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'''Dar Azawad''' [http://darazawad.com/ darazawad.com]; +212(24)84-87-30; located 5km before M'Hamid. No site in English, but key personnel speaks English good enough. Rooms are stylish imitations of berber tents and small kasbahs. Otherwise, package tour-style hotel: tourists in crisp clothes, not talking to each other; swimming pool as a center of entertainment; sleep-eat-swim-drink routine with little interest to the world outside the hotel. Overall, more European than Moroccan place, with local flavour found only in decor, slightly in the cuisine and in dutyfree-like souvenir shop. However, helpful hosts and daily cleaning in rooms.
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* '''Dar Azawad''' [http://darazawad.com/ darazawad.com]; +212(24)84-87-30; located 5km before M'Hamid. No site in English, but key personnel speaks English good enough. Rooms are stylish imitations of berber tents and small kasbahs. Otherwise, package tour-style hotel: tourists in crisp clothes, not talking to each other; swimming pool as a center of entertainment; sleep-eat-swim-drink routine with little interest to the world outside the hotel. Overall, more European than Moroccan place, with local flavour found only in decor, slightly in the cuisine and in dutyfree-like souvenir shop. However, helpful hosts and daily cleaning in rooms.
 
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:<u>Details:</u> Owner name: Vincent Jaquet; another host (co-owner?): Christian.
 
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'''Hotal Sahara''': Legendary and very friendly, run by the Naamani brothers, Habib and Hassan. It is basic but after a week on a camel even hot water is luxurious and they have Internet.
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* '''Hotal Sahara''': Very friendly, run by the Naamani brothers, Habib and Hassan. It is basic but after a week on a camel even hot water is luxurious and they have Internet.
  
 
== Cope ==
 
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Revision as of 23:46, 26 January 2007

M'Hamid is a small village in Zagora region of Morocco, one of the two places in Morocco where Sahara begins (another is Merzouge).

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Understand

The whole town seems to be working in desert-trips or related businesses, so don't expect anything special to happen in the town beyond that.

Get in

By car

Around 2005, an asphalt road came to M'Hamid so you can reach the village from Ouarzazate by virtually any car.

Get around

See

Do

The main thing people come to M'Hamid are trips to desert, overnight or several das: by camel, 4x4, motor bike or a quad bike.

If you plan to take two actitivities in desert, consider starting with a less intensive experience and proceeding to a more adventurous--to find something in every trip. For example, take quad biking after overnight camel trekking, not before.


Camel trips and 4x4

Camel trips and 4x4 are provided by many outlets in the village.

Sahara Services, saharaservices.info, +212(61)77-67-66: customer-end intermediary for desert trips (both camel and 4x4) that is well connected with most of the local providers (and individual guides/car-owners?), but also seem to receive a huge part of price you pay. Don't confuse with many outlets in MHamid that also have a Sahara Services sign--use photo from their site as a reference or just call them.

Chiri Biri: A mid-level intermediary that Sahara Services works with (in turn, it contacts people actually performing the trip for the clients). Unlike their subcontractors, Chiri Biri asks for feedback on guide and food after your trip--presumably for improving subcontractors work. No contacts known so far.

Caravane Targala (aka Caravane Terguala); GSM +212-6784-3136 / 6278-1085: contact Razgui Mohamed. One of operators that does perform the trips for Chiri Biri and Sahara Services intermediaries. Operates 2-, 5- and 7-day tours.


Quad Bikes and Buggies

Quad Evasion quadevasionmaroc.com, +212(61)77-54-78 or +212(44)84-86-92, located 5km before M'Hamid. Seemingly the only provider for quad bikes and buggies rental--but is doing that professionally. Quad bikes are one-driver-a-time, while buggies are two-persons-at-once. Serves both 1- or 2-hour trips and multiple-day advanced tours.

For short trips: guide speaks only French, but his signs will be all you need. For multi-day trips: Dar Azawad seems to be a main partner for accomodation.


Tent rental

Most tourist companies working in town offer tent rental for your own trip to desert.

Motor Bikes

No rental available in the town, still every week several groups of enthusiasts come to ride bikes in a desert.

Buy

Markets on Mondays: vegetables and fruits brought from other regions by camels.

Besides that, nothing special--typical tourist shops selling mediocre carpets and usual stuff.


Eat

Drink

Sleep

  • Dar Azawad darazawad.com; +212(24)84-87-30; located 5km before M'Hamid. No site in English, but key personnel speaks English good enough. Rooms are stylish imitations of berber tents and small kasbahs. Otherwise, package tour-style hotel: tourists in crisp clothes, not talking to each other; swimming pool as a center of entertainment; sleep-eat-swim-drink routine with little interest to the world outside the hotel. Overall, more European than Moroccan place, with local flavour found only in decor, slightly in the cuisine and in dutyfree-like souvenir shop. However, helpful hosts and daily cleaning in rooms.
Details: Owner name: Vincent Jaquet; another host (co-owner?): Christian.
  • Hotal Sahara: Very friendly, run by the Naamani brothers, Habib and Hassan. It is basic but after a week on a camel even hot water is luxurious and they have Internet.

Cope

Begging children are unregulary numerous in the village, presumably thanks to many tourists arriving directly from the airport to M'Hamid to spend large sums on 4x4s, hardly seen Moroccan realities elsewhere.

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