Akabar - Sahara Treks - Come with us! Experience desert and nomad culture in Morocco!

Information on your stay in Morocco

In addition to our information, we would like to recommend the site http://www.morocco-house.de/vip-trekking-in-s%C3%BCdmarokko/ by Katrin Bernhard, who has it put together with a lot of commitment and joy everything worth knowing. 

The following website informs you about trekking with Akabar - Sahara Treks and the nomad aid projects in Tafraout/Sahara: http://www.morocco-friends.com/

1. Hotels:

Both in Amezrou, ca 1,5 km from Zagora in the palm gardens

In Marrakech: we have already gained experience with the hotels listed below. For individuals and holidaymakers who want to stay in Marrakech only once, we recommend hotels that are not deep in the labyrinth of the medina, e.g. close to the major streets of Avenue Hommane Al Fatouaki, Avenue El Mouahidine, Rue Bahia Bab Mellah, Rue Touareg, Boulevard Fatima Zahra. Near Ave Hommane Al Fatouaki are many streets with small shops of everyday needs, for housing facilities and a market hall. From this district is also in about 15 minutes to the airport (for taxi should not be paid more than 100 DH).

  • Riad Saba Guesthouse: Riad Saba is a cozy house in the heart of old Medina of Marrakech, within walking distance of about 5 minutes from the world-famous Jemaa El Fna square. The Saba is one of the few riads which you can reach by taxi or a private car directly up to the front door. A perfect place to regenerate between the sightseeing in and around Marrakech. Riad Saba is under Swedish leadership of Maria and Jabrane Sebnat:   Riad Saba Guesthouse http://www.riadsaba.com/

  • Dar Choumissa: a nice little Riad with indoor pool, nice rooms with windows to quiet streets, friendly staff, a good breakfast and just 5-7 minutes from Jemaa El Fna. Nearby lalleys with local shops, craftsmen and authentic market halls. Suitable for single travellers: http://www.riad-marrakech-choumissa.com 

In Ouarzazate:

                          

2. Airlines:

The following applies to delayed baggage: In Morocco, baggage can not be delivered due to local customs regulations. There, all luggage must be collected personally at the airport.

3. Moroccanian bus companies for public bus transfer:

4. Transfer by Grand-Taxi
Taxi stand at Bab Er-Rob, near Royal Palace, price per tour to Ouarzazate and Zagora e.g. 100 Dirham each, but to enjoy your own seat you have to pay double, as in those taxis each seat is counted twice, plus luggage costs.
Travelling further to Zagora you have to change in Ouarzazate and pay the next stage.

5. Transfer by private taxi directly from Zagora
(booking via H. Benyachou) price at the moment approx.130 EUR each tour from and to Marrakech and approx. 50 EUR each from and to Ouarzazate

6. Transport into desert

The jeep prices depend on the current fuel price in Morocco and at the moment amount to 90-110 EUR for a single trip to Tafraout /Sahara or to the dunes at M'Hamid.

 7. Shopping - the prices in the south are much cheaper than in Marrakech and you will find genuine Moroccan art objects, shutters, kilims, carpets and Tuareg jewelry and batik fabrics from Mauritania

  • Large weekly market of Zagora: Wednesdays and Sundays: fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices, nomad jewelery etc.

  • Zagora: kilims, shawls, jewelry from Tuareg, Mauritania and nomads etc

  • Amezrou: kilims and carpets, jewelry, mirrors, silver plate etc

For this purpose, we recommend the "Coopérative des Artisans Amzrou". It is located in the see worthy old Kasbah Amezrou (2 km from Zagora) and is a small museum. Here old palm wood doors are restored and provided with inlays. Very beautiful pieces, which are also suitable as table or continue to serve as door. One can see the restorers or the silversmith over his shoulder. There are ancient nomadic jewelery, lamps, household items and rugs. The ownersshows travelers also around the Kasbah. It's worth a visit.
Coopérative des'Artisans Amzrou, Douini Barzouk, Tel (212) 5 24 84 61 58, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We also recommand the following traders, both in Amezrou/Zagora: Maison Toudra and Maison d'Amezrou, both on Rte. Mhamid

Very good spices and freshly ground ras hanout-mixtures are to be found in the north of Zagora at Rachid's shop. Hafid will accompany you to his trader. Ask him even after the date provider, where you will find many kinds of dates.

 

8. Climate, for example

Zoover weather report 

 

9. Intercultural training by Dr. Gertraud Kinne, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

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