Private 4-Days Sahara Desert Tour from Marrakech to Zagora & Merzouga
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This 4 days tour will make you explore the majestic Sahara desert. On this 4 days Sahara tour you will absolutely have a unique and amazing desert experience. The Morocco desert tour will take you from the authenticity of Marrakech and take you to the wildness of the desert to discover a completely new lifestyle and an exotic Berber people and culture.
🏁 Tour Itinerary: Private 4-Days Sahara Desert Tour from Marrakech to Zagora & Merzouga
Day 1 : Marrakech – Ouarzazate – Draa Valley – Zagora
Departure from your hotel / Riad in Marrakech around 07H30 we pass over the High Atlas Mountains via col Tizin Tichka. During the journey, we will enjoy many beautiful scenes of the Berber villages, elevated views of the mountains. After the stunning mountains, we get to Ouarzazate (Hollywood of Africa, Noiselessly town, the door of the desert), which is a city situated in the middle of a bare plateau, south of the High Atlas Mountains. It is mainly inhabited by Berbers, who constructed many of the prominent Kasbahs and buildings for which the area is known. One of those buildings is Taourirt Kasbah diverted in the 17th century. Why this town is nicknamed Hollywood of Africa? Simply because it has been noted as a film-making location, with Morocco’s biggest studios inviting many international film companies to shoot their movies like Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Living Daylights (1987), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), The Mummy (1999), Gladiator (2000), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Martin Scorsese’s Kundun (1997) and Babel (2005).
The journey continues via Agdez Draa valley to Zagora. After a short exploration, we take a 1h30 sunset camel trek into the dunes to reach our desert camp for the night(or Zagora hotel). Here we can enjoy sitting around a bonfire, having a traditional meal, and socializing with the nomads.
Day 2 : Zagora – Alnif – Rissani – Merzouga
After Berber breakfast, we take a 1h30 sunrise camel trek back to Zagora. We continue to Merzouga via the oasis of Alnif where we take lunch. Upon arrival, switch your mean of transportation into camels and enjoy an Erg Chebbi dunes camel trek to witness one of the most sought views on the planet: Erg Chebbi’s dramatic sunset over the color-changing sand dunes! Drive back to your camp and get ready for a delicious Moroccan dinner under the stars while entertained by the local nomads playing their drums. Don’t miss the clear sky stars constellation before you go to bed.
Day 3 : Merzouga – Tinghir Oasis – Todra Gorges – Dades Gorges
After breakfast at your desert camp, drive along the 1001 Kasbahs past rivers, oasis, and fortified Kasbahs to Tinghir, where you can enjoy a walk in the oasis along Todgha river back to Todra canyons where you will have lunch. Early afternoon, drive along the Dades Valley where you’ll drive along some magnificent fortified Kasbahs and Berber Villages, with the sunset as a backdrop to Dades Gorges before you return to your hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4 : Dades Gorges – Valley Of Roses – Skoura – Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah – Marrakech
After breakfast, you’ll drive alongside the Valley of the Roses to Kalaa M’gouna where you can visit a rosewater ladies cooperative and learn how locals manufacture rosewater perfume essences. We continue to Skoura oasis, considered one of the largest oases in the South, and visit one of the Kasbahs there (Amridil Kasbah) before we carry on to Ouarzazate for lunch. Early afternoon, we drive to the fortified Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, built in the 11th century. Once upon a time, this Kasbah was the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech. It is situated on a hill along the Ounila River and has some beautiful examples of Kasbahs, which unfortunately sustain damage during each rainstorm and windstorm. Most of the town’s inhabitants now live in a more modern village on the other side of the river; however, around five families are still living within this Kasbah. Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987 and several films have been shot there, including Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Time Bandits (1981), The Jewel of the Nile (1985), Kundun (1997), Gladiator (2000) and Alexander (2004).
From this beautiful fortified Kasbah, we keep driving around one hour at Ounila river, during the journey you will enjoy many beautiful scenes of the Berber villages, elevated views of the mountains. Then we visit Telouet Kasbah is a Kasbah along the former route of the caravans from the Sahara over the Atlas mountains to Marrakech. The Kasbah was the seat of the El Glaoui family’s power, thus sometimes also called the Palace of Glaoui, and it was built in the 18th and 19th centuries. The palace can still be visited but it is steadily becoming more damaged and is slowly collapsing. In 2010, work was underway to restore the property. The palace is located on the outskirts of the small Berber village of Telouet, in Morocco. It lies at an elevation of 1,800 meters (5,900 ft). Occupying a strategic position in the High Atlas, the occupants of the palace had the privilege of being on the passage of caravans and near major salt mines. The Kasbah and the village are now accessible by a junction of the road P31 of the Tichka, which connects Marrakech to Ouarzazate.
Afterward, We drive back to Marrakech again via Tizen Tichka pass and your driver will drive you straight to your hotel or Riad where your 4 days desert tour from Marrakech will end.
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Booking Terms: if you cancel 14 days before the schedule departure date there are no fees, if you cancel 7 days before the schedule departure date there's 50% fees, if you cancel 3 days before the schedule departure date 100% fees.
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