A Little Majesty on a Zagora Desert Trip — two days/ one night
Desert Majesty has designed an incredible two-day Zagora desert tour that takes in this wonderful town in the Dra’a River valley in southeastern Morocco, the mountain beside it and from which its name derives — and the mighty Sahara Desert.
Our Zagora desert trip is the perfect excursion for couples or families who want to experience the area but may not have all that much time and only want to spend a couple of days on such a trip.
You’ll have an experienced English/French/Spanish/Italian-speaking driver/guide to take you around and show you everything, and you’ll be transported in an air-conditioned vehicle as part of the price (a sturdy 4×4, such as a Toyota Prado and fuel).
All accommodation and meals are provided as well as an exciting camel ride on relevant Zagora desert tours. Drinks and tips are not included, however, and please bear in mind that prices are subject to change in accordance with exchange rates.
We are pleased to offer a reduction of 25% off our prices for children under 12 years of age; we don’t charge for children under 5. Now, there’s no reason not to bring the little ones along on a Zagora desert tour that promises to be entirely mesmerising. Here’s the itinerary:
1st day: Marrakesh – Zagora
It’s an 8.30 am 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. Dinner on your Zagora desert trip is in the dunes, at a camp of nomad tents, where you spend the night.
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.
Beyond Zagora, the largest town in the Dra’ Valley, you can visit the Koranic library in Tamegroute and the local potteries, which produce all the green pottery you will see in the south
From Ouarzazate, you leave the main Marrakesh road to reach the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Ben Haddou. This kasbah is the most famous in Morocco. It has been used as a backdrop for many Hollywood blockbusters and was one of the most important fortress strongholds for the old Salt Road caravans. Traders brought slaves, gold, ivory and salt from sub-Saharan Africa here and then to Marrakech and beyond.
The Zagora desert trip then continues along the new and truly magnificent Ounila Valley road to Telouet Kasbah, which belonged to the Lords of the Atlas, the Glaoui family It 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.
Later, 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.
– Transport in a private air-conditioned 4×4; Toyota PradoTx or Deluxe Van, and fuel
– Experienced local English/French/Spanish/
– Accommodation in air-conditioned suites/rooms with a private bathroom, a standard or luxury camp
– All meals; breakfast, lunch, dinner with a vegetarian/vegan option
– A camel ride of about an hour – an hour & a half with a guide, sand-boarding, if desired
– Luggage service to the camp and all accommodation
– Berber drumming and music
– The choice of where to stop plus time to explore sites such as Ait Ben Haddou, Ounila Valley, tea/coffee breaks, photos
– Entrance fees and local guides
– Tea, coffee and mineral water in the desertBook Now