Ait Atta Berber Nomadic Migration, 11 days
During the month of May in the South of Morocco, dozens of nomadic families from the Ait Atta Berber tribe begin their migration from the sun-scorched Jebel Saghro to the cool high pastures of the High Atlas Mountains. Walking with Berber nomads during their migration is a wonderful experience and awe-inspiring adventure of a life time that offers you the unique opportunity to get a deep insight into the nomadic Berbers lifestyle as they migrate with their herd of goats, sheep, camels, mules and household from the Jebel Saghrou to their summer grazing lands in High Atlas. For thousands of years nomadic Moroccan Berbers have made the arduous transhumance from the desert to their hallowed pastures in the Atlas Mountains, practicing the transhumance and moving constantly all round the year. They follow a seasonal migratory pattern which varies from year to year depending on the grazing needs and animals are taken to different regions.
Accompanied by nomadic people and their household on the back of pack animals, this unique trekking adventure follows the migration route of nomadic tribes and takes you from the lower Rose valley to the High Atlas Mountains through breathtaking undiscovered mountain scenery with wonderfully dramatic panoramas. Making the transhumance with Ait Atta is really an unforgettable experience you will cherish in mind for a long time.
Highlights of this High Atlas Trek
- Accommodation in comfortable boutique hotels at Marrakech
- Rarely trekked itinerary offering rich contrasting sceneries
- An unforgettable journey with the nomadic tribe of Ait Atta
- Trek offering a deep insight into the traditional life of the nomads
- Berber muleteers with their mules to carry your luggages during the trek
- Private and comfortable mobile tented camping with tasty locally sourced food
- Fully supported low altitude trek in a wilderness environment
- The guarantee of a cheerful welcome from the Berber people
- Exciting add-ons to make the most of your time in Morocco unforgettable
Is This Trek for You ?
This trek with nomads is rated moderate with an average of 8-10 miles daily and you should be comfortable with walking for 5 to 6 hours each day at a moderate pace. The migration route follows well-defined trails and mule paths, and the passes crossed en route are relatively moderate in altitude. The highest point crossed on this trek is 3200 metres and this walking holiday should be well within the capabilities of anyone with previous trekking experiences. During our trek with the nomads, pack mules and camels carry food, drinking water, all camping equipment and your personal bags, as well as any luggage that may be needed along the trek, so you can maximize your enjoyment while hiking. All you need to carry is your light daypack with daily essentials such as water bottle, a warm fleece and camera.
Accommodation in Marrakech
An important feature of all Morocco Private Tours is the wide range of accommodation used. We offer a great choice of carefully selected accommodations in comfortable boutique hotels and stylish authentic riads, which have been chosen for their comfort and cleanliness as well as their charm, welcoming quality, tranquillity and security. Our selected accommodations are nestled in the heart of the city, with close proximity to the main business areas and attractive highlights. The accommodations we propose are rated 3-5-star locally and they offer a brasserie restaurant, bar, internet access, fully-equipped fitness centre and laundry service. Guest rooms have private bathrooms and air-conditioning.
Accommodation in a Mobile Tented Camp
When travelling with the nomads, the overnight stay will be tented camp style. Mobile tented camping is the most practical option to discover some of High Atlas’ most breathtaking scenery and wilderness areas. With us you will camp in comfortable and spacious tents. Camping and sleeping under canvas allow you to enjoy brightly star-lit nights out in the open air, experiencing moments of real pleasure discovering the spectacular night skies.
At the end of each walking day, there is nothing quite like arriving to your camp after an exhilarating day. You will find that your ever-friendly Berber crew have everything in hand. Tents set up, afternoon tea or coffee and food ready to go. With the sights and sounds of nature close at hand, our private tented camps provide the ideal accommodation for lovers of the great outdoors. Personal attention and care is of high importance here in our camps, the friendly Berber staff will go to their extremes to ensure that you have a wonderful, satisfying and memorable stay and everything is done at your leisure.
Trek Detailed Itinerary
The detailed day to day itinerary of this 11-day trek will be sent to you on simple request. Please send your request to email@example.com and one of our travel consultants will send you – within 48 hours – the day to day trip programme and all detailed information you need to know about your selected tour. Please don’t hesitate to contact Morocco Private Tours if you have any questions, we remain at your entire service for any further information you may need.
Why the Tour Itinerary is not Showed ?
At Morocco Private Tours we work quite hard and spend much time to create private and innovative itineraries off the beaten track and away from the well-trodden routes. We specialise in designing carefully crafted tour programmes that give keen travellers the opportunity to see and discover some of the most fascinating and exotic places Morocco has to offer. In order to protect our hand-crafted tour programmes and trek itineraries we have designed, the detailed programmes of our tours and treks are not showed on our Website because there are many non-professional local companies and lazy tour guides who copy the itineraries we have designed.
Unfortunately, these people don’t want to make any effort and rack their brain to create and plan their own programmes. They just want to earn money quickly and easily, thinking only of their own benefits more than those of the clients and they pay almost no attention to show the beautiful Morocco the way it should be seen. Most of the time, when they lead a group of tourists these people think about taking them to shops and bazaars where they will get commissions from the store owners on purchases of the tourists. So there is no enough time left for them to introduce the must-see attractions Morocco has to offer and show the real Morocco the way it should be seen.
Tour Leader and Berber Team
All Morocco Private Tours groups are is entrusted to skilled Berber tour guides and competent staff who will take care of all services from beginning to end of tour. You will be accompanied by a professional team who represents the real image of our company and consists mainly of Berber native people. The success of your trip, your safety and your welfare are our main objectives. The friendly Berbers who accompanying you will work hard to ensure you discover Morocco in a way it should be seen, offering you rewarding and remarkable experiences and above all unforgettable memories you will treasure for a long time. We help you discover not only the landscape and must-see attractions but also the local lifestyle, traditions and customs and give you a real glimpse of current everyday local life.
Detailed Trip Notes
We supply detailed trip notes with useful information to assist you with planning for your birding holiday and advise you of what to expect during your time in Morocco. Our pre-tour information has been prepared to provide you with as much information as possible about your forthcoming adventure. Once you have booked your selected tour, the detailed trip notes will be sent to you to help you prepare for your trip, with important logistical information and answers to questions regarding accommodations, tour arrangements, currency, local customs, immigration and documents, health precautions, and a packing list of right clothing and all necessary equipment that you will need for the planned activity.
Pre- and Post-Tour Extensions
If you would like to extend your stay in Morocco for a couple of days before or after your guided tour to enjoy the ultimate flexibility and freedom to see a little more of Morocco at your own pace or to have plenty of time visiting Marrakech, Morocco Private Tours can make all the arrangements you need to extend your holiday with lots of ideas for what to do and where to stay. Our optional pre- and post-tour extensions offer you also the perfect opportunity if you would like to explore some attractions and must-see places that are not included on this tour itinerary.
Morocco Private Tours’ knowledgeable travel consultants will be pleased to provide you with further information and to suggest ideas to complement your own and make your holiday extension in Morocco a memorable experience. All our optional extension packages can include stays in charming boutique hotels or authentic stylish riads, private airport transfers, car rental, quad-biking tours, horse-riding, day trips into the High Atlas Mountains, Essaouira etc.
The cost of this trip is subject to change – increase or decrease – depending on the number of persons in the group, the accommodation category, the currency fluctuation and the period of departure. The exact cost of your selected holiday will be confirmed to you at the time of booking. The suggested itineraries shown on our website are prepared few months before the start of your holiday and the prices quoted in them are for your guidance when planning your trip.
What is Included in the Tour Price
- Welcoming and greeting at the airport by our Tour guides
- Arrival transfer from the airport to your overnight hotel
- Departure transfer from your hotel to airport at end of trip
- All land transportation throughout by private vehicles
- 3 nights’ in comfortable boutique hotels or authentic riads
- 1 night in gite a d’étape offering excellent facilities
- 5 nights’ accommodation in a fully serviced mobile camp
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis with private facilities
- Professional English speaking guide during the tour days
- Delicious Moroccan food as indicated in the tour itinerary
- Luggage handling, and all hotel taxes and service charges
- Half-day camel riding to discover Merzouga sand dunes
- All entrance fees to museums, sites and monuments
- 24-hour emergency assistance service during your trip
- Emergency first-aid kit with standard equipment
- Professional Liability Insurance
- The necessary logistics for the tour
- Mineral bottled water provided daily during the trek
What is Not Included in the Tour Price
- Intentional flights
- Personal Travel and medical insurance
- Miscellaneous items of a personal nature
- Soft drinks during lunch in restaurants
- Alcoholic beverages
- All items not mentioned as being included
- Gratuities for tour guide and local staff
Tour Pricing from
Depends on number of Travellers
11 days / 10 nights
Best Time to go
May and late September
Trek suitable for fit hill-walkers
Transportation on trip
Private air-conditioned vehicles
Trip led by a highly experienced tour guide