3 DAYS DESERT TOUR FROM MARRAKECH TO SAHARA
✪ Tour features :
This 3 Days Desert tour from Marrakech to Sahara takes you over the great High Atlas Mountains and through the Tizi n’ Tichka pass to the charming ‘Hollywood of Africa’ city of Ouarzazate, and the UNESCO famous Ksar Ait Benhaddou. You then proceed to the UNESCO protected Oasis of Skoura, passing through amazing gorges, Berber mud villages, reaching the Sahara stunning town of Merzouga. Visit a nomad family, share a cup of tea with them and discover their lifestyle.
Spend a spectacular overnight in a Berber desert camp under the milky way stars and pass through the Oasis of the Draa Valley and the stunning Anti Atlas mountains.
This 3 days desert tour from Marrakech to Sahara offers a taste of Morocco, from mountains, gorges, valleys to Sahara, with many interesting stops along the way. The highlight of this tour is an overnight in a Sahara desert camp under the milky way stars and a camel trek along the shimmering sand dunes of Sahara. The tour ends in Marrakech.
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✪ Day 1 : Marrakech » High Atlas Mountains » Ksar Ait Benhaddou » Ouarzazate » Rose valley » Dades valley :
After your breakfast, your Grand Morocco Guide / Driver will pick you up from your Hotel or Riad in Marrakech, then travel through the dramatic landscape of the High Atlas Mountains, passing through the mountainous Berber villages and over the 2,260 M altitude, Tizi n Tichka Pass. In the High Atlas Mountains, there is a women’s cooperative for making the world famous Argan Oil, a stop there, so you can see the process of how the oil is made. This will enrich your minds more about this wonderful treasured Argan Tree, which has many benefits and grows only in Morocco. The Argan tree is registered as Bio-patrimony Heritage by UNESCO.
Driving down from the High Atlas Mountains, about 20km before Ouarzazate city, we will stop for a walking visit to explore the famous UNESCO World Heritage listed site of the “Ksar Ait Benhaddou”, listed in 1987. This Ksar or village is one of the most intriguing of the Red Earth Castles lining the ancient road of Kasbahs and it is the oldest mud village in Morocco. It was once a commercial hub for trans Saharan caravan traders. The Ksar has been the back-drop for many international movies, such as Gladiator, Game of Thrones, Prince of Persia, Indiana Jones, Kingdom of Heaven and many more. Then we drive to Ouarzazate city, the gateway to the Sahara Desert and is known as the “Hollywood of Africa”. It was a former caravan town on the silk and salt route in the eastern foothills of the High Atlas Mountains. There will be opportunity for photo stops and for visiting one of the many cinema studios, as we visit Ouarzazate. Lunch will be at Ksar Ait Benhaddou or Ouarzazate. After lunch, we continue through the “Road of the thousand Kasbahs” and earth castles to the ‘Oasis of Skoura’ in the Skoura Valley. The Oasis of Skoura is UNESCO protected, and is famous for its numerous Kasbahs and here we will stop to visit the iconic 17th century ‘Kasbah of Amridil’, located in the Oasis and appears on the 50 dirhams note.
Amridil Kasbah was founded over 300 years ago and is largely unchanged today. It is one of the living museums of Morocco and is the ancestral home of the Nasiri family. The present generation of the family live on site, have a museum of ancient Moroccan artifacts as part of the Kasbah and they are custodians of the complex. In ancient times camel caravans of gold, spice, slaves, salt and other cargo, off-loaded in Skoura, after many weeks trekking across the desert from several sub Saharan countries e.g. Mali, Senegal, Ghana and Asia. Today, Skoura’s historic mud brick castles remain and traders still arrive with desert products, especially trading salt. After visiting the Amridil Kasbah and along the road of 1,000 Kasbahs, we will pass through Kelaat Mgouna, known as ‘The Rose Capital’ for the famous Damaskina Roses, also known for the annual festival during the rose harvest in May each year, when Miss Rose of Morocco is chosen.
Continuing our journey towards one of the most beautiful valleys in the Kingdom and enjoy colourful Berber mud villages overlooking the amazing Dades Valley. We drive along the spectacular Dades Valley to discover the amazing rock formations, known as “monkey toes” or sometimes “monkey fingers”. These extraordinary rock formations are metamorphic rock, which has been severely eroded by rain, water (which gives a chemical breakdown of the rock), wind and possibly sand storms over thousands of years.
The Dades Valley prides itself for the extensive production of roses, wall nuts, groves of palm and almond trees. It was the site of ancient nomad crossroads and the valley is ‘dotted’ with Oases and mud brick palaces which gives the region its ”fairy-tale” nickname.
Then it is time to arrive at your Riad / Hotel for a beautifully peaceful night in the Dades Valley. (Overnight in Dades Valley).
* 3 Days Desert Tour From Marrakech.
✪ Day 2 : Dades valley » Todgha gorges » Merzouga Sahara desert :
After breakfast in your hotel, we leave the spectacular Dades Valley, and move on towards Tinghir, where we will deviate to a minor road following the river of Todgha Gorge. Contemplate the scenic panoramic views of the old Jewish and Berber mud villages, overlooking the valley. Some time at leisure, to enjoy the immensity of the huge red cliffs of 400 M, where many international rock climbers come to enjoy their preferred sport.
The Todgha Gorge is recognized worldwide for being one of the most spectacular rocky canyons. No wonder this place has been used for the filming of many movies as a magnificent natural setting, with one of the most famous movies being the “Mummy”. In this area of Todgha Gorge, lives a large community of Berber nomads. Here you may see Berber nomad women who have their faces tattooed. They may be seen herding their goats to drink water at the river’s edge and collecting their own water which is carried by their mules back to the caves where they live. (a visit to a nomad family might be possible).
After lunch, you will continue the trip to Erfoud, known as the capital for dates(fruit) and a global entity for fossil stones famous for amazing fossil beds and Paleozoic Strata, where ancient ‘Trilobite’ fossils are found, 505 to 570 million years old. An intriguing visit to a fossil museum is possible where you will witness some of the ancient specimens (Ask your guide). After, we continue to the eminent Sahara Desert town of Merzouga, which is a small Moroccan Berber town in the Edge of Sahara Desert and regarded as the gate way to the Grand African Sahara, which is a huge expanse of sand dunes.
On approach you will observe a magnificent panoramic view of the golden dunes considered the highest sand dunes in north Africa at 350 M elevation. Then we continue to the camel station to meet your camel and the experienced camel man who will guide your camel trek to explore the mysterious Merzouga sand sea .
You will enjoy the most charming sunset in the Merzouga Dunes. You will spend the night in a Berber desert camp, in the heart of the dunes. The camp consists of several comfortable Berber tents equipped with mattresses and linen, a dining room, a kitchen and a bathroom. The evening will include dinner, followed by entertainment around the camp fire, listening to traditional Berber drum music, gazing at the night sky full of the milky way stars and having the experience of a life time, which will captivate your heart and soul, not for a night, but forever. (Overnight in Sahara desert camp).
* 3 Days Desert Tour From Marrakech.
✪ Day 3 : Sahara desert » Rissani » Draa valley » Anti Atlas » Marrakech :
Before sunrise, you will be woken, to climb the sand dunes of Merzouga, for a fantastic view of the charming sunrise in the Sahara, followed by breakfast. Then you will take the camel trek back through the dunes to the main road where you will meet your guide / driver and vehicle to begin the way back to Marrakech.
On the way you will visit Rissani town or Sijilmassa, which is the foundation region of the Alaouite dynasty, the current ruling Royal family, founded by Sultan Moulay Ali Sherif and ruled Morocco from 1631 to 1636. Many women are veiled and men hooded, which is very traditional in this very traditional Moroccan town. Rissani is also famous for dates, markets, and it was a starting point for the ancient trading caravans crossing the Sahara desert to Timbuktu in Mali, between the 3rd to 16th centuries.
We will continue driving towards Ouarzazate, via Alnif, Tazarine, Nkob and Agdz villages. You will enjoy the sightseeing of the Anti Atlas Mountains and the fascinating Draa Valley which exhibits hundreds of Berber mud Kasbahs. It is the longest valley and river system in the Kingdom, the river being 1,100 Km long from the high Atlas to the Atlantic Ocean.
The Draa Valley is a stunningly splendid Oasis, home to Berber villages along the Draa River. The valley comprises of sand dunes, river, fertile green plains, snow capped Atlas mountains (in view), and avenues of majestic palm trees. In ancient times, the Draa river meandered west to the Atlantic coast. The area has thousands of years of history. You will be enthralled by the amazing beauty of the timeless landscapes and winding roads through Berber villages, full of wonder and mystique. This is the true picture of the “Grand South” of this uniquely resplendent Kingdom of Morocco.
So, we continue on to Marrakech, through the famous Tizi n Tichka Pass over the High Atlas Mountains. The mountain range has snow covered peaks most of the year. On arrival in Marrakech, your epic journey with Grand Morocco ends.
* 3 Days Desert Tour From Marrakech.
PLEASE NOTE :
This * 3 Days desert tour from Marrakech itinerary is customised by Grand Morocco LLC. “If our set itineraries do not match what you are looking for, please contact us and we will tailor-make an itinerary to suite your requirements”.
WHAT IS INCLUDED :
- Travel in an air-conditioned 4WD or Minivan, with a professional, licenced English speaking driver/guide.
- Pick up / drop off from and to your Hotel or Riad in Marrakech.
- 3 days / 2 nights accommodation with Breakfast & Dinner while on tour.
- Camel ride in the Sahara desert.
- Sand boarding (optional).
- Turbant (head wear) each for the camel trek in the desert.
- WiFi Hotspot in the car + 2 bottles of water each per day during this * 3 Days desert tour from Marrakech.
- Overnight stay in a Desert camp and camel trek.
- Entrance to all included sites and monuments.
- All taxes and fees.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED :
- Travel insurance.
- Flight ticket.
- Snacks, drinks and incidentals.
- Hotel services, such as room service or laundry service.
- Tips and gratuities.
- Personal expenses during this * 3 Days desert tour from Marrakech.