FROM MARRAKECH: 4 Days Desert Tour: Atlas Mountains – Erg Chegaga dunes – Desert camps

Starting from Marrakech, 4 days is the perfect amount of time if you want to visit the really high dunes. This trip takes you over the Atlas Mountains and North Africa’s highest mountain pass. You visit kasbahs, oases and follow ancient caravan routes. Further we pass Berber villages and visit the carpet capital of Morocco. The absolute highlight of the trip is the desert. Our drivers take you off-road through different landscapes before you arrive to the desert camp. Camels take you for a ride in the dunes and you can try sandboarding. Watch beautiful sunsets from the top of the highest sand dune and play drums with the nomads in the evening. Sleep in a nomad tent under the stars.

 

  • From Marrakech
  • Start/stop: At your hotel or riad
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Transport: Landcruiser 4x4 car with aircondition
  • Language: Driver/guide speaks English and French

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DAY-BY-DAY PROGRAM

Day 1: Marrakech - Atlas Mountains - Kasbah Telouet - Kasbab Ait Benhaddou - Agdz

Departure at 8 am from your hotel or riad in Marrakech.

The driver picks you up in air-conditioned and comfortable 4×4 car. We head to the spectacular High Atlas Mountains, crossing via the twisting pass of Tizi n Tichka. At the highest point of Col de Tichka, we make a left turn into a smaller road and drive through the Ounila valley. We visit the restored Kasbah in Telouet which belonged to the Lords of the Atlas, the powerful Glaoui family. Inside the kasbah you will see walls decorated with stunning mosaics and intricate wood carvings, remniscent of the Bahia Palace in Marrakech. The roof terrasse offers a far-reaching view of the valley and mountains.

Then we continue for another hour until we reach the famous Kasbah Ait Benhaddou. The ksar is a well-preserved fortified city which is listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage site. From here we visit the city, or ksar, on foot together with a local guide. Lunch in Ait Benhaddou.

After lunch we continue south, through the city of Ouarzazate, also known as Morocco’s Hollywood and nicknamed the «Gate to Sahara».

We finally drive to Agdz, where the lush Draa valley starts. Dinner and sleep in a guesthouse here.

Day 2: Agdz - Zagora - M'hamid - Desert camp

After breakfast there is time to visit one of the oldest kasbahs in the valley, called Tamnougalt Kasbah.

We continue further south and turn off the main road to follow the old caravan route. We drive under the palm trees and pass Berber villages and eventually we reach the desert town of Zagora. We have our lunch in a beautiful riad in Zagora.

After lunch we drive to the nomadic village M’hamid El Ghizlane and this is where the paved road stops and the desert starts. We spend the evening in the dunes close to the village and sleep in nomad tents in a desert camp.

Day 3: M'hamid - Camel trekking - Erg Chegaga dunes - Desert Camp

After breakfast we return to M’hamid by camels, a trip which takes about 2 hours.

From M’hamid we start the off-road journey into the desert with our 4×4 car. We pass different landscapes of the desert, such as reg, erg,  hammada and oases until we reach the Erg Chegaga sand dunes and our desert camp which is located at the feet of the highest sand dunes (approximately 300 metres high).

Experience the extraordinary feeling of freedom and the desert silence. Try sandboarding, watch a fantastic sunset behind the dunes. Before dinner is served in the restaurant tent, you have time for a shower in the camp. After dinner the nomads take out their drums and play traditional music around the fire place. Enjoy the nomadic time and sing along if you want.

Sleep in nomad tent or outside, under the amazing starlit sky.

Day 4: Erg Chegaga - Lake Iriki - Rally Paris-Dakar route - Foum Zguid - Taznakht - Marrakech

Departure after breakfast, around 8 am. We head off-road across the desert onto Lake Iriki, a dried out lake. We follow the old route of rally Paris-Dakar. After about 3 hours off-road, we reach the paved roads and the town Foum Zguid where we stop for refreshments.  On the way, we also stop in Taznakht village which is famous for its Berber carpets. Lunch is served here.

We cross the High Atlas mountains once again on the way back and arrive in Marrakech in late afternoon.

Price information

The starting price is EUR 460 per person when 2 persons are travelling together on a private basis and transport in 4×4.

Upon request we can upgrade your hotel at an additional cost.

For bigger groups, please contact us for price.

Included:

All transportation, guide/driver, 1 night in a riad style guesthouse in Agdz, 2 nights in desert camps, 3 dinners, 3 breakfasts, camel trek, sandboarding

Not included:

Lunches, drinks, tip

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