There was a point in time when you wouldn’t ever hear my name and camping in the same sentence. It just wasn’t something that I would do; I’m a city girl. There was no appeal in not having available to me all of the amenities of a luxury hotel like a running shower, toilet, and comfortable bed. However, on this trip to Morocco, I did it. I camped in the freaking Sahara desert at the Desert Luxury Camp, and it was amazing!
The Desert Luxury Camp is a private camp nestled between the Erg Chebbi sand dunes of the Sahara desert.  There are no other camps in close proximity, which means pure serenity while enjoying the beauty of the desert.
We were driven near the camp in the 4×4 we were traveling in, and had to finish the trek to the main camp on camel. Yes! On a freaking camel!!! I was about to pee my pants, as my husband laughed and enjoyed it.  It seemed like we’d never get to the camp, but we did.  Once we arrived, Hassan, the camp manager greeted us with warm towels for us to clean our hands. We then relaxed while enjoying [more] Moroccan mint tea with cookies and nuts.
After we finished our refreshments, we were shown our tent, which was located at the main camp. We had the main camp to ourselves, which was peaceful and romantic. The camp is huge! The tents are surprisingly a good size as well.
In our tent at the Desert Luxury Camp we had a king sized bed a twin bed, and seating area.
We also had an ensuite with a flushing toilet, shower and sink with running hot and cold water. Having a flushing toilet in the middle of the desert was something we just couldn’t get over. Think about it: A FLUSHING toilet in the MIDDLE OF THE DESERT. Insane!  The Desert Luxury Camp prides itself on being one of the only luxury camps in Merzouga “…that offers bathroom as another tented room.” I must say, this was a delightful, and necessary surprise.
The evening of our arrival we walked to the top of a sand dune to catch the sunset. I even attempted to sandboard down the dune. It didn’t go well, so I wound up scooting down on my bottom. .:Don’t judge me:.
Later that evening we sat around a fire, played drums, and sat in amazement at all of the stars, shooting stars and planets that can be seen so clearly from where we were in the desert. It was nothing short of amazing. We were in awe. I have honestly never seen any stars shine as bright nor have I seen shooting stars, as I had while at the Desert Luxury Camp in the Erg Chebbi of the Sahara Desert. This was probably the best part of our trip. Hasan made our night even better by bringing out his iPad so that we could identify the constellations and planets using the SkyView App. If you don’t have it, download it.
Dinner and breakfast were included with our stay. We learned that in Morocco, food is delicious, and a-plenty. Here wasn’t any different. For dinner we enjoyed traditional soup, beef tagine, chicken with couscous, and a dessert of fresh fruits. Breakfast consisted of tea, coffee, hot chocolate, boiled eggs, cheese, Moroccan pastries, yogurt and more. Both meals could have easily fed at least five people.
The staff at the Desert Luxury Camp is pretty awesome. They made sure all of our needs were met, and were very friendly. My husband had trouble wrapping his scarf around his head, which Hassan offered to do for him. Hot water bags were provided for us during the night to ensure our warmth, and were even placed in our bed. The staff here went above and beyond, and it made our experience even more enjoyable. Staying here has definitely changed my mind about camping, and now I can add my name and camping in the same sentence.
Do not leave Morocco without staying at least one night at the Desert Luxury Camp, especially if you’re into stargazing.  Trust me, you will love it.
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  • Valerie Robinson

    Now that’s camping!! Would stay there in a heartbeat!

  • Tyra

    I inherently do not camp so you had me at hello. But this camping looks like something I could actually do LOL!

  • polarbelle

    I can’t’ even imagine this!! What a fantastic experience. I’d love to watch the stars in the middle of Morocco…I’ve only seen a shooting star once

  • Femi Lewis

    I’ve always wanted to go to Morocco! Now I can add one more exciting activity to my list of things to do in Morocco.

  • Christine St.Vil

    See, I’m not a camping kinda gal but if I did…it would definitely need to include the words “luxury”, “shower” and “toilet” lol. Looks like an amazing time 🙂

  • I haven’t been camping since I was a kid, I would love to go in the near future. Thanks for sharing!

  • Shantel Turner-Collins

    Now that’s my kind of camping!!!

  • Aleya Bamdad

    This is such a crazy idea that I would love to try it. Th accommodations are a lot better than I would expect.

  • porshia

    Ok..so this is the best thing I have seen lately. Luxury Camping. I will be putting this on my list of things to do when we travel to Morocco. The view was beautiful, I can imagine how beautiful the sky was at night. Thanks for sharing.

  • Now thats how you go camping!!!

  • This is absolutely awesome… I love camping and this would be awesome.

  • Kay’s Ways

    Oh yeah this would be my house for camping! Desert Luxury Camping sounds amazing

  • I’ve always wondered what it would be like to spend a day or even a night.

  • Donna Shana

    OMG! This looks amazing. I am impressed with your adventurous side! I am definitely going to look into the Desert Luxury Camp. Thanks for sharing

  • This looks awesome! I would love such a trip!

  • Kemkem

    This kind of camping l would do. It looks like fun. Almost makes me wish we had done it while in Marrakesh. Glad you had fun!

  • FabZilla_Kath

    That looks fun! definitely adding to my bucket list

    • You should. My tour guide recently added a photo on IG that made me want to go back to the Sahara.

  • That looks like awesome fun! I’m a city-and-hotel person myself but this kind of camping is definitely civilisation!

  • What a fabulous experience!

  • I am a terrible camper – my husband might enjoy something like this though!

    • This isn’t like regular camping. We were in no ways ‘roughing it’, if we were, I wouldn’t have done it.

  • This is my kind of camping!

    • Where are your favorite places to camp?

  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    That’s my kind of camping, too! I would love to go to the Sahara desert someday. How amazing it all looks and sounds!

    • Listen, I wil do this style of camping ay day! lol