Valleys, Kasbahs & Erg Chegaga Dunes - 4 Days

Itinerary Overview

1st day: Marrakech - Nakhla Dunes
Morning departure from Marrakech to Zagora, crossing the High Atlas and the pass of Tizi-n-Tichka (2260m). At panoramic viewpoints, there’ll be opportunities to stop to take pictures. The road past Ouarzazate and to the valley of Draa where we stop to have lunch at Agdez. In the afternoon, we go off-road along the Draa valley and the ancient caravan route between the mountains and the river. You then reach Zagora and the door of the sahara desert, where you will have a camel trek to watch the sunset and have dinner in the Nakhla dunes at the bivouac of nomad tents where you also spend the night.

2nd day: Nakhla Dunes - Erg Chegaga Dunes
After breakfast, the return to Zagora is on camel back. Later, we drive south to M’hamid (the end of the paved road) passing by Tamagroute where you can visit the Qoranic Library, the underground kasbah and the pottery factory. Lunch will be in M’hamid. In the afternoon departure for the dunes of Chagaga (300m) with 65km of off-road driving, this route passes different features of the desert; ‘erg’, ‘reg’, ‘hammada’, oases. The sunset from the top of Erg Chagaga dunes is spectacular and afterwards there is dinner and the night in a nomad tent at the foot of the dunes.

3rd day: Erg Chegaga Dunes - Ouarzazate
After breakfast, the road crosses another 100km of the Moroccan sahara desert, passing the Iriqui Lake and the mountains as well as fossils, for enthusiasts. The first village beyond the desert, Foum Zguid, is the place for lunch. In the afternoon, we travel north to the city of Ouarzazate past hills and oases of palm trees until we reach the town of Taznakht, a small Berber town famous for its rugs and gelims. We reach Ouarzazate by the end of the afternoon for the night in a hotel.

4th day: Ouarzazate - Marrakech
After breakfast, we visit the kasbah of Tifoultoute which belonged to the “Glaoui family” and the Atlas Film Studios. Driving north, you leave the main road and take a side road to the kasbah of Ait ben Haddou for a visit (this site has frequently been used as the background for some memorable scenes in many film masterpieces, such as “Lawrence of Arabia” and “The Gladiator”). From here, you drive along the Ounila valley with beautiful and prosperous villages, stunning mountains and views to Telouet, you will stop to visit the kasbah of Telouet. After having lunch, we cross the Tizi-n-Tichka pass, the highest pass in Morocco, and reach Marrakesh at the end of the afternoon.

Trip At A Glance

Marrakech, Atlas Mountains, Kasbah Telouet, Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, Overnight in Zagora desert, camel ride, Draa Valley Overnight in Erg Chegaga Dunes,Foum Zguid, Taznakht, Ouarzazate, Atlas Mountains, Marrakech

What is Included?

  • Private Transportaion in an air-conditioned 4x4 Toyota Prado Tx and Fuel
  • Experienced local Bereber/ Nomad Multilingual-speaking driver/ guide
  • Pick-up from and drop-off to your hotel/ riad or airport
  • Overnights in an air-conditioned riad/ hotel with rooms with private bathrooms
  • Overnight in an authentic/ luxury desert camp in Zagora Dunes
  • Overnight in an authentic/ luxury desert camp in Erg Chegaga Dunes
  • Local guides and entrance fees in the relevant places
  • All meals, 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners
  • The opportunity to stop for breaks whenever and wherever you wish
  • Option to go to and come back from the camp by the 4x4Toyota Prado Tx
  • Camel trekking in Erg Chegaga dunes for an hour and Sandboarding as much as you want
  • Berber music and drumming around a little fire under the stars in the desert

What is Not Included?

  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Extra

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