Camel Trekking in Morocco
Everyone has a fantasy to be Lawrence of Arabia for a short part of their life and this is an ideal opportunity to fulfil that dream. Visit some of the most beautiful, spectacular and dramatic scenery in the world.
- Departing from Zagora
- Departing from Marrakech
- Departing from the Kasbah Derkaoua, Merzouga
- Departing from the Kasbah Mohayut, Merzouga
- Departing from the Kasbah Du Toubkal, in the High Atlas mountains
Please note that we only provide these treks to clients who have booked their tailor-made holiday in Morocco with the Best of Morocco.
Departing from Zagora
It is important to note that the camel treks below start from Zagora which is 220 miles (352 Kms) south east of Marrakech and you will need to spend the night before and / or a final night in Zagora or Erfoud before heading back north to Ouarzazate, Marrakech.
Costs are based on a minimum of two people and include meals and mineral water, a local French-speaking local guide, one camel per person and a Berber tent. You will not be joining a larger group and are likely to be the only participants at any given time. A camel trek can combine riding your camel or walking along-side it for some of the way.
Itinerary 1: Mini camel trek (overnight in Berber tent)
Leave Zagora around 3 or 4 p.m. heading towards the plaine of Ben d'Lala passing kasbahs and small oases. Stop in the dunes at Nekhla where a Berber tent will be set up and you will be served with mint tea while the guide / cook is preparing your tajine dinner. Depending on the time of year, you can sleep in the tent or outside under the starts.
In the morning, when the sun rises over the dunes, the guide will prepare your breakfast before setting off for the return to Zagora.
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Itinerary 2: Three day camel trek (route one)
Day 1: Lunch at the La Fibule Du Draa before being driven by 4x4 to the Oulad Brahim palmeraie where you will meet the camels. Continue to the Tinfou dunes to watch the sunset. Overnight in tent with dinner (half-bottle each of wine and water provided per person).
Day 2: Wake for the sunrise over the dunes, followed by breakfast. In the village, visit the Tamegroute library (4000 manuscripts, gazelle skin paper dating from the 11th century) and see ancient green pottery from the kasbah. Lunch in the palmeraie. Continue the camel trek to reach Tillougui. Evening with camp-fire, music and dinner (half-bottle each of wine and water provided per person). Overnight in a VIP tent.
Day 3: After breakfast, cross the palmeraie to see the old kasbahs of Aghla Oudrar, Asrir Ignaoune, Serve and Amezroue. Return to the Fibule for lunch.
Itinerary 3: Three day camel trek (route two)
Day 1: Lunch at the La Fibule Du Draa before being driven by 4x4 to the M'Hamid desert to meet the camels. Camel trek to the Bertam dunes to watch the sunset. Dinner (half-bottle each of wine and water provided per person) and overnight in a bivouac.
Day 2: Early morning for the spectacle of the sunrise over the dunes, followed by breakfast. Trek across the dunes and Hamada, take lunch in the Oum Zamou dunes. Continue by camel to the Erg Lihoudi dunes. Evening with camp-fire, music and dinner (half-bottle each of wine and water provided per person). Overnight in a bivouac.
Day 3: After breakfast, a 4x4 ride to Tagounite, the Kettouaua palmerarie, and cross the Angam mountain to arrive at Tamegroute village. Visit the Tamegroute library with 4000 manuscripts, gazelle skin paper dating from the 11th century) and ancient green pottery. Return to the Fibule for lunch.
- Age is not important, but you need to be reasonably fit to do the longer camel treks.
- Trekking is about 5 - 6 hours per day and covers about 12 - 14 miles (20Kms).
- Meals are mainly vegetarian. Picnic lunches and cooked dinners.
- You need to provide your own sleeping bags for itins 3,4 and 5.
- Nights in winter are bitterly cold (sometimes minus 5°C) , days can be up to 25°C .
- In summer, mid-day temps can rise above 40°C and at night 25°C.
- It is essential that you take a broad brimmed hat. Clothing should ideally be cotton with warm sweater for nights. In case of wind or sand storms, good wind-proof garment is recommended. Shoes should be sandals or trainers.
- Basic first aid items must be taken with you.
- Water purification tablets or a water filter must be taken with you.
- Your baggage must not weigh more than 15 Kgs per person.
Departing from Marrakech
5 days in the Sahara
Available mid October - mid April
Day 1. Depart from your hotel in Marrakech at 07.00 by mini bus and drive over the High Atlas Mountains to Ouarzazate and on through Agdz, the Draa Valley and Zagora (220 miles) to Mhamid where you will meet your guide and cameleers. About 7 hours drive. Ride on camels for about one hour to the El Rhozlane Palm Grove near Mhamid for overnight camp.
Day 2. After breakfast, set off on camelback crossing the River Draa and on through the Tamaris forest. Overnight camp in the dunes near Dayat Aoutid (6 hours).
Day 3. Camel-trek west along the Erg Sedrat dunes. Overnight camp at Ouled Mellag (about 6.5 hours).
Day 4. Camel-trek south of Daiet Chegaga, cross Erg Ebidiya dunes and then north of Erg Mhazil where you will climb the high dunes. Lunch in the Tamaris shadow. Overnight camp. About 6 hours.
Day 5. A short trek to the west and meet your driver and vehicle at about 10 a.m. Drive across the piste to Foum Zguid (40 miles) and then join the main road to Taznakht, Emerzgane and cross the High Atlas Mountains back to Marrakech with picnic lunch on the way (about 7 hours drive).
The times are indicative and may be prolonged by stops for lunch, photography and resting.
The cost per person includes:-
- All transfers from Marrakech and back to Marrakech by vehicle
- Experienced English-speaking Moroccan guide
- All meals during the trek starting with Lunch on day 1 and ending with picnic lunch on day 5 with mineral water
- A cook to prepare all meals during the trek
- 2-man tents with mattresses.
- Mess tent for meals with table and stools
- Toilet tent
- Camels (1 per person) with cameleers throughout the the trek
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