Your desert story starts here.
A path less traveled
Walking through unlimited space of the Sahara, watching the landscape changing, meeting other caravans, making tajines on fire, baking fresh bread in hot sands, having lunch in the shade of the palm trees… This is the beauty and simplicity you can experience on our desert trips into the Moroccan Sahara.
Our guides understand desert laws and know every path here – their families have been living here for generations. They will guide you through the desert, allowing to enjoy the pure experience.
Do not look further if you are looking for a safe, responsible way to explore the Sahara.
Our desert tours are far from main stream tourism. Any journey you plan with us will be arranged in deep respect to desert laws – its peace and serenity, and local culture. Every trip is carefully tailored to your calendar and interests, with regard to safety and comfort of all participants.
Below you will find some examples of our most popular itineraries to choose from, but if you wish to create your own, we are more than happy to help you planning.
Into the wild: camel trekking
Live a life of a nomad for some time during this journey to the very roots of the Saharawi culture. Walk with nomads and their camels, learn to cook tajines on the fire and bake bread in hot ashes, fall asleep under the Saharan sky, play drums, ride a camel, enjoy the peaceful time in the desert.
Desert by 4x4: jeep safari
Desert in a nutshell: camel trekking & jeep safari
In the heart of our company lies Desert Camp Chraika, a place where our tours start and end. It also serves as a unique a retreat center. It is located a 15 minute walk from village M’hamid, in an area of small dunes.
Our clay huts with comfy beds and traditional Saharawi decoration will keep you cool in the day and warm at night. Camp’s surroundings offer tranquility and many interesting places that can be reached on foot: a palm grove, an old kasbah of M’hamid, traditional hammam and souvenir shops in new town.
Mohamed Khidouma aka Chraika
The spirit of Desert Stories. Fire starter and fire keeper.
An experienced guide to the Sahara. He will arrange all that’s needed for your desert journey.
A curious cultural anthropologist, traveler with years of experience in hospitality. Get in touch and she will help you planning your journey and lead through the booking process.
Desert Camp Chraika
Started in 2004 from just one small tent, Desert Camp Chraika gradually grew into a proper base camp for any trip deeper in the desert.
Welcome to the journey.
Desert retreats: the soul medicine
The serenity of wild nature and incredible kindness of desert people grant not only unforgettable memories, but also allow a transformative inner journey.
Desert Camp Chraika is a space dedicated for practices like yoga, meditation, self-development and dance for groups up to 20 persons. With its clay-wooden huts blending into the sand dunes and a large yoga hall with props provided, it creates a truly unique space for these kind of practices.
In free time between classes the you can explore the old casbah with its ancestral shrines, experience a bath in a local hammam, learn to cook a delicious tajine, enjoy live music played by nomads around the fire or admire the mastery of henna art while it’s being painted on your hands by a local artist.
Wish to go deeper? Add an exceptional overnight journey to the wildest areas of the Moroccan desert. Walk barefoot with nomads, ride a camel or hop on a jeep, enjoy the taste of tajine cooked on a campfire and bread baked in hot sands, fall asleep watching the stars and wake up to the sun rising above the dunes… As a nomadic saying goes: everything is possible in the desert. And so is in the course of our individually tailored retreats. Feel free to contact us to plan yours.
Said about Camp Chraika
Check what our guests shared about their experience.
A desert journey grants not only stunning views, but also watching continuous landscape changes. It can be only a few hour walk between a hamada – 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 still home to several families, living traditional nomadic life. It also hosts many unique species, like fennec foxes, ghazelles, crows and sand fish.
Is there really nothing there?
“What do you actually do in the desert?” – our friends and guests often ask this question. “There is nothing there” – add others. This misconception about the space of the desert is shared by many people. Let us clear this up a little.
Erg Chigaga or Erg Zahar? 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.
How to get
to Desert Camp Chraika?
The camp 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 near the mosque. 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. 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.