After a few nights of wild camping at a lake, we headed towards the Saharan Desert. But first lunch.

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

The fake dinosaur and baby camels hooked us in.

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

We all shared a delicious chicken tajin meal, a huge pile of bread and freshly squeezed orange juice.

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

Rugs as bench covers and a soft kitty made this stop even sweeter.

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

Full bellies so now we can head towards the Erg Chebbi sand dunes in Merzouga, Morocco.

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

Getting closer to our destination and feeling excited! The dunes as seen through Luka’s cvan window.

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

Instead of wild camping with no services, we opted to camp at Haven La Chance. It was 50 dirhams (5 euros a night) for a couple but with kids it was 70 dirham (7 euros). With this much sand, it was awesome to have a nice warm showers at the end of the day.

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

First order of business for the kids once we set up the van? Boogie boards 🙂

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

It wasn’t as fast as they hoped it would be but still had fun.

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.

Our spot was perfect. At the base of the dunes where camels pass by every morning and evening. Check out the view from our van’s sliding door. So awesome!

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

The campground is also a hotel with a restaurant and pool. Don’t worry. We rinsed off the boards before taking them into the cold pool. And when I say cold, I mean cold. Kids didn’t last too long in there.

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

We spent our days doing roadschool (or worldschool or homeschool or whatever, haha) and working using their WiFi. Coffees where a 10 dirhams (1 euro) and freshly squeezed OJ was 15 dirhams (1.5 euros).

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

We love our Dometic PLB40 for days like these. Dan can work and power his laptop while not being tethered to the van’s electrical system.

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.

No, we never got tired of seeing camels (actually, they are the one humped species called dromedaries) from our home.

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.

It was in the high 70s during our stay in the Sahara. Nice enough to spend the mornings and evenings outside the van when not at the pool during the mid-day heat.

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

How is this comfortable?!?

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 really liked this corner spot at the campground and ended up staying 4 nights in total.

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.

View out the back of the van.

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

Ava’s drawing of the camels.

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

Perched on top of the nearest dune.

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

For the best view.

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

The campground offered a sunset ride through the desert and we ended up signing up for it. I will do a separate post on the camel ride experience (and of our sunrise walk in the 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.

Thanks for following along on our family’s adventure around the world,
Marlene


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