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The summer months between June and September can be brutally hot during the day, and not a lot of fun. Temperatures average around 115 Fahrenheit (45 C) during the summer and it's obviously dry as a bone. Nights in the desert do get much colder however and you'll need a good jacket even if you're sweltering during the day. During March and April you have a good chance of dealing with sandstorms as the Sirocco whips up. Best time to visit is from October to February.
In order to live like an ancient traveller in the desert, and appreciate the nomadic style, a camel ride in Zagora is a must do. This activity involves riding camels and walking for multiple days, while exploring the splendid desert atmosphere. The journey includes meals under savannah shadows and accommodation in a bivouac, or traditional night camp. Camel treks as well as drive trips are the experience of a lifetime for tourists, not only given the breathtaking sights but also the warm hospitality showed to them by the locals. Zagora desert is much more stark and rocky when compared to the othe sahara desert sites such us Erg chebbi dunes and Erg chegaga dunes
Zagora desert tour highlights:
Zagora or the Gate to the Sahara is the last town before one reaches the heart of the Sahara Dunes of Tinfou, Erg lihoudi in Mhamid and Erg cheggaga Dunes. One of the tourist sights of Zagora is the sign that points Timbouktu 52 days - the time taken by the old camel caravans transported sugar, tea, dates, Hannah and other dry goods between these 2 trading spots.
The most important thing to pack is a scarf although you can also purchase one upon your arrival in Rissani the last town before the sahara desert of Merzouga. A scarf can be used to protect your face from the wind and sand, as well as be draped over your shoulders to protect you from the beating sun. Pack a small carry-on-sized backpack, and do not take more than you will need for one night, sunglasses, sun cream and ear plugs. You do not need laptop, cell phone or an array of high-tech gadgets,you will be in the middle of the desert. DonÂ´t dress skirts (for girls) or shorts to keep your bare legs from rubbing against the camelâ€™s saddle. There is a lot of movement involved and you do not want to get â€˜saddle burn.â€™ Dress in layers to prepare for any temperature and top it off with your scarf. The best way to avoid sore legs the next day is to actually hold onto your handle bar rather than squeezing your legs together for balance during the entire ride. Place your camera around your neck, as it can be difficult to retrieve from your bag later on and dangerous to carry without a strap.
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