Homestay Berber nomads Saghro mountains travel with Berber nomads
Program: Homestay Berber nomads Saghro mountains
Day 1: Marrakech – Handor
Our guide will pick you up from your hotel at 8 o’clock in the morning and start the trip into the High Atlas Mountains. We cross the Tizi n Tichka Pass, rising to 2260m, and stop to visit the famous site of Ait Ben Haddou, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. After the visit and lunch, we continue across the Valley of Draa and arrive at Nkob, a small Berber village. At this juncture, we drive north off-road toward the Jebel Saghro Mountains. We end the day in the beautiful valley of Handor and spend the night in camp or a guest house.
Day 2: Handor– Nomad Homestay
At Handor, we begin our trek to the nomad camp. Muleteers will take the luggage as we hike 3 hours across the Tifdassine Valley and break for lunch. After another 2 hours, we reach the remote Ait Atta camp and meet our nomadic host family.
Activities in the Nomad Camp Homestay:
Depending on the length of your stay, there are many activities to do and life experiences to share:
- Grazing and milking the goats, which is the main work for the nomads during the day, as well as preparing butter and a local type of dry cheese.
- Work to bring in the water, fire wood, and animal fodder.
- Learn how to cook meals using traditional methods and local ingredients.
- Try your hand at weaving nomad carpets, using the wool of sheep and goat.
- Experience the Dance of Ahidous, a traditional dance with tribal music, and play nomadic games with the children.
- Learn riddles and play puzzles in the early evening, which brings laughter and smiles to all.
- Explore wearing the tradition clothes and make up, each of which has its own name, including, Tajllabiyt, Asdoy, and Tachdatd.
Day 3: Nomad Homestay to Ighazzoun
We say goodbye to our Ait Atta nomads and trek through the amazing terrain of the Ighazzoun Valley, where we will camp for the night. 6 hours of walking.
Day 4: Ighazzoun to Marrakech
After the breakfast, we meet back up with our 4×4 Jeep and return to Nkob. We’ll have lunch in the Draa Valley in the shade of palm trees and arrive in Marrakech in the early evening.
End of your trip: Homestay Berber nomads Saghro mountains
During the trek, you’ll have a modern two-person tent. For the homestay, you’ll have your own traditional goat-wool tent, sleeping just as your host family.
Meals: Tagines, couscous, askkif, which is a nomadic style soup, and abadir, nomadic bread, as well as other traditional meals.
Mules will carry your luggage during the trip.