Sahara Travel Guide

Contemplating and walking through dunes, enjoying a starry sky and sleeping in a tent marks all travelers. But to sum up the Sahara in that experience would be to reduce a whole world to a striking postcard.

sahara desert

Starting with its geographical richness and contrasts, where the ergs or sand landscapes stand out, although its stony counterpoint (hamadas) covers much more surface. Active lakes that attract all kinds of fauna sharing space with other dried up ones and in which no matter how much the view reaches, only mirages can be seen. A microcosm where oases coexist with mountain ranges and gravel plains.

Equally important is its culture, a synthesis of the African and the Berber, and with manifestations in the field of music, dance and writing.

But if there is one thing that stands out, it is its people, accustomed to living in adverse nature with the necessary support from their community, which implies strong values of collaboration, coexistence and generosity, a deep knowledge and love of their environment, great physical and psychological resistance and a concept of time that is far from conventions and linked to the memorable.

Because if the landscape of the dunes is imprinted on the retina, the attitude of the people of the desert settles in the mind.

Learn more about where the Sahara is located and the temperatures in the Sahara.

Practical Information

Sleeping in the desert
Route of 1000 Kasbahs
Erg Chebbi/Merzouga
Erg Chegaga
Ait Ben Haddou

The Climate

The climate of the Sahara is characterized by low rainfall, hot days and cool nights. The biggest differences are in summer, becoming hotter and drier and increasing the thermal contrast between day and night by several degrees, and in winter, with milder temperatures during the day but much colder at night.

In one way or another, and regardless of when you decide to travel, the Sahara is an unpredictable environment in which to take certain precautions, such as wearing sunglasses and sunscreen, comfortable, breathable clothing, a hat and scarf to protect you from the sun and wind, and sturdy, ankle-covering shoes. For the night it is advisable to take some thermal clothing, a hat and sleeping bag.

For more information, as well as the temperatures month by month and a forecast for the next few days, you can consult the following link: Weather in the Sahara.

How to get there

There are multiple ways to access the Sahara, being common to do so from Egypt, Tunisia or Niger, although the most common option is from Morocco.

The most advisable is to leave from Marrakech or Fez, distancing eight hours of road in the first case and ten in the second.

If we make use of the offer of organized excursions from Marrakech the going is done in two days, spending the first day in Boulmane Dades, and the return in only one. Besides enjoying the beauty of the High Atlas dotted with small Berber villages, other places to visit are Aït Ben Haddou, the Valley of the Roses or the Gorges du Todra.

If you start in Fez, both the outward and return journey are made in one day, passing through Ifrane, Azrou or the Ziz Valley.

Other options are the public bus, or hire a private transport service. The second case would have the advantage of being able to make a personalized and more leisurely itinerary, so it would be possible and recommended, for example, to depart from Merzouga to Marrakech in two days.