We aim to retain the knowledge of our ancestors’ cultural routes of migration and way of life, which once allowed unlimited travel from place to place.
This style of permanently travelling from land to land in the large African Sahara was virtually destroyed when maps were re-drawn by colonists which resulted in separating the great desert into pieces of countries.
For this reason, as well as the issues caused by desertification and climate change, government policies and marginalisation of nomadic people – this way of life is almost over. We want to share our heritage with you before it is too late.
We will safely guide you through mysterious and diverse desert landscapes and show you our most stunningly beautiful home – the Sahara Desert.
The silence of desert will tell thousands of words about the journey of peace.
The magic of the Sahara Desert has, over the centuries, inspired poets and writers such as Paulo Coelho – The Alchemist and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – The Little Prince.
These books have inspired people from all over the world to change their perception towards our world and its simplicity and morality.
On a Walking with Nomads trek you can expect a high quality and authentic experience. We trek in deep desert remote areas with a family of genuine nomads and you will learn about their lifestyle through their story-telling and passion for their ancient heritage.
I am a nomad from the M’Hamid Sahara area. I grew up in the desert with my grandparents living a nomadic life. Due to the modern day laws of Morocco, I was forced to leave the desert for my education but I returned during every school holiday to my Sahara homeland.
On paper I am an English Linguistics Graduate from Ibn Zohr University, but in my heart I am a writer and storyteller. My specialisms are desert culture, anthropology and history.
I am also an expert in desert navigation and will lead your tour and manage all aspects of your Walking with Nomads experience here in the Moroccan Sahara.
I was raised in the Sahara Desert in a big nomadic family. In the early days I travelled across the dunes by donkey for many miles to a school for nomadic children but later I attended university and graduated in Biology and English.
I know the desert like the back of my hand and have several years’ experience guiding treks in English and French. I love to share the stories which have been passed down through my family for generations. I am passionate about my culture and the camels on which we rely so much and I look forward to showing you the way of life I love so much.
I am the Camp Chef for Walking with Nomads. I used to work with Atlas Mountain Treks and I have spent several years working as the kitchen chef at desert camps and on desert treks.
I have a large experience because I spend half my life living inside the Sahara before my family settled in the village on the dune line. I love to cook and prepare feast for you by the camp fire and show how to make traditional sand bread.
My name is Dady El-Gasmi. I am the father of Mohamed and the uncle of Brahim.
I am an expert in desert navigation and 4×4 desert trekking. I have more than 20 years experience as a touristic desert driver. I worked for the few last years as an experienced ambulance driver in M’hamid desert due to the knowledge I have about desert off roads. I will drive you safely through M’hamid Sahara gates and show you all the beautiful places included in your itineraries.
My name is Hamma El-Gasmi, Mohamed’s Grandfather and this is my story.
I used to be a nomad hunter who chased desert animals to keep my family alive. I worked as a merchant in the Sahara. I bought hunting guns, carpets and important things then tried to sell them elsewhere in desert.
I used to take long journeys with camel caravans from M’hamid to Algeria then Timbuktu, crossing the great Sahara in order to bring it back full of salt to trade. I loved my life in the desert. It was quite difficult most of the time but was full of adventure .
I think I am 94 and I am a free man who made the desert my home. Now I still live a nomadic life in the desert at least in the winter and spring and join my children in the village in the summer to help them heal any sick camels.
My name is Said Talb and I am a young nomad guitarist. I started playing guitar since I was a child when my brother brought me a guitar. Later on my friends and I start playing and singing at different wedding at the village of M’hamid. Then later, we created a well known local Sahara band called Desert Stars in which I am the main guitarist. I have played at several festivals, especially nomadic ones and I play different kinds of music – Tuareg, nomadic and others.
I am one of Walking with Nomads camels guides and musicians and me and my guitar will join you on your desert trekking experience.
When I first saw Mohamed’s Grandfather on a BBC documentary about the destruction and loss of the nomadic way of life in the Moroccan Sahara, I knew that I wanted to get to know this family and learn more. Over the last few years, I have got to know them very well and have enjoyed several desert treks with them. They are the most interesting, kind and supportive family I have ever had the honour to meet and I am so proud and excited to have partnered with them in order for us all to be able to now offer the Walking with Nomads desert trekking experience to you.
I am British and am based in the UK. I have 5 years experience managing a Moroccan Tour Business and providing desert tourism experiences and am the owner / manager of Walking with Nomads. My knowledge of Morocco is extensive and I have a wide support network, in-country.
Walking with Nomads is the trading name of Always Morocco Ltd which is registered as a UK Limited Company. I manage all aspects of the administration of this business and will be your main point of contact.
In addition to Walking with Nomads, I also own the Moroccan Tour Company, So Morocco Ltd.
The camels we use on our tours are calm and gentle and have been trained to accompany desert trekking tours with tourists. We have 4 camels, one of each colour, each displaying different personality traits. The nomad’s relationship with his camels is a sacred and honoured one since each relies totally on the other for survival and their training methods are fascinating.
The camels will happily carry the portable camping equipment, kitchen supplies and your personal luggage as they amble along besides you in their rhythmic and mindful way.
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