Excursions and Guided Walking Tours from Dar Sidi Bounou
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.
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.
Local Guided Tour
There are several options for both walking and driven local trips from Dar Sidi Bounou to discover the incredible kasbahs and ancient historical and archaeoligical sites.
Dar Sidi Bounou Guest House is located in a beautiful shady palmerie garden right on the edge of the Moroccan Sahara Desert. You do not have to travel a long way in a 4×4 to get to the desert – it is right here in Bounou.
If you go into our back garden there are undulating small dunes to relax on. If you walk for five minutes beyond the garden there are much bigger dunes to climb where you can watch the sunrise or sunset. Making a walking excursion of about forty minutes from Dar Sidi Bounou into the surrounding palmerie habitation, you can arrive at the spectacular Bounou Kasbah, the Draa Valley’s most ancient Berber Kasbah, or at the vibrant Kasbah Village of Ouled Driss. On the way, you would probably meet some of the traditionally dressed local inhabitants and see an ancient way of rural life that has survived with few concessions to Western modernity.
If you have a taste for adventure and would like to see some vast open spaces with wind sculpted dunes and infinite skies and to experience the true wild nature of the desert, you can make an Excursion With Camels and local guides direct from Dar Sidi Bounou to some very special places with comfortable bivouacs which have simple beds and basic washing facilities – off the beaten track and peaceful – because these quiet places are not in the guide books. Dar Sidi Bounou excursions are arranged to suit you and your party, your interests, capabilities and timing. You will not be a part of a noisy group of tourists. These less strenuous excursions are suitable for families with young children and people who appreciate their creature comforts.
For those of a more adventurous nature, there is wild camping. Extra camels carry everything: tents, bedding, cooking equipment, water, etc. and you ride or walk when you wish. This is a fairly strenuous activity suited to the fitter and more experienced traveller. The guides do all the setting up: light the fire and prepare tea, make supper and play music while you watch the sunset and the first stars. These special excursions can be just overnight, returning to Dar Sidi Bounou after breakfast, or for as many days as you wish, going on quietly, with just the sounds of nature, to even more remote areas. These excursions are designed exclusively to suit your own particular individual requirements. The specialist Guides are very experienced and will do everything possible to make your excursion a wonderful and safe adventure, however you are reminded that you are at the mercy of the sometimes harsh Saharan climate, which may include surviving wind, sand and sudden thunderstorms… as well as putting up with less comfort than you would have in a bivouac.
If you want to travel farther and faster to places like the popular Erg Chegaga, which is in all the guide books, with its much visited big dunes or the archaeologically fascinating Tidri area, we can arrange trips by 4×4 for a few hours, overnight or longer.
Featured Excursions and 4x4 Tours from Marrakech to Dar Sidi Bounou
Multi Day Excursions and 4x4 Tours starting in Marrakech, with an overnight at Dar Sidi Bounou and an opportunity to discover the diverse landscapes of Southern Morocco and the Atlantic Coast.
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 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.
3 Days 2 Nights Trip
A short introduction to the diverse landscapes between Marrakech and the Desert Dunes with a camel ride and Berber camp.
If you have a particular special interest like Bird Watching, Botany, Geology, Archaeology, Environmental or Cultural Studies, etc., we can organize a trip to engage your interests. What you can always confidently expect here in the South is gracious hospitality and extremely good food, exciting music, and friendly conviviality. However Morocco is also full of surprises – always Expect The Unexpected. Relax, put your watch and day timer away, fall into the gentle natural trance rhythm of desert life. Who knows what will turn up…who you will meet…what you will see or what will happen if you keep your true spirit free and your heart open. However, if necessity, or just curiosity, makes it essential for you to check your email, Dar Sidi Bounou has WI FI, so you can find out what is going on in your ‘Real World’ far beyond the timeless desert sands.
10 Days 9 Nights Grand Tour from Marrakech
10 Days 9 Nights grand tour from Marrakech to discover the Imperial Cities, Atlantic Coastal Medinas, Sahara Desert and Atlas Mountains as you journey around Morocco.