Camel ride in the Sahara - Cliché? No. Iconic? Yes.
It's a classic.
Drive 5 hours to the dunes of Merzouga, check in one of the hotels there, hop on a camel, ride, enjoy sunset, drink mint tea and go to sleep.
Been there, done that. Boring!
But is it, really? Can such a fabulous thing become so overrated that people would overlook it? Despite what a lot of travelers seem to think, riding a camel in the Sahara desert never gets old, for it's a magical moment every, single, time.
The simple act of riding a camel is exhilarating enough on its own - pair that with a gorgeous, unobstructed sunset in the company of generous, friendly Berbers, and you have a recipe for an incredible, once-in-your-lifetime type of experience.
At Hotel Yasmina, the camels patiently wait for your company right by the terrace, at the edge of the dunes you'll soon be engulfing into. Berber men help you get on the camel - and trust me, you will need help - and guide you through the ride, stopping only when they found the perfect spot to sit down and enjoy the view. And then it's back to the hotel for a tagine, a starry night and a well-deserved rest.
If you do get to the Sahara desert, don't listen to the pessimistic of this world - indulge your inner tourist, and get ready to experience one of the best hour of your life.