Camels in the Sahara : A Photo Essay

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There’s more than one way to celebrate Hump Day.

Happy Hump Day!

Happy Hump Day!

Today, I want to revel in one of the family friendly ways – with the humpiest of all critters, camels! It’s been a while since I visited Morocco with Intrepid Travel, so why not celebrate making it to midweek with one of the best experiences of the 15 day excursion – camel riding in the Sahara Desert near Erg Chebbi.

If it’s not already on your bucket list, I sure hope this photo essay will encourage you to add it!

You could just wear jeans... but come on. This is THE time to wear that Princess Jasmine getup.

You could just wear jeans… but come on. This is THE time to wear that Princess Jasmine getup.

You may recall late last year, Kirsten Alana and I partnered with Intrepid Travel to give away two trips to Morocco, and then we invited the winners to join us on the adventure in December.

I really couldn’t have asked for a more willing travel partner… I mean, who else would indulge my desire to dress like a movie character for every possible travel scenario? 

Frankly, you don’t HAVE to dress like Princess Jasmine to enjoy a camel ride in the Sahara. But I tell you what, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Wandering through the dunes

Wandering through the dunes

Our camel handlers met us at the back door of Auberge Yasmina, the 20-room property we stayed in for only one quick night. If I could change anything about my trip to Morocco, I would’ve spent more time in the desert – particularly at Auberge Yasmina.

I was there at the cool beginning of winter, but it seems like it would’ve been a perfect place to settle in to do some writing in the warmer months – vegging by the pool, sand boarding, star-gazing, camel riding in the dunes and enjoying consistently spectacular cinnamon-and-saffron sunrises and sunsets.

Sunset in the desert

Sunset in the desert

There’s nothing terribly 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 who are never far off. 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 across the sand.

If not always comfortable, it’s a consistent backward and forward sway.

Camel riding in the Sahara desert

Camel riding in the Sahara

Camel riding in the Sahara desert

I’ve spent less than .000001% of my life in desert climates, so I am beyond fascinated with the vast expanses of gold, red and orange sand.

How does it all stay put?

Why doesn’t the wind pick it all up and carry it away?

How can anything survive here?

I was humming Arabian Nights from Aladdin when this photo was taken. My camel thoroughly enjoyed it.

I was humming Arabian Nights from Aladdin when this photo was taken. My camel thoroughly enjoyed it.

And how about the way the blue sky looks bluer than it’s ever been in contrast with the sand?

Breathtaking.

Sunset in the Sahara

And how to describe the majesty of the sun setting over the dunes?

Too pretty for words. Thank goodness for pictures!

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Camel as table. (Also, how about those cute shoes I got in Fes?!)

Camel as table. (Also, how about those cute shoes I got in Fes?!)

camel riding in sahara

Angie Away Orth Sahara Desert Once the sun slipped below the dunes, we lurched back toward Auberge Yasmina for a dinner of Moroccan staples – pastila, tagine, couscous and harira.

What was truly a banner day in the desert dunes of Morocco has been the perfect Hump Day reminiscence for me. Thanks for coming along for today’s adventure!

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Huge thanks to Intrepid Travel for making the Morocco Experience possible! Opinions and affinity for costumes are my own. 

 

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7 thoughts on “Camels in the Sahara : A Photo Essay

  1. Jennifer

    Love, love, love these photos Angie! You make a great Jasmine! ;) I still have no desire to ever ride a camel again though after my experience in Jordan literally left me scarred.

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  3. Jana Pekova

    You are right that it is so difficult to describe the experience in the Sahara Morocco. The camel ride in the mountains of sand, the sunrise and sunset that makes you feel grateful you are alive. If you are lucky the sky covered by millions of stars. It is difficult to described it in words and the picture do the magic. Thank you for sharing. http://www.your-morocco-tour.com
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