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Nov 13, 2011 - A hike and a Hammam

Today is our day in Todra Gorge! We went our separate ways in the morning. Eke left at 8 am with 7 other group members to do a 4hr. hike up and down the mountain. The weather was sunny and fairly warm - I guess around 20 degrees C. The climb up was certainly not a walk in the park. Lots of loose gravel, stepping from rock to rock and at times quite steep. We climbed 500-600 m. over 2.5km - several rests were needed for most of us. Our heart rates sure had no trouble getting up! The mountain is quite barren with some hard, dry, prickly kind...

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Nov 12, 2011 - Sahara to Todra - "Gorgeous Gorge"

"Nature called" at 5:00AM so out of the warmth of our sleeping bags for the chilly trek to the "bathroom"; an outdoor squat toilet with a crude screen around it. It was beginning to get light. At 6:00AM Khalid announced to the sleepers that if they wanted to see the sunrise we should get moving. Cameras in hand we tried to climb the dune (about 150 metres high) behind our camp. It was very hard work. Our feet sank deeply into the sand and slid back a half step. Eke made it more than half way (Brian thought wise to quit sooner). Two of our...

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Apr 9, 2011 - Todra Gorge

Awake at dawn and we climb part way up the dunes to see the sun rise. Our camp site a sight to be seen – empty bottles everywhere, blankets and swags sprawled about – quite obvious that we had a VERY good night. We tidy up as best we can, pack our bags and hop back on our camels. This time David and I swap and I have a much more enjoyable ride back to the Auberge. It is then I realise I have a bruise the size of an orange on my thigh from the previous evenings ride. Whilst on the subject of oranges – they are simply superb. Large, fresh...

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Sep 10, 2010 - Todra Gorge

7am breakfast at the gite, then we began to make our way to Todra Gorge - an area known for its rock climbing. Issam was able to confirm the public transport (small van that piles bags on roof and drives really erratically) from the gite to El Kalaa Mgouna, the capital city of the Valley of the Roses. From there, we were supposed to get taxis, and taxis weren't running because of the end of Ramadan. "No worries...we will find solution." We drive into what looks like a ghost town...litter blowing everywhere, very few cars around. The only...

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Jun 22, 2010 - Par monts et par vaux

Le matin très vite nous rejoignons la vallée du Dadès pour en remonter les gorges. Les paysages sont à couper le souffle. Contrairement aux gorges du Todgha que nous avons découvertes à pied au bas des parois rocheuses, le chemin de Dadès nous mène en 4x4 tout en haut des fallaises pour une vue vertigineuse sur l’oasis. On la surnomme la vallée des figues. Ensuite une petite piste (hors piste, en fait) nous permet de rejoindre le beau village de Boutaghrar (essayer de prononcer ça en arabe ! Un r français suivi d'un r roulé...) au bord de...

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Feb 21, 2010 - Kasbahs

Again we had quite a lot of driving today – about five hours but through the spectacular Atlas Mountains along a route virtually lined with kasbahs. The first stop was the spectacular Skoura Kasbah, which is family owned but now opens one third of its many rooms to the public. To get into the Skoura Kasbah, it was necessary to cross a fast-flowing stream by stepping on wet and wobbly stepping stones. With my camera bag on my bag, I felt unbalanced and was very worried for the safety of my precious equipment, but I made it safely across – in...

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Feb 20, 2010 - Leaving the Desert

We arose at 6.30 am and set off across the dunes to a point where we would get the best views of the sunrise. Some people chose to climb to the top of a very high dune, but I preferred to stay where I would get the best shots of morning sky over the dunes. It was magical! Once the sun was well over the horizon we returned to the camp to pack up our things and set off back to the auberge. Again, I walked while the rest of the group rode camels. It wasn’t too difficult, but then I guess I get lots of practice walking in sand. Although we...

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Aug 11, 2008 - Bye Bye Desert and Sweltering Heat

I’m sitting in the back of the bus – everyone else has been playing musical chairs with their seats, but strangely, no one’s fighting to claim mine.. they have no idea just how comfy it is back here were I can stretch out. We’ve been in quite rural spots for days now and wifi has n’t been readily available – despite our jokes beforehand, the desert berber tents were not wired however I’m pretty sure we could’ve gotten cell phone service out there. So I’m trying to catch up and upload to the journal as I can. We said by the the auberge, and...

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Apr 9, 2008 - Todra Gorge

After our wonderful visit to the dunes we headed off to Todra Gorge and have had 2 days here. Today was a free day so some of us decided to go on a 5 hour hike through and up to the top of the gorge , elevation over 2000 metres. We came across a berber family who live in very little caves and even though they have to bring their water up from the bottom of the gorge every day, they still made us thyme tea. The first cup is to say welcome and another has to be had to say farewell. The less energetic took a shorter walk through the palmeries...

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