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  • Off-beat desert location

  • Luxurious tented rooms

  • Wilderness, peace & quiet

  • Stargazing from your bed

  • Superb views of Atlas peaks

  • Private dining on own balcony

  • A knowledgeable local host

  • Great Moroccan hospitality

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Nkhila Lodge is a unique tented wilderness camp located on a high plateau in the heart of Marrakech's Agafay Desert. Facing the High Atlas mountains with a distant view of Mount Toubkal, guests can sleep in luxurious ensuite stargazing tents built on stilts. These romantic tents, with transparent ceilings, are situated 15 metres apart to ensure privacy, and enable a unique view of the African night sky. The camp is solar-powered and designed for guests to experience the night-time magic of Africa's dark skies. Alternatively, choose to stay in a comfortable desert nomad tent.


Candlelit meals are served directly to guests on their private balconies, al fresco, or in one of the canopy-covered wilderness dining areas. Lodge facilities include a fire pit and a stargazing deck with a telescope. The Agafay Desert is a natural adventure playground. A popular daytime activity from the lodge is a camel ride to the adobe village of Douar Nkhila and its palm oasis. Head out on foot on a guided desert walk to a nearby river valley and beyond. Or head out of camp to ride a quad bike on one of the distant Agafay desert trails. Nkhila Lodge's desert cooking school runs daily workshops for guests who like to cook!

Getting There
Located 1.5 km from Douar Nkhila, on the east side of the Agafay Desert, south of Marrakech (1 hour from the Medina, 35 km by 4x4 vehicle); nearest airport is Marrakech Menara (45 minutes by 4x4 vehicle, 29 km). Douar Nkhila can be reached from the east after crossing the N'fis river, or from the north west (Agafay village) by following desert tracks. GPS Coordinates: 31°25'19.1"N 8°09'39.0"W.


Stargazing Tents - Five spacious twin/double luxury tented rooms with transparent roofs.

Desert Nomad Tents - Five comfortable twin/double tents, ideal for short 1 night stays.

Private Lodge - Nkhila can be rented exclusively for private groups. Book early!

All 'Stargazing Tents' have private facilities (toilet and shower). Each is equipped with a wardrobe, safety deposit box, fan, heating, bath robes, desk, chair, small salon and a telescope. A canopy over the beds can be unzipped to reveal a transparent roof for stargazing. Up to two extra beds can be added to accommodate a family of four people. Each tent has a decked balcony with desert director's chairs and a wonderful view of the High Atlas mountains and Agafay. 'Desert Nomad Tents' also have private facilities (toilet and shower) but are more simply furnished with a hanging rail, table and chair.

Rates vary by season. High season is generally March, April and May plus October, November and Christmas/New Year.
  • Desert Nomad tents from 1,000 to 1,250 MAD.
  • Stargazing tents from 2,000 to 2,500 MAD.
  • Extra person 500 MAD.
  • Private dinner by candle light 500 MAD pp.
  • Private transfer by 4x4 from Marrakech 750 MAD (max. 4 people).



Rates indicated are for a twin/double tent, per night, and include breakfast but exclude a local 'Tax de Sejour' of 26 MAD per person per night. Request a quote for current best available rates, long stays and packages combining two or more Moroccan Hideaways properties.


  • Restaurant tent plus outdoor canopy-covered dining areas.

  • Cosy Moroccan salon tent.

  • Stargazing deck with telescope.

  • Desert cooking school offering daily cooking classes.

  • Tour booking service.

  • Sun loungers.

  • Viewpoint canopies for shade & relaxation.

  • Free Wi-fi.

  • Free parking.

  • Pétanque.

  • Outdoor fire.

  • Binoculars, bird guides, planispheres, chess available for guest use.

  • Stargazing.

  • Cooking workshops.

  • Guided desert walks to nearby river valleys, canyons & geological places of interest.

  • Camel rides to local village & palm oasis.

  • Quad biking excursions (off-site).

  • Day trips to Atlas mountains & beyond.

  • Tours to local Berber markets & Marrakech.

  • 4x4 desert tours.

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