Coming in Kam Kam Dunes with Kids

We usually get this question very often, should we take the kids or not?

First of all, we want to make clear the either you are coming from Fez or from Marrakech it will be a long trip (10 hours road trip).

If you start from Marrakech the route goes across the High Atlas Mountains, stops in Ait Ben Haddou, Ouarzzazate, the Todra Gorges, and Dades Valley before reaching Merzouga. We recommend taking the tour that stops in Dades so you have a waypoint to sleep between the road.

If your kids are not used to spending long periods of time in a car, this is going to be very difficult for them. If you’re considering a Sahara visit you MUST take this into consideration. If you’re unsure how they will do, never book a shared tour because you won’t be able to stop when you require.

It will be better to book a private tour, that will allow you to stop as frequently as needed and will not put others on edge. Note that none of the cars will have a secure seat system for your kids.

After the note about the length of time spent in the car, next point is about activities. Essentially you’re driving 10+ hours to see this amazing experience in one of the most remote places of the world. But from a kid’s point of view think that electronic gadgets won’t work. If your kids aren’t the type to spend hours without being entertained, then plan accordingly. This can be an amazing experience, or a frustrating one!

Usually the arrival time in Kam Kam Dunes is at the sunset, then in the dinner usually we have tajine and chicken or meat. Take into consideration that the kids may not be used to Moroccan food and if they don’t like it much there are very limited on site. We advise to bring some food with you. Baby highchair is not available.

Remind that the weather in the desert is very severe, form a possibility of a sand storm, to very high temperatures during the day and very cold during the night. The kids buggy will not slide in the sand.

About the emergencies you also must consider that Kam Kam is inside the desert and the nearest basic “hospital” is in Er-rachidia (3.5 hours), so you must bring the medicines you think could be required. We have a cat and a dog, and we are surrounded by sand, so if you have any allergy you need to be ready for this.

Summarizing, if you take the trip as a family adventure and you think that spending some time on the road won’t be an issue and your kids and you accept all the inconveniences that it may occur and you will be able to handle in a good way then you are welcomed to book a tour. From past experiences, even it came kids of 9 months years old we recommend at least to be 4 or 5 years old.  



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