Dar el Khamlia

Bed & Breakfast - Private room · Merzouga, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco
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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.

You are welcome!

Room type: Private room
Accommodates: 7
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 6
Extra people: $21 / night after the first guest
Weekly Price: $132 /week
Monthly Price: $548 /month
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Cancellation: Moderate

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  • Authentic, friendly, quiet.

    May 2014
    Michaela
    Response from Michaela:

    Thank you, Sharon, I am glad you liked to be there in the desert in Khamlia.

    May 2014
  • Very nice experience at home of Brahim and Addi!
    The dinner and the breakfast cooked by Brahim was very generous and delicious.
    Addi (email hidden) on the desert and a good spanish speaker.
    My stayed at Dar Kamilia was like at home. If I come back in Merzouga, definitely I will go again to their home.

    April 2014
    Michaela
    Response from Michaela:

    I am glad that you enjoyed your stay at Dar el Khamlia and even your trek into sand dunes and you are welcome back any time :), thank you!

    April 2014
  • Vriendelijk en gastvrij onthaald! Heerlijk gegeten, schone en sfeervolle kamer! Een echte aanrader.

    March 2014
    Michaela
    Response from Michaela:

    Bedankt Liesbeth en ik ben blij dat je alles goed genoten. (Vertaling in de (website hidden) vertaling ☺ )

    March 2014
  • Hallo ihr Lieben,
    wenn ihr euch nach einem ruhigen, erholsamen Aufenthalt in der Wüste sehnt, fern ab von Touristenströmen, und trotzdem gut erreichbar, dann seid ihr bei Dar el Khamlia genau richtig. Wir hatten einen wunderbare Zeit bei Brahim und seiner Familie. Sie sind alle sehr freundlich, herzlich und auch interessiert an ihren Gästen.
    Auch an alleinreisende Mädchen kann ich diese Adresse nur weiterempfehlen, man fühlt sich hier einfach nur wohl!
    Falls man gerne eine Kameltour durch die Wüste machen möchte, ist Brahim auch der beste Ansprechpartner, er organisiert euch alles! Und bei eurem Führer könnt ihr euch sicher sein, einen lieben Menschen zu erwischen.
    Also, wir sind uns sicher, dass wir nicht das letzte Mal in Dar el Khamlia waren und freuen uns schon auf unseren nächsten (website hidden): Das Essen ist köstlich!

    March 2014
    Michaela
    Response from Michaela:

    Sorry we cannot German, but here it is translated in (website hidden):
    Vielen Dank für Ihre liebe Joanna nettes Wort, und wir sind sehr glücklich, Sie und Ihre Freunde Ihren Aufenthalt im Dar el Khamlia genossen. Sie sind herzlich eingeladen, jedes Mal so zeigen wir Ihnen mehr von der Wüste.

    In English:
    Thank you so much dear Joanna for your nice word and we are very happy you and yours friends enjoyed your stay at Dar el Khamlia. You are very welcome every time so we will show you more of the desert.

    March 2014
  • At the end of The world in a small village is a house. In that house lives a man who takes care of you in a very friendly and open way. Together With his familie. You feel at Home richt away. And hè is also a great Cook. Thanks Brahim that you learn us a bit more about life in The desert and Thanks Michaela that you bring us to this place . Mijke de Jong Jan Eilander David eilander

    January 2014
    Michaela
    Response from Michaela:

    Hi, thanks to you all too so much and it make me happy that you enjoyed your stay with Brahim and also in the desert.

    January 2014
  • This (email hidden) to stay. Merzouga itself is a tourist trap: full of 4 x 4s emblazoned with camel stickers offering the ‘desert experience’ and the ‘vrai experience Berbere’. There is almost nothing there apart from a few tourist shops and endless auberges catering for the camel riding trade. This place is in Khamlia, which is 7km down the road from Merzouga itself. It’s quite isolated, so beware if you do not have your own transport. When we were there (without transport) Brahim’s car was out of commission and we had to rely on a friend of his informal taxi service for rides into town. This worked fine in practice but did require an extra layer of organization when going anywhere.

    As for the place itself and the hospitality, this was outstanding. You effectively have an entire, normal, local (rather than tourist) house to yourselves, with two double bedrooms a generous living room and a good shower. Brahim is a very good host; helpful and welcoming without being at all over-bearing. I can’t believe that no one before us has commented on the exceptional food here. Brahim cooks everything himself and it was superb: mountainous portions that would embarrass the largest appetites and beautifully slow cooked throughout the day. It was by far the best food we ate in Morocco, and considering it was included in the reasonable accommodation price, an unexpected bonus. I would go back for the food alone.

    Two other comments. If you go for the camel ride: consider going for two days rather than one. The second day takes you beyond the overnight trade to a much more isolated spot. Second: avoid the café/restaurant in Khamlia: this is an over-priced tourist clip joint catering to the well healed 4 x 4 trade and not the local spot it may appear to be from outside.

    December 2013
    Michaela
    Response from Michaela:

    Hi Diarmuid, I am so glad you enjoyed your stay and even the meals at Dar el Khamlia, thanks!

    December 2013
  • Brahim is a very nice and polite host. We really enjoyed our short stay in the desert - and the really good breakfast.

    November 2013
    Michaela
    Response from Michaela:

    I thank you very much in Brahim's behalf and am glad that you liked and had just fine. And I know their breakfasts, it's really good! You are welcome any time ☺

    November 2013
  • Magnifica esperienza nel deserto ! Michaela e Braim ci hanno fatto passare dei giorni incredibili con escursione in 4x4 e una notte nel deserto. Ambiente amichevole e (website hidden) hanno fatto capire che i turisti non sono uno numero su una porta !
    Grazie M.

    October 2013
    Michaela
    Response from Michaela:

    Grazie a te Massimo e Helene! Era meraviglioso di incontrarvi, era la veramente gioia per me e Brahim con la sua famiglia. Sono felice che voi goduto di tutto qui a Dar el Khamlia e deserto :) Spero vi vediamo di nuovo a qualsiasi posto!

    October 2013
  • Incredible experience. Made to feel so welcome by Brahim and his family. Wonderful food (email hidden) to stay away from the crowds of Merzouga. Great opportunity to stay with a Berber family and see a more genuine Morocco than you ever would staying in a hotel. Would definitely stay again if we came back to Khamlia.

    September 2013
    Michaela
    Response from Michaela:

    Thanks Sarah and Garret, we are so happy you liked your stay with us and you are very welcome to us every time :)

    September 2013
  • Brahim's house was the most authentic stay you can find in all the region. This is the best location just besides the dunes, but quite far away from Merzouga's (sorry for that) annoying environment. Khamlia town is little and quiet and the journey to the dunes starts here! Brahim's house is modest, but clean and looked after. And Brahim's prepared food was simply delicious. I can surely recommend to stay at Dar el Khamlia when visiting the desert!

    May 2013
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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 Mali between other countries. Now theirs descendants are living in Morocco and will share with you theirs feelings.
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