Sahara á la Carte

We invite you to join us between October and March to imbibe in the magic of the Moroccan Sahara.
In addition to our Introduction to Sahara Experience – a week long immersive adventure – we are also happy to customize your Sahara experience to your specific interests, budget and timeline with Sahara á la Carte.

All our activities are immersive and experiential. We want you to learn by doing, hands on.
We take pride in the work we do and collaborate with hard working locals to add to a sustainable life in the region.

By joining us with Sahara á la Carte, WorldSchooling families can either fully build their own itinerary,
concentrating on a few key activities & adventures,
or take advantage of the Sahara á la Carte Nomad Passport,
which offers the opportunity to sample many experiences within a shorter timeframe.

 Learn more about how to join us in the Sahara below.

How WorldSchool Hub Morocco (Sahara) was Created – Victoria’s Story 

I am a mother of two, Maj (born 2008) and Lucas (born 2005). In the first three months of 2018, I moved out to the Sahara for almost three months with the children and two dogs. Before then, I had visited many times and always had guides and talented local people with me. We did as well back in 2018 and the Sahara embraced us all with an abundance of her love, open doors, wildlife and culture. We lived through unforgettable, gorgeous nature experiences as well as sandstorms, cultural differences and warm welcoming shared meals and activities with the locals. 

It is based on all this experience and me living out here off and on since 2018 that I invite you with open arms to all our Sahara and our introductory week. I want each and everyone one of you, no matter background, experience or knowledge to love your stay, learn new things and let both Sahara and all of Moroccoamazing really welcome you.

My family love the outdoors and my children have spent endless time in tents since early age, cooked over open fire and gas stoves before we moved to the Sahara. Even with all this experience, I am forever grateful for my choice to hire and work with the local talent and guides that kept us safe to know what wood to use, how to keep us safe and warm, how to cook/prepare the food in a way to keep us all healthy. We also had good vehicles, 4x4 with a knowledgeable driver with us as the greatest insurance for safety. Not just on a sunny day but on the occasion that the weather would have changed quickly (it did more than once) and when we had a flat tire. My children will forever carry their knowledge during their time here as a Sahara passport wherever they go in life. 

This week will benefit all your future stay in Sahara region and all of Morocco as well. Together with my local tribe, we offer an introduction week that we hope will give you a memory for life and lots of great experiences to build on later in life. Whether you wish to stay on with us for a longer time locally, travel on in Morocco or elsewhere, we want you to give to all of the beauty that we call Sahara.

Welcome to the Sahara Lunch/Dinner

Understanding the culture of the Sahara and knowing how to navigate safely is imperative in order
to have the best experience during your visit.
WorldSchool Hub Morocco welcomes families to enjoy the Sahara á la Carte offerings
with our Welcome to the Sahara Lunch or Dinner.

At this meal, we share more about the Draa Valley culture, answer your questions, help you find a good plan for your stay in our region, connect you with the local community, prepare you for your chosen activities and any volunteering opportunities you want to take part in. Plan for this meal to take 3 hours. 

This meal is a pre-requisite to Sahara á la Carte in order to prepare you for the adventures ahead and to ensure your safety and the best experience possible while in the Sahara.  This meal with conversation will take place either in our Tidri Hub House or at the Sahara Sunrise Camp.

Cost €15 per adult and €10 per child.

Nomad Passport

Our Sahara activities are all available to you and your family between October and March.

You can choose any activities as part of Sahara á la Carte, and your own itinerary can be built if you only
have a few key experiences that you would like to explore while in the Sahara.
However, we recommend the Nomad Passport as a fun & fabulous way to try an array of experiences and adventures during your visit to the Sahara.  Victoria & Brahim will work with you to tailor-make an adventure that will enthrall the whole family and which works to your interests, timeline and budget. 

As part of our Sahara á la Carte Nomad Passport experience, your family can choose 10 of the activities on offer for a super low price and at the same time have fun collecting stamps (and experiences) to add to your Nomad Passport. These activities will be shorter versions of the opportunities on offer to allow you to get a good taster of many aspects of the adventure in the Sahara, without having to focus on any one area for too long.

It is a gorgeous introductory offer that the kids will especially enjoy as they collect their
stamps and experiences – a wonderful way to capture their WorldSchooling adventures!

We aim to share our culture with you, learning by doing in game form.  Each passport has space to collect 10 Draa Valley stamps, one for each activity finished.  When you have earned all 10, you get the Nomad Passport.


Below are some of the activities available.  Each activity takes about 2-3 hours from start to finish. Many of these activities are included in the Sahara á la Carte/Nomad Passport package, and some are available but at added cost.

The cost for each passport and 10 activities is 500 MAD (€50) per person or 1500 MAD (€150) per family of 4.   All proceeds support the Vilostrada Foundation in the region.  

 

Activities in the Sahara

All our activities are immersive and experiential. We want you to learn by doing, hands on.
We take pride in the work we do and collaborate with hard working locals to add to a sustainable life in the region. 

All these activities are available as part of your custom made experience in Sahara and can earn your children & family the Nomad Passport.

The Nomad Tea

You might think it is only tea and boiling water. But there are many secrets shared with you so you will know how to make a real cup of tea to make everyone happy.

Camel Riding & Care

Our Nomad friend Amar will join us with his camels (really they are dromedaries but everyone calls them camels). You will join our World School caravane on a two night camping trip. 

Trekking

Together, we go to discover the Sahara by foot during our two night camel caravane adventure. Keep an eye out for hidden treasures and tracks.

Bread Making

Each meal will be served with delicious fresh bread. But how is it made out in the Sahara? You will learn to make it.

Sand Dunes & Sahara Nature

Sahara is not only sand. We will show you the beauty of the vast nature and her elements. Meet the animals who roam wild and kept by the Nomads.

Wood Collection & Fire Making

Learn  how to collect wood in the desert to cook tea, food and keep warm at night. We also teach you how to make a fire​.

Cooking & Tagine Classes

In each household, the tagine this is the main meal as well as the traditional couscous each Friday. We will share some of the recipes that we enjoy, and we invite you to invent your favourite. We cook over charcoal or gas.

 

Safety in the Sahara

A course in how to survive in the Sahara includes basic first aid class.

Activities Surrounding Tagounite

Local Family Visit

We invite you to visit some of our local friends and enjoy a meal together.

History class(es) in the Kasbahs around Tagounite

There are more than 30 old settlements around Tagounite that each carry a history and continue with ancient routines. We take you to discover one of them. 

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Sahara Music

The drums are at the heart of life here both around the fire at night, in celebrations and to tell a story. Let us create music together and learn some traditional songs. 

Organic Farming

Our friend Bachir runs an organic teaching garden in one of the kasbahs close to Tagounite. Join us in learning the basics of gardening in the fertile Draa Valley and about the local plants. In his garden, we (Vilostrada Foundation & Association Tidri) also built one of the first composts in the area.

Souk Visit

The weekly market happens on Thursday and Sundays in Tagounite.  Join us for a shopping tour in full color on the big Thursday market.

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Local Hammam

The village hammam is open for both men and women during separate times. This is a melting pot of conversations as well as the place to get really clean. Bring a towel, a bottom underwear/swim gear to wear, soap and scrub glove.

Volunteer

Together, the Vilostrada Foundation and Association Tidri organize activities for local children around Tagounite. We call the activities Tanmirt Junior Club. Join us for a trash-picking, tree-planting, a creative and fun day together. We work in the motto: to give, to receive. First we give back to the community, then we share a meal together and lastly we play lots of fun games together. Usually our meet-ups take place on Sunday when the kids are free from school. 

 

Stay On in Tagounite & Surrounding Area

 Other recommendations in our area of activities:

Visit Erg Chegaga

Visit Erg Chegaga, the biggest sand dunes of Morocco, 100 km out in the desert, one overnight adventure with 4×4

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Live With Nomads

Live with the Nomads in the desert. We recommend you plan a minimum of two days in the desert. 4×4 transport included.

Live With Locals

Live with the locals of Tagounite

Mountain Camel Trek

Trek in the mountains with camels (minimum 3 day adventures, includes 4×4)

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Organic Farming

Organic farming with the locals of Tafraoute

Visit the Hidden Oasis

Visit the Hidden Oasis (2 day adventure with 4×4)

Tamgroute Green Pottery Village

Explore Tamgroute green pottery village

Kasbah of Tamnougalte

Stay and explore the Kasbah of Tamnougalte. We recommend a minimum of two night visit.

Volunteer/Give Back

Volunteer with the Vilostrada Foundation/Association Tidri with local community activities. For example Sunday Tanmirt Junior Club, organic farming etc

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