Dar Al Fannana (the Artists house) can currently accommodate 4 guests in two rooms, either as two doubles or one double and a twin, we provide bed, breakfast and evening meal, mostly prepared by Ali, Abdols brother, he is a superb cook and all food is typically Moroccan and freshly prepared for each meal, if you have any special dietary requirements do please let us know as we can be flexible. Our newly built toilet and shower block is the only part of the house that isn’t built traditionally but it is squeaky clean and spacious and we are very pleased with it!
We can take you on a tour of the old Kasbah of M’hamid and when Katherine is at home you can also have art tuition if you wish.
We have a small, sheltered garden and a roof terrace you can watch the sunset over the desert from
If you are travelling into the desert from the house with us think about how many days you wish to trek for? how far/how long you want to walk or ride a camel in a day (bear in mind its hot and sometimes you will be walking over uneven ground and sand dunes, and that camel riding for long periods can also bring its own challenges)
Our desert tours usually involve wild camping and sleeping out in the desert where there are no facilities of any sort but if that’s not for you we can arrange for you to stay at a fixed bivouac instead. If a member of your party struggles with mobility you can travel to one of these by 4×4 or we can even arrange for them to join us at the wild camp instead of walking through the desert all day, but please bear in mind 4×4 transport for one into the desert can be relatively expensive
Is there anything you particularly want to see/visit? Sunset from the large dune at Erg Zahar for instance? Let us know.
The long journey to M’hamid can be broken by staying overnight on the way, we know lovely places to do this and we can also arrange visits to places of interest along the way to make the journey even more enjoyable. It is a fantastic drive through some of the most spectacular scenery in Morocco too, as mountains rise and fall and change into endless palmeries and wide, wild plains just before you arrive in the desert…
Would you like to see the famous nomad sand bread being made? We do this as part of most trips more than one night in duration, but even if you want to just spend a relaxing time at our house we can arrange for tea and supper with sand bread making nearer to home in the palmerie and surrounding dunes as we live only metres away from the desert!
Music is an intrinsic part of life here and around the campfire at night drumming and singing are always a feature once supper is over.
The beauty of the night sky is also stunning in this land bereft of light pollution…
We want you to have the best and most authentic desert experience possible and will always try to find a way we can share the nomad way of life with you, whatever your needs may be. More than anything, we aim to tread lightly on this precious land and share its wild beauty with you and believe that walking with camels and leaving nothing behind but our footprints is the best way to do this, we hope you are with us x
We do not run trips into the desert all year round, it isn’t good to travel this way during the hottest months for people or for our camels, who carry the supplies. So we are restricted to the months of September to April
We do arrange trips to Essaouira in the summer though, staying in the medina there and are very happy to quote you for 3 or more persons
If you want us to quote you for a trip tailored completely to your needs for two or more persons please get in touch!