion to the Tifilalt Oasis in the Ziz Valley. Our local host accompanies you on a walking tour of his village introducing you to family farmers of this fertile valley, before you enjoy lunch at his family's humble home. In the Holy City of Rissani you visit the Mausoleum of Moulay Ali Sherife, Ksour Abdel Hamid and the Abdel Malik Kasbah before heading into the vast Sahara.
As the day cools and the desert colors intensify, you mount camels at the edge of the dunes. Accompanied by indigenous Touareg nomads in their famous blue-dyed turbans, ride into the Erg Chebbi, a vast expanse of huge, drifting sand dunes. Touregs are truly masters of their domain: Centuries ago, Touregs turned the deadly Saharan sands into a trading route using their ‘ships of the desert’ (camels) to transport goods as varied as dates and gold bullion from the Atlantic coast across Africa to Lake Chad. The sunset changes and deepens the hues of this mystical landscape as your surefooted dromedaries transport you to our deluxe desert encampment for the night. After a cold drink and a delicious dinner, retire on carpets and pillows around the fire under a vast star-lit desert sky to ponder the imponderable, and to marvel at the comfort of your private well-appointed tent with mattress beds, linens, towels, pillows and Berber rugs with en-suite bath including wash basin, mirror, toilet and hot shower facilities. Or, if you prefer not to camp we can arrange for you to stay in a Kasbah hotel on the edge of the desert, in which case you can still enjoy a camel ride at sunset or sunrise. Overnight Deluxe Desert Encampment (or Kasbah hotel) (Drive 3 hrs)