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

 News from Sahara by Hafid Benyachou

" Sahara in the time of covid 19, life looks like before, people still keep the same culture of meet and stay together with friends and family, if you come to meet him, he is happy, he opens his door, he can hug you like before, he will never be afraid of you, he is happy to share time with you like really before...Cases in Sahara are very few, and hospital are empty because normally people are naturally don't go to hospitals only in difficult cases. Shops, restaurants, hotels, schools, mosques...are open from 06h:00h till 21h:00.

Msoufa tribe from Ait Ata decided for the first time over Morocco to regulate the water melons in maximum 2 hektars for one family, before one family could make hundred hektars of watermelons. This will rescue the ground water and force people to plant palm trees and Henna which don't consume lot of water. After our tribe Msoufa regulated watermelons there are other tribes like Aitsfoul wants to practice it next year inchallah.

If you walk in open air market you could think it's like before, just when you see sometimes some masks :) all domains come to work like before only tourism, this one it creates lot of work and income for different people and jobs in the same time, because there are some restrictions on flights, so the people have very few tourists who book Sahara tour or cameltrekking, so many people who work in tourism suffer joblessness, and government gives her support only to some companies who declare their workers and the rest which are big majorities stay without support from government, many of them suffer a lot because it's hard to find another job somewhere after maybe you spent all your life in tourism in addition all domains now also affected negatively with this pandemic...

Nomads life teach us always to pay attention for tomorrow and prepare for it, because you don't know what will be happen that's why always better to keep some to one day you need it, it's similar a bit for British proverb "don't put your eggs in one box" but we hope this pandemic will not be longer.
Our Akabar association even this year is hard because of this pandemic, we decided to keep running two schools, we don't want it to be so sad and hard year for nomads, thanks to supporting from Mundo Incantato Italian Association and Our friends Remo and his friends from Switzerland and of course other friends who even help with encouraging words and support, thanks to this, many students now go to school and new bright future are rising on the sky...
The herbal project is a project for only women to study old herbal projects in first step and second one to plant these herbal and try produce some herbals for market and in the same time create some income for local women and persuade local farmers to plant herbals than watermelons which consume much water, this project is supported by Hand in hand organisation in Germany.

We want to encourage people to come to Sahara, it's the safest place for you from covid 19 or any stress of lockdown in your country, walking in Sahara it will help you to forget the stress of restrictions in your country and it will cure your souls and make you again smile and think positively in different point views.
Hafid and Akabar team"



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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:



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Enactus from the University of Munich and the nomadic association Akabar are launching a new project to supply the inhabitants of rural areas and the nomads in the desert with purified and desalinated drinking water.



Nomad aid projects:

HiHLogoThe Hand in Hand-Fund of "Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V."

supports the "Association Akabar for Sustainable Development and Culture - الثقافة و للتنمية أكابار جمعية جمعية" in the following project, which was initiated last year by Hafid Benyachou's trekking guest Annett Z. and started in summer 2019.                                    

This project aims to encourage rural women from the Tafraout/Jebel Bani area to cultivate medicinal herbs and teas in order to prevent the knowledge of medicinal plants from being forgotten. The first step of the project consists of finding, recording and photographing medicinal plants in Jebel Bani and the dune area. The older nomadic women, who have only transmitted their knowledge orally so far, will be interviewed and subsequently searched for the appropriate plants, photographed and the findings recorded in writing.

In the second phase of the project it is planned to cultivate suitable medicinal herbs on fields in the high valley of Tafraout, which will be bought or leased. The fields are to be cultivated by women. Marketing and sales will also be in the hands of the women, who will be able to earn their own income with this project. The aim is to establish a women's cooperative.

This project is intended to offer alternatives to the watermelon cultivation boom. Negative effects are already being felt. 


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