Ali’s Desert Camp lies in the dunes of the Erg Chebbi sand sea and consists of 7 luxury sleeping tents in two camps separated by a dune: 4tents in one camp and 3tents in the other with a shared dining tent for cold or windy evenings. Each sleeping tent has an attached ensuite tent with flushing toilet, hand-wash basin and hot shower. Inside each tent, raised off the ground and with a wooden floor for your comfort, you will find everything you need including a 4-poster bed (easily split into two beds), hotel quality mattress, lovely linen, hand-made wool blankets, tribal rugs, toiletries, towels, lighting and mineral water. In addition is a dining tent where meals are served on windy or cold nights; otherwise we eat al fresco under the stars.
Join Ali for a night under the stars in the Sahara and enjoy the comforts of our luxury desert camp: relax to the pace of desert life; ride a camel at sunset; dine al fresco under the stars on warm evenings and sit around a camp fire on cold ones; wait quietly on a dune in the pre-dawn stillness for the sun to rise across a desert landscape – all without compromising your comfort. This is luxury desert camping (glamping) at its best with everything you need to make your night in the Sahara a memorable one. Every detail has been considered so that you can relax and enjoy the experience.
Need a ride from Marrakech or Fes? Ali can organise that.
Spend two nights in the camp and include a day to relax to the pace of desert life and explore the environment with your driver: listen to Gnawa Musicians in the small village of Khamlia as they twirl to the traditional rhythms of the desert; hire dune buggies and ride the dunes with a desert guide; visit a Berber desert family on the hammada (flat black desert) for a glass of mint tea; read a good book; walk in the immediate dunes or around a seasonal lake in March and April where you may see flamingos; wander through the souk in Rissani on market day as the local community do their weekly shop; visit a hotel for a swim and time to relax pool-side.
Tin Hinan, the name given by the Tuareg to a 4th-century woman of prestige, means “she of the tents” but can also be translated as “mother of the tribe” or “queen of the camp”. According to legend, the first Tuareg communities were founded by a young Berber woman named Tin Hinan who came from the Tafilalet (Rissani Oasis) in Southern Morocco. She wore 7 silver bracelets on her right arm and 7 gold bracelets on her left. The Tuareg still venerate Tin Hinan and trace their lineage back to her – a Berber woman from the region of the Erg Chebbi dunes.