Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I reach Tamegroute?
There are different ways to get to Tamegroute:
By air plain to Marrakesh, Agadir and Ouarzazate or Zagora (Ouarzazate or Zagora via Casablanca, see Royal Air Maroc).
- from Marrakesh via Ouarzazate – Agdz – Zagora – Tamegroute (380 Km) by:
- rented car
- collective taxi
- public bus
- Supratours Marrakesh – Ouarzazte – Zagora
- Price 145 DH and luggage about 10 DH
- Timetable Supratours
- CTM Marrakesch – Zagora – (Tamegroute) – Tagounite – Lamhamid Ghozlane (M’Hamid)
- Price: 155 DH and luggage 5 DH
- Times: Daily at 11:15 am
- Please note: It is important, that you take the ticket up to Tagounite, otherwise you can’t get out at Tamegroute. Ask the driver when you leave Zagora to let you out at the roundabout in Tamegroute. It takes about 10 Minutes from Zagora to Tamegroute
- Timetable CTM
- CTM Marrakesh – Zagora – Tata
- Times: Wednesday and Saturday at 8:30 am (Zagora - Marrakesch only Thursday and Sunday at 2 pm)
- Timetable CTM
- Supratours Marrakesh – Ouarzazte – Zagora
- from Ouarzazate via Agdz – Zagora
- collective taxi
- bus way of 3 hours, price 80 DH
- from Zagora – Tamegroute
- collective taxi , price 8 DH, taxis drive not before they are completed with 6 peoples or you have to pay for empty seats
- from Agadir
- CTM via Ouarzazate – Zagora
- bus via Ouarzazate or via Tazenahkt – Agdz
2. How many days should I plan beside the tour itself?
- 1 day for travel from Marrakech
- 1 day for adapting and relaxing
- The days of the tour. Don’t forget to plan a visit of the Hammam in the afternoon after the tour
- 1 night after the tour at least
- If it’s possible 1 more day to relax
- 1 day travelling back to Marrakech (half day to Ouarzazate)
- Overnight stop in Ouarzazate or Marrakech if flight goes very early
5 – 6 days more than the tour are a minimum to travel without stress.
3. Which is the best time of the year to make a camel tour?
Very good time to travel is from the middle of October until the end of April. In September nights are still very warm, in Mai it starts to get quite warm again. Ideal are the end of February, Mars and November. In December and January nights can be quite cold, but during the day it’s fine. In July and August temperatures are extremely high.
4. How cold it will become in the night?
That’s very different and depends on many things. It can happen, that some nights in October get very cold and in January you don’t need a blanket over the sleeping bag.
Usually there are about 8° to 12° in the night from the end of October until beginning of December. During the day thermometer can climb up to 30°.
After middle of December and during January thermometer drops at night at about 0° or might be less. During the day it climbs up to 20° or more.
There is no special time of the year for rainfall. At any time it’s possible that it rains, one never knows. Therefore you should always take a rainwear with you into the desert. In the last years it was very rare to see some drops, but it looks, as if we have a climate changing as well in Morocco. as higher temperature rises, as more heavy winds or storms can blow, especially in summertime.
5. Do I need to take a sleeping bag with me?
It’s recommended to take a sleeping bag into the dessert. We give you foamed mattresses and covers. In case of need you can borrow a sleeping bag from as. (not for a bigger group!)
6. What kind of clothing should I have on?
First of all take with you very few. You don’t need a lot of clothes in the desert!
- Light and comfortable trousers of cotton, linen, silk or viscose
- T-Shirt (sleeves half long), blouse (log sleeves)
- Warm cardigan or pullover
- Leggings or light tracksuit
- Light rain protection
- Good and light trekking shoes (for short trips gym shoes are sufficient)
- Socks, if you have on Nylon stockings under the socks, it can protect you from blisters
- Trekking–sandals or ordinary sandals for the evening
- The Shesh, the head covering long shawl of the Bedouins is a must! (You can buy one in JNANE-DAR)
- Bathing slippers for the Hammam after the dessert, swimsuit (you never know if you have the possibility)
7. What condition is asked for a tour into the desert?
Normal condition for short trips, good condition for tours longer than 3 nights. Tours in the dessert are not just easy walks, they challenge and demand quite a lot. The nature of the ground changes very much between compact and loose sand, small and coarse stones, rubble and big rocks. Scenery is partly flat, partly hilly (dunes). The climate as well makes heavy demands on your condition.
8. How big is the distance covered daily?
Depending the tour about 12 to 25 km by day. 3-4 hours during the morning, 2–3 hours during the afternoon. Lunch brake between 2 1/2 and 4 hours, short rests of 1/4 to 1/2 hour between marching.
9. Do I only ride or walk as well?
Normally it’s more walking than riding. Nobody has to ride, but everyone must walk from time to time. Only riding is not good, neither for the camels nor for your self. You can get sore very fast also the saddle is comfortable and well upholstered. But it’s a fine and great feeling to pull your camel behind you.
10. What about drinking water in the desert?
We can take with us bottled water for 2 – 3 days. After that time, water is used from the wells. It’s good to use medicament like Micropure or similar to treat water. We use as well Kathadyn filter for cleaning the water and can give it to lend. A general remark to the water: Water is a very precious essential goods, which needs to be taken care for with highest conscience. In the south of Morocco ground water level dropped more than 25 m within 8 years. Many wells dried up or are almost empty. Please don’t waste water, particularly when taking a shower!
11. How can I pay and where can I change money?
In the most places you can pay either with Dirham (1 € = ca. 10,5 DH, 1£ = about 13 DH), Euro, Dollar or Swiss Francs.
- Please look carefully, that notes are not damaged, otherwise banks do not accept it
- Don’t try to change notes of 100 $ (they could be counterfeit money)
- Many shops and hotels accept credit carts (Visa/Master card)
- We accept credit carts only if the amount of the bill is higher than 500 DH
- Traveller cheques should be withdrawn at banks
- Banks are closed on Saturday, Sunday and holidays. On Friday they close at 4 pm
- We change Dollar, Euro and Swiss francs at any time
- Banks with bank automats exist in all bigger towns like Zagora, Ouarzazate and Marrakech (max 2000 DH daily) but not in Tamegroute
- Advance payment can be done for Euro on our account in Germany
We give to you the number of the account after your inquiry.
12. How I handle the tips?
The tip is never included in the price. It is a part of the wage. A normal tip is 10 to 15 % of the price. Recommendation for tips after a trip into the desert: 50 - 100 DH (depending the number of participants) for a guide by day. Of course, if you want, you can give more.
13. Can a woman travel alone without problems?
Morocco is a very safe country for travelling. For a woman it’s no problem at all to be touring through the land, the moment she respects some basic rules. One of it is not to wear too short and too permissive dresses, for not to be looked as fair game. A woman should never accept an invitation to a man’s house going there alone if he is alone. It would mean to him, that she is ready for intimacy.
As women in Morocco usually don’t travel alone to make holiday, it is better to tell to be at business. Just as well you may tell that you are married and have children. If a woman speaks to a man, it’s better not to look in his eyes, except she knows him very well. A respectable woman looks sideward, looks straight through him or she casts her eyes down.
What we find a rude behaviour, not to make eye contact when speaking with somebody, is in Muslim countries good form. As more self-confident a woman brings herself in action and as clearer she indicates what she wants and what she doesn’t want, as more she will be respected and as safer she can fell in the way, how to deal with the people.