One of the things we knew we wanted to do in Morocco was to ride camels through the Saharan Desert.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

We opted to do the 2 hour sunrise ride instead of the overnight adventure. Price-wise the overnight adventure is a better deal. It includes overnight accommodations in a Berber tent, dinner, breakfast and entertainment. Our neighbors did this. The quoted price was $50 each but they got it for $40 each.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

We opted for the sunset ride that cost us $18 each. The kids were all old enough to get their own camel.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

We rode into the desert with a couple guides and our new friends, Alex and Alize as well.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

Even though it was called a 2 hour ride, we only rode the camels for about 20-30 minutes into the sand dunes and the same on the way out. Which ended up a good thing because riding camels for two hour straight would have been hard on our bodies.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

Once we got deeper into the dunes, our camels all sat down and we got the chance to take photos with them while they rested.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

Ava brought her birthday polaroid camera for a couple shots as well.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

Then we climbed up from our camels resting area to the top of the dunes around us.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

Plenty of time to run around and make sand art.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

Dan and our new friend Alex.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

Yeah for family photos.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

And yeah that we didn’t get spit on by camels.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

Dan and me. Parents need photos too.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

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Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

I grew up hearing stories about my grandmother and great grandmother living in the Sahara as refugees during WW2. So I always associated the Sahara with that moment in my family’s history. But here I am now, adding to my family’s story in this beautiful desert.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

These one-humped beauties are actually called dromedaries. There are 3 species of camels and these have the highest population of all three. And look at its footprint in the sand. They have very large feet for keeping them from sinking and for not making any sounds either.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

Say cheese!

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

Climbing more dunes.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

The colors of the desert at sunset are amazing. An unbelievable experience,

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

Shenanigans. This is why we chose to pay for a campground… showers!

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

Especially for the little guy who always gets sand all over his scalp.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

I guess I should mention there are camel turds everywhere on the camels’ path.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

We weren’t the only ones out here for camel rides.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

The sun is about to set and the colors are getting even more intense.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

Time to head back to our camels.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

Ready to get up, camel?

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

Going up and down the dunes was quite the experience. It feels like you could fall off but no one did.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

Thanks for the ride, friends.

Camping with camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco (Erg Chebbi) Drove here with our US plated self built Sprinter 4x4 van.

Thanks for following along,
Marlene


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