Once a year there is a Nomad Festival in our town. You are welcome to join the beautiful mix of colors, spices, games and music.
THE HISTORY OF OUR VILLAGE
M'hamid El Ghizlane, the last village before the vast expanses of the Sahara, is a rural municipality of the Zagora province, in the southern Drâa – Tafilalet region.It is located at the end of the N9 road, after Tamegroute, and it shares its southern border with Algeria.
Little is known about its early history due to lack of written documents but thanks to the stories of local elderly people, we know about this area.
M'Hamid has always been a hub for travelling nomads and trade caravans, some as big as 5,000 camels that gather together before starting their journey to Timbuktu and other destinations.Due to its ideal location together with the major oasis one finds on the way south to the Sahara.
People in M'Hamid have lived in a self-sufficient way for hundreds of years. But the rainfall has reduced drastically since the seventees and it became impossible to keep this way of living.
Furthermore a fungal disease attacked the date trees adding to the already serious agricultural problem.People had to find other ways to surive and live sufficiently.Thanks to the high sand dunes of Erg Chigaga tourists have become attracted to the area and presently tourism is the strongest source of income.
Not only has Drought affected the agriculture but also the growth of the desert, which has caused a decline in the areas population since the fifties.
In the palm oasis of M'Hamid there lies seven old decaying kasbahs, which are now almost uninhabited.Nowadays the majority of people live in newly built homes constructed with bricks and cement, very few original buildings still stand and those that do exist are dilapidated and run down and lived in by poor inhabitants.
While here you can explore the desert by camel or quad, visit our village of M'Hamid (about a 20 min walk away), enjoy campfire parties in the evening, and much more.