Dar Sidi Bounou Guesthouse in the Sahara Desert
Dar Sidi Bounou


Dar Sidi Bounou: a small Auberge on the edge of the Sahara Dunes which was developed by Nancy Patterson, a Canadian/British artist, and Daoud Leghlid, whose Berber family come from the local Bounou area. We like to encourage adventurous individual travellers, creative people and families with children of all ages to come and experience the special atmosphere of this remote region that was once a stopping place on the legendary caravan route to Timbuktu. Relax in the sun, in the shade under the palms, on the dunes in the garden or on the roof terraces.  Learn the desert drumming techniques, make music with the locals and find out about the ancient culture and fascinating history of the area. Enjoy the traditional beldi cooking, including vegetarian, special food for kids, feasts, birthday parties and celebrations to order.

We are in Lonely Planet: Top Choice “a desert dream with dunes in the backyard”… and Rough Guide: Editor’s recommendation “a real find”.

Accommodation at Dar Sidi Bounou

Comfortable Rooms, with ensuite bathrooms in the House with the possibility of sleeping on the roof in warmer weather. N’walla Huts and Berber Tents which are under the palms. Shared bathroom facilities with hot water showers.

First floor bedroom with outside terrace and views to the dunes

There are 3 Rooms in the House, sleeping on the roof under the stars can also be arranged in hot weather.

The Rooms
The Nwalla Huts are adobe bedrooms outside in the garden
The Nwalla Huts

There are 4 Nwalla Huts in the Garden near the Dunes under the Palms with a double and single bed. Shared facilities.

Traditional Berber Tents under the palm trees
The Berber Tents

Family or Group traditional large Berber Tent for up to 8 people and small Berber Tents with double and single beds. Shared facilities.

One of the main activities at Dar Sidi Bounou is non-activity… total relaxation, there is no need to actually do anything active, other than come to the breakfast, lunch or supper table to enjoy the delicious meals in our airy salon or outside on the terrace. Meals often finish with an extended chat over mint tea or drinks of your choice. There are many places to stretch out and read, or snooze, and if you wish to stay connected, we have free Wifi.

Daoud with his camel out on the dunes
Featured Excursions and 4x4 Tours

Desert Excursions: arranged to suit your particular requirements in advance or when you arrive. Camel trekking, 4x4 excursions and walking tours, flexible adventures…. High Dunes or Historical Sites…. for a few hours or several days…. Children welcome.

7 days and 6 nights tour from Marrakech to the Sahara Desert
7 Days 6 Nights Tour

7 Days 6 Nights from Marrakech to the Sahara Desert. Discover the authentic Morocco with this Desert and Atlantic Coast Tour.

5 days and 4 nights tour from Marrakech to the Sahara Desert
5 Days 4 Nights Tour

Cross the High Atlas to discover the Draa Valley all the way to the Desert Dunes with a camel ride and overnight camp.

Desert Excursion by camel from Dar Sidi Bounou
Desert Soul Excursion

Desert Excursion from Dar Sidi Bounou. Ideal for our guests who would like to discover more of the desert in a relaxed mode.