About us

Desert Candles AS is a Moroccan/Norwegian tour company.

We offer individual and private trips all over Morocco. Some occasional group trips are also organized. Our trips are suited for all types of people and groups; single travellers, students, families, friends, companies, small groups and big groups.  Low budget trips, luxurious trips and everything in between.

On our website you find a selection of package trips that you can choose from. If you wish, we can make adjustments to these trips. We can also create and customize entire new trips according to your requests.

In our trips we use comfortable and air-conditioned 4x4 cars and minibuses. Our drivers and guides speak English, French and Arabic.

We work with local establishments and partners in Morocco. Because we think it is important to help create growth and values in the communities. As it is equally important that our guests are taken care of with experienced people who know the culture, traditions and country.

All our trips start and end within the Moroccan borders.

Partners/owners:

Abdellah Hajja is a nomad, born in the Sahara desert, where he lived for his first 6-7 years of his life. He then moved with his family to the nomadic village M’hamid. Abdellah has long experience with tourism. He started to work as a camel man, doing tourist trips in Sahara for more than 3 years for different companies. After that he worked as a tourist driver, doing trips all over Morocco, which helped him to know most Moroccan cities. He speaks several languages, such as Sahraoui, Moroccan, French, English, a great deal of Spanish and even some Norwegian.

Solveig Gromholt is from Norway. She handles the bookings and marketing. She likes to travel, to organize trips and events and is keen on giving people good service and good experiences. She got in touch with the nomadic life and the Sahara people and culture from her first trip to the desert in 2009.

Desert Candles team consists of drivers, guides, camp chefs and caretakers. They come from different regions of Morocco and most of them are from Sahara. They play a big part in making your trip truly special and memorable.

Our drivers are experienced and know Morocco well. To drive a 4wd car through different features of the desert, especially the sand dunes, takes both skills and experience. To know the area is essential. Their driving is good, safe and smooth, always looking after your safety and comfort. And such gentlemen, they gladly open your car door with a friendly smile.

Our guides speaks English, French, Spanish and Arabic. They know the country’s history well.  For any questions you may have, they are happy to give answers and to share stories. Their friendliness and hospitality is deeply rooted in the culture and their sense of humour and relaxed appearance creates a nice atmosphere.

Our chefs and caretakers in the desert camp are nomads from Sahara. The nomads are friendly and hospitable with an easy-going and calm personality. They serve fresh, tasty meals and take care of everything in the camp. At night they come together with the guests and play traditional nomad music under the stars.

The partners in Desert Candles have been owners of a desert camp in Sahara since 2010 . The camp is used by many various travel companies and it always provides good service for its guests.

Tariq Shams camp is located at the feet of the highest sand dunes in the Erg Chegaga area. It takes about 1,5 – 2 hours off-road driving from the nomadic village M’hamid El Ghizlane, Zagora region.

The camp has a big restaurant tent and 17 private sleeping tents with 4 comfortable beds in each tent. The tents have wall-to-wall carpets, bed sheets with blankets and lighting inside. There is a separate house for showers and water toilets and a separate house for the kitchen.

As our guest, you will be served Moroccan tea and snacks, breakfast, lunch and 3 course dinner. We also have available sandboards if you like to try it down the dunes. In evening the nomads gather around the fire place located in the lounge area in the middle of the camp. Here they play the drums and sing traditional nomadic songs together with the guests.

The camp has solar panels which provide electricity for the most necessary things like the kitchen’s fridge for storage of food and drinks, for lamps and chargers etc.

GPS coordinates: N29º51.116’W6º12.942′

DESERT CANDLES PHILOSOPHY:

Desert Candles welcome all our guests to experience the warm and genuine hospitality of the nomad people. Our wish is to make you feel as a part of the nomadic family. We like to share the nomadic culture and traditions in particular, but also to show other Moroccan culture in this contrasting country.

Our team in Morocco are knowledgeable and experienced and we all value respect, open-mindedness, laughter and happy moments. We take pride in being reliable and safety-oriented.

Everything is, of course, served with several cups of tea, which is Morocco’s national drink. Marhaba (= welcome).