Vallée du Drãa

We stopped for two nights in Zagora, the southern most destination of our tour.  The weather was hot and sunny, 38°.  Four of us took a 4×4 trip into the desert, driving down to Mhamid and on into the Sahara.  We drove through sand dunes dotted with tamarisk trees before reaching a more desolate area of sand and stones. We stopped for lunch at a nomad camp that was used for tourists staying overnight in the desert. Our tour took us to within 30K of the Algerian border.

Nomad Camp

Nomad Camp

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The wind occasionally blew the sand so nothing was visible except for the closest objects.

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For me I found the trip too hot, too bumpy and much too long. We drove for four hours and, apart for our lunch stop and passing an oasis, we saw nothing but sand, rocks and tamarisk – it was deserted . . . . a desert!

The area was famous for producing henna and most of the women wore henna on their hands and faces. Our guide showed us the henna plant, these leaves are dried and then mashed up.
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