If you’re in Marrakech, short on time and in need of an escape from the craziness that is the Djemaa el-Fna, look no further than a nice two-day trip out to Zagora. It may not be the amazing Merzouga desert experience that everyone recommends (and which I sadly missed out on), but it’s a wonderful experience nonetheless.
Eight eager travellers and a guide headed out in a van on an overnight road trip to Zagora one fine morning. We were rather quiet at first, but a lovely English guy (thanks, Spencer!) started the ball rolling by introducing himself and his friend, Alex. And we found out the rest of the gang consisted of a couple from Portugal and two girls from Argentina. Add in two Malaysian girls and we were good to go.
Thankfully, there were some very interesting stops along the way – the Atlas Mountain range, Ourzazate and Aït-Benhaddou. These much-needed stops and the melodic music our guide Abdul played in the van made the winding roads a lot more bearable.
Wait a minute! You may be wondering where the photos for Ourzazate are?! To be honest, I did not find it all THAT interesting. Maybe because the film studio wasn’t open for visitors at the time. And we stayed around for only about one to two hours to wander off on our own and re-charge for the rest of the journey. At least, we managed to hang out with the lovely Spencer and Alex and exchanged tales of travelling. That’s always a good thing ;)
Right. Back to the photos then.
Everyone’s packed and ready to head back to the awaiting van. Riding a camel certainly was a fun experience. I honestly think they have a certain charm about them and are full of character. Also, I got to live out my “Lawrence of Arabia-soundtrack-in-my-head” dream.
The entire trip was filled with stunningly scenic landscapes, beautiful Senegalese music, Moroccan mint teas, camels, sand everywhere, good food, a most fantastic sleep, more sand everywhere, a campfire with local Berber music and the most wondrous night sky bursting with stars. And not to forget, a very good bunch of people and some new formed friendships.
I hope to return to Morocco someday to live out a longer desert experience in Merzouga. Until then, these lovely memories of Zagora will do just fine.
This post was part of #MondayEscapes