I recently travelled to the Sahara in Southeastern Morocco. I based myself in Khamlia, a desert town only a few kilometers from the Algerian border. It is one of the last villages after the main town of Merzouga. After Khamlia the road comes to an end in the next village of Taouz, and the sand takes over. From Khamlia, a small Berber village with a vibrant people and home to many Gnawa musicians, we trekked by camel into the desert. Camping amid the dunes, where night temperatures dropped to single digits compared to November days in the mid-30's Celsius, we were served some delicious Tangine dishes and warmed ourselves with Berber whiskey (tea) and conversation around the fire. This picture is sunrise over the Sahara in the direction of Algeria, taken at approximately 6.10am. The silence is another aspect of the Sahara that is hard to find elsewhere in the modern world.
I will upload a short video of the Sahara at sunrise in the next post. Sign up for more travel stories from this fascinating and relatively unknown part of the world.
Eamonn Sheehy - travel writing with a focus on people and culture.