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In the southeast of Morocco, a few kilometers from the Algerian border lies the town of M’hamid El Ghizlane Not far from where the roads end and the Sahara begins, Brahim has built his desert camp. Through the Zahora Project you have the opportunity to connect with Brahim and visit magical places on the ancient road leading caravans along an oasis all the way down to the desert. The Sahara is waiting for you!

Think about when you would like to travel to Morocco. For how long? Read the information below to help you make a decision. You can also look through our gallery for inspiration and read articles on our website, or browse our Instagram posts.

Finally, prepare your questions and write to us! Together with Brahim, we will plan an itinerary according to your ideas!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Where will I find Brahim and his team?

Where the roads end and the Sahara begins. You will find Brahim’s desert camp approximately two kilometres out of the oasis town of M’Hamid.

When is the most suitable season to visit Morocco?

The best time to visit Morocco is in spring before the summer heat arrives, and in the autumn, when the hot weather has passed already and the days and nights are pleasantly warm. In winter it can be around 25 ° C during the day, but after sunset temperatures drop rapidly. Locals say that winter in Morocco lasts only 40 days but 60 is more like it, in January and February, and who does not mind the cold nights is a welcome guest. During the summer months, in July and August, temperature in the Sahara can climb up to 50 ° C. For people unused to such extremes a visit to the Sahara at this time is not recommended. Interestingly, many local families leave the desert for the summer and move to the seaside to while the heat away. For people unused to such extremes a visit to the Sahara at this time is not recommended. Interestingly, many local families leave the desert for the summer and move to the seaside to while the heat away.

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Do I need visa to Morocco?

Visas to Morocco are not required for Slovak citizens. As a tourist, you are allowed to stay for 90 days after entry. However, you need a passport to Morocco, and it must be valid for at least 6 months after your return.

For other nationals please make sure whether you do or do not need visa to Morocco when preparing your trip.

Flights

Please arrange flights / transport to and from Morocco by yourself. With Brahim you can then agree on accommodation, transportation in Morocco, your custom-made itinerary and other details.

Accommodation

Brahim can arrange for you to stay in his desert camp in the Sahara, and he can also arrange or recommend accommodation in Marrakech and other places in Morocco, from luxurious stays in ancient forts to self- sustainable eco villas or authentic homes in the Atlas mountains. In all and any of these special places you will have the chance to experience the spirit and charm of true Berber hospitality. <3

From Marrakech to Brahim’s camp it is a ten hour drive through a picturesque rugged landscape of High Atlas and lively oasis towns further down south. The journey can be completed in one go but if you have the time you can split it into multiple shorter trips and enjoy the long journey down Draa Valley, following the flow of river Draa, which creates a vast oasis and leads all the way down to the desert. To arrange your trip you can directly contact Brahim via email or WhatsApp, or in such case that you’d prefer to speak Slovak, Czech or Japanese we advise you to get in touch with Vero, by email or via our contact form, who will provide you with all the necessary information. For a glimpse and a little feel of Morocco travels visit our picture gallery.

Transportation

Traffic in Morocco is known for its temperament. You have several options of local transport available to you and they depend on your personal travel style and preferences. To reach M‘hamid where Brahim lives and operates his desert camp you can either take a long-distance bus + taxi combo, rent a car, or have Brahim arrange a 4 x 4 jeep pick-up for you – anywhere in Morocco.

Public transport: Travelling around Morocco by bus is relatively easy, comfortable and cheap, and is complemented by the so-called grandtaxi service, which take travelers to the less frequented destinations. Under grandtaxis you can imagine larger personal vehicles that can accommodate up to seven passengers. Usually the driver waits until capacity of his car is filled and only then starts on the journey. By combining these two means of transportation you are able to reach more or less everywhere in Morocco, and at the same time have the opportunity to observe and experience local culture at close quarters. Although it is not that far, due to mostly mountainous terrain the journey from Marrakech to M’hamid can take up to ten hours. The price is around 20 Euros. There is a direct bus all the way to M’hamid, or you can travel to the city of Zagora 70km away, and then change bus for a taxi and continue. Of course it is possible to reach M‘hamid from other directions, too if interested, please write to us for more information.

Car rental: you can rent a car upon your arrival at the airport, or in any major city. If you like to drive this is a pleasant alternative that will provide you with more freedom of movement and save you some time (I say some because, as mentioned earlier, Morocco being a mountainous country the journeys tend to be, despite good quality of local roads, time consuming). If you opt for this variant, caution is in order quite often you get cars coming from the opposite direction running on the other (wrong) side of the road, and some drivers like to overtake in road bends with bad visibility.

4 x 4 Transport: should you so wish Brahim will arrange reliable transport for you from anywhere in Morocco. Your driver will take you to the desert camp and anywhere you wish/agree on in comfort and safety. Contact Brahim to plan and arrange the details of your trip in advance.

Price

The price varies depending on the number of travelers and also on the type of accommodation and transport that the traveler chooses. Generally the larger the group, the lower the price principle applies. Please contact us for more information.

Language

The two official languages spoken in Morocco are Arabic and Berber. Because Morocco was for a long time a French colony, this language is also widely spoken, though in some of the remote regions not everybody will speak French.

As to what regards communication with Brahim, he is fluent in Arabic, Berber, French and English. Should you find it easier to speak in Slovak, Czech or Japanese do not hesitate to turn with any of your inquiries to Vero.