Sahara Desert camel trek with the Berber, Morocco

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This trip can depart at any time throughout the year
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Small group cultural tours

These tours are unique in that they bring you into contact with some of the world’s most fascinating cultures in iconic locations, where those people actually deliver the experience or are central to your trip. You will see a destination through the eyes of the local people and you will stay with them for part of the trip in traditional and comfortable accommodation to get to know them and to learn about their ways and beliefs. Itineraries are pre-planned and they may vary slightly according to various things, but they will always give you the best experience possible. The mix of genuine contact with a culture, exciting and traditional activities, iconic locations and traditional and contemporary accommodation will leave you refreshed, inspired and informed –with some beautiful memories and maybe some new contacts too!

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Sahara Desert camel trek with the Berber, Morocco

Environment

Our partner is committed to the preservation of the wilderness habitats in the remote regions explored by our trips, which are designed to promote an understanding of these regions' delicate ecosystems. We take a low-impact, self-contained approach, carrying in what we need and carrying out all garbage, leaving the environment unspoiled for future generations of explorers. The company fosters responsible tourism and requires that the people who work for them do not leave rubbish anywhere and respect the environment with preservation of resources, flora and fauna, etc.

To minimize the impact of our trips on the environment, where possible we use stoves rather than firewood for cooking meals and we burn any paper garbage from our kitchen, or which we collect from our clients. All food items originally in glass bottles will be rebottled in plastic that can be reused on each trek or recycled. Used cans, foil from the garbage fire and used batteries will be taken back to civilization by our staff and delivered to a local waste management project where these items will also be recycled.

The Hotels we use are selected by their policies and they operate local food sourcing, local employment and good recycling and waste management. Our travellers will receive a Responsible Traveller Charter or Code of Conduct within their trip pack.

Community

Our partner company is jointly-owned by Jeffrey Teachout and his business partner Daoud Bouhaddou, a Berber from Morocco and was inspired to set up the company by spending time with a family of Ait Atta Berbers, in Erg Chigaga. Having part Berber ownership ensures that some of the benefit goes directly to the community and the head office is in Zagora in Morocco. The staff and guides are also Berber people, so they gain benefit on an ongoing basis.

We make every effort on each expedition to help the local population where we can. This means hiring local guides, using local suppliers and making sure that they are given fair pay for their services. All too often, income from Tourism never makes it to the local government and most of it stays with the national level government. By channelling as much of the money as possible to local governments and communities, the local people are given the opportunity to benefit from your visit. Tourism becomes a viable option to natural resource exploitation (which is often the case), leaving something wild for future generations to enjoy. Where possible, we will also contribute to community welfare through partnerships with local agencies in developing local projects.

These experiences are designed to offer greater cross cultural understanding between the local culture and the visitor, by promoting genuine contact within an enjoyable holiday experience. We are working with our local partner to deliver a unique set of enjoyable and inspiring cultural insights for the visitor. We hope you will come home refreshed, inspired and with memories and a greater understanding of another culture that may even have an influence on your way of living back home.

This experience is an insight into the life of the Berber people of Morocco. This Atlas Trek is with Berber guides and you will spend 4 days trekking in the High Atlas with them, enjoying the landscape, taking part in traditional activities and getting to understand their ways and beliefs just by being with them and talking around a fire or on the Trek.

We support a local charity called Education For All (www.educationforallmorocco.org). Education For All has been established to help provide the opportunity of a college education for girls from rural Moroccan communities

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