Les Petits Caravaniers Family Adventure Trek

Camel trekking in the desert and sleeping out under the stars







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Holiday Overview


  • A super family adventure walking holiday in Morocco
  • Traditional camel caravan on the edge of the Sahara Desert
  • The magic and mystery of Marrakech
  • A unique family adventure holiday

This super family walking holiday with camels in Morocco starts out beyond the Atlas Mountains amongst the palm-fringed oases of the Draa Valley. Here, we meet our Berber crew and their team of camels and set out on a 4-day walk on the edge of the great Sahara Desert. Travelling in the traditional way of the camel caravan, our route will take us across high sand dunes to isolated villages and rock ridge viewpoints. Camping out in the desert, meeting Saharan dwellers and hunting for fossils, this is an enchanting experience for the whole family. The holiday also includes time for sightseeing in the wonderful city of Marrakech where the evening entertainment is still provided by jugglers, acrobats and story-tellers.

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Explore International. This is one of our Explore International holidays. Participants on these trips can book through KE or through one of our international partners. This helps us to gather together sufficient numbers of like-minded adventurers to get your holiday up and running quickly. Led by an English-speaking guide, the cosmopolitan nature of these groups can be an important part of the experience!

Is this holiday for you?

Suitable for children from 6 yrs old

This is a walking and camping holiday for the family in Morocco where camels carry all of our equipment. During each day's walk you need only carry what you require that day. The walking has been tailored with children in mind and involved walking through desert in a traditional camel caravan where there is the opportunity from time to time to ‘rest' from the walking by riding on the camels. The terrain here is more of a hard-packed sand rather than dunes. We will be walking for up to 5 hours each day at a leisurely pace with plenty of time for stops to explore the desert, examine the rock art, search for fossils etc.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Marrakech. Transfers from Marrakech Airport are provided.
  • Transfer to Tamsahlte in the heart of the desert via Ouarzazate and the Draa Valley.
  • First day of trekking with our camels across the desert, volcanic landscapes. Camp near Ait Ouazzik.
  • Visit the nearby Kasbah, then trek through the gorge to the oasis village of Amred to camp tonight.
  • Continuing with the camels the trek takes the route to the dunes of Barghou and Foum Tizza to camp.
  • Final trekking day through the Saredrar mountains with its fossils to the camp in Bedouin tents.
  • Transfer back to Marrakech. Afternoon free for sightseeings and the Djemaa el-Fna.
  • Departure day. Marrakech Airport transfers provided.
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We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis and recommend that you book your flights to Marrakech Airport, which is approximately 15 minutes drive away from the group hotel in downtown Marrakech. Please refer to the 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' section of the holiday dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

If flying from the UK there are a number of low cost airlines offering flights to Marrakech. These include Easyjet who have flights from London, Manchester & Glasgow, Thomson Airways who have flights from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol & Glasgow and Ryanair who have flights from London. Click on the 'Flight information' link below for further information on booking low cost airlines. Alternatively if you would prefer to book a 'flight inclusive package' using scheduled airlines from the UK please contact our flights department for a quote. Whilst flight prices are likely to be more expensive you will benefit from full financial protection.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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  • trip direction
  • peaks
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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Marrakech. Transfers from Marrakech Airport are provided.

    On arrival in Marrakech you will be met by a local KE representative who will assist with the short transfer to the group hotel in the city. There are plenty of good local restaurants to choose from and our representative will be happy to advise you. KE Land Only package services begin with the overnight at the hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

  • Transfer to Tamsahlte in the heart of the desert via Ouarzazate and the Draa Valley.

    We have an early breakfast ahead of a full day of driving to cross the Western High Atlas. From Marrakech we drive southeast across the Haouz Plain before reaching the switchback road through the mountains. Passing Berber villages en route we cross the spectacular Tizi n’Tichka (2260m) - the highest road pass in Morocco - then gently down alongside the Assif Imini, through the ‘Beau Geste’ city of Ouarzazate where we take our lunch. From Ouarzazate we set off on a 2 hour drive through the Draa Valley. This part of the world has been a popular choice for movie-makers, with block-busters such as Lawrence of Arabia being filmed here. Our route takes us through an area of striking rock formations (folded brightly striped strata) in the vicinity of Agdz and through the village of N’Kob to reach Tamsahlte on the edge of the Sahara. Here we have our first overnight in a fixed camp and meet our camels and their drivers.

    • Accommodation Fixed Camp

    • Meals bld

  • First day of trekking with our camels across the desert, volcanic landscapes. Camp near Ait Ouazzik.

    Our first day of camel trekking. Camels walk at a slow pace and we will sometimes ride and sometimes walk as we pass through an incredible volcanic landscape, following in the footsteps of the first Saharan nomads. We climb to the tizi n'Oujgal and then across the tizi n'Inejdane where we have superb views over the desert and the mountains. The scenery here is similar to the Hoggar mountains of central Sahara in Algeria with serrated ridges and isolated formations of weather-worn rock sticking up out of the desert floor. Neolithic tribes once inhabited these lands and we can see evidences of this in the form of petroglyphs and cave drawings. We make camp close to Aït Ouazzik.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs walking

  • Visit the nearby Kasbah, then trek through the gorge to the oasis village of Amred to camp tonight.

    This morning we pay a visit to the Kasbah in Aït Ouazzik before setting off on the day’s trek. We pass through a gorge to reach the well of Imi n'Ouarg where we can take lunch. Beyond Imi n'Ouarg, we climb to a rocky plateau and eventually follow a splendid avenue of acacias into the village of Amred, a true oasis in the desert. We camp beside palm trees and slender tamarisk bushes close to the water.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs walking

  • Continuing with the camels the trek takes the route to the dunes of Barghou and Foum Tizza to camp.

    Leaving the oasis of Armed we take our camels deep into the heart of the desert. Travelling with our camels through the vast expanse of the Sahara we pass a succession of oases as little by little, we near the dunes of Barghou which appear on our horizon. At Foum Tizza, where a long rocky crest thrusts out to meet this wave of dunes, we make our camp.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs walking

  • Final trekking day through the Saredrar mountains with its fossils to the camp in Bedouin tents.

    A great day’s trekking through a spectacular landscape. Our caravan now crosses the Saredrar mountains where fossils can be found and towards the end of our day’s trek, more imposing dunes appear. These high dunes of Saredrar at the foot of the mountains should be reached in the early afternoon. Here we stay at a fixed camp of khaimas (traditional tents of the desert Bedouin nomads) which has comfortable beds and showers.

    • Accommodation Bedouin Camp

    • Meals bld

    • Time 4 hrs walking

  • Transfer back to Marrakech. Afternoon free for sightseeings and the Djemaa el-Fna.

    After breakfast we make the drive back to Marrakech, and check in to our Hotel. We have another chance to visit the remarkable Djemaa el-Fna. The hustle and bustle of the crowds, the jugglers, story-tellers, and acrobats will be quite a contrast to the quiet and calm of the desert.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bl

  • Departure day. Marrakech Airport transfers provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. There is a complimentary transfer to the airport to check in for the return flight for those departing today.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • An experienced professional English and French speaking Moroccan leader
  • Marrakech Airport transfers (on first and last day of itinerary)
  • All land transport and hotel accommodation involved in the itinerary
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Once on trek a full service including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)

  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for staff
  • Meals as per the meal plan
  • Airport transfers (other than on Day 1 and 8)
  • Miscellaneous expenses - souvenirs and drinks etc

During this holiday the group will spend 2 nights at a comfortable family orientated hotel in Marrakech. There are 5 nights camping during the holiday. On the first and last night of trek this will be at a comfortable fixed camp with basic facilities. The other three nights will be in a Caravanniers' camp, with 2 man tents, made up each day in the desert. Mattresses are provided at each camp. All family members should take a 4 season sleeping bag for the camping nights. This will be carried along with your main luggage by the camels.

In the Marrakech hotel, 3-person families will share a triple room, whilst 4-person families will have adjacent twin-bed rooms. We will do everything to ensure that you are happy with your rooming allocation.

Additional hotel nights are available pre and post the holiday. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

All meals are included except for 2 dinners whilst in Marrakech (day 1 & day 7).

On trek, the food is a mixture of local and Western, all purchased locally and cooked for us by our trek cooks. Breakfasts are continental style, with tea and coffee, orange juice, cereals including muesli, bread, jam, honey and cheese. A morning snack is also provided and this usually consists of a piece of fruit (apple, orange), together with Moroccan “trail mix” of dried figs and dates, peanuts, sugar coated peanuts and other nuts. Lunch usually starts with the Berber specialty of mint tea, followed by a freshly prepared salad. Hard and soft cheeses, tinned fish, olives, biscuits and bread are also on the lunchtime menu. Dinner starts off with soup and bread. The main course is usually rice, pasta, cous-cous, spaghetti or chips, with a vegetable stew (or tagine) consisting of some of the following - onion, potato, carrot, green pepper, zucchini, turnip, parsnip. green beans, peas. There will be some meat (usually chicken, lamb or beef). Meat is not prominent in the menu. All dishes come with traditional sauces which are rarely (spicy) hot. Desserts usually consist of fruit, some fresh but more likely tinned, including pineapple, apricot, pears, peaches or mixed. Moroccan tinned fruit is excellent quality. To round off dinner, there is the usual range of hot drinks.

Airport transfers are provided free of charge to all clients arriving on day 1 and departing on day 8 of the itinerary. Clients booking a Land Only Package should let us know if Marrakech Airport transfers are not required and MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights.

Clients intending to make their own transfer arrangements at Marrakech Airport should note that taxis are available outside the arrivals hall at all times. They are equipped with meters but most taxi drivers are reluctant to use them and you should either insist on a meter or agree the fare before setting off. The standard fare to the city in a "petite taxi" is normally around £6 though you may have to pay a little more if arriving late at night. The airport is approximately 4 miles from the city and the journey takes 10 - 15 minutes.

Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

We will have an early morning wake-up call at about 6 am. This is principally to allow us to complete most of the day’s walk while it is cool. After breakfast during which the camels are loaded, we will set off walking at around 8 am. We will walk for 2 to 3 hours at a very leisurely pace, with lots of stops for photographs and to round up the children. One or two of the camels will not be carrying full loads and can quickly be brought into service to carry sleepy or tired children. Young children will not ride a camel on their own, but will have one of the Berber crew riding behind them. Anyone expecting to ride the camels should bring a cycling helmet on the trip. We may choose to stop off for a picnic lunch at about 11 am, and if we have found a shaded spot, the lunch stop may last a couple of hours. With just an hour or two’s easy walking after lunch, we will reach our overnight camp in the early afternoon, leaving the rest of the day free for swimming, games or relaxing. Dinner is ready at around 6 pm and is a 3-course meal, prepared by our trek cook and served in the dining area of our overnight accommodation. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trip so far and for general socializing with the other families on the holiday.

The group will be accompanied by an experienced bi-lingual Moroccan leader throughout the holiday. On trek we have the services of a professional cook and the assistance of camels and their drivers to carry our equipment and personal baggage.

Approximately £300 (or equivalent in US dollars, Euros etc.) per family (mum, dad and 2 kids) should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses, tips for the crew, non-included meals, soft drinks and modest souvenirs. Marrakech is a great place for souvenir buying. If you are intending to buy expensive items, you should budget accordingly and you may wish to pay by credit card. It is not necessary to purchase Moroccan currency (Dirham) outside the country. You can withdraw money in local currency from ATM’s in Marrakech or your travel money can be carried in the form of cash. (Sterling and US dollars are easily exchanged). We do not recommend using travellers cheques as they can be difficult and time consuming to exchange. Credit cards can be used to purchase goods and it is a good idea to carry one in case of emergency.

Tips are the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your local guides and porters. They do not form part of their wages. KE always pays local crews the best rates of pay, no matter what country they are in and any tips they receive are seen as a personal thank you from group members. For our part, we advise local teams that tips are not a duty or a prerequisite but are a bonus and entirely dependent on the service that was given. For your trek crews we recommend that you give a tip if you feel that their services have met your satisfaction. As a rough guide we suggest you allow a total of £100-150 for tipping per family.

Your baggage on trek will be carried by camels. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 15 kg. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

The altitudes attained on this itinerary are not extreme and the maximum altitude attained is no more than the equivalent of a pressurised cabin on an international flight. You may ‘feel’ the altitude the first time you are above 2000 metres. The max altitude is 2260m which is when you cross the pass Tizi n'Tichka pass over the Atlas mountains in the vehicle. The walking is all under 1000m.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of each family member’s trek bag during the trip should be no more than 15 kgs

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes
  • Lightweight thermal or fleece gloves
  • Socks
  • Trekking trousers / pants
  • Waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants
  • Underwear
  • Baselayer shirts (short sleeve & long sleeve)
  • Shirts or T-shirts (wicking)
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Thick fleece jacket/Coat (Dec/Feb departures)
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat (for chilly evenings)
  • Eyewear - Sunglasses
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre / 1 quart (x2)
  • Sleeping bag (comfort rating +5 ⁰C or +0⁰C in December & February)
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Small towel
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE kit bag)
  • Daypack c.20 to 30 litres (depending on how much of the kids' stuff you need to carry)
  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
  • Headtorch / headlamp with spare batteries
  • Water purification tablets
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment. Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.

The following items are optional:

  • Cycle helmet(1) – see notes
  • Trekking poles
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Thermarest* (note that foam mattresses are provided)
  • Trainers / sneakers or sandals for camp
  • Spare laces
  • Shorts
  • Wetwipes (note that water for washing can sometimes be scarce)
  • Insect repellant – (DEET)
  • Camera, media, spare batteries
  • Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Swimwear
  • Travel clothes
  • Toys / games / books / football / kite etc.


  • (1)We recommend you bring a cycle helmet for anyone intending to ride the camels. Please note that these animals can be unpredictable and difficult to control, and if you wish to ride, this is at your own risk.
  • *Available for hire/rental through KE Adventure Travel


For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

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UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa for short stays.

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KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

In Marrakech it is warm during the day in the winter months (Dec – Feb) and we can expect daytime temperatures to be around 20ºC. Evenings are cooler and night time temperatures can drop as low as 6ºC. While trekking in the desert we can expect only slightly higher daytime temperatures though it may feel much hotter than this in the strong sun. At night in the desert it can get very cold with temperatures falling to or even below freezing levels. For April departures temperatures will be in the order of 3 to 5 degrees of Celsius warmer than the above temperatures. Most of Morocco’s little rain occurs in the winter months and it is possible you will get some rain or even short lived heavy downpours while in Marrakech. Rain is much less likely in the desert though it cannot be completely ruled out.

Travel With Children. Maureen Wheeler (Lonely Planet). Lonely Planet Guide – Morocco. The Rough Guide to Morocco. The Trekkers Handbook. Tom Gilchrist.

Morocco Adventure Map. National Geographic Society.1:1,000,000

Morocco at 1:1,000,000 in a series of Adventure maps from the National Geographic Society with cartography provided by Reise Know-How. The map is double-sided and printed on light waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper.

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