What It’s Like To Spend The Night In The Sahara Desert

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What it’s like to spend the night in the Sahara Desert.

Amazing, need I say more?

I recently spent the night in the Sahara Desert under a kabillion stars on a 3-Day Merzouga Desert Tour with KKday. KKday is a worldwide tour booking engine and can arrange this trip and more in Morocco for you.

*This post on my 3-day Merzouga Desert Experience is in partnership with KKday, and of course all opinions are my own. KKday connects travelers with local tour and activity operators in over 170 cities! And PS: This post does contain some affiliate links. The income generated from affiliate sales go toward the costs of running this website.

If you’re planning a trip to Morocco and want a magical Sahara experience, then a Merzouga tour to spend the night in the Sahara is perfect for you!

First, get dressed up by local nomads.

The local Berber men will show you how to wrap your scarves for optimal sand and sun protection. The traditional scarf worn by the Berber either draped on shoulders or wrapped into a turban is called the keffiyah.

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Ready to experience the desert without sand everywhere!

Next hop up on your trusty steed for your sunset ride to camp.

Get ready, and maybe stretch out your legs before you hop on! You’ll likely be a little sore from using your legs to help balance yourself.

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Arrive to home-sweet-home for the night, your Berber-style desert camp.

These camps can range from basic, simple Berber-style desert camps to all-out luxury. We chose to go the more traditional route.

Welcome to camp!

Have a hot meal inside the tent dining room.

Get ready for a bubbling Tagine, a big bowl of Harira soup and a big glass of Moroccan whiskey (that’s mint tea).

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Tagine!

Now head out to the bonfire after dinner.

Stay warm under the starry open Saharan sky and listen to traditional Berber songs.

Now, throw on your warm clothes, it’s time to go stargazing in the Sahara!

For many of my group they had never seen the Milky Way with the naked eye before. Not to mention we saw countless shooting stars.

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Then the camels got brought into the picture.

Our guides saw a couple of us out taking pictures of the stars and came over and asked if we wanted to get some shots with the camels. Uhhhh heck yes we do! They brought us over to where the camels were resting. Camels make for great models, they hold pretty still for those long exposure shots.

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After an evening of stargazing, go snuggle up in your tent to get some much needed rest…

Because rise and freakin shine.

You’ll be getting up at the crack of dawn. Well, actually… just before the crack of dawn.

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Watch the sky change colors on camelback.

Bob the camel, leading the way!

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Stretch them legs out real quick!

Cause now you’re climbing a monster of a sand dune to watch the sun peek over the horizon.

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The golden hour.

Before you know it, you’re back in Merzouga!

Time to say goodbye to your camels and your local guides.

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