The desert is a delicate and subtle environment. On the surface it appears desolate and empty, devoid of life but if one looks closely, there are myriad lifeforms working together for survival, including the people who share the land. Plants can lay dormant until they spring into life after a good (and rare) rain. Animals that inhabit the desert are generally nocturnal, choosing to hunt and scavenge in the cooler hours. Many people of the land are nomads, travelling from place to place to find the food to feed their herds of goats, sheep and camels. The introduction of tourism to this region has had a remarkable effect on this balance and the way of life for many here.
You will be locally led throughout the trip by Youssef, an Amazigh (Berber) who has an intimate knowledge of the desert and the nomadic way of life. She will lead you on treks and help you to understand and treat the desert landscape with respect.
You will be staying in traditional berber accommodation. We offer berber hospitality in the berber way, we conserve water, are totally solar powered and use wood for cooking and the embers for heating afterwards.
We try and reduce rubbish as much as we can and ask visitors to be mindful of what they bring into the region. Plastic bottles are an issue all over developing nations where the water supply is not potable, we bring in water in large containers and ask visitors to bring their own reusable water bottle for refilling.
We ask that whatever rubbish you bring in, please take away with you (the most rubbish that is generated is through packaging you bring a refillable water bottle (the 2nd greatest amount of rubbish created is from empty bottled water containers)
As one of the few businesses in the area, we provide employment for many locals through our need for services such as laundry, bread making, building and cooking.
This trip is as local as it gets - led by Youssef, an Amazigh (Berber), who grew up in and understands the landscape intimately. You will be introduced to the Berber way of life while you are here, immersing yourself in a new culture.
We hope that visitors to our area will respect the landscape's beauty, isolation and the community that lives there. We ask only that you follow a few cultural pieces of advice, including that:
- you donít give sweets or money to the children - their dental hygiene is wanting and giving money encourages a dependent mentality. - you are respectful of the culture and practices in the area, for example public displays of physical affection can cause embarrassment and showing a lot of bare flesh (especially bellies, legs and shoulders), is disrespectful.
At present we do not directly support any charities but we do work with the local association that works for the benefit of the community. Our current project is dealing with water conservation.