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5 Days Sahara Desert Trip from Marrakech to Merzouga Erg Chebbi

Day 1 : Marrakech - Tizi Ntichka Pass - Ouarzazate

After breakfast , we’ll leave for Ouarzazate via the Tizi Ntichka Pass. ToDay you will enjoy the beautiful scenery over the High Atlas mountains and appreciate the remarkable Berber villages before you get to Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, the largest Kasbah in Morocco. It was built by the last Berber chieftain El Glaoui Et-Hami in the late 19th century; it is now a UNESCO matrimonial historical site, which toDay still houses many Glaoui family members. Lunch is by the Kasbah before we continue to Ouarzazate, “ the Hollywood of Africa”. Here you have the option of visiting the studios to see props used in some movies you might have seen, such as “Gladiator”, “Jewel of the Nile” “the last temptation of Christ”and “The Sahara”. Overnight in our fancy riad with dinner and breakfast.


Day 2 : Ouarzazate - Skoura - boutaghrar - Dades Valley

After breakfast in the riad , we’ll leave to explore the fascinating Dades and Rose Valleys. Our first stop will be at Skoura to walk within the Birds Valley and visit the beautiful and well preserved Kasbah of Ameridil. Then we’ll continue to the village of Kalaa M’gouna, famous for its roses fields and rose products. A rose festival is held here every May each year, when the roses are harvested. Since this is the road of the thousands Kasbahs you’ll have plenty of opportunities to take some beautiful pictures. Our journey continues to boutaghrar area where we can meet berber families still living in caves with their gaots and sheep . After lunch with Berber family,we continue to the Dades Gorge where you will enjoy seeing the amazing Rock formation called “the monkey Toes” and the still standing Kasbah of Ait yul. Overnight in a traditional Berber guest house with dinner and breakfast.

Day 3 : Dades valley - Todra Gorge - Merzouga

After breakfast , we will drive towards Tinrghir and the Todra valley enjoying the panoramic views of the old mud Berber villages overlooking the valley. Once at the Todra Gorge you can walk under the 300 m high red cliff, where many rock-climbers spend their time. After lunch in the way,we will arrive to the village of Merzouga - where your camel will be waiting you. You’ll be welcomed with a glass of mint tea and desert scarf before you ride your camel, guided by an experienced Camel Guide, to explore within the mysterious sand-sea of the Erg-Chebbi. Here you will spend your first night under the stars, or if you prefer, in a traditional Berber nomad tent.


Day 4 : Merzouga - Draa valley

Your camel man will wake you up early in the morning to watch what well may be the best sunrise in your life ,then you’ll peacefully camel-trek back to the village of Merzouga. En-route you won’t fail to appreciate the unique beauty of the spectacular Erg Chebbi dunes - changing with the light as the Day progresses. Arriving late morning back in Merzouga and after shower in the guesthouse, we’ll leave for Rissani - once Sijilmassa - the foundation of the Alaouite dynasty, the current ruling family. With most of the woman veiled, and men hooded, this is a very traditional Moroccan town. We’ll continue driving towards Agdez, via Alnif and Tazarine, before we get to the fascinating Draa Valley at the edge of the Atlas Mountains, along which lay hundreds of Berber Kasbahs. You will arrive at your accommodation in the evening. Overnight in a traditional guest house in the valley with dinner and breakfast.

Day 5 : Draa valley - Marrakech

After a luxurious breakfast , we we’ll head to Marrakech , enjoying the panoramic view of the palm grove and the scenic moon-like landscape with the beautiful contrast of the Berber villages and the Saghro mountains; an area that has been a popular location for Hollywood films, including The Last Temptation of Christ, Jewel of the Nile, and the Mummy. Our journey will continue through the majestic Tizi n’tichka Pass (2260 m) over the High Atlas Mountains, before arriving at your accommodation in Marrakech.


Included services

  • Free arrival & departure transfer ( Marrakech Airport - Marrakech hotel)
  • Private transportation ( A/C comfortable 4WD or minibus )
  • Professional English speaking driver /guide during the trip
  • Accommodation in typical hotels, riads and tents with dinner & breakfast
  • Pick up & drop off at your accommodation in Marrakech
  • Camel trek to overnight in nomad desert camp with guide (private tents)
  • Berber music show / Entertainment
  • Visit to nomad and Berber families
  • Visit fees when applied
  • Free time to explore the sites such as Kasbahs, Canyons, Walks, Breaks for photos...Etc

Excluded Services

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Beverages & Lunches