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My camel expedition into the Sahara was arranged by Voyages Schwartz, a veteran travel company based in Casablanca. For a two-night camel safari, the approximate cost is 1,650 Dirhams per person (about $205 US), for a party of two or three travelers. The cost includes the services of desert nomad guides; tents, camels and meals. For more information and reservations, contact: Zohra Ibn M'rabet, Voyages Schwartz, 112 Avenue du Prince Moulay Abdellah, Casablanca, Morocco. Phone: 011-212-222-2947 or Fax: 011-212-227-8054.

Spring and autumn are the best times to go. In March, when I went, the daytime temperature hovered around 80 degrees. June, July and August are the hottest months.

Essentials include sunscreen, sunglasses, lip balm, a basic first-aid kit, plenty of moist towelettes, a small flashlight, binoculars, Swiss Army knife, lots of film, and a hat (especially good are the French Foreign Legion-style hats, with back/side flaps to keep out sun and sand).

For clothes, I wore a T-shirt, nylon windbreaker and long cotton pants during the day. For the cool nights, it's a good idea to bring a sweater or cotton turtleneck.

More information: Contact the Moroccan National Tourist Office, 20 E. 46th St., No. 1201, New York, N.Y. 10017. Tel.: (212) 557-2520; Fax: (212) 949-8148.

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