Travel at a slow pace with the rhythm of nature and local Berber guides/drivers at your side to southern Morocco to explore: breath-taking scenic gorges; high deep narrow passage with steep rocky sides, nice valleys, and ancient ruins Kasbahs where you discover the lifestyle and culture of The Nomad People in the faraway oases.
These desert trips take you right into the heart of the Moroccan south following the traces of ancient camel caravans en route to Marrakech that have come north on the African continent carrying slaves, ivory, spices and gold
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Sahara tour from Marrakech to Marrakech 4 days
Day 1: Marrakech / Atlas Mountains / Ait Ben Haddou / Rose Valley / Dades Gorges
Morning pick up at you accommodations in Marrakech and travel across the majestic Atlas Mountains to Ouarzazate; called the gate to the Sahara by Moroccans, it is the last real southern town all the way to Timbuktu. Reward yourself with a bracing café stop and views of the spectacular Tizi n’Tichka pass 7,410 ft above the sea level. Head over the pass to Telouet; a stop on the trans-Saharan caravan route built by the warlords El Glaoui. Continue to the Jewel of Morocco: Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a mud-brick UNESCO-protected village built in the 11th century. The Kasbah has been the backdrop to some of the best Hollywood movies such as Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth (for which much of Aït Ben- haddou was rebuilt), Jewel of the Nile and Gladiator.
Continue your journey to Dades via Ouarzazate enjoying the picturesque oases and natural sights of the “Road of the thousand Kasbahs”, - the fascinating “Desert castles” and the Rose Valley. Accommodation and dinner at your Kasbah Hotel in Dades Gorge
Day 2: Dades Gorges / Todra Gorges / Merzouga (Camel Trekking)
This morning, you drive through the scenic valley where you’ll see the spectacular rock formations known as Monkey Paws, it’s an opportunity to take some of the best shots of your Desert tour. The beautiful drive to Merzouga will take you through local villages before you stop to witness the original monsters of rock: 300m sheer stone cliffs at Todra Gorge where you can enjoy the hike.
Continuing on to Erfoud and Rissani where we’ll have lunch before you head to the town of Merzouga for the Camel trek. With an experienced local guide at your side, ride you camel into the desert like Lawrence of Arabia, watch the sun setting over towering sand dunes, and sleep under the starlit Saharan night. Night drum party and dinner at the camp
PS: a Nomad Scarf is offered for FREE your camel trek.
Day 3: Merzouga / Draa Valley / Ouarzazate
After breakfast and a nice shower in your camp, you head back to Rissani - the hometown of the Alaouit Dynasty that rules Morocco today. Continues to the scenic Dra’a Valley via the Berber villages of Alnif and Tazzarine featured in the ‘Babel’ movie. The drive along the river with its string of palmeraie and oases is very spectacular; so don't forget your camera! Overnight in Ouarzazate.
Day 4: Ouarzazate / Atlas Mountains / Marrakech
In Ouarzazate “Hollywood of Africa”, visit to the Atlas studios and the sprawling Taourirt Kasbah. The journey takes you over the spectacular Tizi n’Tichka pass 7,410 ft in the High Atlas Mountains, Arriving at your accommodation in Marrakech, where your desert trip ends.
Sahara Trip From Fes to Marrakech
Day 1: Fes / Ifrane / Cedar Forest / Ziz Valley / Erfoud
Morning pick up at you accommodations or anywhere in Fes, you leave the city early in the morning as the drive is a little long, and head into the Middle Atlas Mountains. Stop by Ifrane, known as “Little Switzerland,” it is a quaint little town in the heart of the Middle Atlas Mountains surrounded by cedar forests filled with Barbary apes. Optional lunch with a Berber family as an introduction to the traditional Moroccan lifestyle, then you continue to Erfoud thru the Ziz Valley famed with its panoramic view and spectacular Jurassic geography. Overnight in Erfoud
Day 2: Merzouga and Camel riding
Today, you head off in a very comfortable 4-wheel drive vehicle to explore the Majesty of the Sahara Desert, one of the most memorable moments of your adventure in Morocco. Visit Rissani’s old souk, Gnaoua people (sub-saharan slaves brought in 16th century from Senegal and Sudan), Explore their rhythm music and lifestyle. In the Afternoon, meet your Blue-man guide for a camel trek at sunset through the golden sand sea of Merzouga. Night drum party and dinner at the camp
Day 3: Merzouga / Tinrhir / Todra Gorges / Dades Valley
After breakfast, you take the 4x4s and head back to Erfoud, known for fossils and fresh dates during harvest festival in October. The beautiful drive will take you through local villages before you stop to witness the original monsters of rock: 300m sheer stone cliffs at Todra Gorge where you will have lunch. Continue through the scenic Dades valley where you’ll see the spectacular rock formations known as Monkey Paws. Overnight accommodation & dinner
Day 4: Dades Valley / Rose Valley / Ouarzazate / Ait Ben Haddou/ Telouet/ Atlas Mountains / Marrakech
Drive this morning through the Dades Valley towards Kalaa M’gouna (Rose City) and Ouarzazate. Don’t forget your camera, the road along the Valley of thousand kasbahs is photogenic - it’s an opportunity to take some of the best shots of your Moroccan trip. Continue to Ouarzazate “Hollywood of Africa”, optional visit to the Atlas studios and the sprawling Taourirt Kasbah before you stop at the Jewel of Morocco: Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a mud-brick UNESCO-protected village built in the 11th century. The Kasbah has been the backdrop to many Hollywood movies such as Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth (for which much of Aït Ben- haddou was rebuilt), Jewel of the Nile and Gladiator. The journey takes you over the Tiz n’Tichka pass in the High Atlas Mountains to Marrakech where the tour ends.
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