The most popular Homestay in Tighza is with the El Qasemy family: Fadma , Ahmed, Mina, Ferdaws and Saffa; whose house is built of traditional stone and earth faced in cement. The house can accommodate up to 8 to 10 people and has 3 bedrooms (1 accommodating 2 people, the other accommodating up to 5).
If the house is full we use other homes nearby that have more basic washing and toilet facilities. Meals are at the El Qasemy house. There is a modern bathroom with hot shower and western style toilet.
The other houses have squat toilets and showering or washing facilities (Berber douche - large bowls of hot and cold water). Traditional Berber houses have salons where you sit on carpets and cushions or mid height mattresses at low tables to eat and take tea. Long salons can be used as a guest room for up to 5 people.
As the village is dependent on water from a communal water tower the water supply is turned off at times to allow the water supply to replenish. At these times water will be provided in bowls for washing and flushing the toilets. If water is not avaiulable for showering visitors use Riad Kasbah Oliver's showers as it has it's own water tower.
It is safe to brush your teeth with tap water.
If you prefer not to use bottled water bring a Lifestraw or similar filtration product which can be bought from trekking shops or on line and allow you to drink directly from even streams and water sources.
Prices and Booking
Adult 300dh per night
Child 6-12 years 100dh per night
Child 0-5 years FREE
All prices include meals
For larger family groups pricing is flexible, just let us know size of family and age of children. Group prices are arranged separately.
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Please pay Mohamed in Moroccan Dirhams, Pounds Sterling, Euros or equivalent in US Dollars. He makes the local payments to the other service providers in local currency.
Tipping is customary in Morocco.
Please tip women at homestay families and the Kasbah (amount at your discretion)
Guides (around 200dh a day)
4 x 4 drivers (200dh per day)
Mule handlers (100dh a day)
Small tips are given for service at cafes and restaurants and leave a dirham for using public toilets.
“We had a wonderful stay in Tighza with Ahmed, Mina and family. It was great to be able to escape the tourist bubble for a bit and get to see a little of Village life. The epic football match was one of our sons’ highlights of our Moroccan adventure and we all loved sitting on the balcony at night to watch the stars come out - including a couple of shooting stars!”
Fiona and family from London, stayed April 2019
"The stay in the village really exceeded all our expectations! We learned so much in these 2 days, felt at home from the very first moment, gained so many insights into the Berber culture and could also perfectly relax. While we were driving to the village my parents who had never been in such a remote area and never lived in such simple conditions, became a little nervous. But from the moment we were warmly welcomed by the family, ate together and drank mint tea all that was forgotten. We all got excited and curious about everything that was shown to us and even shed a few tears the day we had to leave. A special highlight was an invitation to a wedding in the village - the hospitality and festive atmosphere was truly overwhelming. This homestay was definitely the highlight of our trip. We will be back! Thank you so much!"
Sophie and family from Germany, stayed September 2018