Tin Hinane Luxury Desert Camp in Erg Chebbi
Tin Hinane, the name given by the Tuareg to a 4th-century woman of prestige, means “she of the tents” but can also be translated as “mother of the tribe” or “queen of the camp”.
According to legend, the first Tuareg communities were founded by a young Berber woman named Tin Hinan who came from the Tafilalet (Rissani Oasis) in Southern Morocco. She wore 7 silver bracelets on her right arm and 7 gold bracelets on her left.
The Tuareg still venerate Tin Hinane and trace their lineage back to her – a Berber woman from the region of the Erg Chebbi dunes.
Spend the night in our luxury desert camp and relax to the pace of desert life – ride a camel, sit quietly on a dune to watch the sunset, wait in the pre-dawn stillness for the sun to rise across a desert landscape; all without compromising your comfort.
This is luxury desert camping (glamping) at its best with everything you need to make your night in the Sahara a memorable one. Every detail has been considered so that you can relax and enjoy the experience.
Inside your tent you will find everything you need for your night under the stars including a wooden floor raised off the sand for your comfort, 4-poster bed (easily split into two beds if you want a twin-share tent with two beds), hotel quality mattress, fresh linen, hand-made wool blankets, tribal rugs, soft pillows and water. Each tent has an attached tent containing a shower, wash basin, toiletries, towels and flushing toilet.
What to Expect
On arrival at the dune line, if you would like to ride camels, meet your desert guide and camel trek into the dunes for sunset – 30mins or 60mins if you prefer. Climb a dune to sit quietly and watch the sunset before continuing to the camp where, on arrival, mint tea in served. Your driver, meanwhile, will organise the transfer of your luggage to the camp.
Dinner al fresco is served under the stars with candle lanterns adding to the atmosphere. On nights when the wind blows we use our dining tent. Wine and water are served with dinner. After dinner sit under the vast desert night-sky and star-gaze.
In the morning wake early to climb a close dune and sit, in the pre-dawn stillness, to watch the sunrise across a desert landscape. Return to camp and, after breakfast, continue on your travels.
Join us for two nights with us and include a day to relax to the pace of desert life and explore the environment with your driver i.e. listen to Gnawa Musicians in the small village of Khamlia as they twirl to the traditional rhythms of the desert, hire ATVs/dune buggies and ride the dunes with a desert guide, visit a Berber desert family on the hammada (flat black desert) for a glass of mint tea, relax with a good book and walk in the immediate dunes, walk around a seasonal lake in March and April where you may see flamingos, visit the hotel for a swim and time to relax pool-side, wander around the souk in Rissani if it is market day and lunch on Berber pizza.