AGAFAY CAMEL RIDE
Experience the Agafay Desert on a 1 hour sunset camel ride, or longer 2 hour adventure to Nkhila village, oasis and river valley.
Explore Agafay Desert
Ride a Malian camel
Great fun for families
1 or 2 hour options
Atlas mountain views
At Nkhila one of the most popular activities is a camel trek. There are two options: either a 1 hour circuit (normally at sunset) across the desert with views of the High Atlas and nearby river valleys; or a 2 hour camel ride which includes Nkhila village, Nkhila oasis and river valley.
The camel, known as the ‘ship of the desert’ is a remarkable animal and provides us with a relaxing way to enjoy the peace and quiet of the Marrakech desert. Once you’ve found your balance and got used to the very rhythmic motion a camel makes it's great fun!
On the 2 hour camel ride we ride to Nkhila village, then enter its beautiful palm-filled oasis. We walk along the riverbed passing close to sandstone rock walls. You’ll enjoy a break in a local house. Here you can stretch your legs, sip hot tea and enjoy Berber hospitality. Discover the millennial mud walls and clever hammams still in use today and how the aridity of the land unravels into a rich tapestry of tastes, flavours and myriad shades of red as the light changes across the landscape. Look out for desert wildlife such as Agama lizards en route.
TYPICAL ITINERARY (2 HOUR OPTION)
0900 or 1600 Meet your camel & camel handler. Depart Nkhila Lodge
0945 or 1645 Arrive at Douar Nkhila village and oasis; tea in a local house
1015 or 1715 Ride camel back to Nkhila Lodge
1100 or 1800 Arrive Nkhila Lodge
Timings are approx. and may vary due to interests of the group, weather or seasons.
This activity is suitable for everyone of reasonable fitness. Longer rides deeper into Agafay Desert can be arranged locally.
DEPARTS ON REQUEST
Private camel rides operate on request, every day.
Wear comfortable shoes. We also recommend a camera, sun hat and sunglasses.
PRICES PER PERSON PER CAMEL
Hire of Malian camel from camp back to camp; camel handler; English-speaking guide from the camp.
Tips, beverages, optional activities and items of a personal nature.
Please note that camel riding is at your own risk!