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Exploring the Sahara

The most famous desert and also largest hot desert in the world is the Sahara. This enormous stretch of sand covers most of North Africa and starts on the western side in Morocco. Despite being only a collection of sand, the Sahara is very interesting and probably a must see when visiting North Africa. The activities to do there are either camel riding or some buggy driving. Both are quite spectacular with the buggy being an adrenaline rush, while the camel takes it at a slower pace, but still gets you moving up and down. Riding a camel is a bit different than riding a horse and you are likely to feel it in your legs after a few hours.

The weather in the Sahara can be extreme with boiling hot temperatures during the day, but then at night it can be freezing cold. However, it is worth spending a night in the desert as it is quite an experience. Just do not forget to bring some extra clothes to cover yourself during the day and night. Because at night there is no light pollution and there are no clouds, you get to see the stars in the sky as you have never seen it before as it is like a bright galaxy projected on the sky. The Sahara is also a very colorful place because with the change in the amount of sunshine during the morning and evening, the whole Sahara changes color as well. This color changes from yellow to orange and red. Even when you look into a different direction the sand dunes appear to change color considerably. Also the sky changes its color of blue and you get to see amazing sunsets and sunrises.

Visiting the Sahara on your own can be difficult as getting there with public transportation is not easy, but many tours depart from Marrakesh. These tours include stops at other places such as Ait Benhaddou or take you through some scenic countryside. Depending on how many days the tours last for, they take you either to Merzouga or Zagora. What is an amazing sight is to see where the Sahara actually starts and you see an change in landscape from barren scrub to proper sand stretches in only a couple of meters. 


Sahara travel photo gallery

 
Place where the Sahara desert starts.

The point where the Sahara desert starts.

 
Camel tracks in a sand dune.

Camel tracks in a sand dune.

 
Conversion from barred scrub to sand dunes.

Transition from barred scrub to sand dunes.


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Last tree standing in the Sahara desert.

Last tree standing at the start of the desert.

 
Camels walking into the Sahara.

Walking camels.

 



Sahara sunset.

Sunset.

 
Man standing on a sand dune during the sunset in the Sahara.

Man standing on a sand dune during the sunset.

 
Some grass growing in the desert.

Some grass growing in between the sand.

 
Buggy tracks in the desert.

Buggy tracks.

 



Sahara with the sun rising slowly.

The sun rising slowly.

 
Moon rising above the desert.

Moon rising.

 
The red colored Sahara desert during sunrise.

The red colored desert during sunrise.

 
Western Sahara, Morocco.

Western Sahara.

 
Campsite in the Sahara desert, Morocco.

Campsite in the Sahara desert, Morocco.

 
Sand dunes of the Sahara.

Sand dunes in the evening.

 
Sun rising above the desert, Morocco.

Sun rising above the desert.

 
Sahara Sand dunes.

Sand dunes.

 
Yellow and red sand dunes against a blue sky.

Yellow and red sand dunes against a blue sky.

 
Tracks of buggies and camels in the Sahara sand dunes.

Tracks of buggies and camels in the sand dunes.

 
Sahara sunrise, Morocco.

Sahara sunrise.

 
Amazing color red of the Moroccan Sahara.

Amazing color red.

 
Sand dune shadows during sunrise.

Sand dune shadows during sunrise.

 
Different colors of the Sahara.

Different colors of the sand.

 
Sahara early in the morning.

Early in the morning.

 
Yellow sand of the Sahara desert, Morocco.

Yellow sand.

 
Sahara sand dunes.

Sand dunes.

 
Sahara scenery.

Scenery.

 
Bright sun in the Sahara.

Bright sun.

 
Bright yellow sand of the Sahara desert.

Bright yellow sand of the desert.

 
Amazing desert colors.

Amazing colors.