The departure is after breakfast from Ouarzazate to the Dades gorges and Todra gorges via the oasis of Skoura where we stop to visit the kasbah of Amridil. From here we drive off-road 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, an off-road track passes through the valley of the roses – also known as the valley of a thousand kasbahs – to the Dades gorges with a stop for lunch. After lunch and before taking the road again to the Todra gorges, there is time for a walk alongside the Boumalne Dades river. We reach the Todra gorges by the end of the afternoon, dinner and night in a hotel.
In the morning there is time for a walk in the Tinghir palm-grove before heading for Merzouga through the Ziz valley and the oasis of Tafilalet, arriving in Erfoud for lunch. Merzouga is the destination towards the end of the afternoon but there is still time to make an hour camel trek to the campsite near the dunes of Erg Chebbi (250m). From the top of the dunes, the sunset is spectacular. Here, at Erg Chebbi, we will have dinner and spend the night in a desert camp.
If you wake up early enough, you can watch the spectacle of the sunrise, when the colour of the dunes and the play of shadows are an awesome sight. The return to the hotel in Merzouga for having a shower is on camel back and, after having breakfast, the drive continues from Merzouga to the Dra’a valley via the villages of Rissani, Alnif, Tazarine (now featured in the film ‘Babel’) and N’Qob where we stop for lunch. In the afternoon, the route continues to Zagora along the magic Dra’a valley with all its kasbahs. The night is spent in a beautiful riad set in Zagora.
Relaxing morning spent in the riad, with time to rest and swim in pool in the middle of the riad’s delightful gardens full of flowers, frogs, palm trees and birds, surrounded by a high adobe wall. It is truly a secluded private paradise. After lunch, the itinerary continues to M’hamid, where the road ends and the desert begins. Once again, a camel ride to enjoy the sunset is on the programme, returning to the desert camp at Erg Lihoudi dunes for the night.
If you wake up early enough, you can watch the spectacle of the sunrise. After breakfast, the return to M´hamid for lunch is on camel back and, in the afternoon, is the departure for Erg Chagaga (300m) with 65km of off-road driving. This route passes different features of the desert; ‘erg’, ‘reg’, ‘hammada’, oases. The sunset is spectacular. Here, at Erg Chagaga, we will have dinner and spend the night in a desert camp.
If you wake up early enough, you can watch the spectacle of the sunrise. After breakfast, we drive from Erg Chagaga to Ouarzazate crossing another 100km of off-road driving in the sahara desert, following a track winding through unusual vegetation, and crossing the dried-up lake Iriqui. Once across this vast expanse of lake, we stop for lunch in Foum Zguid, the first village on leaving the desert. In the afternoon, the road back to Ouarzazate takes us through the village of Taznakht, well known for its Berber carpets, and we arrive in the course of the afternoon.