Camel trekking and desert hikes in morocco:

individual – flexible – sustainable

Camel caravan journeys according to old traditions with Akabar -Sahara Treks and the nomads team

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.  Upon reaching our lunch rest place as well as our night camp, the guide will serve you freshly prepared tea and sweets. 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).

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 July. 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 offer tours according to your schedule and ideas.

Travel information

Airlines from Germany/France/Switzerland to Morocco:

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 follows

Transfer to Zagora:

1. Flights to Zagora are available by Royal Air Maroc from Casablanca to Zagora

2. Moroccanian bus companies for public bus transfer:

3. Transfer by Grand-Taxi

Taxi stand at Bab Doukhala, price per tour to Ouarzazate and Zagora e.g. 120 Dirham each, but to enjoy your own seat you have to pay double, as in those taxis each seat is counted twice, plus luggage costs.
Travelling further to Zagora you have to change in Ouarzazate and pay the next stage.

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.

In Marrakech: We can give information about some hotels. Please ask us.

In Ouarzazate for example:

In/near Agadir: