FROM MARRAKECH: 3 days trip: Kasbahs – Oases – Canyons – Erg Chebbi dunes – Desert camp

The trip takes us over the majestic Atlas Mountains, offering a panoramic view. We visit Morocco’s most famous kasbah; Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, among others. We drive the road of the thousand kasbahs, passing palm groves, rose valleys, amazing finger-formed rocks and the massive canyon Todra Gorge.

On day 2 we go to Erg Chebbi and ride camels into the sand dunes of Sahara, enjoy a beautiful sunset and sleep in a desert camp. Further the trip takes us through green valleys where Berbers grow dates and we visit Morocco’s Hollywood city.

 

  • From Marrakech
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Start/stop: At your hotel or riad
  • Transport: Landcruiser 4x4 car with aircondition
  • Language: Driver/guide speaks English and French

marrakech

ait benhaddou

Ouarzazate

dades valley

todra gorge

merzouga

tafilalet

DAY-BY-DAY PROGRAM

Day 1: Marrakech - Atlas mountains - Ait Ben Haddou - Ouarzazate - Skoura Oasis - Dades valley

At 8 am the driver picks you up at your hotel. We head to the High Atlas mountains, via the highest pass Tizi n Tichka (2260 m), towards Ouarzazate. We pass berber villages and we stop along the way to take pictures of the beautiful landscapes. In mid day we arrive the old Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, where you have lunch and time to visit the kasbah by foot. The Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou is listed on UNESCO World Heritage list and several famous Hollywood films have been shot here.

After lunch we make a stop in Ouarzazate to visit Taourirt Kasbah, before we continue to drive to Dades valley and the city of roses. On the way we pass the beautiful oasis of Skoura with its impressive 17th century Amridil Kasbah, among others.

The tour along the valley of thousands kasbahs is mythical and an essential taste of Morocco. The landscape is scenic, through the red Atlas mountains, berber villages and green vallyes with palm groves and pink rose gardens. Each city and village has its red colored kasbah or ksar and a mosque. Colorful carpets are hanging from the windows.

We arrive to Dades valley in the evening, where you have dinner and spend the night in a hotel.

Day 2: Dades Gorge - Todra Gorge - Tinjdad - Merzouga - Erg Chebbi - Desert camp

After breakfast we visit the Dades Gorge and you have the opportunity to take some lovely photos.

The Dades Gorge is amazing with its finger-formed stones and is separating the Atlas mountain from the Anti Atlas.

We continue to drive to Tinerhir and Todra Gorges where we have free time to walk around. The massive canyon Todra Gorge is spectacular, with a deep fault of 300 m which splits the red limestone into a deep ravine. The approach is thrilling, as though the doors of heaven are about to close before us.

Next we continue to Tinjdad town, where we stop for lunch.

After lunch, we head to Merzouga desert and drive through the city Erfoud, famous for its fossils.  We arrive at Merzouga in the afternoon and camels are waiting to take you to the Erg Chebbi dunes. The camels are packed with all the supplies you need for the trip and the camel ride takes you around the Erg Chebbi dunes for about 1 hours and 30 minutes.

When arriving at our nomad camp, you can leave your luggage in your nomad tent and walk to the highest sand dune to watch the beautiful sunset.

After sunset, tea and a delicious berber tagine is served in the camp. After dinner, the local berbers will entertain you with traditional drums and singing and you can all dance around the camp fire. The night sky is magically filled with stars.

Sleep in a nomadic tent.

Day 3: Tafilalet - Rissani - Draa valley - Ouarzazate - Marrakech

The camel man will wake you up early, if you want to watch the beautiful sunrise from the dunes. We then go back to the hotel by camels, for breakfast and a shower.

We drive through the big palm grove of Tafilalet, through Rissani and Draa valley, before we arrive at Ouarzazate. Free time until lunch, before we head back to Marrakech with arrival in the evening. We will drop you off at your hotel or anywhere you like.

Price information

Price:

The starting price is EUR 310 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 guesthouse in Dades Gorge, 1 night in desert camp in Erg Chebbi dunes, 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts, camelride, sandboarding

Not included:

Lunches, drinks, tip

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