Dades gorges & majestic Erg Chebbi, Merzouga (4 days)

 

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Overview:


Travel from Agadir to the Erg Chebbi Dunes in Merzouga via Taroudant, called the little Marrakesh, Talouine, a saffron growing area with a government-run saffron museum, and Taznakht, full of co-operatives selling Berber rugs and gelims.  Visit Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah before arriving in Ouarzazate.

Travel through the Skoura oasis and admire Kasbah Amredhil, visit the Damascene rose distillery in the Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs, walk in the Dades and Toudgha gorges.

Then after a welcoming glass of mint tea at the camp, ride camels to the top of Erg Chebbi Dunes and watch the most wonderful sunset. Enjoy dinner in with an overnight in your own private nomad tent.

Spend nights in beautiful riads and authentic guest-houses. Discover the Dra’a Valley with its palm trees, ancient kasbahs, and local life.

 

Main Highlights:

  • Photograph the intact city walls of Taroudant and visit Taznakht, famous for its Berber rugs
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou
  • Stop off at Kasbah Amredhil in Skoura among all the vast number of palm trees
  • Purchase Damascene rose products in the Rose Valley (if desired)
  • Enjoy a sunset camel ride in Erg Chebbi Dunes and take photos wearing blue turbans
  • Share an evening of Berber music and drumming around a fire camp
  • Spend a peaceful night in a desert camp at the foothill of the dunes
  • Visit the saffron museum in Talouine in the main saffron growing area.

 

What is included:

  • Transport in a private air-conditioned 4×4; Toyota Prado Tx or deluxe van and fuel
  • Experienced local English/French/Spanish/Italian-speaking Berber and nomad driver/guide
  • Accommodation in air-conditioned rooms/suiteswith private bathroom
  • Overnight in an authentic camp in Merzouga desertin private & comfortable nomadic tents equipped with beds, mattresses, sheets, pillows, blankets, carpets with shared toilet and shower facilities or the possibility of a luxury camp in Erg Chebbi with private toilet and shower, lamps, more space and pleasanter furnishings at 45 euro more per person
  • All meals; breakfast, lunch, dinner – with vegetarian and vegan options available
  • A camel ride of about an hour – an hour & a half with a guide, and free sandboarding, if desired – just ask the camp staff
  • An option to go to and return from the camp by 4×4
  • Luggage service to the camp and all accommodation
  • Berber drumming and music
  • Free time to explore the sites such as Ait Ben Haddou or the saffron museum, for walks, photos, and tea/coffee breaks
  • The opportunity to ask the driver to stop when and where you wish
  • Entrance fees and local guide
  • Tea, coffee and mineral water in the desert

 

What is not included:

  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Extras

 

Know before you go:

  • This Agadir Desert trip can be customised to be more personal and special
  • You can ask us if others are interested in sharing the tour
  • We require a 30% deposit of the total price to book the car, while the balance is payable to us in the office in Ouarzazate
  • There is a 25% reduction for children under 12 years old, whilst we do not charge children under 5
  • These prices are liable to fluctuation according to the current exchange rate

 

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Itinerary:


1st day: Agadir – Ouarzazate
Morning departure by 4×4 from Agadir to Ouarzazate, passing by Taroudant, known as “the little Marrakesh”, via Taliouine and then Taznakht.

From here the road continues to the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, the most famous Kasbah in Morocco and one of Morocco’s eight UNESCO World Heritage sites. After lunch in the village, there is time to visit the Kasbah, climbing to the top to admire the view.

In the afternoon, a visit to the Atlas Film Studios is scheduled. Here numerous Hollywood blockbusters were shot and the sets are still mostly intact (Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, Asterix and Obelix, Game of Thrones.) There remain only a few kilometres to the small town of Ouarzazate, where you spend the night in a riad.

2nd day: Ouarzazate – Merzouga
The morning departure takes us from Ouarzazate to the Toudgha gorges via Skoura, travelling off-road to see the Kasbahs, some sadly in a state of disrepair but idyllically placed amongst a large number of palm trees in this magnificent oasis. The most famous of these Kasbahs is Amridil, which is well-worth stopping at for photos and a quick visit. The main road passes through the Valley of Roses, where the roses are distilled to produce oils, lotions and creams found on sale throughout the country.

From there the next place to visit is the Dades Valley with its green gardens along the river and amazing rock formations. We stop for lunch in the Toudgha gorges.

In the afternoon, our trip continues to the dunes of Merzouga for a two-hour camel ride to reach the dunes of Erg Chebbi (250m). From the top of the dunes, the sunset is spectacular.

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.

3rd day: Merzouga – Agdz
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.

After breakfast, the itinerary continues to the Dra’a Valley, the longest valley in Morocco. The road passes through the villages of Rissani, Alnif, Tazzarine and N’Qob, where we stop for lunch.

In the afternoon, the journey takes us to Tansikht across the Dra’a River, sometimes in full spate but often little more than a trickle. Here we turn north to drive off-road along the ancient caravan route, which follows the valley with its huge palm trees and ancient villages. At the end of the afternoon, we stop in Agdz for dinner and a night’s rest.

4th day: Agdz – Agadir
After breakfast, we drive north-west from Agdz to Taznakht, famous for its Berber gelims and carpets. On the way, we follow beautiful landscapes and the Bouazzer mines. This is a secluded part of the country and more off the beaten track.

Later, we continue west to Agadir, crossing the Tizi-n-Ikhsane and Tizi-n-Tighatine passes. We stop to have lunch in Taliouine, the heart of the saffron growing area of Morocco, and where there is an excellent little museum about the art of growing saffron.

In the afternoon, the road takes us on to Taroudant again and follows the often dry Souss River and innumerous argane trees on all the slopes of the hill-sides back to Agadir, which we reach by the end of the afternoon.

Prices per person

No Days Meals
4 All-inclusive
Total price
2 persons
465 € *
930 € *
3 persons
395 € *
1185 € *
4 persons
385 € *
1540 € *
5 persons
365 € *
1825 € *
6 persons
365 € *
2190 € *
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