FROM OUARZAZATE: 3 days trip No. 301: Draa Valley – Erg Chegaga – Desert Camp
Experience the beautiful sand dunes of Sahara. Go on camel rides, try sandboarding, enjoy unforgettable sunsets and an amazing starlit sky. Sleep in a nomadic tent and spend fun time with hospitable nomads.
On the way to Sahara we follow an ancient caravan route, pass Draa valley where Berbers grow dates, see the “tea mountain” Jbel Kissane, visit ceramic village Tamegroute with colorful, handmade ceramic. On the way back we follow the route of rally Paris-Dakar and visit the carpet village Taznakht.
- From Ouarzazate
- Start/stop: At your hotel or riad
- Duration: 3 days
- Transport: Landcruiser 4x4 car with aircondition
- Language: Driver/guide speaks English and French
Day 1: Ouarzazate - Agdz - Draa valley - Zagora - M'hamid - Erg Lihoudi
Departure at 9 am from your hotel or riad, where the driver picks you up.
We drive to the town Agdz and stop for berber tea and refreshments. This is where Draa valley starts and from here we drive offroad along Draa valley’s former caravan route until we reach the town of Zagora. Lunch in Zagora.
After lunch we pass by Tamegroute ceramic village and stop for a visit in a handicraft pottery.
We continue to the nomadic village of M’hamid and this is where the paved road ends and the desert starts. Camels are waiting to take you on a two-hours ride into the desert. You go to highest sand dune where you enjoy an unforgettable sunset. The night is spent in a nomad tent close to the dunes of Erg Lihoudi.
Day 2: M'hamid - Off-road to Erg Chegaga dunes - Desert camp - Sandboarding
After breakfast you return by camels to M’hamid village for lunch. In the afternoon we leave in 4×4 car for the dunes of Erg Chegaga, a drive for 45 km offroad. On the way we pass different features of the desert, like erg, reg, hammada and oases.
When you arrive to our desert camp in Erg Chegaga, you can climb the highest sand dune (about 300 metres), bury your feet in warm, soft sand and look at a wonderful sunset over sand dunes as far as the eyes can see. Enjoy the wonderful feeling of freedom, peace and silence – a totally unique and amazing experience.
Afterwards you can try the sandboards down the dunes.
Back in the camp there is time for a shower to freshen up. A three course delicious dinner is served in the restaurant tent. After dinner the nomads entertain you with traditional music around the fire place in the middle of the camp.
Enjoy a magical starlit sky and sleep in a nomad tent. Or, if you prefer, you can sleep outside under the stars.
Day 3: Lake Iriki - Rally Paris-Dakar route - Foum Zguid - Taznakht - Ouarzazate
Wake up early morning to watch the beautiful sunrise from the top of a sand dune. Or just wake up for breakfast before we start our way back to Ouarzazate through 100 km offroad driving in the desert. We follow the old route of the rally Paris-Dakar, across the dried out Lake Iriki. Fossils can be found in this part of Sahara.
We stop at Foum Zguid for lunch. The road back to Ouarzazate is paved and we stop at the village Taznakht, which is famous for its berber carpets.
Arrival at Ouarzazate in the afternoon.
The starting price is EUR 260 per person when 2 persons are travelling together on a private basis and transport in 4×4.
For bigger groups, please contact us for price.
All transportation, guide/driver, camels, sandboarding, 2 nights in desert camp, 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts
All lunches, drinks, tip
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