Sahara Desert Dream

Morning departure from Marrakesh to Ouarzazate, crossing the High Atlas mountains and the pass of Tizi-n-Tichka (2260m). At panoramic viewpoints, there will opportunities to stop and take photos. Later there is a stop to visit the kasbah of Telouet, which once served as a palatial residence and as the headquarters of the powerful Glaoui tribe. A side road crossing the Ounila valley leads to the kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou where lunch will be served. In the afternoon, a visit to the kasbah is scheduled, before continuing to Ouarzazate for the night in a hotel.

We depart in the morning from Ouarzazate to Agdez, where the Dra’a valley starts. From here, we driver off-road along the Dra’a valley’s ancient caravan route to Zagora for lunch. In the afternoon we drive to M’hamid, the gate to the desert, to enjoy the sunset in the dunes of Erg Lihoudi. Here we have dinner and spend the night in nomad tents.

We trek by dromedary for 4 days to discover the most beautiful desert of Morocco and its vast dunes with varying features of the desert; ‘erg’, ‘reg’, ‘hammada’, oases. We reach the dunes of Chagaga in the afternoon of the sixth day, where you can climb Erg Laabidlia to watch the sunset from the top. We have dinner and spend the night in nomad tents among the dunes of Chagaga.

– Walking time is approximately 6 hours a day (3 hours in the morning, and the same again in the afternoon), although it is also possible to ride the camels. Other camels are there to carry the equipment. Meals and tents are prepared by our guides and camel drivers –

After breakfast, the road takes us through another 100 km of off-road driving by the 4×4 car in the moroccan sahara desert with varying scenery; lake Iriqui, the mountains and fossils. Lunch will be in Foum Zguid, the first village after the desert. From here, the drive back to Ouarzazate is along paved roads via Taznakht, famous for its Berber carpets and rugs, and we arrive to Ouarzazate in the course of the afternoon, dinner and night in a hotel.

Morning departure from Ouarzazate to the oasis of Skoura along a track to see all the kasbahs, some sadly in a state of disrepair but idyllically placed amongst the palm trees. Once back on the main road, the route passes through the valley of the roses with a stop in Kela’a M’gouna to have a berber tea. Later, a track leads us through the valley of the roses, also known as the road of a thousand kasbahs, to reach the Dades gorges for lunch, followed by a walk alongside the river. In the afternoon, we drive through the Boumalne Dades valley and arrive back in Ouarzazate at the end of the day, dinner and night in a hotel.

After breakfast, there will be a visit to the kasbah of Taourirt, originally the residence of the Pasha of Marrakech and a symbol of the feudal period of the lords of Atlas. Afterwards, an unpaved track from Ouarzazate to the oasis of Fint nestling among the mountains, which once served as the crossroads of caravans, provides a hidden delight. After having lunch in the High-Atlas mountains, the return to Marrakesh will complete the trip at the end of the afternoon.

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