Closing date: 30 Nov 2018
The Sahara Desert, a land of sweeping dunes, Berber camps and camel trains - made iconic as the setting for David Lean’s film Lawrence of Arabia. For many, the classic adventure. Tour operator KE Adventure Travel is offering you the chance to explore this magical sandy land on foot with its Edge of the Sahara Trek in Morocco.
Start with a brief stop among the souks and squares of Marrakech before driving over the High Atlas Mountains to wilder climes. There you will dip into the Draa Valley, a 100km swathe that contains the longest palm grove in the country. Stop in Ouled Driss, an outpost on the edge of the Sahara and sleep in a Berber camp before forging dunes and abandoned villages.
Next, spend time in Sidi Naji, a holy shrine for nomads, then head deeper into the desert. Here, the dunes increase in splendour, with the distant Erg Ez-Zahar and the converging wadis of Mala Ouedane truly catching the eye.
But the desert isn’t just plains. Tamarisk and acacia trees defy logic on the dry banks of the Draa River, their foliage puncturing the ochre landscape. The dunes of Tilhatine lie beyond, as well as a wadi that’s been dry for 35 years, since the construction of the El Mansour Eddahbi Dam. After one final night in a Berber camp, you’ll return to Marrakech to explore its medina and Djemaa el-Fna square, overlooked by Koutoubia Mosque.
KE Adventure Travel are experts in small-group, guided travel and their best-selling Edge of the Sahara Trek is just one of a huge range of walking, trekking, cycling, discovery and family holidays to Morocco, curated across 35 years of organising adventure travel experiences in the country. Few can resist the lure of the Sahara. It is an uncompromising yet mystical land and the adventures to be had in the desert are huge.
KE Adventure Travel is offering one lucky reader the chance to win two places on its eight-day Edge of the Sahara Trek, including international flights, transfers and all meals. To be in with a chance of winning, just answer the following question:
On day 5 of the Edge of the Sahara holiday, you trek through tamarisk trees: how tall can they grow in the desert environment?
Find out the answer at keadventure.com – Trip Code: WST
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