Telouet, Tata, Tafraoute, Taroudant - 6 days
1st day: Marrakesh – Agdez
Morning departure at 8 o’clock from your hotel or riad in Marrakesh to cross the High Atlas Mountains. After the Tichka pass, you leave the main road and take a side road to the Telouet Kasbah, which belonged to the Lords of the Atlas, the Glaoui family, and which now stands in ruins after the last Pasha fled the country following the departure of the French. From there you continue for lunch at Ait Ben Haddou along the newly asphalted connecting road. This is the most famous Kasbah in Morocco and is a UNESCO World Heritage site, which we visit after lunch. Later we continue south to Agdez, where the Dra’a Valley starts. We spend the night in a Kasbah there.
2nd day: Agdez – Chagaga
After breakfast there is time to visit the rest of the Kasbah, some of which is still inhabited and other parts crumbling away, before taking the ancient caravan road between the river and the mountains. On the way, we pass many villages and gardens so that you can gain a better idea of the way of life along the oases. We drive to M’hamid, the gate to the desert, to the dunes of Erg Lihoudi, where we stop for lunch. Here a camel ride of up to two hours is scheduled. Later we continue to the Erg Chagaga dunes (300m) with 60km of off-road driving. This route passes different features of the desert; ‘erg’, ‘reg’, ‘hammada’, oases. These dunes are far away from civilization, in the desert proper ……. and the silence and the expanse of the sand are overwhelming. Dinner and a night’s sleep are in a bivouac of nomad tents.
3rd day: Chagaga – Tata
After breakfast we drive another 90 km across the Sahara over the stony desert, “reg” and “hammada” and across the now dried-up Lake Iriqui. In the middle of this lake, we can search for fossils. At the edge of the desert at Foum Zguid, we turn west along the edge of the desert along the asphalted road to Tata which few people visit. This is the old Algeria to Zagora caravan route and passes oases and the Jebel Bani Mountains, which later give way to the Anti Atlas. In Tata it is worth visiting the Kasbah and the small museum!
4th day: Tata to Tafraoute
From Tata you head north through a very long gorge following the Tata river and passing through Tiata Tagmoute, a small Berber town, to join the Taliouine to Tafraoute road, which you do at Ighrem . This turns south west towards Tafraoute in the Anti-Atlas. You pass through the Berber towns of Azoura, Idaoua, Tiguermine and Ait Abdellah. This is not at all a main route taken by tourists and so unspoiled country with stunning views! You spend the night here in this small town of about five thousand inhabitants.
5th day: Tafrouate to Taroudant
First there will be the visit to the rock painting and then later you travel on to Taroudant called the little Marrakesh because of the city walls surrounding it. Taroudant is also famous for its silver jewelry. It is here that you spend the night after crossing the mountain roads along slopes full of argane trees.
6th day: Taroudant - Marrakesh
After breakfast and exploring the town, you travel along the Souss river valley with all its argane groves and orange plantations as far as Agadir. From there you take the new motorway to arrive in Marrakesh at the end of the afternoon.
Prices per person
- There is a 25% reduction for children under 12 years old whilst we do not charge for children under 5 .The price for trips includes the transport in a private air-conditioned 4x4;Toyota Prado or Mitsubishi Pajero,and fuel. Experienced English-, French-, Spanish- and Italian-speaking driver / guide, all accommodation and meals as well as the camel ride on the relevant tours. Drinks and tips are not included.These prices are liable to fluctuation according to the current exchange rate.