Morocco Desert escapades

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Dakhla, sometimes known as al-Dakhla, is built on a narrow peninsula that protrudes into the Atlantic Ocean and runs parallel to the African coast. An Amazigh settlement since ancient times, these days it has a growing reputation as a leading global destination for beach escapades, desert adventures, tours and expeditions, and watersports lovers.

To get to Dakhla you have a choice of flying from Casablanca airport, or making your way by land on one of our overland tours to Morocco South. This second option gives you the chance to see the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara – the single road to Dakhla winds through the desert along the coast, passing many traditional villages and campsites. When you finally arrive at Dakhla it’s like finding a secret oasis or a magic land resort.

The town is a mix of Amazigh Berber influence and Spanish architecture, a remnant from colonial times. You’ll quickly notice that the prevailing feel of Dakhla is laid back and relaxed, befitting its popularity as a haven for the active overland travelers and the watersports enthusiasts. It’s a town where you can relax, absorb the culture, and enjoy stunning views across the Atlantic Ocean.

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Thrusting out into the Atlantic Ocean on a split of land, the area around Dakhla has long, sunbleached beaches that are warmed by the sub-tropical sunshine and, even better, are surprisingly quiet. The beaches are primarily used as launch points for people enjoying the fantastic water sports on offer in the huge, turquoise Dakhla lagoon. It’s one of the greatest desert escapades spots in the world for both kite and windsurfing, with strong winds blowing consistently along the shoreline. Not to forget bedouin and Sahara nomads that are scattered with their camel and goat flocks all around Dakhla. So if you like to rough it up in a 4×4 overland cruiser to explore the beauty of the Sahara desert breathtaking landscapes and the mystery of life in the desert, all are reachable only a few miles outside of Dakhla. You can even ask for an overnight over the voluptuous dunes under the African skies for a Sahara experience.

Of course, nowhere is truly empty and you can find all sorts of wildlife here – flamingos and crabs live in the area, and the occasional dolphin pops its head out of the surf to see what’s going on. Don’t forget to visit Dragon Island, an offshore dune shaped like a dragon when seen from the side, which is said to be magical, unspoiled and a perfect place to find peace. You can go by boat, swim or walk at low tide.

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FRESH SEA FOOD AND TRADITIONAL MOROCCAN STAPLES

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Morocco has one of the most diverse cuisines in the world, influenced by Andalusian Spain, Arabia, and France. Dakhla is famous for Oyster farming by hand which is a traditional practice in Dakhla. Oysters from Dakhla are sold not only around Morocco but are exported to high-end European restaurants and even Japan.
Restaurants in Dakhla has to offer a variety of grilled prawns and clams, calamari, fresh shrimps, spicy crabs, fish carpaccio and oysters with subtle spices and intriguing flavor combinations. Dakhla will spoil you with the sheer variety of its marine platter. You are out for an indulging treat if you like seafood and exotic food.

WILDLIFE

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Dakhla region is a home for a diversity of marine animals, birds, reptiles and mammals that are rare or threatened species. UNESCO has supported a project to create Dakhla National Park in order to preserve the natural biodiversity of the region.

All year-round, you can see dolphins or even orcas swimming in Dakhla lagoon. But the most frequently, you can spot a flock of flamingos gathered in the lagoon which are the most representative birds of the Dakhla region. Sarah Tours offers many overland cultural and adventure tours around Dakhla and throughout Morocco.

AUTHENTIC BUNGALOWS NEXT TO THE LAGOON

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Stay at authentic bungalows, built of natural materials, and surrounded by mountains with amazing lagoon views. Located 30 km from the airport of Dakhla, it is a perfect getaway for an authentic experience. Comfortable single, double, or group size bungalows with private bathrooms are a very nice alternative to hotels. Name it and Sarah tours will customize to for you in Morocco.

FAR FROM THE CROWDS

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If you want to freshen your bucket list with an unspoiled destination, make sure you add Dakhla to your list. Tranquillity and simplicity- these are the words that perfectly describe this place. Far from busy streets and crowded beaches, where you can enjoy the comforts of a relaxing beach holiday, explore local life and culture…

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Morocco During Ramadan

Morocco is an Islamic country and the overwhelming majority of Moroccans are Muslim (Sunni or non-denominational). Therefore Ramadan, the month of fasting, is a very important period in Morocco, and visitors during that time should at least be aware of it and are likely to experience some effect from it.

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Why is Ramadan Important?

Ramadan is important across the whole of the Muslim world as it is the month in which the Qur’an was revealed, and the month when the gates of Heaven are open and the gates of Hell are closed (and the devils are chained up).

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Dates for Ramadan

Ramadan is an Islamic period, hence its dates are set on the Islamic calendar (Ramadan is the 9th month of that calendar), which is based on the lunar cycle (which does not quite equate to the Roman calendar).In effect the dates come forward by 11 days a year (or 12 days in a leap year) and in 2020 Ramadan will be 24th April – 24th/25th May 2020.

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What Happens in Ramadan

During Ramadan Muslims are required to abstain from consuming any food or drink between dawn and dusk (there are also some other things they are required to abstain from including gossiping and lying) and the fast is broken after sunset with a meal of sweets and dates.

The act of fasting is designed to focus the minds and hearts of those adhering away from the mundane world towards Allah, it is, therefore, an important time for Muslims for self-discipline, reflection, and prayer (special night long (“Taraweeh”) prayers are recommended although not required).

How Ramadan May Affect Visitors to Morocco

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Any Muslim visitor to Morocco will be well aware of Ramadan and the effects that it has on Muslims, but those effects are likely to be felt by all visitors regardless of their religion.

It is important that all visitors to another country have respect for the local population, its beliefs, and culture and accept those at face value, even if that affects their visit. Non-Muslim visitors are not expected to observe the fast but it is suggested that you be discrete if consuming food or water during the day and avoid smoking in public places.

As the vast majority of Moroccans will fast during daylight hours they will suffer from a significant lack of energy; this includes those working in tourist facilities, hence “normal” service during this period. This is accentuated when Ramadan occurs in a hot month, which it does in at the moment.

In addition to lack of energy, those fasting in a hot month maybe a little less communicative or short-tempered, and may need to break from service duties to allow the full final meal before sunrise and for the break of the fast after sunset.

Non-tourist eating places tend to be closed until dusk during Ramadan, and restaurants for tourists may have restrictions on the sale of alcohol. Also, sights, shops, and museums may close earlier than normal, shops open later in the morning. For more information on Travel to Morocco, please contact https://www.sarahtours.com/morocco-tours

Travel and Tours to Africa

Africa. There’s nowhere like it on the planet for wildlife, wild lands and rich traditions that endure. Prepare to fall in love

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Natural Beauty

Whether you’re a wide-eyed first-timer or a frequent visitor, Africa cannot fail to get under your skin. The canvas upon which the continent’s epic story is written is itself astonishing, and reason enough to visit. From the tropical rainforests and glorious tropical coastline of Central Africa to the rippling dunes of the Namib Desert, from the signature savannah of the Serengeti to jagged mountains, green-tinged highlands and deep-gash canyons that mark the Great Rift Valley’s continental traverse – wherever you find yourself on this big, beautiful continent, Africa has few peers when it comes to natural beauty.

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New Africa

The past retains its hold over the lives of many Africans, but just as many have embraced the future, bringing creativity and sophistication to the continent’s cities and urban centers. Sometimes this New Africa is expressed in a creative-conservation search for solutions to the continent’s environmental problems, or in an eagerness to break free of the restrictive chains of the past and transform the traveler experience. But just as often, modern Africans are taking all that is new and fusing it onto the best of the old.

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Ancient Africa

On this continent where human beings first came into existence, customs, traditions and ancient rites tie Africans to generations and ancestor’s past and to the collective memory of myriad people. In many rural areas it can feel as though the modern world might never have happened, and they are all the better for it, and old ways of doing things – with a certain grace and civility, hospitality, and a community spirit – survive. There are time-honored ceremonies, music that dates back to the days of Africa’s golden empires, and masks that tell stories of spirit worlds never lost. Welcome to Old Africa.

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Wildlife Bonanza

A Noah’s ark of wildlife brings Africa’s landscapes to life, with a tangible and sometimes profoundly mysterious presence that adds so much personality to the African wild. So many of the great beasts, including elephants, hippos, and lions, call Africa home. Going on safari may be something of a travel cliché, but we’re yet to find a traveler who has watched the wildlife world in motion in the Masai Mara, watched the epic battles between predator and prey in the Okavango Delta, or communed with gorillas and surfing hippos in Gabon and has not been reduced to an ecstatic state of childlike wonder.

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