About Camel Trekking
Camel Trekking is founded by Amar Berhi who is a young berber from the Sahara Desert, borned in Taous and rised in Merzouga.
Amar has been in tourism industry since 1977 and now offers small affordable private and group tours within his country across all the beautiful sights, which can be enjoyed by anyone with an enquiring mind who enjoys getting off the beaten track without forgoing some of the comforts back home.
We are a Moroccan tour company built by local travelers for foreigner travelers, travel is the main thing you purchase that makes you more extravagant. We swear by this and put stock in satisfying travel dreams that make you perpetually rich constantly. We’ll take you to the major Morocco highlights as well as along the route less taken and to hidden cornes. This gets you closer to the local people and the culture you came to discover. We promise to share our local knowledge and expertise with you, and ensure you will come home with stories you will tell for years to come. We remind you indeed that we don’t expect to be your visit and travel specialists, we endeavor to be your vacation accomplices until the end of time.
We offer very confortable 4×4 with english speaking drivers, all licenced and reliable with a full knowledge of the culture and local history, they have been working for at least 11 years. All our cars are brand new 4×4 with Air Con and are officially registered and meet legal requirements.
Five per cent of our yearly profit goes to poor families in the desert and to people with disabilities, helping girls to carry on their studdies, only 5 per cent of girls go to the high school and University. This ambition is an integral part of our morocco travel packages.
Why choose Camel Trekking tours?
Exceptional local experience.
Quality hand picked accommodations.
Luxury car ride.
Trustwurthy guides and reliable drivers with personal approach.
Effortless travel, your safety is our concern.
Amar Berhi, Camel Trekking manager, was born in Taos 1975. As a child was given the responsibility of looking after his father’s sheeps and camels. When he was seven years old he entered to school in Hassi Labied and stayed there till the end of highschool. The last few years of studying was spent in Meknes where Amar got the urge to return to the desert because he could not forget that style of living.
Taos is a small village about 40km away from Hassi labied. Most of the houses were built for soldiers whose duties were to guard the Algerian border.
In the beginning there was no water source in the village and the inhabitants got their water supply from the neighbouring towns which got delivered by trucks. Omar’s father was also working as a soldier in a military and he owned a few camels, one of which was white. During celebrations in the village, a camel race was sometimes had. Omar’s father often won these races on the back of his white camel.
Hassi Labied, where Omar lives today is a little village just north or Rissani on the road towards Merzouga. It is right next to the dunes of Erg Chebbi.
In the other direction you have a huge plain of stone desert. The oasis of Hassi Labied is similar to other oasis but with a unique feeling because of its closeness to the great dunes. The village itself consists of mostly mudhouses that blend in quite well with the landscape. These Kasbahs were not part of the landscape in the past few year.
In the past, most Erg Chebbi’s inhabitants where nomads who lived in tents and travelled across the Sahara desert in caravans to trade. In recent year however, since borders have been drawn between countires which share the Sahara, it is no longer possible to cross into Algeria, Mauretania, Malil or Sudan so tradding has ceased.
The change in climate also effected the lifestyles of the nomads. As it got more and more dry, the rivers and lakes dried up and left carvings in the landscape. The grass soon disappeared leaving a barren land unsuitable for grazing animals.
In Hassi Labied, water conditions were good and this offered the nomads a new life. Date palms were planted and a small argriculture developed in the oasis. In the seventies, tourists slowly began to pour in to Hassi Labied and Merzouga and now it’s a well known place on the Moroccan tourist-map. Many things have been modernised in the last few years to facilitate tourism including the asfalting of roads from Rissani to Merzouga.