Sahara Bliss | 3 days
Day 1: Marrakech » Ait Ben Haddou » Zagora
We will meet you at your Riad/Hotel in Marrakech and then we set for our desert tour. We start slowly heading into the peaks of the High Atlas Mountains. This drive over the Tizi N’ Tichka pass is very dramatic drive crossing the mountains. It is full of sharp turns, but these heights present us with rewarding views of many peaks of the mountains that look like sprinkled by several Berber villages. Upon our descend we reach the small village of Ait Ben Haddou. This is one of the most visited and probably the best preserved Ksar in Morocco. There time will be set aside to walk the steep streets of the Ksar viewing the old homes and get inspired by the mind blowing images spreading from the top of the Ksar. No wonder, it inspired so many movie makers. Then after lunch we pass the city of Ouarzazate and set towards the Draa Valley. At first we need to cross another mountains region and then descend into the first palm trees by Agdz. The views will be getting more and more impressive as we will be passing many typical villages of the Sub Sahara. The night will be spend either in a hotel or tent in Zagora.
Day 2: Zagora » M’Hamid – Erg Lihoudi » Erg Chigaga
Today the impressive sand dunes are waiting for us. We drive to M’hamid and the Erg Lihoudi dunes where we will have lunch. After M’hamid we say goodbye to the road as we set into the desert where there are no routes. It is only sand, patches of rocky area and eventually tall sand dunes that are spreading over 40 km. Here we saddle our camel trekking around Morocco, perhaps visiting the highest sand dune of the region. Challenge yourself and climb to the top of the sand dunes for stunning views of the never end sea of sand on the horizon. The night will be spend in tents with live traditional music under the starskies.
Day 3: Erg Chigaga » Marrakech
Wake up from your celestial sleep and welcome the sun rising and coloring the desert into a spectacle of colors. Here we enjoy a good breakfast before we depart in our 4×4 vehicles. We will be traveling by another off road that will easily transform us back in time and makes us to see how the landscape has changed over the centuries. We will view the dried salt lake bed of Lake Iriqui and the road will line many strange rock creation mountains. Then at Foum Zquid we meet our civilized world again and head across the Anti Atlas Mountains to Taznakht (Berber town full of carpet cooperatives). You are welcome to visit one if you are interested before we cross the Atlas again to Marrakech. We expect to arrive after 6pm at your riad.
Sahara Bliss | 4 days
Day 1: Marrakech » Ouarzazate » Zagora
Our driver picks you up at your riad in the morning to go on a four day desert adventure. At first we climb the highest road pass of Morocco the Tizi n’Tichka pass crossing the High Atlas Mountains to Ouarzazate. We will make plenty of stops along the way as the views are breathtaking. We will stop in Ouarzazate for lunch before we continue our journey to Zagora. The road passes more mountains as we climb up again before we descend into the palm paradise of the Draa Valley to Agdz. The valley is very important to the people in the South as it brings many fruits and vegetables as well as grass for animals. It’s a beautiful view along our road to Zagora: green palm trees agains the backdrop of the dried mountains. We will be passing the many villages that Nomads and Berbers built in and around the valley. It is said that the sweetest and best dates comes from the Draa. The night will be spend either in a hotel or tent in Zagora.
Day 2: Zagora » M’hamid » Erg Chigaga dunes
After breakfast we continue our journey following the Dra’a Valley all the way to M’hamid. The next possible stop is in Tamengroute, where we can visit the underground Kasbah, pottery artisians and old library. In M’hamid the road will dissolve into nothing as we set in our 4×4 in the desert. We will be traveling about 60km off road that will be partially rocky plains to fine sand dunes. Your driver will make pleasant stop at Oasis Sacre, a real water source in the desert. Then we reach Erg Chigaga where we saddle our camels for a camel trek enjoying a magnificent sunset. The night will be spend in tents under the starskies after dinner with traditional Berber music.
Day 3: Erg Chigaga » Foum Zquid » Ait Ben Haddou
We advice to be an early riser and not to miss the sunrise waking up the desert back to light. After breakfast we say goodbye to the sand dunes and continue our off road driving this time to Foum Zquid. It’s beautiful off route where the landscape opens itself with mesmerizing views. Then at Foum Zquid we reach pave road, stores and restaurants again. Here we journey North to Taznakht, the Berber town where you see carpets hanging everywhere and then onto Ait Ben Haddou, the most well known kasbah of Morocco. The night will be spend in Ait Ben Haddou.
Day 4: Ait Ben Haddou » Telouet » Marrakech
This morning we get the chance to spend at the Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou. A lot has been written about this cultural heritage site of Morocco and UNESCO protected area. The sight played an important role in the farewell past as it has been used as an important stop on the caravan routes bringing mainly salt, gold, ivory and slaves. Walking along the streets and viewing the old homes we get to see how life must have been in this Ksar. Even though it is bit of challenge we recommend to walk up to the upper levels of the Ksar for very rewarding views of the region. Then it will be time to cross the High Atlas back to Marrakech. Not to travel all the way the same route, we will be taking smaller route along the Ounila Valley passing the small gorge and river. The route will pass some important old salt mines and Kasbah Telouet that is good to visit too. In big need of repair, it is still an impressive Kasbah worth your visit. Then we meet the mountain Tizi-n-Tichka that will take us to Marrakech. Expected arrival around 5pm when we bring you to your riad.