Fresh Fruit & Turbans: Unforgettable Adventures and Local Remedies

sahara-trips-www.moroccanjourneys.comLime Rubs and Turbans: Unveiling Local Remedies in the Sahara

On one of our recent Sahara Trips we came up with this name after our discovery that limes rubbed onto the head are the local remedy for sunstroke and the gift of turbans at the start of the trek were the best head gear to keep us cool.

Challenging Sahara Trekking: Battling Extreme Heat and Weather

During an intense 50K Sahara Trekking Challenge, we experienced some extreme heat and weather conditions during the 30K day.  The local drivers who had taken us by 4×4 from Ouarzazate into the desert to complete the challenge took out some limes and started rubbing our heads after having poured water over us, and it worked!

A Kaleidoscope of Weather: From Clouds to Sunshine and Sandstorms

The conditions for Sahara Trekking can sometimes be varied and within one afternoon we had experienced cloudy weather, followed by sunshine and then warm wind and a light sandstorm.  We were trekking slowly and came to the camp in the dark, following the lights to be met by celebration music.

The Magic of Arrival: Celebration and Camels in the Desert Camp

This was such an amazing experience and as the camels made their way, we followed them to arrive safely in time for a delicious dinner.

Conquering the Heat: Facing 40+ Temperatures with Determination

The second day, we experienced temperatures of 40+ and the challenge became clear!  With constant 4×4 support and back up we completed the challenge with a group raising money for charity.

The Supportive Berber Team: Guiding and Sharing Cultural Insights

What makes our Sahara Trips possible and especially the more challenging ones, are the caring team of Berber drivers and guides who support us throughout the trip, showing us a thousand uses for the turban and in this case the amazing properties of limes!

Thank you to DL Photography – Danny Lindop for this awesome shot!

rebecca-hutleyWritten by Moroccan Journeys

Rebecca grew up in Africa and has spent her life travelling and working in the UK and around the world in both the corporate and personal development fields. She is co-founder of Moroccan Journeys with Mohamed Elhaoissi and lives in the UK and Morocco. She believes in the conscious management of business and the importance of personal growth. Rebecca is also a Reiki Master Teacher and runs Intensive Reiki Journeys in the Sahara desert. She spends her free time exploring the untouched parts of Morocco to ensure Moroccan Journeys is eclectic and unique in its offering.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do people in the desert stay cool?2023-05-25T20:06:29+00:00

To beat the heat in the desert, there are several effective strategies. Seeking shade under trees, rocks, or structures provides relief from the sun’s rays. Staying hydrated with cold fluids helps regulate body temperature. Opting for lightweight, breathable clothing allows heat to escape. Additionally, wearing hats and sunglasses safeguards against the intense desert sun.

How do you prevent sunstroke in the desert?2023-05-25T20:08:20+00:00

Prevent sunstroke by wearing light-coloured, loose-fitting clothes, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses. Stay hydrated to avoid dehydration. In hot desert environments, familiarize yourself with the signs of sunstroke, such as headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, weakness, muscle cramps, and rapid pulse. If symptoms arise, move the person to a shaded area, provide fluids, and encourage rest. Severe cases may require immediate medical assistance.

Is the Sahara desert worth visiting?2023-05-25T20:09:22+00:00

Visiting the Sahara desert is highly recommended due to its vastness and breathtaking beauty. However, it’s important to consider a few factors when planning your trip. Prepare for extreme temperatures and intense sunlight by bringing adequate protection. It’s advisable to carry sufficient water and snacks since food and drink options are limited in the desert. Additionally, ensure you have reliable navigation tools like a map and compass for the expansive terrain.

In conclusion, if you seek an adventurous experience and the chance to witness awe-inspiring natural landscapes, the Sahara desert is an absolute must-visit destination.

Can you sleep in the Sahara desert?2023-05-25T20:10:51+00:00

Sleeping in the Sahara Desert is indeed possible, but it requires careful preparation. Here are essential tips to enhance your experience:

1. Find shaded areas: Select spots that offer relief from the desert sun’s intensity.

2. Stay hydrated: Carry an ample supply of water to combat dehydration caused by the desert heat.

3. Protect yourself: Wear sunscreen and a hat to shield your skin from the harsh desert sun.

4. Choose your camping location wisely: Avoid wildlife areas and opt for spots away from potential animal encounters.

5. Carry shelter: Bring a tent or tarp to create a safe sleeping space and protect against sand and wind.

6. Be prepared with a first aid kit: Ensure you have necessary medical supplies for potential emergencies.

7. Stay near your campsite: Due to the vastness of the Sahara Desert, avoid wandering too far and risking getting lost.

8. Bring enough food: Stock up on food and snacks for your entire stay, as options in the desert are limited.

9. Avoid dangerous areas: Steer clear of hazardous locations like abandoned mines or military bases.

10. Inform someone of your plans: Prior to your desert adventure, let someone know your itinerary and return date for safety.

Lastly, remember to embrace the experience and have a great time. With proper precautions, the Sahara Desert offers an incredible and awe-inspiring journey.

Is Sahara Desert suitable for hiking?2023-05-25T20:12:09+00:00

Hiking in the Sahara Desert offers thrilling challenges and breathtaking scenery. Here are the key points to consider:

– Adventurous challenge: The rough terrain and obstacles in the desert provide an excellent test of physical limits for adventurous hikers.

– Stunning natural features: From sand dunes to canyons and oases, the desert showcases mesmerizing natural beauty, making the hiking experience unforgettable.

– Sense of exploration: The relatively unexplored nature of the desert adds a spirit of adventure to the hiking journey.

However, there are some downsides to be aware of. The intense heat necessitates careful preparation with ample water and sun protection. The challenging terrain calls for navigation tools like GPS or extensive knowledge of the area. Limited facilities require careful trip planning to avoid overexertion.

Overall, hiking in the Sahara Desert offers a remarkable experience for those seeking rugged exploration. By prioritizing safety measures and packing accordingly, hikers can fully embrace the beauty of this unique environment.

Sahara Trekking Tours

Atlas Mountains, Morocco, With Snow Covered Peaks in the Distance

Sahara Walking Holiday

8 Day Holiday

Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime journey with the Sahara Walking Holiday, starting from Marrakech, through the Atlas Mountains and to the UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the picture-perfect Draa River, with stops at the historic village of M’hamid nestled in lush palm groves, and tranquil camping at Sidi Naji. Trek through the breathtaking sand dunes to Zahar, culminating in a luxurious stay at the Nubia Luxury Camp at Erg Chigaga. Experience the adventure on the dry salt lake of Iriqui, passing through Foum Zguid and the artisan hub of Taznakht. Finally, traverse the Atlas Mountains, ending this unforgettable desert exploration back in Marrakech. Join us for an experience of a lifetime with the Sahara Walking Holiday.

Vegetation at the Base of the Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Sahara Horse Trekking Tour

6 Day Tour

The Sahara Horse Trekking Tour offered by Moroccan Journeys is an incredible excursion that is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This tour takes you through the enchanting dunes of the Sahara on magnificent Arab Barb Stallions, which have been the stars of many renowned films including ‘Gladiator’ and ‘Lawrence of Arabia’. Your guide is an expert in the area, ensuring that you have a safe and informative journey. From the dry riverbed of Draa Valley to the towering dunes of Zahar, you’ll get to experience diverse landscapes along the way. The highlight of the trek is reaching a desert Nomad camp where you’ll be warmly welcomed with Berber hospitality. Here you’ll stay in a spacious nomad tent with a comfortable double bed and rugs, bringing an end to an incredible journey. Book your Sahara Horse Trekking Tour with Moroccan Journeys today!


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