Special Moments in the Sahara Desert of Morocco
We’ve spent almost 2 weeks in a growing convoy from Ziz Gorge to Zagora on the lead up to Christmas. It’s now time to part company with our new friends, at least for now. We’ve had a wonderful time and here are a few images of some of the special moments in the Sahara Desert we’ve shared with Frank & Sharon, Uwe & Angelica and Christina, Dominic, Mathilda & Toni.
Toni celebrates his first birthday in the Sahara Desert. Not sure he enjoyed being dressed up so much though.
We all love a bit of chocolate and whilst in remote areas of the desert and with miles of off road tracks between you and the next sweet shop, resources are precious. Recognising this, Mathilda and Toni save some for later.
Learning to walk
Toni was told quite clearly that we could not arrive in Zagora until he had taken his first step. Once out of chocolate, he realised this was a serious situation for him, so whilst laughing at us, he finally took is first unaided step.
With 2 children amongst the group, we had the perfect excuse to play ring-a-ring o’roses.
Motorcycle lessons – Sahara style
The Berber nomads all drive mopeds through the desert. This is a little more difficult than it might appear and both Toni and Dominic had a lesson. Toni was a little more advanced in his skills as Dominic needed a chap with a walking stick to guide him.
From collecting water from a remote well to having a hot shower and shave in the wilderness; all sounds like pretty standard overlanding daily chores.
But then Dominic pulls out his secret weapon! Allegedly, it’s for the children.
Off road driving lessons
Talk about being thrown in at the deep end! Uwe had never driven off road before. What better place to learn than in the Sahara. After a couple of false starts, a lesson from Frank and much advice, Uwe did a great job, despite driving a Ford.
Off road driving
From ancient bitumen to fesh fesh, corrugated tracks to mountains, dry lakes to sand dunes, the southern track between Merzouga to Zagora has it all.
The occasional recovery job
It wasn’t just Uwe that needed a helping hand. Was it Graham?
You can’t go the desert without having a lesson from an expert on coffee tasting!
Chance encounters with the locals
Meeting the locals in the desert can provide many wonderful memories.
If it’s peace and quiet you’re looking for, Frank has discovered that his fly net doubles as an invisible cloak. It worked too!
Travelling slowly gives you plenty of time to relax, enjoy the scenery and work out how you’re going to get off that big dune.
The children don’t mind either way though.
Some breathtaking scenery
Driving through the ever changing terrain of the Sahara Desert in Morocco provides some breathtaking scenery. This inevitably leads to some great wild camping locations.
Beautiful sunsets, cosy campfires and the night sky
With a ring around the moon, which none of us had seen before, we woke up the resident rocket scientist for his expert opinion. Whilst Dominic’s knowledge was excellent, and he told us what this phenomenon was, it was a little boring. So the rest of the group have decided that what we were witnessing was the growth of the hole in the ozone layer, created by 4 very thirsty off road vehicles bimbling through the Sahara – far more interesting that it just being clouds!
Thank you to our travelling companions for making these last 2 weeks unforgettable. Safe travels!