Each of our options offers a unique “off grid” experience. The selection is richly varied in terms of location, cost, duration & content but will always be sustainable in nature and gentle in impact.
You might choose to be with nomadic tribes or rural craftspeople. Remote cooperatives or ground breaking professionals. In all cases, environmental conservation is foremost in our hearts but it’s a multi-tiered impact, benefiting Morocco’s fragile natural heritage with respect and love.
As a responsible tourist you will be helping to bolster local economy while preserving and sustaining natural and cultural resources for future generations.
You are welcome to join our Facebook Group – ECO Tourism Network Morocco – to be part of the conversation.
Mohamed was raised in a nomadic family and was born during the severe drought in the 1990’s during which life in this area was even more difficult than usual. As soon as he was old enough, he found work in the tourist sector as a camel guide and later working at a well respected hotel and desert camp.
Mohamed is a responsible guide and his experience has honed his skills as a storyteller and cook and he is also a talented musician.
Hammid’s parents were the last generation of nomads and they eventually settled in the town of Merzouga where Hammid was raised. At 11 years old, Hammid had to leave his schooling in order to support the family and he worked as a camel guide.
Hammid saved up to buy his own camel and now, he owns five. He adores his camels and they are the best treated camels in the whole area. Everyone loves Hammid and his infectious sense of humour and we’re pretty sure that no one can walk further than him either. With some English and Spanish, he is an important part of the team.
Ali was the middle child of a family of nomadic shepherds. When he was 15 years old, his family were forced to abandon their nomadic lifestyle and his father worked in construction in the new settlements building up on the duneline. Ali sold fossils in order to fund his first camel and he works now as our camp chef.
Ali is a family man with 5 children who spent half his life living as a nomad which he loves to share through nostalgic stories. He will cook and prepare a feast for you and show you how to make traditional sand bread.
Mobarek is usually referred to as Amghar which is a term of endearment and respect for an old man. He was born in the time that cattle were the only source of income, in a town named Benssour. After political borders were drawn, this part of the desert became Algeria not Morocco. He lived through the Sand Wars but his family were evicted from their pasture lands by the Algerian army during the Sand War in 1963. They were dislocated again (pushed into Morocco) after the Green March in 1975.
The limitation and war has had a huge impact on the family’s life, whilst they still kept to the only lifestyle they had ever known. But Amghar found his passion in herding his animals and being around them. He got married but later his wife died leaving him with 5 children. He married again and fathered another 3 children with his new wife. After the death of his father, their heritage was split between him and his siblings from which he received a small herd of around 100 heads.
Sadly his children didn’t want to live the same nomadic life style, so he was left alone to deal with all of it; Consequently, he had to sell his cattle and with the money he bought some desert land and built himself a house. He now works with us as a guardian and guide and most of all as a storyteller.
Hicham is the coordinator of our rural Rif experiences.
Born and raised in the Taounate province of Morocco, Hicham went to the Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdlah University in Fes where he studied English Literature. In the 12 years since then, he has worked in the tourism field primarily managing riads.
However his passion is raising awareness for eco tourism opportunities in this part of Morocco and he is a founding member of an NGO created to contribute towards sustainable development efforts in his local area.
You will be welcome to stay at his family run guesthouse in his local village where all his family are working on projects to empower rural women and protect and respect the biodiversity of this beautiful and unknown area of Morocco.
Jess will act as dynamic facilitator for your visit to Sefrou and Bhalil.
She has lived in Sefrou for several years and plays an integral role in preserving the artisanal heritage of this fascinating town. Its strategic location and diverse history meant that Sefrou was once a trading hub in Morocco but it is now largely overshadowed by it’s neighbour, Fes.
Jess has a passion for cross cultural exchange and as she speaks the local languages, she is able to act as interpreter whilst providing responsible tourism exposure to the craftsmen and women in the community of which she is very much a part.
Ahmed is the Manager of Tiziri Camp which is the first ECO Luxury Desert Camp in the area.
Tiziri Camp have been groundbreaking in their eco achievements and are particularly proud of their innovative water filtration system amongst a long list of others – details here.
This is Ahmed’s ancestral home and he believes that he has a duty to protect the area from environmental degradation.
During your stay, Ahmed will spend time with you sharing and discussing the camp’s progress, challenges and hopes for the future.
Amanda and Fouad were both working as professional chefs when they met in a kitchen in New Zealand. They shared a huge passion for organic cooking and decided to build a life together running a sustainable 5 hectare smallholding in Morocco where they provided cooking classes and launched a line of organic herbal teas.
After Fouad’s sudden passing in 2018, Amanda continued on with her love of Morocco and her commitment to the environment and expanded to provide fresh produce to several famous riads in Marrakech as well as to open up the farmhouse, beautifully set in the foothills of the High Atlas, to receive guests who would like to stay for longer.
Now, in conjunction with Walking with Nomads, Amanda is offering an Agrotourism Experience to include a selection of diverse and fascinating organic kitchen garden workshops delivered in her bubbly, enthusiastic and inclusive style.
Following a road trip to Morocco, Natalie and Daniel decided to leave behind their professional careers and follow their dreams. They are the guides for your Walking with Nomads experience in the High Atlas mountains of Dades & Todgha Gorge where they live as part of the local community.
Daniel is an outgoing, safety conscious, qualified Rock Climbing Instructor and left behind a career in Engineering. Natalie is a dynamic and enthusiastic professional Yoga Teacher with over ten years experience in the travel industry.
Together they have forged relationships with the nomadic people who live in the surrounding mountains and are able to introduce you to their ancient and traditional way of life.
I am British and am based between Morocco and the UK. I have several years experience managing the Ethical Moroccan Tour Business, So Morocco Ltd.
Walking with Nomads was set up initially to provide a sustainable tourism opportunity to walk with nomads in the desert and to learn, first hand, about their ancient culture before it was lost forever to the issues faced by climate change. Following our success in this venture, it has expanded to incorporate other eco conscious experiences in Morocco which have an equally gentle footprint.
I am the owner / manager and oversee all aspects of the administration of this business and will be your main point of contact. My knowledge of Morocco is extensive and I have a wide support network, in-country.
Sustainable living and ethical tourism are my passions and each step I take in life is in that direction.
Walking with Nomads is the trading name of Always Morocco Ltd which is registered as a UK Limited Company.
Susan and Charles are the most inspirational couple and their NGO, the most ethical organisation, I have ever known.
Susan was a senior social worker until she re-trained as a barrister specialising in human rights and mental health law. Charles was senior partner in a law firm who worked tirelessly to represent Trade Unions and their members.
Together, they set up Jarjeer 5 years ago which is a flagship for animal welfare anywhere in the world and is holistic in terms of its community work and concern for both working animals and their owners.
Charles’ lifelong commitment to the rights of working people is so important in Morocco and any service provided under his stewardship will be of the finest but delivered without any worker or tradesman being exploited.
We pledge to donate £10 for every experience booked through us and also urge you to visit this humane project for yourselves. Get in touch to find out how you can do so either independently or as part of one of our experiences. Susan, Charles and their Team Leader, Mohamed will welcome you and you will be able to see first hand the groundbreaking work they are doing in terms of equine palliative care in Morocco.
I don’t pretend that this is the answer but I do believe that as we’re all part of the problem, we should also be part of the solution and together, can create a wave of consciousness which will impact the world in a positive way.
In my personal life, being eco conscious means that I think about the issue of living sustainably everyday, fall asleep worrying about it every night and each decision I make in life is taken with the protection of the environment in mind. In my own home we are carbon neutral. We work from home, don’t drive, don’t eat meat, grow our own vegetables, keep chickens, only buy locally sourced organic food, recycle all waste, use no chemicals in house, garden or on ourselves and more much much more.
However my business life is Moroccan tourism and whilst I’ve managed an ethical tour company for several years, I am still aware of the devastatingly heavy environmental impact tourism has and am always looking for ways to balance that with the enormous benefits that it also brings.
Morocco has so much to offer in terms of eco tourism and in many ways is a world leader. According to CAT, Morocco is one of only two countries with a plan to reduce its CO2 emissions to a level consistent with limiting warming to the 1.5 degrees C target set.
Initially, Walking with Nomads was focused purely on desert trekking and I was so encouraged by the feedback of tourists who had been searching for holidays with low environmental footprints and were overjoyed to find what Walking with Nomads was offering. So now we have grown to offer sustainable holiday experiences all over Morocco and plan to add more in the future.
I completed a joint venture to build the first ECO Desert Luxury Camp in Erg Chebbi. This was primarily to provide our existing clients with an ethical way to camp in the desert where tourism has been unacceptably damaging to the fragile environment but also to serve as a “how to” for other camps to follow.
I started a project, with a family in M’hamid, to draw attention to the issues of climate change on the front-line of desertification and the subsequent loss of nomadic tribes in Morocco’s desert. This was via authentic Walking with Nomads desert trekking and camping experiences.
I changed the business structure, moving the location of our desert treks and I decided to pivot and expand Walking with Nomads to encompass a precious selection of eco tourism activities providing a gentle, genuinely authentic and sustainable tourism experience. We hope you’ll join us on our journey.
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