tour FROM MARRAKECH TO THE SMALL DESERT OF ZAGORA
Day 1: Marrakesh – Ait Benhaddou – Zagora – Camel ride – Night in a haima
Early pick-up at the airport or your hotel in Marrakesh. We will then head towards the High Atlas Mountains. We will drive through the Tizi n’Tichka mountain pass. Throughout the trip, we will enjoy breathtaking scenery, and we will make several quick stops to take some pictures of the Berber villages that can be spotted in between the bends. We will then head south towards Ait Benhaddou, where we will visit its world-famous kasbah, declared a World Heritage Site in 1986 by UNESCO. Some world-famous films and TV series, such as Gladiator, Asterix and Obelix, The Mummy, The Jewel of the Nile or Game of Thrones, have been shot at this studio. After lunch, we will drive through the Anti-Atlas Mountains until we reach Zagora. We will make a few stops along the way to take pictures of this breathtaking scenery. We will finally reach our final destination, the Zagora desert. We will change the car for a camel, that will be guided by an experienced camel driver from the area. We will admire the astonishing sunset on the dunes before reaching the campsite for the night. We will have a typical Moroccan dinner, which includes a tagine and delicious mint tea. We will enjoy some drum music by the bonfire and observe the magnificent sky and the stars. Night in a haima.
Day 2: Zagora – Draa Valley – Anti-Atlas Mountains – Ouarzazate – High Atlas Mountains – Marrakesh
Don’t forget to wake up at the crack of dawn to walk up the highest dune next to the campsite to enjoy the sunrise and the relaxing landscape that nature offers. After having a delicious breakfast, we will say goodbye to the desert and make our way to the Draa Valley. We will make several stops along the way to witness this breathtaking valley, which runs along the river that bears the same name. This river is the longest one in Morocco, which crosses the whole country and continues for more than 240 km into Mauritania. We will drive through the Anti-Atlas Mountains to reach Ouarzazate, where we will visit the Taourirt Kasbah, the film studios and the Cinema Museum of Ouarzazate, if you wish so. We will make our way towards Marrakesh by crossing the Tizi n’Tichka mountain pass, where we will stop for lunch. Arrival in Marrakesh. Hotel or airport drop-off. End of our services.
Important: there aren’t the big dunes you might be looking for in Zagora’s small desert. If you are interested in spending the night in the middle of Morocco’s highest dunes, we suggest doing a 3 or 4-day trip to the Merzouga desert.
The price includes
- Airport or hotel transfers in Marrakech
- Private transport with A/C
- English-speaking driver/guide at your service during the whole trip
- Camel ride in the desert
- Night in the desert in a haima with breakfast & dinner
- Start of the trip: Marrakech
- End of the trip: Marrakech