Camel trekking in the Sahara

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Time to slow down, time to walk at a slower pace, time to think, time to breathe. Time to be without internet, without phones, without the noise of the modern world. Time to let the camel set the pace, time to gaze at stars, cook by the fire and sleep between spectacular sunsets and rises.

MQ2A6581_smThis journey is for a minimum of 4 people and maximum 8, (who wants to travel in a large group?) The desert is a place of solitude and silence, under the guidance of Youssef Bouchedor, you will trek through the stony desert, climb the highest dunes of Erg Chebbi and sleep under the stars.

Youssef is an Amazigh (Berber) born 17kms from Tissardmine in the Tafilalet region of Morocco. His first 16 years were spent with his family living a traditional nomadic life, taking some 300 goats, sheep, camels and donkeys from sahara to sahara in search of good feeding ground. From the age of six he learned to lead the goats and sheep and then from the age of 12 he looked after the camels by both day and night, often alone. This early experience has given Youssef an incredible knowledge of the desert, and the ways of the camel in particular, and makes him today a camel whisperer. In his sixteenth year, at the end of a very long drought, the family was forced to consider an alternative way of supporting themselves. Thus began his career in tourism and travel

MQ2A6601_smYoussef’s 17 years experience with tourists as head chamelier (camel driver) means that today he speaks 8 languages, as well as his native tashlehiyt, he is fluent in Spanish, French, Italian, English and Arabic and has a good grasp of Japanese, Portuguese and German.MQ2A6594_sm

Life is simple in the desert but you are the mercy of nature’s forces. This is a chance to step out of your comfort zone but also a chance to taste real food again, to experience nature at its glorious best and remind yourself of the important things in life.

Prices will depend on group size. Please email Karen direct to enquire about departures and prices.

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