During this 5 days desert tour via Zagora, we will depart from Marrakech towards the Sahara desert and pass through the high atlas mountains, Tizi N Tichka pass, then Ait Benhaddou, the ancient world heritage site by UNESCO, after that we will continue to Ouarzazate “the Hollywood of Africa”, Agdz city, Draa valley and Zagora. Then take the old track of Dakar rally race passing through Berber villages, Ouzina dunes to Erg Chebbi.
Day 1: Marrakech – Ait Benhaddou – Ouarzazate – Draa valley – Zagora
After we met at the place where we had agreed upon. We will start our tour the southeast through the High Atlas via Tizi N’tichka pass (2260 m in altitude). After crossing Berber Atlas villages, we will enter the territory of the Berbers of the desert. We will stop for a visit to the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou: declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and made famous as the setting for the Oscar-winning blockbusters such as “Lawrence of Arabia”, “The Sheltering Sky” and “Prince of Persia”.
We will pass through Ouarzazate then Tizi n’Tinifift pass at 1660 meters: a series of rugged mountains of black and grey rock, unusual beauty from which we can contemplate an incomparable panoramic of the Draa Valley and its stunning palm grove, the largest in Africa with over 150 km long, dotted with kasbahs, villages, and orchards. Night in a charming riad in the middle of the Draa Valley.
Day 2: Zagora – Tismmoumen – Maider lake – Tafraoute desert.
After breakfast, our departure will be made by taking the Paris-Dakar road towards Tafraoute desert village, taking us through the Tizi n’Tfilalet mountain pass, the hamadas, and across the desert plateau. This road also runs alongside Kam-Kam Gorges and a trail was taken by ancient dinosaurs. Their remains still stand, after many generations, within the landscape of the Sahara. On this day, we will also have the opportunity to meet local Berber tribes, Down to Tafraoute. Overnight.
Day 3: Tafraout desert – Ouzina desert – Khamlia – Erg Chebbi
Today, the journey will begin traversing across some very diverse landscapes. We take the trail through sand rivers, villages lost in nothingness, nomad camps, and dry lakes until we reach the Ouzina desert: a magnificent place, accessible only by off-road tracks, later partaking in a visit to Khamlia, a truly unique Gnawa village, just before reaching Merzouga Dunes. we will have a communal dinner and spend the night under stargazing in a Desert camp.
Day 4: Erg Chebbi – Rissani – Erfoud – Todra gorges – Dades valley
An early, start rewards you with the spectacle of the sunrise over the sea of dunes. After breakfast you return on the camels to Merzouga, we will depart to Rissani: the desert door of Erg Chebbi, with a bustling Souk little frequented by tourists, where you can see nomads who come here for their supplies and a car park of donkeys near the market. Our drive continues to Tinghir “mountain city” in Tamazight language; another beautiful Berber village where we will enjoy the contrast of their palm groves and roses. The landscape changes now, we enter the magnificent Todra gorges formed by walls over 300m high and a popular international climbing spot. After that visit, we drive to the Dades Valley, a Berber village known for its towering gorges and views of the Atlas. Overnight.
Day 5: Dades valley – Skoura – Ouarzazate – Marrakech
After breakfast, we continue our tour crossing different valleys such as the Roses Valley, and the Skoura palm grove with its hidden kasbahs on our way to Ouarzazate, where we will take the High Atlas Mountain road, through the Tizi n´Tichka pass that will lead us back to the red city of Marrakech. End of our services.
- Private Transport: 4×4, Minibus, bus, / air-conditioned vehicles
- Driver/Guide (Multilingual)
- Car fuel
- 3 Nights in Hotel or Riad (Dinner & breakfast)
- 1 Night in a desert camp desert (Dinner & breakfast )
- Camel Ride in desert
- Sandboarding in Dunes
What’s not Included:
- Drinks and Lunches
- Flight Ticket
- Hotel in Marrakech
- Monument ticket
For the price and more information, please not hesitate to contact us, and let us know about the number of persons, and the dates of your tour, we will get back to you as soon as possible.
In case you want to modify any of these tours, just be in contact with us beforehand and we will make it happen