Camp Al Koutban
Did you know?
Morocco is home to one of the largest Acacia tree forests in North Africa (a reminder of the savannah that was present before the desert encroached). Acacia resin is added to tea in the south. Look out for the Acacia groves on the Draa Valley and near Foum Zguid.
BERBER DESERT CAMPING – CAMP AL KOUTBAN
We arrange Berber desert camping in Morocco at Camp Al Koutban (‘al koutban’ meaning dunes). The Al Koutban desert camp is located at the base of the remote dunes of Erg Chigaga. This is the longest erg (sand sea) in Morocco, and well off the beaten path in the Iriqui National Park. The camp is encircled by smaller, rolling dunes for privacy and shelter, which offer a great vantage point. The tallest dune in the Erg Chigaga is a round-hike of 90 minutes from the desert camp and is a compelling place to watch sunset.
The journey by 4×4 to reach the great dunes of Erg Chigaga is wonderful and you will enter and exit the desert via two different ways (total distance on desert terrain is 150km), to allow you to experience as much of this remote region of the Moroccan Sahara Desert as possible – desert scrub, the Anti-Atlas mountains, the vast dry salt flats of Lake Iriqui, dried river beds, desert stone (hamada), and, of course, the sand dunes.
Click on the images to enlarge / © Images courtesy of Abigail Eveline and Camp Al Koutban
The sleeping tents at Camp Al Koutban are comfortably furnished, with a king-size bed, or twin beds, with linens and blankets (including one family tent). There is a separate shower and toilet facility, with hot water. There is also a large dining tent and plenty of outdoor space for relaxation and enjoyment of the campfire. In warm conditions, dine outside. Evening entertainment is around the campfire / after dinner (singing and playing of drums).
All meals, drinking water, hot drinks, and guided camel-trekking are included with our Berber desert camping at Camp Al Koutban. If you plan to camp for 2 nights or more, please enquire with us about guided day hikes.
Please let us know if you’ll be celebrating a special occasion in the desert and we’ll make suitable arrangements.
Please refer to our optional Marrakech round-trip itineraries for further details – 4×4 Morocco 3 day tour or 4×4 Morocco 4 day tour. If you want to explore longer and travel up to Fes from Marrakech, try our 5 days desert safari via the Erg Chigaga dunes, Anti-Atlas mountains and Todra Gorge.
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