Morocco desert camp
‘al koutban’ simply means dunes, and the desert camp is nestled beneath the tallest dunes in the Erg Chigaga, at the heart of the Iriqui National Park of Morocco.
The desert camp offers a comfortable base to explore the beautiful wilderness and bring guests close to nature. The nearest road is a 2 hour journey away, the closest light pollution 60km away.
Stay at camp al koutban for immersion in the rich desert environment and to disconnect.
Enjoy hospitality renowned in this part of Morocco, as Hocin and his experienced team look after you.
al koutban is deliberately small, with 10 tents offering a maximum capacity of 20 guests.
We take bookings per tent, or the camp may be rented in exclusivity.
Included in the cost of the overnight stay, half-board meal basis (*lunch with stays of 2 nights +), drinking water and hot drinks, guided camel trekking before sunset, shared sand-boards.
Double tent from Eur €130 per night.
Single tent from Eur €80 per night.
Housed separately to the sleeping tents is a shower and toilet facility with hot water.
*Return driver transport to the camp will be arranged at additional cost, unless guests plan to self-drive. Please see ‘Location’ below.
The desert can be as relaxed or as active as our guests need. The camp offers various outdoor seating areas and shade.
Activities in the dunes include guided hiking (stays of 2 nights +), camel trekking, sand-boarding, sunset/sunrise vantage points, star gazing.
The highest point in the Erg Chigaga is a round-hike of 90 minutes from al koutban. We encourage all our guests to climb it, the views 360° and unparalleled, it’s a captivating place to watch the sunset or sunrise.
Should guests have a driver or self-drive, please enquire with us as to visiting a nomad family or a desert settlement (for stays of 2 nights +).
When to Stay
al koutban is open from 1 September until 15 June.
Time your stay for cooler weather between mid September through the end of April.
In January through mid-February, it’s common to see newborn camel calves and the carpets of wild rucola throughout the dunes. For photographers, the Winter light conditions are perfect for capturing the landscapes due to the low Winter sun. Nights are cold, yet days clear.
We provide suggestions for clothing to wear and packing tips.
It has never been easier to reach the Sahara desert from Marrakech, Casablanca or Fes. The closest village to the camp is Mhamid (on the Draa Valley south of Ouarzazate).
We arrange return 4×4 driver transport from Mhamid at additional cost, and there is a choice of internal flights to Zagora (80 minutes drive north of Mhamid).
Alternatively, enquire with us for a complete guided package to the camp, from one of Morocco’s main cities.
If you self-drive a 4×4 rental, we provide a local guide at Mhamid, or at Foum Zguid, to navigate you off-road to the camp.