Marrakech Sahara desert tour to Zagora and Merzouga Sahara desert overview:
Marrakech sahara desert tour conbine bothe Zagora flat desert and Erg Chebbi in Merzouga Sahara desert. This sahara desert tour from Marrakech is a great expedition to the deep south of Morocco through the high Atlas mountains, the famous Kasbah of AIT BENHADDOU and the magical daraa valley to reach the stony desert of Zagora. The second day of our 4 days desert adventure will take us crossing the old road of salt and spices caravans to reach Erg chebbi dunes in Merzouga sahara desert for a camel trekking at the sunset with unforgettable overnight stay in campsite including a traditional berber dinner. This 4 days sahara desert tour is a fantastic way to break away from the quotidien life.
Marrakech Sahara desert tour to Zagora and Merzouga Sahara desert highlights :
Drive through Tizi n Tichka Pass 2260 meters altitude in the High Atlas Mountains.
Visit UNESCO World Heritage site Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou.
Explore the UNESCO world heritage site of the Taourirt Kasbah and Film Studios in ouarzazate.
Discover the city of Ouarzazate, considered the gate of the Sahara Desert.
See the bigest palmgroves in the Draa Valley with it’s Kasbahs and desert oasies.
Drive along the Valley of the Roses and the road of 1001 Kasbahs.
Enjoy beautiful scenery of Dades gorges and Todra gorges.
Camel trekking across the dunes of Erg Chebbi in Merzouga sahara desert.
Spend the night in a Berber camp.
Enjoy an authentic Moroccan dinner and sleep under the stars in Sahara desert.
Marrakech Sahara desert tour to Zagora and Merzouga Sahara desert program :
MARRAKECH TO ZAGORA DESERT THROUGH OUARZAZATE AND DRAA VALLEY
Our 4 days Marrakech Sahara desert tour to zagora desert and merzouga sand dunes starts at 7:00 AM . We leave the red city behind and drive south-east crossing many small and dispersed villages on our way by crossing the High Atlas mountains via the Tizi n’Tichka pass (2260 meters altitude ) , towards Ait Benhaddou village, the fortified ksar with it’s beautiful Kasbahs, Ait Benhaddou has served as a natural decoration for many movies producers since 1960’s. When you arrive to the kasbah you will have the opportunity to learn more about the magic and history of the place and walk to the top of the hill to admire the whole village with the help of a local guide. Afterwards, we will be heading to Ouarzazate, known as “The Gate of the Sahara” to visit the beautiful Kasbah of Taourirt (home to the former Caid Pacha Glaoui) and the museum of Cinema . After lunch , we continue our desert trip through the lunar landscapes and the Pre – Saharan routes until you get to Zagora, which is a small town, the native region of Saadian dynasty who used to rule Morocco in the XVII century. 18 km further more you will arrive to Tamgroute, a small village where most of locals are pottery handicrafts; Tamgroute is also well known by its old Coranic School and library collecting the old books from Mecka and around the World. The next five kilometres will let you see the first sand dunes of Zagora called Tinfou and give you a first taste of Sahara desert. Back to Zagora Dinner and overnight in Zagora hotel.
ZAGORA DESERT TO MERZOUGA SAND DUNES VIA TAZARINE AND RISSANI
After breakfast, departure from Zagora towards the famous dunes of Erg Chebbi known as Merzouga Sahara desert dunes as well. The adventure continues along the valley of Draa, the village of Benizoli and Tazarine crossing the villages of Ait Atta of the Anti Atlas. lunch in Alnif, a Berber village known for trilobite extractions (Possibility to have a specialized guide to explore the trilobites, orthocere, ammonites and other fossils). After lunch, we continue toward Rissani city, the former capital of the Alawites Sultans. Rissani is known for its important market for caravans of sub – Saharan region Sijilmassa and the Moulay Ali Cherif gate (one of the most beautiful Doors in Morocco), visit of the mausoleum of Moulay Ali Cherif, where the father of the founder of the Alouite dynasty is buried. It is important to see these amazing locations. Afterwards, you will cross the Erg Chebbi to arrive at the foot of Merzouga Sahara desert dunes (Majestic Dunes) on the edge of Erg Chebbi, a 50km long and 5km wide set of sand dunes that reach up to 350m. Most people take a camel ride into the dunes, and get a taste of remote Berber life. From here, the caravan begins by exchanging your transportation by camels, a camel trek over the dunes at the sunset which last for about 2 hours before arriving to the bivouac; A camp with traditional nomadic tents located in a oasis where you spend the night., Enjoy playing drums with the camels drivers( they do have talent) around a fire in the middle of your bivouac waiting for the dinner (Some Magic Moments).
MERZOUGA SAHARA DESERT TO DADES GORGES VIA TODRA GORGES
Early morning awake up to enjoy the beautiful sunrise over the dunes, or climb on one of the highest dunes in Merzouga, in front of your desert camp to dominate the complete view of the sunrise, followed by a typical Berber breakfast and return to the hotel to take a shower. We meet our driver, and leave for Erfoud, another city known for fossils, we will cross the Tafilalt oasis, a short break to see the ancient system of irrigation before heading to Tinejdad. Continuation to Todgha Gorges where you will have lunch and some free time to walk and wonder around the gorges. In the afternoon, we visit the former Jewish district in Tinghir village and continue the road towards the Dades valley and go up for an incursion, one of the most beautiful touristic sites of the southern Morocco. Dinner and overnight in the Hotel in Dades Gorges.
DADES GORGES TO Marrakech THROUGH ROSES VALLEY
After breakfast, drive along the Valley of the Roses to Kalaa Mgouna where you will have the opportunity to visit one of the Rose water cooperatives and learn how the locals prepare rose scented perfumes based on distilled rose water.
In the afternoon, we begin our road trip through the Atlas Mountains past Tizi Ntichka Pass passing by various Berber villages with houses built with stones and mud. You immediately notice that life here never changed centuries ago !! and most of the locals are shepherds. We arrive to Marrakech late afternoon .