Morocco: Camel trekking and hiking in the desert with Akabar - Sahara Treks - individual - personal - flexible

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Sahara music festivals plus camel trekking

 

10 days camel trekking plus Taragalte music festival  http://www.taragalte.org

26.10.2019: Arrival in Marrakech, our taxi will pick you up at airport or hotel and takes you directly to Zagora. With arrival at midnight in Ourzazate, the taxi will take you to a riad in Ourzazate. You will be picked up for Zagora after breakfast.

27.10.2019: In Zagora you have the chance to visit the huge authentic open air market of the region which takes place on wednesdays and sundays. You will see traders of all kind, farmers and the nomadic population. Lunch in the heart of the nearby Amezrou oasis under palm trees. Thereafter jeep transfer of one to two hours to the foot of Jebel Bani mountains where the  team of Akabar with their camels await you. After a walk up into Bani mountains and over the rocky plains we stay for dinner and overnight in a beautiful oasis of palm trees.

28.10.2019: Together with our camels and the team we walk through the fascinating area of the river "Oued L'Amhasser" with its rocky bassins or lakes. At lunchtime you will have a chance to swim. We will spend the night near a nomad family, have tea together and thus get an idea about nomad's life in Sahara Morocco.

29.10.2019: After breakfast we wander over a hamada with its black grid and rocks where you might see also Fata Morganas. Lunchtime under tamarisk trees near the dried out river bed of Oued Laatach. The night will be spend in beautiful dunes mixed with stones which contain fossils, called Erg Talhat.

30.10.2019: Our camel trekking tour carries on to a nice area of dunes and tamarisk trees, crossing the dry bed of river Draa, the longest moroccanian river with 1200 km length. We will sleep in the beautiful Boghbra dunes near the river.

31.10.2019: We follow river Draa through Sahara landscapes until we are close to the village of M'Hamid, which is near the Algerian border. Overnight in an oasis called Ighef Nofrokh.

01.11.2019: After breakfast we leave our small bivuac and walk or ride on our camels to M'Hamid where the Taragalte Festival takes place.  On this festival you find a huge mixture of Sahara music from Morocco, Mali, Algeria. Mauretania and others and it represents also an important meeting for nomads of Sahara to exchange experiencxce and ideas.

02.11.2019: We enjoy another day and evening enjoying the beautiful music of Festival Taragalte in M'Hamid. Third night in our bivouac in the oasis of Ighef Nofrokh.

03.11.2019: After last breakfast in Sahara we say goodbye to the team and camels. Jeep transfer to Zagora. If your flight from Ouarzazate takes place very early the next morning, you will carry on to Agdez,  visit the very old Kasbah of Tamnogalte, where you have an impression about old Morrocanian towns in the past. Lunch in Agdez, late afternoon in Ouarzazate. Possibility for sight seeing and shopping.

04.11.2019: After breakfast, when the return flight departs from Ouarzazate, the taxi will take you to the airport. For the return flight from Marrakech, the taxi will take you to the hotel or directly to the airport.

Or, if you like to stay in a cosy and quiet riad in Amezrou/Zagora, the jeep will drop you there and you may enjoy another day in Zagora. The taxi will take you back to the airport/town of your arrival.

The total price: for 3 persons 930 EUR/person for 4 persons 830 EUR/person, for 6 persons 680 EUR/person, for 8 persons 670 EUR/person

Included in the price: taxi to and from Marrakech, jeep transfer to and from desert, full board with three meals a day during the trek, tea, mineral water, mattresses, blankets, sheets, large tent, for couples double tents, cook, chamelier, guide, camels,  2 nights with breakfast in riad (single room supplement for hotel accommodation of 2 nights: 50,00 EUR), dinner in hotel.

Not included in the price: flights, tips, entry ticket to the festival, personal expenses

If you arrive at Ouarzazate or by plane in Zagora, the price will be reduced accordingly

 

 

10 days camel trekking and visit of the International Nomad Festival of M'Hamid 2020  http://www.nomadsfestival.org

04.04.2020: Arrival in Marrakech, our taxi picks you up from the airport or hotel and takes you directly to Zagora. If you arrive around midnight in Ourzazate, the taxi will take you to a nearby riad. You will be picked up after breakfast and travel on to Zagora.

05.04.2020:  In Zagora you have the chance to visit the huge authentic open air market of the region, where on sundays and wednesdays traders of all kinds, farmers and the nomad population meet. Lunch under palm trees in the heart of the nearby oasis Amezrou. Afterwards jeep transfer to the nomad festival of M'Hamid where you can meet different cultures and enjoy the music of Sahara from countries like Morocco, Algeria and Mali. Dinner and overnight in our tents in an oasis near M'Hamid.

06.04.2020: After breakfast there is the possibility to discover the beauty of the palm oasis in the surroundings of M'Hamid on foot or riding a camel. After lunch visit other concerts of the music festival. For dinner and overnight stay the team of Akabar - Sahara Treks waits in the oasis.

07.04.2020: Start of the trekking tour to the heart of the "Great South" of the Moroccan Sahara. After crossing the longest river of Morocco, the Draa with 1.200 km, lunch at a well. Here we meet nomads watering their herds or groups of semi-wild donkeys. After some hiking hours, overnight near the river in the beautiful dune area of Boghbra.

08.04.2020: The hike takes place through different desert landscapes to the favourite river of the nomads, Oued Naam, which rises in the Bani mountains. Here is plenty of food for the sheep and goat herds. The caravan spends lunch in the shade of tamarisks and the night in the beautiful large dunes of Erg Bogern.

09.04.2020: On this day we hike directly to our overnight place in the dunes of Erg Talhat. They are covered with stones containing fossils. After lunch you have free time to relax, photograph fossils, go for a walk, ride a camel.

10.04.2020: After breakfast we change direction to get to know the rocky landscape of the Sahara after having seen the dunes. We hike over "black" hamadas, which are plains with black, glittering gravel, where you can also see Fata Morganas in the heat. The caravan spends lunch in the shade of tamarisks. Now we go directly into the Bani mountains where we meet a nomad family in the evening, drink tea together and get a small insight into the life of nomads in Morocco.

11.04.2020: On this day we cross the primeval gorges of Oued L'Amhasser. Rock pools and small lakes offer the possibility for bathing or swimming. Overnight stay in the beautiful, naturally formed oasis Diabi with its palms, water basins and rock plates.

12.04.2020: After the last breakfast in the desert we hike two to three hours, say goodbye to the team and the camels and let the jeep take us to Zagora. If your return flight goes from Ouarzazate already the next morning, you drive from Zagora further to Agdez and visit there the historical Kasbah of Tamnogalte, which offers you an impression of the life in Moroccan cities of past times. Lunch in Agdez, afternoon in Ouarzazate, if you like you can visit the city and/or do some shopping.

Alternatively, you can spend the night in a cosy and quiet riad in Amezrou/Zagora. The jeep will drop you off and you can enjoy another day in Zagora. The taxi will take you back to the airport/city of your arrival.

The total price: for 3 persons 930 EUR/person,  for 4 persons 830 EUR/person, for 6 persons  680 EUR/person, for 8 persons 670 EUR/person

Included in the price: taxi to and from Marrakech, jeep transfer to and from desert, full board with three meals a day during the trek, tea, mineral water, mattresses, blankets, sheets, large tent, for couples double tents, cook, chamelier, guide, camels,  2 nights with breakfast in riad (single room supplement for hotel accommodation of 2 nights: 50,00 EUR), dinner in hotel.

Not included in the price: flights, tips, entry ticket to the festival, personal expenses

If you arrive at Ouarzazate or by plane in Zagora, the price will be reduced accordingly