1. Camel trekking and homestay
Homestay with the Sahara nomads of Tafraout-area with camel trekking tour
In Jebel Bani as well as in the dune foothills, you can meet nomad families or individual shepherds. Hafid knows some of the families through his previous teaching at the nomad school in Tafraout/Bani. Here are some characteristics that describe nomads:
- they live in semi-desert and desert areas, e.g. in the south-east of Morocco, e.g. Zagora-M’Hamid-Tata
- they live far away from economic centres
- they have extensive sheep, goat and dromedary husbandry
- they live seasonally in tents, caves or temporary quarry stone shelters the bare floor is covered with blankets or woven rugs. Families sleep together, there is a “kitchen tent” and a “shower tent”. Blankets and sleeping pads are rolled up during the day. In front of the kitchen tent are jerry cans with water, which are often carried by donkey.
- there is a high illiteracy rate
- the marriage age of the women is low
- the household size is above average
The women are shy and cover their faces in front of strangers. They also do not allow themselves to be photographed. Sitting together over tea or even goat’s milk and goat’s cheese is very impressive. Conversations are quiet and relaxed. Occasionally, a storyteller comes by to give news or entertainment in exchange for a meal.
Because of their simple and primitive way of life without hustle and bustle, they trust their senses much more, which are extremely acute compared to ours. They hear, smell and see much better, they observe their fellow human beings closely and notice emotional states immediately and intensively. In the field, they recognise traces where we would not notice anything.
Nomad children offer travellers necklaces and bracelets made of plastic beads or occasionally woven rugs and blankets. It is always possible to buy a sheep or goat from a nomad family and then eat it with them.
Always a profound experience for the hikers.
Sahara nomad’s life with local people of Tafraout plus camel trekking tour
With this offer you will experience a real semi-nomad’s life in Tafraout plus camel trekking in different areas of Sahara:
- Carpet weaving or weaving with the women and girls of the village, making Berber jewellery, bags, jellabas and much more.
- Learn the local Berber language and Arabic in the old nomad school.
- Experiencing daily life with the semi-nomadic families of Tafraout (baking bread, preparing Berber meals and Berber tea, feeding animals, working on the farmland, walking with the herd of goats, making and listening to Berber music).
- Hiking together with the caravan in the Jebel Bani Mountains, discovering palm oases, gorges and small lakes. Visit nomadic families in their tents. Then hike through the vast dune landscapes of the Sahara.
This programm will be from 6 days because it needs lot of time and patience to enjoy the individual items of this programm.
Special program for families with children – meeting Berber Nomad’s children and having many activities together:
- Watching animals, camel riding, learning local games, herding animals, campfires, learning to drum and much more.
- Learning together with local children in the old nomad school of Tafraout/Jebel Bani.
- Go camel trekking with nomad children, a chance to learn from each other and get an idea of how they manage in the desert.
Starts from 3 days and runs up to 6 days.
2. Sahara music festivals plus camel trekking
Experience the Desert Blues at the M’Hamid music festivals!
Tishoumaren or Assouf, internationally known as desert blues, is a style of music from the Sahara region in North and West Africa.
Here are some examples:
The Tamikrest group (Mali/Algeria): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ku8j3jFN4NA&list=RDEMFz5pcPcvwOIYtbUHk47IGg&start_radio=1, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCfCJR7CUaU
The Tinariwen group (Mali):
The Toulout group (Djanet/Algeria): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbYf54SpbiI