Camels are always accompanied by their keepers - make a deal with them about the distance of the ride before setting out.
High Atlas Mountains named after Greek Titan Atlas stretch out through whole Africa, but near the deserted flat lands of Morocco their might is felt the most. The safest, lived-in by travellers place to explore the mountains better is located in a range of mountains Ourika, near colorful Marrakesh.
Marrakesh lies near the Equator, so heat here is unbearable (+50° is a common temperature here), there are almost no shades. In this conditions climbing the mountains sounds odd, but in fact it's not that hot here, and even at noon mountain river and dense forest may seem as an oasis.
How to do?
1. Rent a car (price is about 20€ per day). Having got accurate coordinates (GPS in such conditions can let down), head to Ourika mountains range and start the climbing. Be careful, the road is asphalted, but narrow and steep!
2. Find appropriate camel stop - there are dozens of them, don't take first available, find cute landscape.
Photo: Camel stop, © Chris Wilson
3. The main thing is to discuss the distance of the ride, as bored camel guards (frankly speaking, they are not guides) that wait for clients all day long can get hooked and take you too far!
Where to do?
The Atlas Mountains
This mountain range is considered to be the heart of Morocco and a landmark destination for many travelers.9
The car rent price is clear (about 20€), but the same can't be said for the ride. It can cost 2€ per person and more - all depends on your haggling skills. Bend the brows or even pretend as if you're gonna leave to reduce the ride price.
Tips and hints
Before taking a camel ride you'd better to learn some basic phrases in French, as Moroccans are not good at English.
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Taste Moroccan whiskey
Try traditional Moroccan whiskey, which is a humorous name for a most delicious mint tea ever. It really looks like that strong drink!6
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