Where will I sleep?
We will provide tents for you. The number of tents will be discussed before you book but usually one tent for two people. We also provide mattresses but you bring your own sleeping bags.
How will I wash?
We will provide hot water for you to have a basic bucket wash but suggest you also bring wet wipes.
What clothes / shoes do I need?
What about toilets?
Behind a tree or behind a dune, it is always easy to find a private spot and we carry a shovel with us if you need to dig a hole. Even if you are uncomfortable with this at first, it soon gets easier and feels perfectly natural.
Do I have to carry a rucksack?
You should bring a rucksack or similar with all your belongings in but the camel will kindly carry it, not you.
What will the weather be like?
We only operate tours between October and April and at this time, generally, the weather is beautiful but can be unpredictable and you should bring warm and cool clothes.The temperatures are likely to be as follows but of course we can’t guarantee this and it is not unheard of to drop below zero at night and reach well into the 30’s in the day.
Oct 27 15
Nov 23 09
Dec 20 06
Jan 16 04
Feb 20 06
Mar 23 09
Apr 25 10
Will I have a phone connection?
There are a couple of places on your trek where your phone will buzz into life as it finds a connection through the phone networks (if you have a local sim) or through 4G. These are usually when you climb a high dune but in most places, no – you will not have a phone connection.
How will I charge my phone / camera?
You must bring as many portable power banks as you think you will need as there is no electricity supply anywhere. The nomads cannot loan you their powerbanks (so please don’t ask them to) as they need to keep their phones charged at all times.
What would happen in an emergency?
We have an emergency procedure and please remember that these nomadic people know the desert and will keep you safe at all times. We use satellite equipment to pinpoint your exact location and our driver is a trained ambulance driver. We carry basic first aid kits with us and also stipulate that you should too and further equipment will be available at the local hospital.
PLEASE NOTE THAT IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU HAVE FULL MEDICAL MEDICAL AND EVACUATION INSURANCE COVER.
How do I know if this experience is right for me?
See our “Is it for me” page.
Will meals be provided?
Yes, our camp chef will provide 3 meals a day and snacks and tea as required as well as water at all times.
What can I expect at mealtimes?
We have a great chef who will expertly prepare fresh and healthy meals:
- Breakfast: Bread, preserves, cheese, eggs, fruit, juice, butter, coffee, tea.
- Lunch: Salads, omelettes, tomatoes, carrots, lentil dahls, beans, rice or pasta, fish (sardines, tuna), seasonal fruit, fresh baked bread
- Dinner: Soup, traditional tagines, couscous, brochettes, olives, nuts, fruit
Unlimited tea, coffee, water and soft drinks.
Can my dietary requirements be catered to?
We can supply vegetarian menus if booked in advance. If you have a different requirement please discuss it with us prior to booking.
Availability and dates?
Our treks run from October to April (for certain clients we may also be able to provide tours in September and May).
The tours can start on any day you require and last for as many days as you wish. So please just get in touch and we will tell you if we have availability.
Should I tip the guides
We don’t want anyone to ever feel obliged to tip but if you feel that you would like to then any amount will be very welcomed by the guides. If you want guidance, we suggest an amount in the region of 100 – 200 Moroccan Dirhams per guide.
Will I have to carry heavy loads?
No, the camels will carry absolutely everything.
How will I plan all the logistics of my trip?
We provide a full travel planning service so just get in touch with us and we will help you plan your entire stay in Morocco using our partner company, So Morocco Ltd.
What is included / excluded from the price?
Included: All transport, tents and camping supplies, guides, chef, camels for luggage, all meals.
Excluded: Travel Insurance, tips, sleeping bags.
Why are there no prices on your website?
Our tours are designed to suit you. Get in touch with us to discuss how you will travel to the desert (Internal Moroccan flight to Zagora, independently, by private transfer, by taxi or public transport, as part of a longer tour with a tour operator etc) and how many days you wish to trek for. We will also ask you how many people you are and how many tents you require. You may want to end the trip with a stay at a luxury camp or hotel and all of this will affect the price that we charge you.
Will there be sandstorms?
There could be and they are more likely between February and April but they rarely last for more than a couple of hours. We will immediately take cover, setting camp if possible and shelter away from it until it has passed. It is not pleasant being caught in a sandstorm but it is an intrinsic part of desert life and the calm after the storm is wonderful.
How long will I trek for?
The trek can be designed to suit you and we ask everyone to complete a personal profile form in order to help us understand what type of trekking experience is right for you but in general (in order to see as much as possible) you should be prepared to trek for 5 or 6 hours a day for 3 or more days.
Will we see anyone else on our trek?
We trek in areas virtually untouched by tourism and you are unlikely to see anyone except other nomads. The treks sometimes start from the village where you will see other tourists and if you choose to camp in Erg Chegaga, you will also see other campers there but generally we stay away from the usual touristic routes.
Can I take photos of nomads?
You can take as many photos and videos of our guides as you wish but with other nomads we meet on the way, please ask first and perhaps buy something they have handcrafted as a fair swap.
If you are specifically wanting to take pictures of nomads, we will arrange for you to spend time with our nomad families.
What do we do with our litter?
We abide by a “leave no trace” policy and therefore we bag up and take all of our non- biodegradable litter with us. Please do not drop litter anywhere.
M’hamid is a small village in Zagora region, 7.5 hours from Marrakech. The Algerian border, which is 25km from here, was closed 25 years ago but there has been no conflict here in several decades and it is considered a very safe area.
M’Hamid has historically been an important post for travelling nomads and trade caravans, making their way to and from Timbuktu and beyond.
Right on the duneline, it is an ideal starting point for our authentic desert treks.