1st day: Marrakesh – Zagora
It’s an 8.30 am a departure in a 4×4 from your Marrakesh hotel or traditional riad accommodation, taking you across the High Atlas Mountains and over the famous Tizi-n-Tichka (2260m). From these mountains, the views over the valleys and the Berber villages perched on the mountainsides — sometimes barely distinguishable from the mountains themselves — are truly spectacular.
Next on your Zagora desert trip, having crossed the pass, you continue to descend until you finally reach Ouarzazate, where you stop for lunch. Afterwards, you will have a glass of tea with us at the office in the centre of town. From there you cross another smaller pass, Tizi-n-Tinfifite, (1660m) before reaching the head of the Dra’a Valley at Agdez. For a short while on this Zagora desert tour, we go off-road, along some of the ancient caravan route between the mountains and the river, passing many villages and gardens so that you can gain a better idea of the way of life along the oases. You then reach Zagora and have a camel ride of about an hour or so to reach the dunes, from where you can watch the spectacular sunset. These dunes are small in comparison with the others further south and in the east but are the nearest to Marrakesh on such a short trip.
You have dinner and spend the night at an authentic nomad camp with shared bathroom facilities and a private tent for each couple or family.
Alternatively, you can choose a luxury camp with private bathroom, king-sized beds, beautiful Moroccan furnishings and lamps tastefully arranged to enhance your enjoyment of the silence and beauty of the dunes.
2nd day: Zagora — Marrakesh
If you get up early enough to see the incredible sunrise on your Zagora desert trip, you will be rewarded by the wonderful play of shadows across the sand. After breakfast you return north, taking another short off-road route. From Ouarzazate, you leave the main Marrakesh road to reach the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Ben Haddou. This kasbah, the most famous in Morocco, has been used as a backdrop for many Hollywood blockbusters and was one of the most important fortress strongholds on the old Salt Road caravan routes, where traders brought slaves, gold, ivory and salt from sub-Saharan Africa to Marrakech and beyond.
The Zagora desert trip continues along the new and truly magnificent Ounila Valley road to 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. The more historic buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries are in particular disrepair. The return to Marrakesh on this Zagora desert tour is along the main road, passing many Berber villages along the river and through the mountains. At times you come down into the valleys to drive alongside the river, which is bordered by beautiful oleander and fruit trees. The gardens are full of olives, walnuts, pomegranates, apples, pears and quinces. Berber women and children tend goats and sheep and climb even the steepest slopes in search of fodder and firewood. The Zagora desert trip concludes when we reach Marrakesh at the end of the afternoon.
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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 transport in a private air-conditioned 4×4 a Toyota Prado, and fuel, an experienced English/French/Spanish/
Drinks and tips are not included.
There is an option to go to and return from the camp by 4×4.
These prices are liable to fluctuation according to the current exchange rate.Book Now