Our nomad homestay is based in the Jbel Saghro Mountains in the southeast of Morocco. This area is inhabited by the Ait Atta, the largest and the most remarkable tribal confederation with a fascinating history. They were the last resistant tribe against the French authorities in 1933. The Ait Atta families still live their traditional ways, shelter in goat hair tents, (Tkhamt) and graze goats as the main source of life. Tamazight is the main language they speak and their intact culture makes them the most interesting people to discover for a homestay experience. Berber nomads are well-known for their hospitality, friendship and warm-hearted nature and we look forward to welcoming you to their home camp in the Jebel 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 good-bye 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.
The price depends on the number of people and nights you stay, ranging from 1 nights to 2 weeks. Our tours help support the Amazighs (Berbers) so they can continue to live in their traditional ways. Please contact us with the amount of time your party has to travel and we can price accordingly.
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.
Why we are special:
This Ait Atta homestay is unique and not offered by other tour companies. Our professional team will be with you to translate the Tamazight to your native language and bridge any other cultural barriers. We will ensure you have a positive experience, make life-long connections, and have a trip of a lifetime!
If the itineraries that we offer does not match what you’re looking for, contact us and we will prepare the trip to your needs and requirements.