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

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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 Mohammed Oukhayi, Said Azmamar and Hafid's brother Ali. Like Hafid, Mohammed, Said and Ali have many years of experience as tour guides or as independent tour organizers (Ali Benyachou).


The course of a camel trekking tour:

We start our daily hike at 9 am and walk for about three to four hours in the morning. After an extensive lunch break we hike another one to two hours, all at a quiet pace, together with the caravan - the chameliers with their camels. The team carefully select the resting places for lunch and dinner.  Upon reaching our lunch rest place as well as our night camp, the guide will serve you freshly prepared tea and sweets. The breakfast is rich and varied: it consists of tea, coffee, bread, omelette, olives, jam, honey, eggs and spread cheese. For lunch there are salads as well as bread, noodles or rice and juices. Dinner includes soup, couscous, tajine or pasta dishes and a desert. If there is enough firewood available, the cook prepares the traditional flatbread in the embers during the evening. Otherwise, the bread is freshly baked in the pan.

We do not have a sportive requirement profile, nevertheless our guests should have experience of several hours of walking - also in mountain landscapes - as well as be sure-footed. There is plenty of time to take pictures, enjoy and relax.The team depends on your fitness, so long daily stages of 20 - 25 km or just a few hours can be walked.  A rest day is also possible. We also orientate ourselves on the weather, i.e. in case of great heat and sandstorms we hike less and have a longer lunch break.

On our tours we offer sufficient mineral water, so the drinking water does not have to be treated extra. During the daily hike it is possible to refill with mineral water at any time.
You spend the night under the starry sky or in a tent. Akabar - Sahara Treks provides large tents as well as special 2-person tents. Mattresses and blankets are also included. 

For tours up to four people, a riding camel is included in the total price. From four people onwards each riding camel costs 15 EUR per day



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

Duration of the trekking tours: three 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: Video7                   






Trekking calendar 2021:


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

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


Dates 2021/22
Trekking tours takes place
15.09. - 20.09.  6-day tour from the Oued Amhasser to the dunes  
20.09. - 24.09.  5-day tour in dune landscapes in the south  
26.09. - 30.09.
 5-day trekking tour in dune landscapes
26.09. - 03.10.
 8-day trek through the vastness of Jebel Bani to the dunes
03.10. - 11.10.
 9-day tour from Jebel Bani down to Lake Iriki and distant dunes
10.10. - 15.10.
 6-day tour from the Oued Amhasser to the dunes
10.10. - 17.10.
 8-day tour through the vastness of Jebel Bani to the dunes
17.10. - 21.10.
 5-day tour in dune landscapes in the south
24.10. - 01.11.
 9 days on old shepherds' paths to Iriki National Park and remote dune areas
31.10. - 05.11.
 6-day tour from the Oued Amhasser to the dunes
31.10. - 07.11.
 8-day tour through the stone desert of Jebel Bani via rock paintings to dune landscapes
07.11. - 12.11.
 6-day tour from the Oued Amhasser to the dunes
14.11. - 21.11.
 8-day hike to old settlements in the Jebel Bani, via lonely side valleys to the dunes
28.11. - 02.12.
 5-day tour through the Oued Amhasser valleys to dune landscapes
28.11. - 06.12.
 9 days on old shepherds' paths to Iriki National Park and remote dune areas
05.12. - 12.12.
 8-day hike through gorges and plateaus of Jebel Bani, to black mountains and dunes
12.12. - 16.12.
 5-day hike in the valleys of the Oued Amhasser area and out to the dune foreland
12.12. - 19.12.
 8-day hike to old settlements in the Jebel Bani, via lonely side valleys to the dunes
26.12. - 03.01.  hike into the new year 2022: 8 days trek through the vastness of dunes  
28.12. - 01.01.  trek into the new year 2022: 5-day tour in dune landscapes in the south  



Information on our partners, transfer and hotels:

The following agency also provides you cameltrekking by Akabar - Sahara Treks:

Akabar - Sahara Treks offers together with Angela Elvedi trekking tours, which are accompanied by Berber nomad women, in order to make widows and divorced women as well an income possible. These caravans are under the guidance of Mrs. Elvedi. For more information see:

Transfer to Zagora:
Now flights to Zagora available by following airlines:
Royal Air Maroc from Casablanca to Zagora
Monday 7:25 h- 10.25 h
Wednesday 16.10 h - 18.05 h
Thursday 7:25 h - 10.25 h
Friday 16.10 h - 18.05 h
1. Airlines from Germany/France/Switzerland to Morocco:

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.


2. Moroccanian bus companies for public bus transfer:


3. 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.


4. 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


Duration of journey:  Marrakech - Zagora = 7 - 8 hours
Marrakech - Atlas/Ait Bougoumez = 6 hours
Ait Bougoumez - Zagora = 7 hours
Zagora - Fez = 9 hours


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 MarrakechWe can give information about some hotels. Please ask us.

In Ouarzazate:

Hotel Azoul:

Riad Dar Barbara:

In/near Agadir: