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Team Morocco

Boulman

Personal Details

Boulman is Youssef’s older brother and he was born around 1978. He lived in the desert until 1990 as a nomad and camel handler. Since 2002 he has worked as a chauffeur, first for an agency, then independently after 2009. He married his wife Khadija in 2003 and they have three sons and live together in a large family complex in Zagora.

The Guide

Boulman has owned his own 4x4 vehicles since 2009 and is the primary driver for the family business. With his calm and quiet demeanour, Boulman has many years experience in safely chauffeuring tourists over the winding Atlas Mountain roads, or through the sandy dunes.

Boulman, the chauffeur

Mustapha

Personal Details

The younger brother of Youssef, he was born around 1987 and as the son of nomad parents, has a great knowledge of the desert, plants, and animals. In 2013, Mustapha married his wife, Fatima, and lives with her in a large family complex in Zagora. He loves to cook and is very open to new experiences and people.

The Guide

In the family business Mustapha is a driver and guide and due to his open and cheerful nature, a gifted host that knows how to spoil guests.

Omar

Personal Details

Omar was born around 1976 and lived the nomadic life with his family until 2002 when severe drought forced them to move to Zagora where they participate in a date cooperative to earn money. Their 30 goats were sold and they lived at the time in tents on the outskirts of the city.

Today, Omar and his family live about 3 miles outside of Zagora in a traditional house. He lives with his wife Chera and their son and three daughters.

The Guide

Omar owns five dromedaries and is a born camel handler (chamelier) with excellent experience handling animals. He knows hundreds of kilometres of routes in the Sahara and with a modest knowledge of French, is a calm and peaceful caravan leader. Being the son of a nomadic family means that Omar is an excellent craftsman when it comes to baking wonderful bread in a wide variety of desert conditions.

Omar - The Chamelier

Salah

Personal Details

Salah is Youssef’s nephew from his older sister. He was born as a nomad around 1989. Today he and his young wife live with his parents.

The Guide

Since his father bought him a 4x4 vehicle in 2007, Salah has worked as a chauffeur in the tourism sector. He is a very safe driver whose open and friendly nature wins over many tourists.

Chauffeur Salah

Bassou

Personal Details

Bassou was born around 1990 as a nomad and continues to this day to live the nomadic life with his family. His grandfather on his mother’s side is Youssef’s cousin.

The Guide

Bassou is through and through a nomad and is deeply connected to the desert and the camels. He earns his living as a camel handler (chamelier) and has over time, acquired some knowledge of French.

Many Helping Hands

You can never have enough help on a caravan. There need to be helping hands in the kitchen, to saddle and harness the dromedary, or raise tents for the guests. Having an additional driver for the 4x4 vehicles is a necessity as well.

Whenever possible, other family members from Zagora help out with the tours. Sometimes, nomads from trusted families will be hired on to help as they appreciate the opportunity to work.

Many Helping Hands