Getting Around M'Hamid in M'Hamid
Getting Around M'Hamid
M'Hamid is the last village before the pavement ends. Buses arrive here twice-daily from Marrakesh via Zagora and Ouarzazate. Grand taxis and minibuses also make the journey to and from Zagora.
Arriving in M'Hamid without reserved accommodations or excursions already booked can be intimidating due to fiercely competing touts. That said, there are several agencies trying to use a community-based approach to making such arrangements. Nomadic Life and Bivouac L'Erg are both committed to this approach. Other recommended companies are Bivouac Mille & Une Nuits, M'hamid Travel, and Sahara Services.
Bivouac L'Erg (M'Hamid town center, opposite the mosque, Mhamid. 0661/87–16–30.)
Bivouac Mille & Une Nuit (Ouled Driss, 5 km before M'Hamid, Mhamid. 0524/84–86–85. www.croqnature.com/ouleddriss.htm.)
M'hamid Travel (M'Hamid town center, Mhamid. 0524/88–59–49. www.mhamid-travel.com.)
Nomadic Life (M'Hamid town center, next to Hotel El Ghizlane, Mhamid. 0662/84–26–76. www.nomadiclife.info.)
Sahara Services (M'Hamid town center, Mhamid. 0661/77–67–66. www.saharaservicestravels.com.)
Timing and Precautions
The International Nomads Festival takes place around mid-March. The event is run by local volunteers aiming to promote understanding of the nomadic traditions of the Moroccan Sahara.
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