Ali Alla, English-speaking Camp Owner, remains in the camp both day and night along with his local team of Chef, Camel Guides and House-keeper. Ali and his team ensure the smooth running of the camp, guarantee the comfort of guests and answer any questions you may have. Ali has a wealth of knowledge after successfully working for many years as a driver/guide for an International Tour Operator and has returned to his roots in the desert where his family live and where he feels most at home. Ali and his team will be there to welcome you on arrival with traditional Berber hospitality – a cup of sweet mint tea, take care of you during your stay, and bid you a fond farewell as you continue on your travels.
Activities in Erg Chebbi and Merzouga:
- Camel Trekking in Erg Chebbi (Merzouga)
- Hire of Quad / ATV Bikes and Sand Boards
- Explore the Desert in a 4×4 with driver
A sunset camel trek is included in the price of a night in the camp. However, if you spend two nights in the camp, there is the option of a longer camel trek into the deep desert dunes of Erg Chebbi to lunch, relax and then ride back. It is around 1.5hrs camel trek each way and a fun activity for adventurous souls who want to ‘journey across the sahara’ like desert dwellers have for generations. Helmets and protective clothing are not provided for camel treks.
Hire a quad bike / ATV and ride the dunes with a Desert Guide – helmets are provided but no protective clothing. There is also the option to hire sand boards although no training is provided locally – no helmets or protective clothing is supplied. It should be noted that the nearest hospital is a 10hrs drive (Marrakech) in the event of an accident i.e. broken bone from a bad fall off a sand board.
Hire a 4×4 with driver for the day to explore the area of Erg Chebbi, Merzouga and Rissani:
- Visit the nearby desert village of Khamlia and listen to Gnawa Musicians as they twirl to the traditional rhythms of the desert.
- Visit the hammada (flat black desert) on the far side of the dunes and visit a (settled) nomad family living on the desert floor; share a glass of mint tea and wonder how you would fare with no running water and a small solar panel to provide light on dark winter evenings when days are short and nights are cold.
- Visit the desert town of Rissani on souk day and wander around the market with the local community as they shop for meat on the hoof, fresh vegetables and all manner of household goods. From Rissani there is a circular circuit to see what lies beyond the tourist trail.
- Visit a seasonal lake, in March/April where you may see flamingos.