Desert Survival Training Course

Unlike many other companies we are originally nomads in desert and we specialize in desert adventures, and wilderness expeditions in general. This knowledge of desert environments has enabled us to develop a range of unique holiday adventures with a survival theme in some of the most extreme locations on the planet, but our expertise means that you can experience them in complete safety.

In addition to our trips, our years of desert experience, enables us to offer desert expedition planning, preparation and logistical support to organisations, the media, and individuals.

This course is a must for anyone who plans to venture into desert regions, whether for a brief tourist excursion or a series expedition. You never know when the unexpected can happen, and the knowledge and hands on experience that this course gives you, could mean the difference between life and death in an environment which takes no prisoners!

Why book this course?

The course is based in the Moroccan Sahara and is an intensive hands-on course that covers all aspects of desert survival including the following topics:

  • Emergency.
  • Shelters .
  • Water procurement.
  • Heat related illness.
  • Signaling.
  • Fire lighting.
  • Safety.
  • Map and compass navigation.
  • GPS.
  • Natural navigation.
  • Desert Environments.
  • Flora and Fauna.
  • Clothing selection.

Detailed Itinerary:

September, 23rd: The course will start at 18.00 in Marrakech where you will
be met by your desert survival instructors, and the expedition team.
Following initial introductions and a briefing we will dine in the Hotel and have an early night ready for the long drive the following day.

September, 24th: After an early rise we will alight into our vehicles and begin our 4×4 drive over the Tizi-n-Tichka pass to Ourzarzate, after lunch we will leave Oauzarzate and head towards Boumaine Dades, where we will leave the main route. Here it is all hands on deck to set up our first overnight camp and make a fire. Following our meal we will sit around the fire and discuss various desert landscapes and our desert survival strategy, our local expert will provide introductions too, and advice on, the wildlife of the desert. Our expert will also introduce you to some of the more dangerous fauna that inhabit the desert.

September, 25th: After breaking camp we continue with our drive onwards towards Ramlia, stopping along the way for lunch (picnic) under an acacias and to pick up provisions, and then on to the “black desert” where we build camp and spend the afternoon. Here we will look at the importance of shelter in the desert and look different shelters available to you in this environment.

September, 26th: Following breakfast we look at various signalling techniques, including fires, smoke, signal mirrors, flares, contrast signals, EPIRB etc. Its then time to move on to the dunes of Khamilia, which we aim to reach by lunch time with Gnaouas, in order to listen to some spiritual music. We then head into a remote part of the Erg Chebbi Dunes and build our fixed camp where we will spend the next 6 nights.

September, 27th: We cover water;- sourcing, collection, purification, and preservation. Here our instructors will give you an introduction to importance of water, and make a tour around the garden, and discover the system of irrigation in the desert, and how the tribes organize the water devising between them, and discover all the mysteries of the Erg Chebbi sand dunes. As a group we will discover several different water collection devices and assess their effectiveness. We will also look at different heat related illness including prevention, symptoms and treatment. In the afternoon we will gather the wood to make our fire, an listen at night to the berber music.

September, 28th: Today we will our cover navigation in a lot of detail, from the use of GPS, map and compass and natural indicators. We will also use these techniques to improve our chances of survival by locating resources and finding help.

September, 29th: Today we will go in a tour with our 4×4 vehicles to make a tour around the dunes, and visit the nomads to have tea with them and discover their life style, in our way back we will visit the old village of Tamirdanit and old French village of M’ifis, and it’s mine… during that you will see how to drive in the dunes.

September, 30th: During the morning we will participate in an ecological environmental activity, and gather all the rubbish from the dunes around us, and after our work we will have tea, and then we will gather, to learn how to build a berber tent, after lunch, look at emergency fire lighting techniques, and our instructors will also work with you to enable you to master fire lighting by friction, using the hand drill. During the afternoon we will also look at different ways of cooking in the desert, and then, after the dinner, we will make a big party with music around fire.

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Group 1 person : €285 EUR / $325 USD / £210 GBP / Per person
Group 2 – 3 people: €170 EUR / $195 USD /£125 GBP / Per person
Group 4 – 7 people:  €150 EUR / $170 USD / 110£/ Per person
Group 8 – 12 people: €130 EUR / $147 USD / 95£/ Per person

Included :

Official (guide Desert survival instructors, and the expedition team.
Accommodation: Please contact us to discuss this part.
All Meals during: 8 breakfasts, 5 lunch and 8 dinners.

Not included:

  • Flights
  • Tips
  • Drinks, personal expanses & items

Extra Notes:
Prices quoted are per person, based on sharing a twin room/2 person tent (unless otherwise stated). Additional hotel or riad nights after trek from 25 EUR p.p. twin/35 EUR single.
Trek prices may vary depending of the season (High altitude Treks).

Payment: can be done in € / $ / £ or Moroccan Dirham.

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Availability & Confirmed Dates:
This trek runs all year round and can depart at any date of your preference.
We usually have several treks departing each week that you may join , please get in Touch!

Accommodation during the Trek:
The Accommodation during this trek can either be in a mountain hut for the winter treks or on camping if preferred from June -October.

Essential Equipment & Clothing:

  • Good walking boots and socks / good trainers
  • Personnel First aid Kit
  • 3 to 4 season sleeping bag
  • Day sack/backpack
  • Head torch / headlamp
  • Ice axe and crampons (winter)
  • Lightweight waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants
  • Water bottle or camel back (recommended)

Most of those equipment can be rented locally from our equipment shop in Imlil.

Level: Challenging


NB: Extra  €22 EUR / $24 USD / £15 GBP Per person extra from November to April to cover porters & extra for mountain hut winter rates.

If accommodation is required in the Atlas Mountains either before or after the trek, we can always book it for you in Imlil.

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Please note: Is this itinerary not exactly what you had in mind? Please contact us; all of our trips have a degree of flexibility and we are happy to customize the itinerary according to your group’s needs…

Contact us at:
Or give a Call: 00 212 677 365 421 (Calls made from Europe)
011 212 677 365421 (Calls made from USA or Canada)


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