Photographer's Note

One of the reason I came here is to take this journey deep into the sand dune, and in this case the journey itself is the highlight, riding on a camel, we could actually walk to the camp faster and more relaxing than riding on the camel. It rained the day before, so the sand was actually still moist and compacted.

Camel Safaris, Almost certainly the reason you came here in the first place, and by far the best way to experience the dunes. You want to buy a proper head scarf to protect you from the sun unless you have a sunhat, you'll be thrown on a camel and lead off into the desert for an overnight stay in a tent. Meals, water, sleeping bag, ect should all be taken care of by your leader, but naturally you'd want to confirm this when you do your negotiations beforehandbe very specific, and ask lots of questions. Unless you book a tour before hand. Yes, there will be sand in your tents, and you will wake up with some sand on you, but that is part of the experience. It is worth it. We only stayed one night out there and we spent one day on our own just walking around the dune close to the town of Merzouga.

The most difficult part of a camel ride is getting on and off the camel. The idea of a camel ride into the sunset is much more romantic than the ride itself. It was not as comfortable up there, especially when the camel is going downhill on the sand dune, you will have to hold on real tight, but you should keep an open mind and get use to the rocking and the uncomfortable sitting position, and really taking it all in, the sweeping view of the mighty sand dune, the warm wind, the sunset. Once you allow yourself to emerge and go with the flow, it is quite romantic as it should be.

Taking pictures while riding on the camel's back is not easy neither, it moves like crazy, swaying from side to side with some up/down motion, and it is almost impossible to have the horizon straight. However, if you can manage it, you will get some pretty amazing POV and perspective from up here.

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