Marrakech – Desert Tour
Road of 1000 Kasbahs (guide price £599 for 2)
From Marrakech, we follow the ancient caravan route used by sultans and traders – to the Sahara Desert. You will be introduced to your camel which you will ride to the camp in time to see the spectacular sunset over the dunes. Enjoy camp fires, music and drumming and a three-course dinner. Sleep in a Berber tent or stargazing under the magical Saharan skies. In the morning we recommend waking in the desert dawn to watch the sunrise – breathtaking!
This tour can be 2, 3 or 4 days in duration or perhaps add a 5th day to enjoy an off-road adventure.
|Day 1 – Marrakech – Ait Ben Haddou – Dades Valley |
We will meet you at your riad at 8 a.m. and take you through the High Atlas Mountains via the infamous Tizi-N-Tichka pass. At 2260m this is an exhilarating and spectacular mountain pass with jaw-dropping views. We will drive through traditional Berber villages where life has changed very little in centuries. Then on to visit the extraordinary Telouet Kasbah and the fortified city of Ait Ben Haddou. We will then head further south to the scenically impressive Dades Valley, Road of a Thousand Kasbahs and the valley of Roses.
Dinner and overnight in Dades Valley.
|Day 2 – Dades – Todra Gorge – Merzouga Dunes (Erg Chebbi) |
After breakfast we will depart to explore the Dades Valley before arriving at the charming oasis city of Tineghir with its 2000 year old mellah (Jewish quarter). Continuing on to Todra Gorge we have free time to trek the 300m canyons before lunch. After visiting the fossil workshop, we will head for the Erg Chebbi sand dunes, indisputably one of Morocco’s most stunning sites.You will be introduced to your camel and :-
Standard Camp – We will leave our belongings in a hotel at the dune line and enjoy the trek to the oasis where our camp is located and after a moonlit dinner and drumming around the camp fire, sleep in Berber tents or perhaps star gazing under the magical Saharan night sky. The following morning we will return by camel to the hotel for breakfast, before enjoying a full day exploring the desert.
Luxury Camp – You and your camel will trek across the dunes, led by your trusted camelteer, to the Luxury Camp in time to see the spectacular sunset over the dunes. (All your belongings will be transported in the 4×4 to the camp) This camp is small and private with beautiful lanterns and cushions everywhere, big, comfortable beds and with en-suite facilities. Attention will be lavished on you all night and you will enjoy camp fires, music and drumming and a three course dinner. In the morning, we recommend waking in the desert dawn to watch the sunrise before enjoying a hot shower in your tent and a huge breakfast spread. (sand boarding and games available)
Dinner and overnight in Sahara camp.
|Day 3 – Merzouga – Tazarine – Agdz |
Wake in the desert dawn and witness the sunrise over the dunes. After breakfast we will trek by camel back to the hotel at the dune line where there will be time to shower and change.We will then drive to the Saharan town of Rissani where we visit the most famous and largest souk in the south. Here you will watch wandering traders and desert dwellers who come to sell their wares. You can see what wild plants people gather and use as medicine plus the sheep and donkey market. Passing through the volcanic Saghro mountains and the desolate Draa Valley, we reach the village of Agdz
Dinner and overnight in Agdz
|Day 4 – Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – Telouet – Marrakech |
Leaving Agdz we will pass thru the Anti-Atlas mountains and will have the opportunity to visit the spectacular Taourirt Kasbah and museum or alternatively the Hollywood of Africa and UNESCO Site of Ait Benhaddou, famous for the filming of Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator and Indiana Jones amongst many others. There will be time for a walk to explore the traditional Moroccan architecture of the Kasbahs before heading back to Marrakech.Stopping for lunch in the dramatic yet tranquil setting of the High Atlas before the final journey back to your riad in Marrakech.
|Price from £599 for 2 people (price dependant on many factors, please contact us for an accurate quotation) |
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