FROM MARRAKECH: 2 days trip: Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou – Zagora – Desert camp

  • From Marrakech
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Start/stop: At your hotel or riad
  • Transport: Landcruiser 4x4 car with aircondition
  • Language: Driver/guide speak English and French

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DAY-BY-DAY PROGRAM

Day 1: Marrakech - Atlas mountains - Ait Benhaddou - Ouarzazate - Zagora - Desert camp

At 8 am the driver picks you up at your hotel or riad.

We head to the High Atlas mountains, crossing the Tiz n Tichka, the highest mountain pass in Morocco. We pass berber villages on the way and the panoramic view is amazing with mountain peaks, valleys and a twisting road.

After a few hours we reach Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, the fortified city, or ksar, with beautiful kasbashs made of earth clay. Ait Benhaddou is listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage site and has been a location for many famous films, such as «Lawrence of Arabia», «Jesus of Nazareth», «Babel», «Prince of Persia» to name a few. Inside the city, or ksar, you walk on foot to the top of a hill to have a good view of the whole city.

We continue to the city of Ouarzazate, also nicknamed the «door to Sahara». You have your lunch in a restaurant overlooking the historical and amazing Kasbah of Taourirt.

After lunch we go further south and cross the second mountain pass called Tizi N’Tnifift. We follow the old caravan route, which was used by Sahara traders in pre-historic times and it goes all the way to Timbuktu in Mali. We will not go as far as Timbuktu though, but will continue to the village Agdz, which is situated at the foot of the mountain Jbel Kissane and along the shores of Draa river. We continue through Draa valley, a lush valley famous for its dates, and we arrive in Zagora.

From Zagora we start our camel trek into the desert sunset. At arrival in our nomadic camp, we are served a delicious dinner and the night is spent in nomadic tents. If you prefer, you can sleep outside under the magical, starlit sky.

Day 2: Zagora - Ouarzazate - Marrakech

Wake up early if you wish to see the sunrise from the top of a sand dune. After breakfast in the desert camp, we ride by camels back to Zagora village. The driver are waiting here to start the trip back to Marrakech. We stop in Ouarzazate for lunch in a local restaurant and you have free time until the afternoon. Then we continue back, crossing the Atlas mountains.

The driver drop you off at your hotel or riad in Marrakech.

Price information

Price:

The starting price is EUR 180 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.

Included:

All transportation, guide/driver, 1 night in desert camp in Zagora, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast, camelride, sandboarding

Not included:

Lunches, drinks, tip

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