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Desert Candles, M'Hamid

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Hiking / Camping Tour · Day Trip
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A Norwegian/Moroccan tour company, Desert Candles caters to all budgets with experienced drivers and guides, fluent in English and French. You'll be inspired by multi-day trips from places like Marrakech, Casablanca, and more. You can explore the sands of the Sahara, or enjoy day trips no notable destinations, like Ouzoud waterfalls. The company can also help create a tailor-made trip with your desires in mind, or centered on a special company event, birthday, wedding, or another occasion. Check the website for more info. Make Desert Candles a part of your M'Hamid vacation plans using our M'Hamid online travel planner.
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  • We've booked a trip with Desert Candles two days in advance. Everything was exactly as described on the website. Safe parking just behind the agency. Departure on time. Good camp with real beds... 
    We've booked a trip with Desert Candles two days in advance. Everything was exactly as described on the website. Safe parking just behind the agency. Departure on time. Good camp with real beds...  more »
  • What an amazing trip! Wild camping, fixed camping, trekking with camels, quad biking, off road 4WD, great food and last but not least the very professional and friendly owner Abdul and guides. 
    What an amazing trip! Wild camping, fixed camping, trekking with camels, quad biking, off road 4WD, great food and last but not least the very professional and friendly owner Abdul and guides.  more »
  • A great, trustworthy company in M'hamid. They delivered everything they promised and more and all in a very short notice. The car and driver were out of this world. the camp was spotless and super... 
    A great, trustworthy company in M'hamid. They delivered everything they promised and more and all in a very short notice. The car and driver were out of this world. the camp was spotless and super...  more »
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  • Desert Candles hospitality was amazing. They are the most friendly and welcoming people. We took the land cruisers out to their camp next to the sand dunes, rode camels, sand boarded, watched the sunset, watched the sunrise, ate a very nice dinner and breakfast. Bathrooms are very good. Overall an experience worth doing.
  • We had a very nice tour to the deser candles camp in Er Chigaga. Abdellah was very thoughtful and helpful. The camp is clean and is located directly in the dunes. There is a normal toilet and shower. Food was good, both diner and breakfast. Desert on the sunset is absolutely beautiful.
  • We did the 3 days desert tour starting from Marrakech with our guide Ramdane. Our guide was super nice, knowledgeable, and always willing to answer our multiple questions. The camp in Erg Chegaga desert is clean, food is very good and showers are good too. The tour is very flexible and accomodating. We are overall very happy with our experience.
  • We enjoyed a wonderful 4-day tour with Desert Candles from Marrakech to Erg Chigaga. The trip was well organized and the communication with Solveig and Abdellah was clear and professional. Our driver, Ismael, was reliable, kind, friendly and attentive, yet unobtrusive. Throughout the trip, we felt we were in excellent hands with him. The long road trip on the first day with various stops at the Kasbahs and Ait Ben Haddou was fascinating. The accommodations were charming, and the food was always tasty and lovingly prepared. The absolute highlight of the trip was the time spent in Erg Chigaga and the overnight stay in the charming Desert Candles camp there. The strong winds and intense heat during the day prevented us from doing any real trekking, but made for a unique and fun adventure. At night, we enjoyed a clear and incredible star-lit sky, and the traditional music, singing and dancing were wonderful. Later, the guides brought our bed out of the tent, so we could sleep under the stars, which was fantastic. In the morning, we enjoyed the sunrise from the dunes and the beautiful silence of the desert. A truly unforgettable experience! We also wanted to mention a couple of less positive aspects which might be helpful for others in planning their trip. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour, but found it rather expensive (booked in advance online). The price difference between the 4-day/3-night trip from Marrakech for 460 euros/person for 2 people - plus lunches and tips - and the 3-day/2-night trip for 280 euros/ person seemed quite disproportionate in terms of the actual added value of the additional night at a basic desert camp in Erg Lehoudi. This part of the desert, just outside the village of M'Hamid, is much less spectacular than Erg Chigaga, and the area surrounding the camp is in need of attention. There were many glass and plastic bottles lying around just outside the camp, which detracted from the nature experience. We would also recommend doing the camel ride at Erg Chigaga through the spectacular and serene dunes instead of from Erg Lehoudi to M'Hamid. The latter route may be more diverse, but in our experience, less beautiful than Erg Chigaga, and you again go through an area outside the village where there is a lot of trash. If we were to do the trip again, we would choose the 3-day tour. We were touched and grateful for the warm hospitality of everyone at Desert Candles, and the unique chance to experience the beauty of the Sahara and the nomadic culture. Thank you all again, especially Ismael!
  • We arrived in Mhamid in the late afternoon having not booked anything or anywhere, and by pure luck bumped into one of their representatives. After a quick chat in their office they offered to take us out to the desert (2 hr drive away) that night and lay on the whole experience for us, despite their only being 3 of us. Was a truly incredible and unforgettable experience that I can’t recommend highly enough. Their camp in the desert is fantastic and luxurious with double beds, showers and heated water. Not to mention our guide Hamza was awesome. They took us out into the endless dunes on camels for sunset and then laid on tea and a full 3 course authentic Moroccan meal. Before lighting a fire and showing us the incredible stars. The following day we awoke to a beautiful sunrise and breakfast, before visiting an oasis and a nomad settlement, before returning to Mhamid. If you’re looking to book a desert tour to Erg Chegaga from Mhamid, then 100% book with Desert Candles!

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