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Justin Rothman
Justin Rothman
Tour Group That Goes Above And Beyond I've always wanted to go to the Sahara. A co-worker, who has been to Morocco several times, recommended Sahara Magic. I trusted her and booked a 4 day Marrakech to Marrakech Sahara Desert Tour. Hassan seems to be the boss, and communicating with him was very easy through email. He gave me a tour description and quoted me a price. The price was very fair. I didn't have to pay up front, and I confirmed with him a week before the trip that he would pick me up at the airport. Upon arriving in Morocco we were told that our luggage didn't make our transfer. So, we could not leave for the tour straight from the airport. I was a bit anxious, but we met with our Sahara Magic guide, Ismail, and he took care of us. He booked us a Riad on the spot to stay in for that night. He drove us to the Riad and made sure we were checked in. The Riad itself was lovely and right in the Medina. The next day he picked us up from the Riad and took us back to the airport. From there we got our bags back and began the tour. It was an experience that could have been very stressful, but Ismail and Hassan made sure we were taken care of. It was more than I expected of any tour company. Unfortunately, with a day lost, we had to reduce the tour to a 3 day tour (we had reservations we couldn't break with the Riad we booked for after the tour). The tour itself was great. The country is beautiful. The drive was through the Atlas Mountains and a bit of the desert the first day. We made a few stops to eat and get out to walk around certain attractions. Our Riad the first night was very nice and dinner was included. Ismail picked us up from the Riad and we continued driving. We drove through mountains and desert valleys. We again stopped to eat and walk some attractions on the way. Country was still beautiful. We made it out to the Sahara (Erg Chebbi) about sunset. After an exchange of drivers we met our camels and took a short trek to a dune to watch the sunset. We had a guide for the camel ride who was very ready to take pictures. We sat on the dunes for a bit after sunset and rode to the camp. We were greeted by a friendly and personable staff, and had cookies and tea. We got the luxury tents and would highly recommend that (shower/toilet). Dinner at the tent was the best food on the tour. The "restaurant" was beautiful. The stars were the best I've ever seen them, and we stayed by the fire pit for a while and talked to the hosts. The next morning we saw the sunrise, ate breakfast at the camp (again, good food), and started our drive back to Marrakech. We stopped for food but mainly it was a long day and a long drive. We took a different road back and it showcased how diverse the Moroccan landscape really is (mountains, canyons, valleys, desert). We were dropped off at our Riad in Marrakech and said goodbye to Ismail. The tour was outstanding. I was in a very foreign country and didn't have to worry about a thing. Ismail was a great guide. Personable, competent, intelligent, had a great playlist, one of the better drivers I've ever had the pleasure of seeing at work. While I was excited most about the desert, it was just one highlight. I would recommend this tour to anyone.

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