The desert is a very strong element of nature and like for the high mountains or the ocean, you have to be prepared for it.
rnTo make the best of your stay, may I recommend you to:
- Drink on a regular basis, 2 litres of water a day. Do not wait until you are thirsty. Digestive disorders result quite often from insufficient drinking of water, far before bad food.
- In Morocco we do not count in miles but in hours so please plan short journeys, especially with the kids. Submit your itinerary and we will help you decide on the best stopovers on your way.
- Have a kit ready with medicines to prevent diarrhoea and vomiting, Smecta®, as well as antihistaminics against insect bites. A venom extractor can be useful, too. You never know.
- Wear light walking shoes -light trainers rather than hiking shoes- in general, and for the trek also.
- Carry with you wipes and a flask, a torch or head light, no-water soap and several pairs of socks to prevent blisters.
- Wear sun cream with SPF30+, a hat or a cap and, above all, women should cover their necks and shoulders.
- Haggle the price before you enter a restaurant of jump into a cab, and ask for the meter.
- Avoid giving money to begging children because by doing so, you encourage them to beg even more.
- Always carry cash with you in the South since credit cards are often do not work or are not accepted.
- Learn a bit of Arabic before arrival since Moroccan people appreciate when you exchange a few basic greetings with them.
- Beware of unofficial guides between Ouarzazate and Agdez, whose cars are supposedly broken down along the road. You are safe but may end up buying a rug.
- Hold tight when you ride a dromedary. Be careful when you get on and off.