Erg Chebbi, Morocco
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Camel Trekking in the Moroccan SaharaYou should know before you try it: there’s nothing graceful about getting on a camel.
It sits on the ground, you clamber on, it gawkily straightens its gangly legs and lurches forward across the sand, guided by colorfully turbaned handlers across the sand. After a while you do get the hang of the rhythm, and you and your camel settle into a pattern, and you make your tracks in the gold dust.
A group of camel handlers met us at the back door of Auberge Yasmina, a 20-room property at the foot of the Erg Chebbi dunes. Incredibly pleasant in the winter, I'd still like to go back to visit in the warmer months to hang by the desert-surrounded pool, sand board and star-gaze with no light pollution. The food here is consistent with the rest of Morocco, offering tagines, harira, couscous, etc. A lovely place to stay and a wonderful base for exploring the desert with a sunset camel ride!