Own up, who was it that said going to the desert in mid-July was a good idea?
…OK, so maybe that was us! But at the time it was still winter in the UK so we were feeling cold, miserable and didn’t realise temperatures would hit 47ºC!
So we’ll start this blog post with some advice; check the monthly weather averages before you book your dreamy desert getaway. We’d advise going between September and April to enjoy its beauty more comfortably.
That said, we still had the most incredible experience at Scarabeo Stone Desert Camp and throughly enjoyed our three nights stay here.
The camp is situated in the Agafay Desert, only a 45 minute journey by car from the centre of Marrakech, and not to be confused with the Sahara Desert.
The two are very different yet both equally beautiful, the main point of difference is that the Sahara is a sand desert whereas the Agafay is a stone desert.
When you arrive at the camp it’s hard not to be blown away.
For miles and miles all you can see is the golden plains until they disappear into the burning horizon and lots of crisp white tents casually dotted around.
Every inch of the communal area is decorated with Moroccan and vintage style props, making you feel instantly at home.
We were given a quick and informal welcome and offered some mint tea, delicious.
After finishing off the refreshing tea we were shown to our nomad tent; we’d booked a Maure Suite which consisted of a double bed, sofa area and en-suite bathroom with a shower.
I guess you could call this ‘glamping’ although do bear in mind that you are in the Moroccan desert so facilities aren’t going to be 5-star luxury, but we felt like this was part of the charm!
The best part was waking up in the morning to this view…
During the trip we booked a couple of fun excursions with the camp; one morning we arose bright and early for a (47ºC!) trek through the desert which ended with lunch at a quaint local village and another morning we explored the dusty plains by quad bike.
Our favourite experience though has to be our early evening camel ride.
They are such docile yet interesting creatures with funny personalities and getting the chance to spend some time with them whilst exploring our surroundings was a lot of fun.
By evening, the desert cools down (hurray!) and the camp comes alive.
As there is no electricity, candles, campfires and lanterns are lit to illuminate the tents and pathways.
Dinner is served in one of the main tents and once you are seated you can watch the sun burn down past the horizon whilst eating delicious locally prepared dishes.
There’s no menu, so every course is a Moroccan surprise, and we never ate anything we didn’t ‘ohh’ and ‘ahh’ over with every bite.
After dinner the sun has settled down for the evening and the sky is black, the universe comes alive…
…we’ve never seen anything like it before!
This was honestly the best part of our entire trip and something we will never forget.
When visiting Marrakech, please book at least one evening in the desert, you honestly won’t regret it (unless you book in July, but you have been warned!).