Berbers Nomads Of Morocco

Berbers nomads of Morocco, Berbers (Amazighs, Imazighen, in Berber Language) are a North African ethnic group.


Berbers nomad of Morocco’s era would be immediacy: they obtain all the information we seek instantly, and to obtain something they only have to click on its photo. But this sometimes causes a feeling of emptiness, probably because the reality that surrounds them is more stimulating than nourishing.

In a diametrically opposite scenario are those who reject any advantage of civilization, because they think that their life, although much harder, is in their need for continuous effort where freedom and personal development are achieved. They are the Tuareg nomads, desert Berbers of Morocco.


The Tuareg are a Berbers nomads of morocco; exactly people from the Sahara desert. With a nomadic spirit, their modus vivendi is based on moving around in search of resources that can satisfy their needs and those of the herd they manage.

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Despite being broken up into small communities and not having a political unity, they have come to have a well-defined social structure divided into two categories (free men and slaves) and into different social classes, such as vassals, artisans, warriors or religious.

Although the Nomads Berber have traditionally been dedicated to grazing, they acquired great importance for thousands of years in the great commercial caravans that crossed the Sahara. They were the ones who led and controlled them, thanks to their perfect command of such inhospitable terrain.

However, the implementation of modern means of transport, two major droughts, colonization and unstoppable progress have caused its population to be drastically reduced.


The Tuareg identity has always been linked to survival: survival in an environment as hostile as the desert, but which is also their home. To face the continuous threats of hunger and inclement weather they have two tools.

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The tents, made up of a wooden frame covered with fabrics of different nature, such as animal hair or rugs. Light and with a triangular structure, they allow at the same time to provide shelter, protect from the wind and sand and provide the necessary mobility for the continuous search for water and pasture.

Each camp has several tents. There is usually a larger one as a common bedroom and a simpler one as a living room. Sometimes they build a small adobe construction for the kitchen and pantry. Other possible spaces are plots for animals and a small tent, away from the camp, for adults to enjoy moments of privacy.

However, their most important capital is cattle, without which they would not have the possibility of subsisting. It is from cattle that milk is obtained, and it is cattle that provide meat and hides. Livestock is also the main resource that, in a case of need, can be the product of barter.

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These two elements define both the day-to-day and the competitions: while the men march with the cattle, the women remain in the tents.

They explore the land, look for grass, inspect other wells and go to nearby markets. They are usually the ones who, when they return in the late afternoon, milk the cattle. Sometimes, they spend several months away from their family.

Women carry out the intrinsic tasks of the home, such as cleaning, washing clothes, cooking or filling water drums. For practical purposes, staying in the house becomes a kind of matriarchy: they are the ones who manage the resources, the ones who dominate reading and writing, and the ones who decide on the camp. They are also the ones who keep it and everything inside it in case of divorce.

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But it is just as important to feed the stomach as the mind and soul. The little time granted by a life in continuous alert is filled with conversations around tea, group activities related to oratory or music and education, either receiving it from another Tuareg or going to small classrooms scattered throughout the territory.

The Berbers nomads of Morocco live the adoption of the Muslim religion in a very personal way, because they have done so without giving up what culturally identified them, such as the belief in different spirits or the manifestations of nature as direct proof of divine will, considering the desert Almost like an entity.

Thus, Islam is integrated into them in a less obvious but always present way, as one more layer of their particular vision of life. As an example, they do not usually strictly fulfill the five prayers throughout the day, but if something good has happened, the whole family instinctively murmurs a prayer thanking it. In the same way, covering your head is more about protecting yourself from sand and wind.


The Tuareg or Nomads Berbers of Morocco who survive today do so in multiple ways. Those who maintain this way of life do so in camps with similar characteristics, although it is no longer so common for them to group together in small towns. There are those who opt for a semi-nomadism, alternating coexistence with their nomadic community and stays in urban centers.

If a family decides to definitively abandon their nomadism, they sell all their belongings and, once they arrive in the city, they display their survival instinct and reconvert themselves, taking advantage of acquired skills. It usually happens that the father is dedicated to construction.

It may also happen that only some members decide to separate. The most common is that the little ones, either on their own initiative or on the advice of their parents, put effort into their education, with the idea of continuing their training once they leave the camp and thus getting a specialized job.

And despite the fact that different decisions make physical disconnection inevitable, the Tuaregs are a people with a strong sense of family, forged on the basis of sharing the harsh conditions to which the desert subjects them. That is why communication between everyone perseveres, whatever the circumstances of each one.


If you are interested to visit these Berbers nomad of Morocco or Tuareg as they called, and have the real experience of these humble and most generous people in the world, as well as to get to know them very well,  your in the right place right place to book your trip to explore these nation who still living the oldest life style that you can see by your eyes.

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