What is the Sahara Desert and what makes it so special? As the second-largest desert in the world, the Sahara has an area equivalent to the entire territory of the United States of America and is cross-border since it extends to several countries on the African continent: Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tunisia. The Sahara is also considered the warmest desert in the world, where temperatures sometimes reach 50 degrees Celsius. Its size and intense climatic characteristics make it a unique place on planet Earth.
1. How to get there?
There are several ways to reach the Sahara desert through your entry points in each of the countries where the desert extends. However, most visitors start their journey through Morocco, either via Marrakech or Fez. Getting to the Sahara desert alone may not be the easiest mission since the journey is quite long, tiring and the roads are not the best. It is recommended to take a tour with local agents since there is a very wide offer at very affordable prices that include staying in the desert in campsites adapted for the same purpose. A quick google search will be enough to find different offers. Do not forget to see reviews and negotiate, in the end, we are talking about Morocco and it is almost considered a lack of respect if prices are not negotiated.
2. Where to stay?
Sahara has been on the traveler’s bucket list for many years. For the same reason, the infrastructure to support tourism is well developed and the offer is quite diverse. Depending on the budget, it is possible to find all kinds of offers from the cheapest options to the most luxurious options.
It is possible to find places like the Sahara Luxury Camp which has a daily rate of around €200. Or for cheaper options it is possible to find stays in simpler camps between €10 to €20 per day (references can be found on sites like Booking.com, for instance).