The shared tours have a fixed price regardless of the amount of people attending. However, private tour prices are higher because this is a more intimate experience with just a few people in the group. The more people you have, the lower the price will get.
You can bring luggage to the group or private desert tours. It’s a good idea to have that luggage in the form of a backpack, as you can travel with it around, you can even take it on the camel as you reach the desert camp. Your remaining luggage will be in your Zagora vehicle or in Merzouga at the operator lodge.
That’s up to you. Ideally you can do that onsite on the tour day with USD, EUR, MAD or GBP. If you choose online payments, these will have additional fees. For private tours you can use the same systems, nothing will change.
These will usually take around 1 hour for the sunset camel to go from Merzouga and up to Erg Chebbi and another hour for the sunrise camel. Of course timing will depend on the season and weather conditions.
Yes, the only issue will be with gluten free foods, as there aren’t a lot of them in Morocco, so you may have to bring in your own which is quite the challenge. Most of the meals will be halal meals only, but you can choose other options.
Merzouga camp operators have sandboards and they are available at the operator lodge. You can start enjoying some sandboarding fun with this, all you have to do is to check it out as it’s very enjoyable.
There are actually lots of cafes as you go towards the desert. You can choose any of your own you found during research. Or you can talk with the driver and he can recommend some if you want. Either way you can obtain great results.
Shared desert tours are coming with competitive prices. Of course, that does mean you have to limit expectations, ignore some of the minor details and just share the experience with others. There are lots of private tours if you’re not willing to travel with others. It all comes down to the budget you have, and you can go from there.
For the private tours yes, as long as the plane takes off at 19.00 at the latest. However, if we are talking about doing this during the winter or rainy season, there might be delays. For shared tours this is not a good option unless the flight is at least at midnight.