Gorges, Erg Chebbi Dunes, Waterfalls – 5 days



Overview:

Embark on this Marrakech to Merzouga desert trip to discover the wind-swept sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. Travel over the often-snow-covered Atlas Mountains and drive via the fascinating pass of Tizi-n-Tichka.

Stop at panoramic viewpoints admire the landscapes of the green valleys and the beautiful Berber villages. Wander Skoura Oasis’s palm groves and tour the beautifully restored Kasbah Amredhil. Drive through the Road of Thousand Kasbahs and stop at lively Valley of the Roses.

Discover Kel’aa M’gouna cooperatives producing cosmetic products from the abundant flowers of the valley. Stay in a beautiful guest-house in Dades Gorges and take a walk in the Dades Valley. Hike in the Toudgha Gorges with a local guide and travel through Berber villages.

Ride camels to the summit of Erg Chebbi dunes and practice sandboarding. Admire the sunset from the top of the sand dunes and take photos of your party wearing blue turbans. Dine under the Sahara night sky, share an evening of Berber music and dancing around a fire camp, and stay in private nomad tents in a desert camp among the big dunes.

Enjoy walks or slow-paced hike around the beautiful lakes. Explore the beautiful Ouzoud Waterfalls full of olive trees and green farms, and feed Barbary monkeys. Travel along varying landscapes and villages perched in the mountains entourage and arrive at Marrakech.


Major highlights:

  • Travel over the often snow-topped Atlas Mountains and drive via the fascinating pass of Tizi-n-Tichka
  • Admire the beautiful Berber villages and green valleys from the summit of the mountains
  • Explore Skoura Oasis’s huge palm trees and tour the beautifully restored Kasbah Amredhil
  • Drive off-road through the Road of Thousand Kasbahs and the vivid Valley of the Roses.
  • Stop at Kel’aa M’gouna cosmetic cooperatives producing products from the flowers of the valley
  • Explore the Dades Valley and go for a hike in the Toudgha Gorges with a local guide and travel through Berber villages.
  • Ride camels and admire the sunset from the summit of Erg Chebbi dunes
  • Dine under a starlit sky and dance to Berber music and drumming around a fire camp
  • Stay in a private nomad tent in a desert camp near the big dunes of Erg Chebbi
  • Travel through Dra’a Valley palm trees and along fortified kasbahs
  • Visit Kasbah Telouet and Hollywood favorite film set in Morocco, Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou
  • Stay in beautiful riads and taste some of Morocco’s most delicious dishes
  • Enjoy walks or slow-paced hike around the beautiful lakes
  • Explore Ouzoud Waterfalls, full of olive trees and green farms and feed Barbary monkeys
  • Travel along the varying landscapes and arrive back at Marrakech

What is included:

  • Private transportation in a 4×4 air-conditioned modern vehicle or luxury minivan
  • Pick-up from and drop-off to your accommodation in Marrakech
  • Experienced English/ French/Spanish Berber driver/ guide
  • All nights’ accommodations in air-conditioned rooms with private bathrooms
  • Overnight in an authentic/ luxury desert camp in Erg Chebbi dunes
  • 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 4×4 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 a fire camp in the Sahara Desert
  • 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

Good to know :

  • This Marrakech to Merzouga can be tailor-made to fit your individual areas of interest
  • This Erg Chebbi dunes 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)

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Itinerary:

1st day: Marrakech – Ouarzazate

We depart in the morning by 4×4 car from Marrakech and travel to Ouarzazate. You will travel through the admirably High-Atlas Mountains and drive via the famous Tizi-n-Tichka pass (2260m). At panoramic viewpoints, there will opportunities to stop and capture inspiring photos of the fertile valleys, snow-topped mountains, and beautiful Berber villages.

Our first scheduled stop of the day is to visit the once glorious kasbah of Telouet. You then drive from Kasbah Telouet through the beautiful landscapes of the Ounila Valley to the kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. Here, you can savor lunch in one of the many restaurants overlooking the Salt River. Then, visit the kasbah with a local guide to learn about the rich history of this site.

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 Tamnougalte. A little further south at Tanasikht 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 color of the dunes and the play of shadows are an awesome sight.

The return to the hotel for having a shower is on camelback and, after having breakfast, the itinerary continues to the Toudgha Gorges, passing Erfoud, famous for its dates and the date festival in October.

Erfoud is also famous for the myriads of locally found fossils. In Toudgha 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. A beautiful guest-house at the edge of the valley offers dinner and night’s rest.

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 lunchtime.

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 kilometers to Imi-n-Ifri, which in the local dialect means “door to the cave”.

It is a natural rock bridge formed by an underground cave system collapsing. Another three hours’ drive will bring you back to your hotel in Marrakesh.

 

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