Morocco: Camel trekking in Sahara - mountain hikes in High Atlas with Akabar - Sahara Treks and the team of Ait Atta nomads

Welcome to Akabar - Sahara Treks!

Hafid Benyachou, the owner of Akabar - Sahara Treks, comes from a large nomad family. He still remembers that his father was walking with his herds from Morocco through Algeria to Mali. Hafid has set himself the task of supporting the nomadic population of Sahara. More about this under "News" and "Nomad Aid Projects".

Hafid Benyachou has no business premises, camels and jeeps. He accompanies most tours as a guide, so it could take a few days that he answers a request. For parallel tours, the trekking groups will be accompanied by Mohamed Okhye, Said Azmamar and Hafid's brother Ali. Like Hafid, Mohamed, Said and Ali have many years of experience as tour guides or as independent tour organizers (Ali).

 

Trekking tours with Akabar - Sahara Treks:

  • The hikes and tours are done in close cooperation with nomads from the Ait Atta tribe who are not just working for us. We appreciate companionship as well as a friendly and familiar contact by learning a lot about their culture and their everyday life and getting to know their environment.  At Akabar - Sahara Treks, it is common for guests and the team to eat together as much as possible and to travel like a big family. The team is always concerned about the well-being of the guests and reads "wishes from the eyes".

  • Our trekking tours lead away from the mass tourism on historic caravan routes and pathes of shepherds through the varied and fascinating stone wilderness of the Jebel Bani, through dune landscapes, over hamadas and oases. We have chosen special ways to avoid the usual caravan routes and jeep tracks. Our team is at home in mountains and desert south of Zagora. The valleys and plains in the Jebel Bani mountains are among the pasture areas of our nomadic companions, who carefully and responsibly perform their duties during camel trekking.

  • On our caravans with spontaneous overnight stay at nomadic families you will learn about the life and culture of the nomadic people of the Sahara.

  • With our offers of trekking and trekking with homestay, we want to provide an income to the people of the desert, so that they can continue to live in their environment and in their culture and are not forced to emigrate to cities. For our trekking tours, well-known nomads from entire Jebel Bani mountains are hired with their own camels. By this, the chameliers can contribute to the upkeep of their families with their own animals.

  •  Our desert walks are offered without fixed daily tour descriptions, as this is not the nomadic life. Forget about time pressure and constant accessibility! Enjoy the vastness and silence of the landscape!

  •  In extreme landscapes, such as in the desert, weather conditions can also deviate from the described itinerary; That's why we expect a certain amount of flexibility and adaptability from the participants. On our hikes into Sahara, we get to know the everyday harsh living conditions of the desert dwellers, who have to live with sandstorms, heat, sudden rain or years of drought.


Sequence of a camel trekking tour:

We start our daily hike around 9 o'clock and walk in the morning about three to four hours. After a long lunch break, we hike for another one to two hours, all at a quiet pace, along with the caravan - the chameliers with their camels. Our guide carefully chooses the resting places for lunch and dinner. Upon reaching our lunch rest place as well as our night camp, the guide will offer you freshly prepared tea and sweets. The breakfast is plentiful and varied: it consists for example of tea, coffee, bread, omelet, olives, jam, honey, eggs and cream cheese. For lunch, there are salads and bread, pasta or rice and juices. For dinner there is e.g. soup, couscous, tajines and pasta dishes as well as a desert. If enough firewood is available,  the cook prepares during the evening the traditional flatbread in the embers. Otherwise, nomad women are asked to bake bread for a fee.

We do not have a sporting requirement profile, but our guests should still have experience of hiking for several hours - even in mountain landscapes - as well as being sure-footed. There is plenty of time to take pictures, enjoy and relax. We are also guided by the weather, i. e. during high heat and sandstorm less hike and a longer lunch break is inserted.
We offer sufficient mineral water on the entire tour. There is no need to treat the drinking water by yourselves. The refilling of mineral water is possible at any time, so that the hikers do not have to carry heavy daypacks.
 
The night can be spent under the star-spattered sky or in a tent. Akabar - Sahara Treks provides both large tents and 2-person tents at no extra charge. Mattresses and blankets are also included.
 
For tours of five days or more, one riding camel is included in the total price. Further riding camels can be booked.
 
 

Trekking tour: from one person up to groups of eight persons. Larger groups are also welcome.

Duration of the trekking tours: two days to 15 days

Season: Trekking from mid-September to June, hikes in the Atlas Mountains from May to October, roundtrips by jeep all year.

 

 

The following video by our guest P. Hauser provides you an impression about our treks and our work:

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Trekking calendar:

We also offer you tours according to your schedule and your ideas! 

Reversed route possible, the tours are carried out from 1 person

 

Dates 2019    
29.01. -05.02.  special trek in dunes and Jebel Bani with nomad women as cook to support local women  takes place
03.02. - 07.02.  5-days trek from Jebel Bani to dunes
21.02. - 25.02.  5-days trek from Jebel Bani to dunes  
07.03. - 14.03.  8-days trek from Jebel Bani to dunes
17.03. - 24.03.  8-days trek from Jebel Bani to dunes
28.03. - 01.04.  5-days trek from Jebel Bani to dunes
02.04. - 09.04.
 special trek in dunes and Jebel Bani with nomad women as cook to support local women  takes place

   

                

 

Information on transport and hotels: You will receive complete information on trekking, equipment and Morocco following your booking with us.

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.

Moroccanian bus companies for public bus transfer:

Transfer by Grand-Taxi
Taxi stand at Bab Doukhala, price per tour to Ouarzazate and Zagora e.g. 120 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.

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

 In Amezrou, ca 1,5 km from Zagora in the palm gardens near riber Draa, alleyways between the garden invite to walks, all very quiet.

 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:

Hotel Azoul: http://www.hotelazoul.com/an/welcome.html

Riad Dar Barbara: http://www.riaddarbarbara.com/