Erg Chebbi Dunes, Todra Gorges and Ouzoud Waterfalls - 5 days

Itinerary Overview

1st day: Marrakech - Ouarzazate
We depart in the morning by 4×4 car from Marrakech and travel to Ouarzazate. We will pass through the stunning High-Atlas mountains via the famous Tizi-n-Tichka pass (2260m). At panoramic viewpoints, there will opportunities to stop and take photos. Our first scheduled stop of the day is to visit the once glorious kasbah of Telouet. We then drive from Telouet through the lunar landscapes of the valley of Ounila to the kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, where we have lunch. Ait Ben Haddou is a Unesco World Heritage site, where films such as Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia were filmed. In the afternoon, we explore the famous 11th century kasbah before leaving for Ouarzazate for the night in a hotel.

2nd day: Ouarzazate - Merzouga
After breakfast, you will continue south to Agdez, the head of the Dra’a valley, where you can visit the oldest Kasbah of Tamnougalt. A little further south at Tansikht you turn east and follow the long line of Bani Mountains towards the dunes of Merzouga. We stop for lunch in N’Qob. Later we pass through the villages of Tazzarine, featured in the film “Babel”, Alnif and Rissani and reach the bivouac in Merzouga, where you will be greeted with a glass of tea. After you have settled a little, you take a camel trek to watch the sun go down over the dunes of Erg Chebbi, followed by dinner and the night in a nomad tent.

3rd day: Merzouga - Toudgha Gorges
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 for having a shower is on camel back and, after having breakfast, the itinerary continues to the Todra gorges, passing Erfoud, famous for its dates and the date festival in October. It is also well-known for the myriads of fossils found in the neighbourhood. In Todra gorges, there are plenty of opportunities to walk, such as along the river through the gardens or up the road on the other side of the gorges. We have dinner and spend the night in a guest house.

4th day: Toudgha Gorges - Ouzoud Waterfalls
After breakfast, we set off departure north to Tamtattouchte and into the mountains south of Imilchil, the famous town where there is the marriage festival in September. The road here is especially beautiful but slow and windy. In the winter the snow may make it impassable. We reach the lake of Ben El Ouidane (where the mountains come down to the water) by the lunch time. In the afternoon, you can take a walk to enjoy the peace and the green of the area. Later you continue to the Ouzoud waterfalls which we reach by the end of the afternoon, dinner and night in a hotel.

5th day: Ouzoud Waterfalls - Marrakech
After breakfast you can visit the Ouzoud waterfalls, which constitute one of the most spectacular natural beauty spots in Morocco. The surrounding countryside offers red cliffs, oleander and doves. If you are lucky you will catch a glimpse of some Barbary apes. A short walk will bring you to the top of the falls from where you can see the river stretching away from the magnificent falls. On the road back to Marrakesh at Demnate, we drive the six kilometres to Imi-n-Ifri, which in the local dialect means “door to the cave”. It is a natural rock bridge formed by the an underground cave system collapsing. Another three hours drive will bring you back to your hotel in Marrakesh.

Trip At A Glance

Marrakech, Atlas Mountains, Kasbah Telouet, Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, Kasbah Tamnougalt, Draa Valley, Overnight in Merzouga desert, camel ride, Tazarine, Toudgha Gorges, Ben El Ouidane, Ouzoud waterfalls, Demnate, Marrakech

What is Included?

  • Transportaion in a 4x4 air-conditioned Toyota Prado Tx and Fuel
  • Pick-up from and drop-off to your hotel/ riad or airport
  • Experienced local Bereber/ Nomad Multilingual-speaking driver/ guide
  • All nights accommodations in air-conditioned rooms with private bathrooms
  • Overnight in an authentic/ luxury Erg Chebbi Dunes desert camp
  • All meals, 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners with vegetarian and vegan options available
  • Option to go to and come back from the camp in 4x4 Toyota Prado Tx
  • Camel ride for an hour to an hour and a half and free sand-boarding
  • Free tea, coffee and water during your stay in the desert
  • Berber music and drumming around the fire under the stars at night
  • The opportunity to ask the driver to stop for breaks whenever you wish
  • Entrance fees and local guides in the relevant places

What is Not Included?

  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Extra

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