As if riding camels into the desert together was not awesome enough in itself, we got to spend a night in a bivouac camp all by ourselves. Although it was rather chilly, I think the benefits of travelling in Morocco during off season are worth it and the family experience of having special moments all to ourselves was simply priceless! At around 3pm we met our guide and our camels at the Yasmina hotel, got all wrapped up in our headscarves to keep the blowing sand at bay and we were up and away. By up and away I mean literally, the camels have to stand up once you get on, and it is hilarious. First they get on their knees, and you lean back a bit, then their butt goes way up and you pitch far forward. Then they get their front legs up and you realize just how high off the ground you are. My 10yr old was on a camel by himself and I could tell he was nervous, but he was a trooper!
We were on the camels for just over an hour, up and down and around the dunes. It was peaceful and tranquil, the closest I can say I’ve been to feeling like I am in another world altogether.
Once we arrived at the camp, we climbed up a huge dune to watch the sunset. It was AMAZING!
The tent camp was quite comfortable, but it got very cold once the sun went down. We bundled up in blankets and listened to our guide singing traditional Berber songs and playing the drums. My daughter and hubby gave the drums a try, but I felt really bad when he asked us to sing some Canadian songs and the only thing I could come up with was “We’re goin’ on a bear hunt”.
In the morning we got up before sunrise and set out for the trip back. Just as the sun was coming up over the dunes, we stopped to watch and just soak it all in.