Marrakech to Erg Chigaga Desert Tour – 3 days



Overview:

This 3-day Marrakech to Erg Chagaga dunes desert trip is the ideal option for travelers who wish to visit the much talked about the Sahara Desert.

Travel across the admirably high Atlas Mountains and drive via the Tizi-n-Tichka pass. Along the road, stop at panoramic viewpoints to admire the fertile valleys and the beautiful Berber villages.

Learn about Berber rugs and carpets craftmanship and hunt for fossils in the dry Lake Iriqui. Experience off-road driving through different features of the Sahara Desert. Ride camels in the towering Erg Chagaga dunes, and stay in your own comfortable nomad tent in a desert camp near the big dunes.

Visit the green pottery workshop and the Koranic library. Travel through the Dra’a Valley, full of palm trees, and fortified kasbahs, and explore Kasbah Tamnougalte. Spend a night in a traditional riad or an authentic guest-house in Ouarzazate.

stop by the Atlas Studios to Photograph film locations of many Hollywood blockbusters. Tour Kasbah Telouet, remarkable for its tiling artwork and wood craftsmanship. Cross the Atlas Mountains and arrive back at Marrakech by the end of the day.


Major highlights:

  • Travel over the high Atlas Mountains and drive via the famous pass of Tizi-n-Tichka
  • Stop at panoramic viewpoints to admire views of the fertile valleys and Berber villages
  • Learn about Berber rugs and carpets crafting in Taznakht and hunt for fossils in Iriqui Lake
  • Experience off-road driving across different features of the Sahara Desert
  • Enjoy camel trekking in the admirably towering dunes of Erg Chagaga and sandboarding
  • Witness the views of the sunset from the summit of the dunes and experience moments of tranquility
  • Diner under a sky full of stars and dance to Berber music and drumming around a fire camp
  • Sleep in your own comfortable nomad tent in a desert camp near the big dunes of Erg Chagaga
  • Visit the green pottery workshop and the ancient Quranic Library in Tamegroute village
  • Travel along Dra’a Valley full of palm trees and green oases and Explore the Kasbah of Tamnougalte
  • Spend a night in a beautiful riad in Ouarzazate overlooking the palm groves
  • Stop by the Atlas Studios and photograph film set of many Hollywood cinematic artworks
  • Visit the famous, Kasbah Telouet and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou

What is included:

  • Private Transportation in an air-conditioned 4×4 Toyota Prado Tx or luxury minivan and Fuel
  • Experienced local Berber/ Nomad Multilingual-speaking driver/ guide
  • Pick-up from and drop-off at your accommodation in Marrakech
  • A night in an air-conditioned riad/ hotel with rooms with private bathrooms
  • Overnight in an authentic/ luxury desert camp in Erg Chagaga Dunes
  • All meals, 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners with vegetarian and vegan options available
  • Free coffee, tea, and mineral water during your stay in the desert
  • The opportunity to stop for breaks whenever and wherever you wish
  • Option to go to and come back from the camp either on camelback or by the 4×4
  • Camel trekking in Erg Chagaga dunes for an hour and free Sand-boarding as much as you want
  • Berber music and drumming around a fire camp in the desert
  • Local guides and entrance fees in the relevant places

What is not included:

  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Extra

Good to know :

  • This desert trip from Marrakech can be tailor-made to fit your individual areas of interest
  • This Marrakech desert trip is free of hidden costs, cheap tourists’ traps or forced shopping
  • You can choose to go to the camp on camelback or by the 4×4 car (then, you go for a camel ride)

Prices Table

Number of Persons 2 Persons 3 Persons 4 Persons 5 Persons 6 Persons
Price Per Person 325 € 275 € 235 € 210 € 210 €
Total Price 650 € 810 € 940 € 1050 € 1260 €

Itinerary:

MARRAKECH TO ERG CHIGAGA DESERT TOUR – 3 DAYS

1st day: Marrakech – Erg Chagaga Dunes

Kick-off your Marrakech to Erg Chigaga by morning departure from to Erg Chagaga dunes. Travel across the High Atlas Mountains and drive via the fascinating pass of Tizi-n-Tichka.

After descending the Atlas Mountains, a side road leads you to Taznakht, well-known for its Berber carpets and rugs craftsmanship.

From here, you continue to Foum Zguid, the last village before the desert, and the venue for lunch. In the afternoon, we make our way across 100km through the varying features of the Sahara Desert; ‘erg’, ‘reg’, ‘hammada’, oases, to Erg Chagaga Dunes.

These towering dunes are 300 m high, stretch for 45km long, and are the largest in Morocco. After a relaxing glass of tea and Moroccan biscuits in the camp, there is time to experience a camel trek for one to one hour and a half.

Then, you can go for a walk in the wind-blown sand dunes and ascend the Erg Chagaga to watch the sunset from the summit (300m). At night, the night will be spent in a nomad tent, which is also the venue for dinner.

2nd day: Erg Chagaga Dunes – Ouarzazate

After breakfast, our Marrakech to Erg Chigaga takes us to M’hamid, the first village after the desert, through another 65km of off-track driving. From here, the drive back to Zagora for lunch is along paved roads via the villages and valleys.

In Tamegroute village, you will visit the green pottery workshops and the ancient Koranic Library. After lunch in Zagora, the road leads north again along the Dra’a valley’s huge palm groves and fortified kasbahs, followed by some off-road driving through the ancient Road of Caravans.

Just before Agdz, you will visit Kasbah Tamnougalte. It is the oldest kasbah in the region and is still partly inhabited. By the end of the afternoon, Ouarzazate offers dinner and an overnight in a beautiful guest-house.

3rd day: Ouarzazate – Marrakech

After breakfast, we drive from Ouarzazate to Marrakesh. After a 30 min drive from Ouarzazate, a side road leads to Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou.

It is one of the eight UNESCO World Heritage sites in Morocco and is also well-known as being the backdrop to many Hollywood blockbusters.

You will visit the kasbah with a local guide who will inform you about the history and the cinematic artworks that were filmed here.

From here, the itinerary continues along the beautiful Ounila Valley with beautiful and prosperous Berber villages, admirably high Atlas Mountains. Shortly after, you will arrive at Kasbah Telouet, very remarkable for its Moroccan tiling and wood craftsmanship.

After lunch, you will visit the kasbah with a local guide to get greater insight into the rich history of this location. Alternatively, you can have lunch in the Atlas Mountains! We arrive back at Marrakech by the end of the afternoon. You Just spent an amazing Marrakech to Erg Chigaga desert tour.

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