Welcome to Akabar – Sahara Treks
Hafid Benyachou, the owner of Akabar – Sahara Treks, comes from a large nomad family. He still remembers that his father was walking with his herds from Morocco through Algeria to Mali. Hafid has set himself the task of supporting the nomadic population of Sahara. More about this under “Aid projects for the nomadic population”. Hafid Benyachou has no business premises, camels and jeeps. He accompanies most tours as a guide, so it could take a few days that he answers a request. For parallel tours, the trekking groups will be accompanied by Mohammed and Ydir Oukhayi, Yusuf Rabouze as well as Hafid’s brother Ali. They have many years of experience as tour guides or as independent tour organizers (Ali Benyachou).
Information about the course of our trekking tours
We start our daily hike at 9 am and walk for about three to four hours in the morning. After an extensive lunch break we hike another one to two hours, all at a quiet pace, together with the caravan – the chameliers with their camels. The team carefully select the resting places for lunch and dinner. Freshly prepared tea and snacks are ready and waiting when we reach our midday resting place and our overnight camp. The breakfast is rich and varied: it consists for example of tea, coffee, bread, omelette, olives, jam, honey, eggs and spread cheese. For lunch there are salad variations with side dishes, mineral water and juices. Dinner includes soup and a main course like couscous, tajine or pasta dishes and a desert. If there is enough firewood available, the cook prepares the traditional flatbread in the embers during the evening. Otherwise, the bread is freshly baked in the pan.
We do not have a sportive requirement profile, nevertheless our guests should have experience of several hours of walking – also in mountain landscapes – as well as be sure-footed. There is plenty of time to take pictures, enjoy and relax.The team depends on your fitness, so long daily stages of 20 km or just a few hours can be walked. A rest day is also possible. We also orientate ourselves on the weather, i.e. in case of great heat and sandstorms we either hike less and have a longer lunch break or start earlier in the morning and walk only until afternoon (1 – 2 pm). Alternatively, Hafid reserves the right to change the route for the benefit of the guests.
On our tours we offer sufficient mineral water, so the drinking water does not have to be treated extra. During the daily hike it is possible to refill with mineral water at any time.
You spend the night under the starry sky or in a tent. Akabar – Sahara Treks provides large tents as well as special 2-person tents. Mattresses and blankets are also included.
For tours up to four people, a riding camel is included in the total price. From four people onwards each riding camel costs 15 EUR per day. You will receive complete information on trekking, equipment and Morocco following your booking with us.
Season: Camel trekking in the dune landscapes and Jebel Bani from mid-September to May. During the hot months, the treks start in the early morning and end around midday, and preference is given to walking in the plateaus of the Jebel Bani Mountains.
Duration of the trekking tours: three days to 15 days, longer hikes are possible.
Execution of the trekking tour: from one person onwards
We look forward to hearing from you!
Give us a call or write to us!
Booking and info: Akabar – Sahara Treks, Hafid Benyachou, Zagora
Whatsapp + 212 621 584295
Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Advice on trekking tours and equipment: Monika Boch-Jacuk, Tel. +49(0)76325196
Jerome Blösser’s illustrated book WüstenWandern – Begegnungen mit der Unendlichkeit (Desert Hiking – Encounters with Infinity) is recommended for travel preparation. In addition to his explanations of hiking in the desert, time and the experience of silence, topics such as weather, clothing, water and food as well as photography are covered in detail.
Airlines from Germany/France/Switzerland to Morocco:
- Royal Air Maroc, Frankfurt, Munich, Straßbourg
- easyJet from Bale/Mulhouse
- Transavia from France, Austria, Netherlands, Switzerland
- Air Arabia
- Edelweiss Air from Switzerland
The following applies to delayed baggage: In Morocco, baggage can not be delivered due to local customs regulations. There, all luggage must be collected personally at the airport.
From Marrakech airport, bus no. 19 takes you to the city centre, which is only about 7 km from the airport. The bus stops in front of the terminal, in the car park behind the taxi stands. The ticket to the city centre costs about 30 DH.as follows
Transfer to Zagora:
1. Flights to Zagora are available by Royal Air Maroc from Casablanca to Zagora https://www.royalairmaroc.com/de-de
2. Moroccanian bus companies for public bus transfer:
3. Transfer by Grand-Taxi
Taxi stands at Bab Doukhala, price per trip to Ouarzazate and Zagora approx. 120 Dirham per section, but often you have to pay double the price for your own seat, because in the taxi 2 people sit on one seat. For the onward journey to Zagora, change in Ouarzazate and pay again there.
4. Transfer by private taxi directly from Zagora
(booking via H. Benyachou) price at the moment approx.130 EUR each tour from and to Marrakech and approx. 50 EUR each from and to Ouarzazate
Duration of journey: Marrakech – Zagora = 7 – 8 hours
Ouarzazatre – Zagora = 2 – 3 hours
In Amezrou, ca 1,5 km from Zagora in the palm gardens near riber Draa, alleyways between the garden invite to walks, all very quiet.
- Riad Marrat, vormals “Les Jardins du Draa” : http://riadmarrat-zagora.com/
- Dar Nekhla, Maison d’Hotes: www.riadzagora.fr
- La Petite Kashbah
- La Fibule du Draa: https://casbah-la-fibule-du-draa-zagora.business.site/
In Marrakech: We can give information about some hotels. Please ask us.
In Ouarzazate for example:
- Hotel Azoul
- Riad Dar Barbara: http://www.riaddarbarbara.com/