Caravanserai Luxury Desert Camp
Caravanserai Luxury Desert Camp is the stuff kids’ dreams are made of. Camping out beneath a galaxy of stars deep in the Sahara Desert was a dream come true.
Being the fourth place we’d visited during our Morocco road trip, I couldn’t wait to step on desert land. A tingle rushes up your spine when you see the terrain slowly turn from cement to sand.
What to expect at Caravanserai Luxury Desert Camp
A surreal feeling overwhelms you as you step out of the car into Merzouga. For me, it was knowing I was about to embark on something I’d always wanted — but had been too nervous — to try.
The meeting point’s nothing more than a place to leave your bags and use the bathroom if necessary. After a chat with our guide for Caravanserai, he took us by jeep to the start of the Sahara Desert.
Travel tip: Alcohol isn’t easy to buy in rural Morocco, so ask your guide beforehand if you’d like some.
Caravanserai Luxury Desert Camp — Camel ride at sunset
Once dropped off, we chose to journey to Caravanserai Luxury Desert Camp by camel.
Waiting patiently and quietly with their Berber guide were 2 grand and furry, constantly chewing camels. If it’s your first time riding a camel, your derriere may be a bit numb by the end! There’s also the choice to go by ATV or car at an additional cost.
As promised in the itinerary, we began the 1-hour sunset camel ride to camp. Watching our silhouettes in the sand dunes, with the sun setting in the distance is a memory I’ll cherish forever.
Our Berber guide was as humble as the camels, only stopping to ask if we were ok, and to take our photos.
“On the other side is a sight so magnificent, it actually stirred great emotion in me.”
FOLLOWING THE RIVERA
“The feeling of sitting on top of a dune and watching an orchestra of stars is unlike any other.”
FOLLOWING THE RIVERA
Arriving at the camp
We reached the camp just as the last glimmer of sunlight was on its way out. Once you manage to get down from your camel, there’s a short walk up a sand dune to reach the other side.
If it’s easier, I suggest removing your shoes when walking up the dunes. It can be trickier than it looks, plus you also get to feel desert sand between your toes.
On the other side is a sight so magnificent, it actually stirred great emotion in me. Caravanserai Luxury Desert Camp is home to 7 luxury tents, as well as an intimate setting between the dunes. From the tents to the outdoor lounge with seating areas and soft lighting, it was everything I’d imagined.
On top of this, traveling in October, the climate was ideal, and I never once felt cold during our desert stay.
Caravanserai Luxury Desert Camp tents
Upon stepping into the tent, it’s almost impossible not to want to jump straight away onto the bed.
It’s spacious and comfortable too. Furnishings are simple yet elegant, such as the Moroccan style carpeting and bathroom.
Speaking of the bathroom, if you like showering near enough in the outdoors, you’ll love this.
The hot water runs perfectly, and they also provide shampoo if you need it. The tent also has electricity, but discourages using items like hairdryers, as it takes up a lot of energy.
Caravanserai Luxury Desert Camp — dinner
Dinner at Caravanserai Luxury Desert Camp — and breakfast too —is served in the main tent. The meal starts depending on what time you arrive, and is fragrant and traditional as you might imagine. To start, we had a traditional Moroccan soup, followed by an assortment of salads, chicken tagine, and fruits for dessert.
A highlight of the dinner, was when our guide appeared with a bottle of red wine for us. He’d said he’d take a bottle for us earlier, but we didn’t think he would actually do it! Turns out he definitely kept true to his word. Anything other than water isn’t included in the price, but you can buy (soft drinks) on site.
Once dinner’s finished, the real fun begins outside with some live Berber entertainment. Playing a selection of local songs, and using traditional instruments, we clapped, cheered and even danced along to the beats. The music brought everyone together, crossing cultures and language. It was a special moment, and one I’d happily relive again.
Caravanserai Luxury Desert Camp — the stars and sunrise
I didn’t get much sleep during our stay at Caravanserai Luxury Desert Camp. The adrenaline and excitement of the evening, not to mention the other friendly people we’d met, all played a part.
However, there was another great distraction for my lack of sleep: the mesmerizing and hypnotic night sky.
“Calm, peaceful, and with the distant murmurings of a camel, it’s what makes travel so worthwhile.”
FOLLOWING THE RIVERA
The feeling of sitting on top of a dune and watching an orchestra of stars dance is unlike any other.
If you’re lucky, you’ll catch sight of a few falling stars too. It’s moments like this when you see the world at its beautiful best. Calm, peaceful, and with the distant murmurings of a camel, it’s what makes travel so worthwhile.
Sunrise in the Sahara Desert is equally impressive and begins around 6.20am. Shake off the sleep, grab whatever clothing’s nearest (jacket too) and don’t miss seeing the start of a new day.
Have you ever glamped out in the Sahara Desert? How did your experience fare? Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear it.
Disclaimer: Even though I was invited by Caravanserai, all views are my own and based on my own experience. This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something that I’ve recommended. Thank you for your support.
Welcome to my site! I'm Lisa, founder of Following the Rivera. I write primarily for a ‘flashpacker’ audience, a demographic (late 20s onward) that enjoys glamping over camping and staying at boutique/luxury boutique hotels. Flashpackers also like to indulge in the local food and wine, cultural activities, as well as a spot of wellness on their travels. Want to know more? Read on....