Majestic Erg Chebbi dunes Merzouga (3 days)

 

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Overview:

Book this 3-day desert trip from Ouarzazate to the famous Erg Chebbi Dunes in Merzouga. Stroll through the green oasis of Skoura and visit the beautiful Kasbah of Amredhil, stop by the Valley of the Roses, discover the Dades Valley, spend a night in a beautiful guest-house at the edge of the valley, marvel at the spectacular rock formations and interact with locals in Berber villages. Walk in the Toudgha Gorges or by the river.

Ride camels, watch the sunset, enjoy the camp-fire and nomad music in the camp, followed by a night under a star-lit sky. Eat the best tajne in Morocco.

Enjoy the spectacle of the sunrise, go off-track in the Dra’a Valley with its innumerable palm trees, ancient housing and desert oases. Explore the ancient Kasbah Tamnougalte and take photos at panoramic viewpoints, stretch your legs in Agdez and experience scenic drives over the Anti-Atlas Mountains.

Main Highlights:

  • Get a glimpse of life in Skoura oasis and the traditional Kasbah of Amredhil
  • Visit the cosmetic co-operatives with Damascene rose products, and take a walk in the Valley of the Roses
  • Discover the famous Dades Valley and the Toudgha Gorges
  • Ride camels in the dunes and take photos of your party wearing blue turbans
  • Watch the spectacle of the sunset from the top of the dunes (300 m)
  • Taste dinner under the starlit sky and share an evening of nomad music round a camp fire
  • Overnight in your private nomad tent in a camp in the middle of Merzouga desert
  • Explore the Dra’a Valley with its thousands of palm trees and ancient kasbahs
  • Drive over the Anti-Atlas Mountains and stop at panoramic viewpoints

 

What is included:

  • Transport in a private air-conditioned 4×4; Toyota PradoTx or deluxe van and fuel
  • Experienced local English/French/Spanish/Italian-speaking Berber and nomad driver/guide
  • Accommodation in air-conditioned rooms/suites with private bathroom
  • Overnight in an authentic camp in the desert: camp in 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 in Merzouga with private toilet and shower, lamps, more space and better furnishings at 45 euro more each
  • 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
  • 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 the Dra’a Valley, Kasbah Tamnougalte, 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 Ouarzazate desert tour can be customised to be more personal and special
  • You can ask us if others are interested in sharing the car
  • We require a 30% deposit of the total price to book the car, while the balance is payable to the driver or 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: Ouarzazate – Dades Gorges
Morning departure to the Dades Gorge, passing the Oasis of Skoura, where numerous ancient kasbahs, some sadly in ruins, stand amongst the palm trees.

From here, our route takes us through Kela’a M’gouna, the Valley of Roses, where we stop to see the cosmetic articles made locally from the valley’s abundant blossoms. These products are well-known throughout Morocco and are highly valued.

From here, you take an off-road route to have a better impression of the landscape. You stop in the Dades gorge for lunch after which you have time to walk in the gorges, in the fields and gardens. You spend the night in a hotel or Kasbah, or if you wish you could walk into the hills to spend the night with a Berber family.

2nd day: Dades Gorges – Merzouga
After breakfast, the trip continues a short distance to Tinghir and the very different Toudgha gorges where you can take a short walk to appreciate the steep sides to the gorge and the narrow expanse of the sky above. From there, you continue to the Chebbi dunes via Tinjdad, and the Oasis of Tafilalet near Erfoud, famous for its Date Festival, and Rissani, which is the seat of the Alaouite family of the present king of Morocco.

Between Tinjdad and Erfoud, you can stop to go down into the fascinating underground water channels deep below the earth, always cool and preventing the evaporation of this source of irrigation. In Erfoud itself, you can stop to see the workings of thousands of fossils made into all sorts of artifacts.

Lunch will be in a Berber village along the way. At the bivouac, you are welcomed with a glass of tea before taking a camel ride to watch the sunset from the top of the dunes.

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 – Ouarzazate
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. The itinerary continues 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 the journey takes us to Tanasikht, to drive along the ancient caravan route to discover the real Dra’a Valley, with its huge palm trees and ancient villages. You return to Ouarzazate by the end of the afternoon.

 

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