Traditional dwellings - 6 days
1st day: Marrakesh – Fint
8 o’clock departure from Marrakesh, crossing the High Atlas Mountains. After the Tichka pass, the highest in North Africa, plunge deeper into the landscape to the Telouet Kasbah, once the seat of the powerful Lords of the Atlas.
Drive along the beautiful Ounila Valley, visit the salt mines of pinkish salt rock and arrive at the most famous Kasbah in Morocco, a UNESCO World Heritage site and back-drop to innumerable Hollywood blockbusters, Ait ben Haddou.
Visit the Atlas Film Studios, where scores of these films were shot and the sets are still intact: Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra, Kundun, Game of Thrones ….
Spend the night in a traditional guest house in a secluded Berber oasis, where some of the Game of Thrones was shot!
2nd day: Fint – Dades
The road continues through the Skoura Oasis, full of crumbling Kasbahs, and then Kela’a M’gouna, the Valley of Roses, with a stop to see the cosmetic products of the valley’s abundant roses. An off-road route leads through geologically fascinating landscape and local villages. Have tea in the valley with Berber nomads tending their goats and living in caves! In the fertile Dades Valley, you spend the night with a Berber family, or for the more intrepid, after climbing for a couple of hours, with other Berber nomads in their mountain caves. Or else sleep in a traditional guest house by the Dades River, lulling you to sleep as it gurgles along in the complete silence of the mountain night air.
3rd day: Dades – Merzouga
After breakfast, there is time to walk by the river before continuing to Toudgha to the very different gorges there. Later near Tinjdad, turn off to see the remains of 4-5 types of no, not rocks, dinosaurs! Visit Erfoud, the most famous area for its uncountable fossil finds and the workshops turning them into artefacts. In the afternoon you can take a two-hour camel ride in the Sahara into the sunset. Dinner and the night back at the bivouac in a traditional nomad tent with music and a camp fire.
4th day: Merzouga
After breakfast, there is time for some sand-boarding before taking the camels, riding or walking alongside, as they carry your luggage and provisions for sleeping and meals. Walk about three hours in the morning and another three in the afternoon until you reach the oasis for the night. The camel-man prepares your lunch out in the dunes.
5th day: Merzouga – Agdez
If you wake up early enough, you can watch the spectacle of the sunrise, when the colour of the dunes and the play of shadows are an awesome sight. Return to the bivouac on the camels before continuing to the Dra’a Valley via the village of Tazzarine (featured in the film ‘Babel’), and on to N’Qob for lunch. In the afternoon you join the Dra’a Valley with its huge date palm trees and ancient villages. At the end of the afternoon, we stop in Agdez for the night at the oldest Kasbah in the valley, Tamnougalte, built in the 17th Century.
6th day: Agdez – Marrakesh
After breakfast, visit this ancient Kasbah, where time has almost stood still for the some thirteen resident families. Over the mountain pass of Tizi-n-Tinfifte (1660m), also featured in one of the most dramatic and crucial scenes of “Babel”, we reach Ouarzazate to visit the Kasbah of Taourirt. Opposite it is another museum full of Hollywood film sets awaiting you. The trip ends across the High Atlas and Tichka pass, overlooking the mud-brick Berber villages, almost indistinguishable from the mountains themselves.
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.