Dar el Khamlia is Guest House - private traditional and authentic house in Erg Chebbi in Morocco, 7 km from Merzouga, in one edge of the village with view over sand dunes and the village. It offers hospitality and serene home, the perfect place for the ones who does not want many tourists around and want to be near the local people.
The rooms are in typical Berber stile with double bed (possibility extra bed). There is the fan when it is warm and stove when it is cold. The bathroom is with hot shower and toilet. From window is nice view over the desert. Rooms are cleaned daily.
We serve Berber food - tajine, couscous and other delicacy as Medfouna (Berber pizza cooked in the sand). Moroccan breakfast. We offer half board or full board.
We can arrange for you even camel trek into the sand dunes with overnight in Berber tent, or only 2 hours camel trek to watch sunrise/sunset. You can take with us excursion by 4x4 around the sand dunes, to visit a nomad family, mineral mines, fossils and many other interesting places to see.
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If you wish, we can arrange for you also shuttle between different cities and locations. Price on request.
We had a good communication with Michaela and she pointed out even some nice spots along the road from Fès to Merzouga. Brahim who runs the place and caters one is a very friendly local who never hesitates to help you out. We also enjoyed a camel tour in the desert with an overnight stay, including a great diner and sunset as well as sunrise - great experience. The camels were owned by the neighbors' family and Aziz would lead us on the tour was a great and funny guide! I definitely recommend the stay at this authentic, less touristy place!
Simply perfect. All extant positive reviews are absolutely right. Very enjoyable hosts who really care about their visitors. Our daughter enjoyed it big time. Highly recommended!
Brahim accepted my late request, since I decided at the last moment to go and try how the desert is… Wonderful experience. And not only for the desert itself, but also because Brahim is a nice host, he made me feel comfortable and i felt truly welcome. Thank you Brahim! hope to meet you again, inshallah :)
We had a great time at Brahim's place. He was really helpful with any problem that we had. The dessert experience was absolutely amazing, we'll definitely come back!
I enjoyed my 2-night stay at Dar el Khamlia and can confirm that Brahim is a hospitable and helpful host who cooks great food in large quantities. In the morning of my second day, I went for a 3,5 hour sunrise camel trek in the dunes with Said (Ahmed's younger brother) who speaks a fair amount of English enabling us to be interactive. Having a car would be advantageous since it allows you to see more of the Erg Chebbi dunes which extend over a larger area. The highest part is in Merzouga, which is a main tourist place. I haven't seen many tourists in Khamlia, so if you prefer a quieter place, this would be a good option.
Thanks for your review, Silvie. We really appreciate it and are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and also liked Brahims food ☺ Yes, it is right, to have the car is big advantage, there in the area are so many interesting places worth to visit. So next time you come to us we can arrange for you excursion around sand dunes including lake and also mountains near Taouz with old paintings in the rock there. Nice places.
Thanks once again and you are welcome any time!
Our host Brahim was very friendly, and he organized a tour into the dunes for us with a guide named Ahmed. The camel ride into the dunes and the food were fine, and we loved seeing so many stars late at night. My only complaints would be that our guide did not speak much English so we could not communicate well with him beyond basic instructions. Also, we did not go very far into the desert, only a 20-30 minute walk from the road, so our trip did not feel as isolated as we would've liked. We came back the next morning and ate a delicious breakfast at Brahim's house.
Thanks Alex for your nice review, I am glad you enjoyed your stay with us :) .
I am sorry about this inconvenience that the camel man not talk English so we try to do it better and next time we want ask with which language our clients prefer to communicate.
Regarding the camp near road I ask you apologize, but other clients complained before that to do 1-2 hours camel trek is difficult, that they would prefer to have the camp more near. So it is difficult for us to know, so maybe even this we want to do better and ask the clients, how long they wish to go.
In any case we thank you and really appreciate for to let us know about those problems so we know how to do next time.
We had a nice time at Brahim's house. Everything was clean and the shower was warm. Brahim was very hospital and we felt welcome, the conversation before was easy although we arrived rather late in the evening. Also the meals were very tasty. The area is nice to relax, to have a walk and visit the gnawa musicians for having a private concert. You can also have a camel walk to the dunes, but I would recommend to go by foot, because actually the camels have to wait at the beginning of the dunes and from Brahim's house to that point it is just 10 minutes to go...I would recommend that accomodation!
I am from Sweden and with my friend Brahim (on my left side) "the man born behind sand dunes" we take care of our clients in this guest house.
We both welcome all traveler to be our guests for one or more days. We will show you the desert by us, all it have to offer. Relax, camel trek, sleep in the Bedouin tent in sand dunes, to go and visit minerals mine, search after fossils, to go and see old French garrison now abandoned since the French left Morocco of course.
You can take one promenade through the village Khamlia, meet the people living there, go to the school and be there while the children are study, after the school play football with them.
You can also go to group Gnawa and listen to theirs spiritual music talking to you about the old days and new days too. About how theirs father was taking as slaves from theirs home in Sudan between other countries. Now theirs descendants are living in Morocco and will share with you theirs feelings.