Once we drive into Merzouga (a small village on the edge of the Sahara), we find many locals offering camel rides into the desert. After speaking to various individuals and negotiating a little bit we meet Hamid, a very friendly Amazight willing to bring us into the Sahara for 30 Euros.
Hamid is so nice that he shows us the nearby village of Hassilbiad and tells us where we can get lunch for a reasonable price. After we finish our meal, he leaves to prepare for the journey.
We meet him again at five pm. He introduces us to his friend Hassan, who will bring us to the camp site, and the three camels we will be riding. Shortly after, we start riding into the Sahara.
Within 15 minutes the desert engulfs us. The landscape is beautiful but also a little daunting. Surrounded by sand and beneath a clear blue sky we realize that we have no method of orientation. We are happy to be with Hassan, who knows this part of the desert like the palm of his hand, for if we were alone we would probably be lost by now.