Your desert story starts here.
A path less traveled
Our guides understand desert laws and know every path here because their families have been living here for generations. For this reason they will guide you through the desert without any doubt, while allowing you to enjoy the pure experience.
So, you don’t need to look further if you are looking for a safe, responsible way to explore the Sahara.
is invisible to the eye.
Constant merging of elements: fire, water, earth and wind is a beautiful spectacle. Being a part of it even only once can be a life-changing experience.
Desert tours: nature
A desert journey grants not only stunning views, but also watching continuous landscape changes. During just a few hour walk you can cross a rocky plateau, an oasis full of palm trees with river meandering between them, and ergs – areas of dunes as high as 300 metres.
The desert is presently still home to about 20 families, living traditional nomadic life. Despite its harsh conditions, it also hosts many unique species.
Desert – is there really nothing there?
“What do you actually do in the desert?” – ask a friend. “There is nothing there” – add others. Some people even think we must be bored living here… Obviously, they have never visited the Sahara. Since we disagree profoundly, we thought we would share our side of the story.
Which desert tour to choose: Erg Chigaga or Erg Z’har? Natural beauty of our favourite places in the Sahara
A journey to the most spectacular big dunes grants not only stunning views, but also seeing many faces of the Sahara on the way.
cuisine & culture
Food in the desert is simple – as simple is living here – and at the same time delicious, worth celebrating. In these exceptional conditions people have developed recipes based mostly on meat and vegetables.
Desert culture: the longest lunch ever
When a nomadic family comes for lunch, don’t be surprised if they show up before noon and leave after sunset, taking time for a little nap in the meantime.
How to say ‘hello’ in the desert
The ritual of greeting is one of the most consistent in rich culture of the Moroccan Sahara. For an European exchanging a dozen or so adverbs with the same meaning may seem long and unnecessary, but for a nomad it’s absolutely crucial to start any further conversation.
Desert tours & Camp Chraika
Our clay huts with comfy beds and traditional Saharawi decoration will keep you cool in the day and warm at night. Delicious Moroccan breakfast is always provided and included in the price of stay.
The spirit and heart of DreamTeam. Also known as Chraika or Chef Moha. Fire starter and fire keeper. A man with the vision.
Cultural anthropologist, journalist, traveler with years of experience in hospitality. Originally from Warsaw, Poland, travelled all over the world for many years, staying for longer in north Scotland, India and now – Morocco.
Desert Camp Chraika
20 years ago, when Mohamed Khidouma started to build Desert Camp Chraika it consisted of just one small tent. But thanks to his determination the place gradually grew into a proper base camp where we start and finish our desert tours.
Your desert story starts here.
We specialize in organizing desert trips and planning itineraries for Southern Morocco, where we cooperate with co-working guides.
PLAN YOUR DESERT TOUR
All our trips are individually tailored, all-inclusive and fully equipped. We are more than happy to share what we consider luxuries of this place: space and silence, beauty of wild nature and unique culture. Below you will find examples and average costs.
HOW TO PACK & WHEN TO COME
When you travel to a place for the first time, tips and travel advice are certainly priceless. It is equally important to know when to visit a place and to plan well what to take. Therefore, we collected some basic recommendations based on your questions. Here you will find basic information about how to pack and when to come to the excursion into the Sahara. For more, please feel free to contact us!
Agata Orowiecka-Khidouma & Mohamed Khidouma
How to get
to Desert Camp Chraika?
Desert Camp Chraika is located a 15 minute walk south from M’hamid. The village is well connected to major cities: Marrakech and Agadir. If you travel by bus, there are detailed schedules on companies’ websites: ctm.ma and supratours.ma. The buses are air-conditioned, with seat location and comfortable, usually with two stops for meals on the way.
You will find both direct connections to M’hamid and to Zagora, a town 90 km before M’hamid. In Zagora it is easy to get a shared taxi from a taxi stand, called ‘mahata’. We can also arrange a taxi or a pick-up for you.
Whether travel by bus or a car, we recommend to include some overnight stays on the way. Since there are beautiful places to see here, and we are more than happy to help you planning. The nearest airport is Zagora (OZG) where local companies fly.