Pat JenningsMorocco

South to the Sahara

Pat JenningsMorocco
South to the Sahara

Hello, my name is Pat and I’ve just returned from the “South to the Sahara” walking holiday to Morocco. The whole holiday was one I will never forget, but the most memorable day we had was whilst staying at Erfoud.

After breakfast we were collected by 4×4 vehicles and taken to Rissani, where we visited the tomb of Moulay Ali Cherif. We were shown round the Ksar, which is a fortified village mostly made of mud. The alleyways were very narrow and dark and they are warm in winter and cool in summer. We then visited a shop selling all sorts of craft items from jewellery to camel bags, and were given a brief demonstration of these items and a glass of mint tea.

We were then driven off road to the Erg Chebbi sand dunes, which we walked across. It is very hard to walk up dunes as the sand slides away under your feet. We all adopted different techniques – mine was to go up on all fours! After a lunch of tajines, Berber omelettes or kebabs, we mounted our camels and rode off into the desert! This really was an experience, the camels sway and shudder as they move along and slide down the dunes side ways.

At the end of an hour of desperately hanging on our leader, Anna was heard to say that she had ticked that box and therefore did not need to do it again. It was a most interesting and exciting holiday, thanks to Anna for making it happen.