The Sahara Desert is one of the most extreme environments on Earth, and yet humans find a way even here, as every camel caravan and oasis town proves. KE Adventure Travel runs two guided hiking trips in the Moroccan portion of this vast (and actually quite varied) sandbox, taking advantage of milder winter temperatures. The Across the Dunes of the Sahar Tour and the slightly hardier Edge of the Sahara Trek take in sights and experiences including the palm groves of the Draa Valley, the mighty dunes of Erg Chegaga, treks with camel assistance and evenings spent in Berber tented camps.
The eight-day Across the Dunes of the Sahara Tour costs from £595 per person. In a group of up to 12. The eight-day Edge of the Sahara Trek starts at £495. Both include hotels, camping, meals and land transfers. BA, easyJet, Royal Air Maroc, Ryanair and Thomson fly to Marrakesh from Birmingham Bristol, Gatwick, Heathrow, Liverpool, Manchester and Stansted.