M'Hamid el Ghislane Travel Guide

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I justspent 6 months in this beautifull wild west destination in the south of morocco where the road runs out on the edge of the sahara. Great for independent travellers and those who want to get off the beaten track.  Just a £15 bus ride direct from marrakesh, and the whole of the Sahara opens up to you. M'Hamid was the great crossroad for the caravans bringing gold, salt and slaves from Black Africa, and the valley of the Draa with its wonderful oases and old kasbahs, was the first place for watering the camels and stocking up on dates (i guess.) I was travelling alone and made really at home and welcome by iguidi tours - the last agency on the left hand side as you take the 'main' road thro M'Hamid. 2 K into the desert you really feel it and the authentic life of nomads, even tho the algerian border closure has put paid to the caravans, for now. Lovely home cooked tagines, Saharan music in the evening, comfortable beds in tthe rooms or in romantic tents! Candles, camels in the kitchen. You can help fetch water from the village with the mule if you want, feed the camels, or just chill out on the dunes watching the sunset or the first star appear.  Treks arranged to your own personal spec. either to the biggest dunes, Chegaga, or smaller dunes, and preferable in my opinion because less touristic. you can have the desert to yourself. Lovely pace, no hassle. Conatct iguiditours@yahoo.com or visit the page on facebook. Contact me for more info if you want xxx jan