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What It’s Like to Spend the Night in the Sahara Desert

If you’ve ever wanted to sleep in the sands of the Sahara desert and get back to nature, your dreams can become a reality with Desert Luxury Camp. Across two sites located in Erg Chebbi and Erg Chigaga, you can sleep under the stars in several types of luxury tent.

We’ll be taking you through the types of experiences you can look forward to, as well as how to spend your nights in the desert, from stargazing to listening to live music over authentic Moroccan cuisine.  

If this is your first time visiting Morocco’s desert and want help decided with erg to visit, check out our accommodation options or visit our blog  that delves into Which Morocco Desert Camp is Right for You? 

Desert Luxury Camp is here to make your dune experience out of this world. If you’d like a little more information about any of the camps or what to expect when you arrive, please get in touch. But, for now, let’s take a virtual look of what to expect from a night in the desert.

Explore the Sahara by Camel at Sunset

A wonderful way to get to the know the Sahara is by voyaging the dunes on the oldest way to travel — the camel! Many camel rides in the desert take place at sunset or sunrise when the temperatures are cooler than the sweltering midday heat.

As the sun set, the sky will offer dramatic hues and begin to twinkle with stars. Enjoy riding a camel from either our Erg Chebbi or Erg Chigaga camp at a gentle pace. When going on a camel trek by night, we recommend wearing layers for warmth and long trousers for comfort.

Enjoy Moroccan Flavors at Night in the Sahara

One of our favorite ways to demonstrate Moroccan hospitality is over a good meal. At our Main Camp stay option, there are luxury desert sleeping tents all decorated in earthy hues. With plenty of communal spaces to unwind, you can dine under the skies with new friends over dinner.

Each meal served at the camp is full of traditional flavors cooked by our local chef with fresh ingredients. Here, you can enjoy warming meals of tagine, cous cous, and stews in the evening, when the camp comes alive with chatting around the campfire, live drum music, and hundreds of candles. 

Discover the Stars in the Sahara at Night

While the skies will be visible at whatever camp you choose to stay in, if you’d like a little privacy and the ability to view the sky all night long while keeping warm, we recommend our Dome Tent. This secure tent is separate from the main camp and has an en suite private bathroom.

You and your loved one can experience all the luxuries of camp living in your own private quarters and, through the dome tent, you can view the skies from the comfort of your king-size bed. What better way to enjoy stargazing and cosying up!

Unwind with the Quiet of the Sahara Desert

If you’ve had a long day of travel or have been on several activities in the day, you may just want to relax and enjoy the peace of the desert. Our camps are nestled among the dunes, far from other camps and towns. Listen to the wind blow and relax with a book or a drink.

Another way to unwind in the calm of the Sahara is to enjoy the swimming pool at our Erg Chebbi camp. While you may not think it’s possible to have a pool in the desert, rest assured, it is! Do some gentle laps as night falls before rewarding yourself with a filling meal.

We hope our brief guide has painted a clear picture on what you can expect from spending a night in the Sahara desert! Do you feel ready to enjoy traditional food under a sky studded with stars away from the bustle of the cities?

As always, Desert Luxury Camp is here to help you have an excellent vacation experience. Whether you choose to stay Erg Chebbi or Erg Chigaga, our local and experienced staff will be present to help bring the magic of the desert to life. 

If you’d like to get in touch to discuss travel options or our luxury camping packages, please don’t hesitate to drop us an email! We understand the importance of finding the right type of stay for  you, so can answer any questions on the differences between ergs and available activities.