Sahara Expedition Part 1: Kasbah Aït Ben Haddou

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Mon, 08/05/2013 - 15:38 -- Jnane Tamsna
Kasbah Aït Ben Haddou Morocco UNESCO World Herritage Site

This week we decided to visit the Sahara desert, a place known around the world for its amazing size and incredible beauty. There are many towns and villages which can act as gateways into the Sahara.

We chose to go through the village of Merzouga because the road from Marrakech runs through the Kasbah Aït Benhadou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that features a small ksar (village) located on the old caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech. Enchanted by the charm of this ksar we lost sight of time and ended up hitting the road not long before the sun set.

By the time we left the southern foothills of the Atlas mountains, it was completely dark. We could see the road lit by the car's headlights, but we were completely unaware of the changing landscapes around us. We finally arrived around 1 am and went straight to sleep, impatient to wake up early and enjoy our first day on the edge of the Sahara desert.  Stay tuned ...

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