In the deep south of Morocco in the Draa Valley Region the Sahara Desert is a beguiling wilderness of palm-filled oases, vast sand dunes, ancient lake-beds, camel caravans and men in blue. Spread out over hectares of dune and date palm strewn Sahara each tent offers a private wilderness experience with a breathtaking view.
Designed specifically for desert use, deluxe and VIP tents have sewn-in ground sheets (to keep out sand) and are covered with Berber rugs. Tents are high enough to stand tall and are furnished with bedside tables, solar-dynamo powered lanterns, a table, chairs and luggage rack. Designed for desert conditions each tented suite thoughtfully blends stylish Moroccan interior fabrics and furnishings into a classic sub-Saharan influenced walk-in safari tent, creating a very comfortable private sleeping place.
Hot bush showers can be enjoyed in the privacy of the VIP and deluxe ensuite tents. Each of these tents have private use of its own bio-toilet - an environmentally friendly solution, ideal for wilderness locations. A solar panel harnesses energy from the sun, ensuring a noise-free environment, hot water and power for re-charging batteries. Solar-powered lanterns and candles are used in tandem to create atmospheric evenings in camp. A camp fire is de-rigueur.
Meals are enjoyed either alfresco or inside a dining tent which also doubles as a salon; for convivial social gatherings to perhaps enjoy a bottle or two of the local Sahara Reserve wine or pot of mint tea. All meals are freshly prepared in a traditional Moroccan style with a choice of meat and vegetarian tagines and couscous for dinner, salads or picnics for lunch (depending on the activity of the day) and Moroccan pancakes, freshly baked bread, local jam and honey for breakfast.
Active days exploring the Sahara and comfortable nights under a vast African starlit sky provide the essence of this unique Moroccan desert experience.
Our tents are large enough to welcome parents and two children whilst the desert environment is safe for kids under the watchful eye of their parents.
For the budget conscious traveller our Berber Nomad Tents are our smallest tents â€“ authentic and typically the design favoured by nomads made from brown camel hair. These tents are simply furnished with carpet, small table, solar-powered lamp/candles, mattresses on the floor with sheets, blankets and pillow. Toilet/washing facilities are shared with other Berber Nomad Tent guests.
This camp suits travellers who seek a high degree of privacy and a true wilderness experience far removed from the crowds of tourists which stay in the large commercial 'bivouac-style' camps with shared facilities.
The camp can be booked by individual tents or as a private rental for for family groups, groups of friends or tour groups seeking a desert retreat in style.
To reach the camp, our fully-bonded and TTA licensed UK-Moroccan Tour Operator, Specialist Morocco, offers a range of meticulously planned private guided 4x4 tour itineraries, from 2 nights to 2 weeks. All tours depart on a daily basis on request.
Bounded by the Moroccan Sahara Desert, the Sahara Safari Camp is set in a wilderness location with incredibly varied landscapes. Short excursions can be taken to nearby small oases and dunes in your 4x4 vehicle. Alternatively relax in camp, explore on foot or take a camel ride. Star-gaze at night and enjoy the setting and rising sun. For some active desert fun, quad-bikes can be hired in Mhamid.
All bookings are made through Specialist Morocco, a fully-bonded tour operator which specialises in Morocco and which provides 100% financial protection through its membership of the Travel Trust Association. Please contact us for details of our Marrakech city breaks, twin-centre holidays, scheduled tours, self-drive itineraries or for tailor-made holiday quotes including the Sahara Safari Camp.
The camp is open from September to May only to avoid the sweltering desert heat of the summer. Do bear in mind that winter nights can be cold (though our cosy duvets will keep you warm), and that Christmas / New Year is extremely popular.
The camp suits travellers who seek a true wilderness experience far removed from the crowds of tourists which stay in the large commercial 'bivouac-style' camps with shared facilities and mattresses on the sand.
Included in our nightly rate is:
> Walk-in carpeted twin/double safari Deluxe Caidal tent with real beds/mattresses, duvets, bedding and towels and wash stand with basin and water jug/mirror. We also have VIP and Budget tents available - please enquire for these rates.
> Private en-suite facilities with hot water showers and bio-toilets.
> Full board, dinner and breakfast (delicious local Moroccan cuisine made from fresh locally grown produce), and picnic lunch .
> Services of our camp manager, chef and camp assistant.
> Unlimited night-time star-gazing.
Other activities such as camel trekking tours in the desert (meharee); 4x4 desert exploration; visit to the dunes of Chegaga; quad-bike tours from Mhamid; nomad encounters; and visit to/stroll around oases are not included in the nightly exclusive rate, but are usually included in our Sahara tours and itineraries.
Departing on a daily basis on request, our fully-bonded and TTA/ATOL licensed UK/Morocco Tour Operator - Specialist Morocco - offers a range of meticulously planned, private guided 4x4 tour itineraries, from 2 nights to 2 weeks which include stays in the Sahara Safari Camp.
We can also custom-build an itinerary to your exact requirements. Please contact us through this website to request itineraries.
The camp is open from September to May and closes from June to end August to avoid the sweltering heat of the summer.
Do bear in mind that winter nights can be cold (the cosy duvets will keep you warm), and that Christmas / New Year is extremely popular.
The Sahara Safari Camp is located in an exceptional secluded position near to the small town of Tagounite, well away from the crowds of tourists that frequent over-developed Mhamid and Merzouga. Within walking distance from camp you can explore nearby adobe villages, palm plantations and the irrigated oasis of the Draa valley. Our camp is surrounded by sweeping dunes which are dotted with date palms and home to a variety of birds, desert foxes and other wildlife.
From Marrakech the Sahara Safari Camp can be reached in a day by 4x4 (or self-drive car with a short 6 km transfer by high clearance 4x4 which we can arrange) on a scenically diverse drive through the High Atlas to Ouarzazate and south along the palm-filled plantations and fields of the Draa Valley to Zagora then to Tagounite in the Moroccan Sahara. From Ouarzazate a direct drive to the tented camp takes a 3.5 hours.
During a stay at the camp our guests enjoy camel trekking tours in the desert (meharee); 4x4 desert drives and deeper exploration of the Sahara; desert nature walks (there is lots of interesting wildlife around camp); nomad encounters; visit to and stroll around oases and nearby adobe villages; and magical night-time star-gazing.
For those on self-drive trips in hire-cars we have secure parking for your vehicle available near Ait Isfoul village, from there you can either ride a camel or walk to camp. Parking is free. If you travel in a self-drive 4Ă—4 you will be able to drive directly to camp after rendezvous with one of our camp staff who will guide you.