29 Sept 2020

MY CORONA ARMCHAIR TRAVELS - SUNSET IN THE SAHARA, MOROCCO

The Sahara is extended over several countries, Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Western Sahara, Sudan and Tunisia. It covers 9 million square kilometres (3,500,000 sq mi), amounting to 31% of Africa. 

I have been visiting the Sahara in Tunesia, Egypt, and Morocco. Each hotel where I stayed offered sunset rides on a camel to the Sahara. Here are some pictures of the part in Morocco


We first drove in these jeeps to the point where we met our guides with the camels

One Berber teached us how to put the scarf around our head in a special way so that we were protected against the wind  and the sand  before we climbed on the camel !

In front of their straw houses two little Berber children

The way the families live, all in one huge tent together with the animals. The Berbers are all dressed in blue djeballas with the blue scarfs which sometimes covered the face until the eyes. I once experienced a sandstorm in the Sahara and we had to protect ourselves from the sand in a Berber tent. We had to pull the scarf over our noses to our eyes, the sand stitched like a thousand needles.

The Berbers were very friendly and invited us for a cup of tea

The goats stayed with us near the tend

Although there is nothing but sand and hills covered with sand there are beautiful shades of different colors

Here we are resting with our camels and wait until the sun goes down

I have no idea why I wore a red scarf





and while we were waiting for  the sun to set behind the hills,  there was no sound around us, it was so peaceful, you could hear the Sahara whisper in your ears. A wonderful experience !

 

 

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11 comments:

Andrew said...

You are a very experienced camel rider. Two humps or one? The Sahara is absolutely huge, but deserts don't really interest me although I think Morocco would be very interest and great fun.

Klara said...

a breathe of fresh air. in this stale situation.

molly said...

What an amazing adventure

Molly

DUTA said...

Indeed, a wonderful experience: desert, camels, goats, berbers, scarves!
I like the lovely two berber kids , the various shades of sand color, the resting of camels and riders, and your picture where you look like a top model.

Fun60 said...

Interesting experience.

Tamago said...

The landscape and sunset sky are breathtaking! What a great experience!
You look wonderful in a red scarf :-)

Lea said...

Fascinating! Did not know there was so much variation in the color of the sand - beautiful photo!
The last photo (the camel with its head down on the sand) is my favorite
Hope you are having a good week!

William Kendall said...

It is an incredibly beautiful landscape.

peppylady (Dora) said...

My oldest son and his wife went to Cairo

Lady Fi said...

Wow - gorgeous!

Tanza Erlambang said...

So amazing images....
I wonder where is plant?...how goat eat without grass?

Thank you for sharing beautiful photos and story....