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The Mysteries of the Desert in 5 days

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The Mysteries of the Desert in 5 days description

For travelers looking for calm and serenity, there is no better way than an escape in the great desert of southern Morocco, a Saharan adventure to discover the Great undulating Ergs, the most beautiful desert valleys and the historic Kasbahs and ksours.

The 4x4 is an ideal way to discover the great diversity of landscapes of the great Moroccan south. Enjoy an authentic trip full of emotions in a vehicle designed to take you safely and comfortably to remote destinations. Discover the mythical Draa Valley and its string of oases, the ergs and sand dunes of southern Morocco, or even further away, the high valleys of the Atlas....

 

The Mysteries of the Desert in 5 days program

Day 1 : Marrakech - Telouat - Ait Ben Haddou - Ouarzazate

  • Early in the morning, departure from Marrakech in 4x4. From the first moments of your trip, you will appreciate the beautiful landscapes and the small villages built in earth which follow one another on the way. A winding road leads to the spectacular Tizi n Tichka pass located at 2260 meters high.
  • Just after the pass, we take a track for about 20 kilometers through the desert hills to reach the village of Telouet and its magnificent Kasbah which was once the main residence of the "Lord of the Atlas" - the Pasha El Glaoui, and which housed his court, stables, a mosque and his slaves at a time when man ruled a small kingdom from Marrakech to the Sahara desert to the east.
  • After this short visit to the Kasbah of Telouet, the journey continues through the valley of Assif Ounila before arriving at the famous Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will get out of the vehicle to enjoy a good visit of this magnificent historical work, built in the time in a total respect of the traditions: with cob walls, magnificent ramparts and vaulted doors... Several very popular films were shot in this Kasbah as: the Mummy, 7 days in Tibet, Alexander... Upon arrival in Ouarzazate, a visit to the impressive Atlas Film Studios can be arranged upon request.
  • We then continue to the Taourirt Kasbah, a short visit of this magnificent cultural heritage, a labyrinth of highly decorated rooms and beautiful ramparts. Dinner and overnight in Ouarzazate.

Day 2 : Ouarzazate - Agdez - Vallée du Draa - Zagora

  • Morning departure to Agdez through the passes of Tizi-n-Tinfifite (1660m). A cup of tea or coffee in Agdez, and we continue on the road passing through beautiful gardens, oases and kasbahs before stopping at the Tamnougalte Kasbah which is considered the oldest Kasbah in the Draa Valley. You can ask to have a local guide to visit the Kasbah, then we will have lunch to continue the road to Zagora.
  • We will pass by Tamegroute, a small visit to the Koranic library, the local potteries, which produce handicraft items of green pottery that you will see in the south. Dinner and overnight in Zagora.

Day 3 : Zagora - M'hamid - Dunes de Chegaga

  • After breakfast in the morning, we will take the direction of the sand dunes of Erg Chegaga. You will discover the desert, the nomadic life and the magic of a starry night.
  • On the way to Chegaga, the desert of stones becomes little by little a desert of sand, which accumulates to form the highest dunes of Morocco, the dunes of Chegaga. The sunset and the sunrise from these dunes are absolutely unforgettable and will remain for a long time in your memories.
  • We can propose you a small camel trek. Dinner and night under Berber tents.

Day 4 : Chegaga - Medouer - Foum Zguid

  • Wake up in the morning to enjoy the sunrise in the dunes of Chegaga. After breakfast, we leave for Foum Zguid passing by some local nomads who still live in tents. Then visit the dry lake of Iriqui and the desert plateau of Akassia. Lunch at the Oasis. Continuation then dinner and night in Foum Zguit.

Day 5 : Foum Zguid - Taznakht - Marrakech

  • After breakfast, departure for Marrakech by the pass of Tizi N-Tichka and lunch at Ait Ben Haddou.
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Highlights of this experience :

Visit the great valleys of southern Morocco. Dades, Draa, the High Atlas and the Anti Atlas

Discover the Todra and Dades Gorges

Discover the agrarian and pastoral life, linked to a secular tradition

Admire the desert landscapes

Cross the ancient path of the desert caravans

Admire the beauty of the desert sunset and the impressive sunrise

Enjoy a dinner and accommodation in a bivouac in the heart of the desert

Discover the authentic face of the Sahara with its kasbahs and ksours

Enjoy a real tour to discover the real Morocco

 

Included

  • Transportation in comfortable air-conditioned 4x4 with professional driver including fuel.
  • 4 nights accommodation in double occupancy, half board daily. Our priorities in the choice of accommodation are: authenticity, comfort and quality of service.
  • Access fees to monuments and kasbahs.
  • Half board is provided during the visit and vegetarian food is available.
  • Camel ride.
  • A guide speaking your language during the tour.
  • International airfare.
  • Lunches.
  • All drinks.
  • All extras not mentioned in the program.

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