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Tafraout

Tafraout

When travelling through the Anti-Atlas Mountains, be sure not to miss the hidden gem of the oasis town that is Tafraout. The town itself is pleasant with its wide boulevards, typically Moroccan pink buildings and friendly inhabitants, but the main reason to visit this region is for its dream of a location amongst natural landscapes.

Posted by Kathy on 10 May 2021

The Garden City of Marrakech: Pt 2

The Garden City of Marrakech: Pt 2

In the second part of this blog about the Garden City of Marrakech we now turn our attention to some of the many beautiful palace gardens of the city which are open to the public when visiting the palace buildings. Then we head out of the city to gardens located beyond the old city walls. It’s lovely to visit these gardens - such a difference to the arid nature of the desert and Erg Chigaga Luxury Desert Camp!

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Posted by Kathy on 30 August 2019

The Garden City of Marrakech: Pt I

The Garden City of Marrakech: Pt I

An unusual title for a blog post from a company operating a desert luxury camp in Morocco you might think—after all, what have gardens got to do with desert camps? Well, many of our guests choose to start their Moroccan adventure in the thriving city of Marrakech. But, you may say, surely Marrakech is renowned for its bustling souk and red buildings, its hive of activity, its historical monuments and friendly people? Yes, you’d be correct in thinking this, but many people are not aware that Marrakech is also the home of beautiful gardens.

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Posted by Kathy on 11 July 2019

Moroccan Rugs: Vintage rugs - Pt 2

Moroccan Rugs: Vintage rugs - Pt 2

In the first part of this blog I talked about how the process of rug-making started in Morocco among tribal women as a result of the abundance of wool available to them from their sheep-herding communities. Weaving was an activity the women could do whilst the men were out working in the fields so as to provide comfort and warmth for their own homes. They also sometimes made rugs as wedding gifts for members of their families.

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Posted by Kathy on 07 November 2018

Moroccan Rugs: An Overview - Pt 1

Moroccan Rugs: An Overview - Pt 1

When asked to write a blog about Moroccan rugs for Erg Chigaga Luxury Desert Camp Morocco, it was difficult for me to know where to start. I’ve had a keen interest in Moroccan rugs for several years now and the more I study their background, the more I appreciate the creativity involved in producing them.

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Posted by Kathy on 06 July 2018

It's all about the Food! - Part 2

It's all about the Food! - Part 2

Having already taken into account the two main staple foods of Morocco, namely tagine and couscous, with all their variations in recipe, we move on to the lesser known foods eaten locally. Cuisine in North Africa is very varied - although one would be led to believe by recipe books and magazines that tagine and couscous are the only things eaten by Moroccan people. Let’s explode a few myths.

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Posted by Kathy on 20 March 2018

It's all about the Food! - Part 1

It's all about the Food! - Part 1

Often cited as being the gateway between Africa and Europe, Morocco has garnered an excellent reputation for its cuisine, and blending its traditional Moroccan cooking with that of its European counterparts has only served to enhance that reputation. Traditional Moroccan cuisine is a true feast for the senses.

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Posted by Kathy on 22 February 2018

Tamegroute – Is it worth a visit?

Tamegroute – Is it worth a visit?

Our route to M’Hamid el Ghizlane, the doorway to the desert, takes us from Marrakech up over the Tizi n’Tichka mountain pass and down the other side, passing by various villages perched on the neighbouring hillsides. Looking out of the car window, it amazes me how these sandy coloured villages manage to cling on to their respective slopes and don’t slide deep into the valleys below – but still they remain, seemingly defying the laws of gravity.

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Posted by Kathy on 07 August 2017

Desert camels: one hump or two?

Desert camels: one hump or two?

On my first visit to Erg Chigaga, I remember asking our driver, Fattah, how long it would take to get to the camp in our 4x4 from M’Hamid El Ghizlane, anticipating the hot and bumpy journey ahead of me. ‘About 1.5 hours’ was his reply, ‘by camel, 12 hours’. Even with a little room left for exaggeration, I could only imagine how that would feel, sitting on a camel in the blazing sun for hours on end as it lolloped along!

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Posted by Kathy on 01 April 2017

The Tea ceremony: Atay - One lump or two?

The Tea ceremony: Atay - One lump or two?

So, we have our tea tray ready; the teapot takes pride of place, accompanied by decorative glasses, one for each person present at the ceremony and two extra to be used in the ritual, sprigs of mint – or, as is more usual, clumps or even handfuls of this fresh-smelling herb, a sugar cone with hammer and a sugar caddy. The kettle is filled with water and placed on the fire or the brazier to boil.

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Posted by Kathy on 25 March 2016

The Introduction of Tea to Morocco

The Introduction of Tea to Morocco

It is thought that tea was first introduced to Morocco in the 18th century by Queen Anne Stuart of Great Britain, supplies being sent as a ‘softener’ to Sultan Moulay Ismail, the ruler of the Alaouite dynasty, in the hope that he would release British prisoners from Morocco.

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Posted by Kathy on 19 February 2016

Film trail from Marrakech to Erg Chigaga

Film trail from Marrakech to Erg Chigaga

The diverse landscapes of Morocco have for many years been the envy of the global film industry. Mainstream film-making in Morocco started in 1949 with the production of Othello by Orson Welles, followed five years later by the atmospheric little-known film entitled Another Sky (1954) amongst others. Ever since 1962 when it hosted the desert scenes of the influential blockbuster, Lawrence of Arabia, Morocco has served as a backdrop for several hundred films seeking a Middle Eastern ambience, an exotic Mediterranean feel - or even providing the setting for a Tibetan monastery as in the case of Kundun (1997). With its sandy deserts and high dunes, snow-capped peaks and lush valleys, not to mention its Berber mountain villages or its fascinating imperial cities, Morocco has it all.

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Posted by Kathy on 30 January 2016

Elusive and Not-So-Elusive Creatures of the Desert

Elusive and Not-So-Elusive Creatures of the Desert

It was 6 a.m. when I woke up to the first rays of sunshine peeping through the tiny gaps of my tent. I stumbled out of bed, quickly dressed and ventured outside, pulling on my Tevas as I made my way towards the surrounding dunes of Erg Chigaga. Clambering to the top of the dune didn’t take long as the sand was beautifully cool beneath my feet and soon I was sitting on the ridge surveying the stunning scene before me of dune after dune reaching to the sky. Burying my toes in the sand, I became aware of tiny tracks on the surface of the sand, criss-crossing each other, then intermingling with what looked like small paw prints, then slither marks hidden amongst the more obvious camel hooves. So began my quest to identify the creators of these tracks. What creatures are these that prowl around me as I curl up asleep in my bed at night? How do they survive in this harsh environment?

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Posted by Kathy on 09 December 2015

Safety in Morocco

Safety in Morocco

Following the horrendous atrocities in Paris and Mali, I have been asked regularly about the security situation in Morocco.

In my opinion Morocco is currently one of the safest countries in the world. They have a stable government, strong police and army, an incredible security apparatus (everyone knows everyone else’s business), and are completely intolerant of extremism. Moroccans readily accept other cultures and have a history of tolerance.

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Posted by Nick on 03 December 2015

Moroccan Jewellery

Moroccan Jewellery

Here at our luxury desert camp in Morocco we aim to give you an insight into aspects of Berber life and culture that may be of interest to our readers. In this article, Kathy gives an overview on some of the adornment commonly worn in days gone by.

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Posted by Kathy on 20 November 2015

10 Interesting Facts about Berbers

10 Interesting Facts about Berbers

If you are interested in visiting our luxury desert camp in Morocco, you will find that you are being looked after by our wonderful Berber team. But who are the Berber people? Here are 10 interesting facts.

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Posted by Kathy on 26 October 2015

5 light reads to whet the appetite

5 light reads to whet the appetite

When travelling anywhere in the world that is culturally different from my own country, I always like to whet my appetite for what lies ahead by reading novels that portray aspects of that country. You may enjoy delving into one or two of my favourites.

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Posted by Kathy on 05 October 2015

Who we are

Who we are

Feeling inspired today so thought I’d write the first post to my blog. It’s been a long time coming.

It’s difficult to know where to start. There is so much to say. A sensible starting point is to explain who we are.

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Posted by Nick on 30 June 2013

The magnificent dunes of Erg Chigaga

The magnificent dunes of Erg Chigaga

Erg Chigaga Luxury Desert Camp from the dunes

Erg Chigaga Luxury Desert Camp from the dunes

A sea of sand

A sea of sand