Activities in and around Dar Sidi Bounou
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.
Yoga On the Terrace and Desert Drumming
For the more energetic, we have a large flat roof that has beautiful desert views and is ideal for Yoga (we have some mats), exercise or even sunbathing or you could have an introduction to Desert Drumming techniques and a chance to play with some of the locals.
Cooking Class and Archaeological Guided Trip
Full Day exclusive Beldi Cooking Class and Excursion: October to May only. Leave after early breakfast by taxi to the Village of Erg Gabi to participate in preparing traditional couscous: to be cooked on a kanoon in a real Beldi kitchen. While it is cooking, go for a 2 to 3 hour round trip walk to a very large archaeological site, returning to the Village to have the Couscous that has been cooked for lunch, returning by taxi to Dar Sidi Bounou in the afternoon.
Overnight 4x4 Excursions
Overnight 4x4 Excursions: to the High Dunes at Erg Chegaga after lunch for sunset, supper and music by a fire, sleep in a Berber Tent in a bivouac. Camel rides available. Sunrise breakfast and return to Dar Sidi Bounou.
Overnight plus: as above, leaving after breakfast, lunch in an oasis, returning by a longer route back to Dar Sidi Bounou.
With regard to all excursions and activities: all necessary equipment and supplies are included, however, deserts can be affected by strong weather conditions with wind and extreme temperature variations which must always be taken into consideration with regard to clothing. Comfortable wind and sun proof clothing, with extra layers in the cooler winter months, good sturdy foot ware, as well as some slip ons for the evening-time in the camp. Camels are very wide, like sitting on a barrel, so loose or stretchy rather than jeans or shorts are more comfortable.
It is important to be aware of the fragility of the environment you are going to be in, weather can be very damaging to structures and the heat can dry out land making it impossible to grow crops and plants. It is also therefore wise that you should drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
We do not offer quad and buggy activities as they are so incredibly damaging to the landscape.
We would like to ask that everyone brings their non-biodegradable waste back with them, that nothing is discarded in the desert.