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

 

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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: https://www.wuestentrekkinginmarokko.ch

 

 

Sun and warmth instead of rain and fog - peace and relaxation instead of pre-Christmas stress

 

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Let the year 2019 end in the desert and welcome the year 2020 in the silence of Sahara! A fascinating starry sky instead of New Year's fireworks!

In order to escape the dark season and the Christmas stress, it is a good idea to tank up on the sun in the silence of the desert, especially in the months of November, December and January. We hike through the dunes of Morocco's south, from Iriki, Chentouf, Sdraa and Smar among others, preferring the areas that are far away from jeep and fun tourism. In the vastness of the Sahara, the caravan alternates between sandy plains - littered with colourful stones and prehistoric clay fragments - and dune areas of varying heights. We meet old Islamic sanctuaries, to which the nomads still make pilgrimages today. At acacias, palm and tamarisk oases we spend our lunch breaks or make camp for the night.  We spend a few nights in the middle of the dunes.

Akabar- Sahara Treks and the team of the nomads of Tafraout would be pleased to welcome you on one of the tours.

 

 

Fellow traveller wanted:

25.11. - 29.11.: Couple looks for fellow hikers for an interesting 5-days hike in Bani mountains and dune landscapes

28.01. - 04.02.2020.: 8-days camel trek in mountains and dunes with nomads women accompanying the group as cook

 

 

 

Desert news:

 

Nomad aid projects:

HiHLogoThe Hand in Hand-Fund of "Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V." https://www.duh.de/zielgruppen/internationales/hand-in-hand-fonds/hand-in-hand-fonds-foerderprojekte/

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.

 

September 2019: with donations by the travellers of our Swiss partner the team of Akabar - Sahara treks is building wells again:

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Further information under nomad aid.