The Majestic Dunes - 5 days
1st day: Marrakesh – Agdez
8 o'clock departure from your hotel / riad in Marrakesh to Ouarzazate, crossing the High Atlas and the pass of Tizi-n-Tichka (2260m). At panoramic viewpoints, there’ll be opportunities to stop to take pictures. After lunch in Ouarzazate, we visit the Kasbah of Taourirt in the town centre, once the residence of the Pasha of Marrakech and a symbol of the feudal period of the lords of the Atlas. In the afternoon we drive along the Dra’a Valley to reach the village of Agdez for the night in a kasbah.
2nd day: Agdez – M’hamid
After breakfast, a visit to the Kasbah is planned, before driving off-road further down the Dra’a Valley to Zagora for lunch. In the afternoon, the trip takes us to M’hamid which marks the end of the paved road and the beginning of the desert. A one to two hour camel takes us to the nearest high dune where the view of the sunset is magnificent. The night is spent in a nomadic tent close to the dunes of Erg Lihoudi.
3rd day: M’hamid – Chagaga
After breakfast return to M’hamid, across the now usually dry Dra’a River, to visit the old village. In the afternoon, the 4x4 takes us to the Erg Chagaga dunes, travelling some 60km off-road. This route passes different features of the desert: ‘erg’, ‘reg’, ‘hammada’, and the Sacred Oasis to dunes far away from civilization, in the desert proper where the silence and the expanse of sand is overwhelming. Here you could take a second camel ride if you wish. Dinner and the night are in a bivouac of nomadic tents.
4th day: Chagaga – Ouarzazate
After breakfast, the road takes us through another 90km of desert with varying scenery: Lake Iriqui, mountains and fossils. Lunch will be in Foum Zguid, the first village after the desert, where it is also possible to freshen up with a shower. From here the drive back to Ouarzazate is along paved roads via the village of Taznakht, famous for its Berber carpets and rugs, and we arrive in the course of the afternoon. Here in Ouarzazate you stay in a riad for the night.
5th day: Ouarzazate – Marrakesh
After breakfast we make a morning departure to the Kasbah of Tifoultoute and the cinema studios, continuing to the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, the backdrop to many Hollywood blockbusters and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunch will be there at Ait Ben Haddou, before driving to Kasbah Telouet, the palatial residence of the former Pasha of Marrakesh, Thami Glaoui. From here we cross the Tizi-n-Tichka pass, the highest pass in Morocco, and reach the city 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.