Sahara desert tour 6 days from Marrakech
Day 1: Marrakech – The Atlas Mountains – Aït Benhaddou – Ouarzazate
We will begin our journey, leaving Marrakech, at 8:00 am in the morning and depart for Ouarzazate. In the way, we will cross the Atlas Mountains at 2260 meters elevation by the Tizi n’Tichka pass. Shortly after crossing the Atlas Mountains, we will take a track to visit the Pacha Glaoui Kasbah in Telouet. While passing through various Berber villages, we will arrive at the Kasbah of Aït Benhaddou, an incredible fortified city which is more than 800 years old. Kasbah of Aït Benhaddou also have been featured in a number of popular Hollywood movies such as The Mummy, Gladiator & The Kingdom of Heaven. In the end, we will go to Ouarzazate where we will visit the popular movie studios. We will have our dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2: Ouarzazate – Agdez – Draa Valley – Tazarine – Mharech Gorges
After breakfast, we will visit the Taourirt Kasbah. Then, we’ll depart in the direction of Zagora, crossing the mountains of the Anti-Atlas and passing through the pass of Tizi N’Tinifift at 1,600 meters elevation. Passing by the Draa Valley, we will see various Berber villages and Kasbahs by the track. Leaving behind the towns of Nkob, Tazarine and Alnif, we will take another track that crosses the lost towns of Morocco until we reach the Gorges of Mharech. Many of these sections of Mharech Gorges are traversed during the popular Dakar Rally. We will have our dinner and overnight stay at a riad.
Day 3: Mharech – Oasis Ramlia – Ouzina dunes – Merzouga
On our Day 3 Continue along the track of the Dakar Rally Cross exploring people living in isolated areas, epiphytic plants, wadis (dry river beds), oasis and dunes of Ouzina. Continue our Road to visit the Berber villages and the Erg Chebbi (the highest dunes in Morocco). Our lunch will be with a Berber family. We will then arrive at Merzouga and pick up our essentials on dromedaries for a drive into the deserts until you reach the Jaimas camp in the middle of the Erg Chhebi dunes. We will spend the night in Al Khaimah hotel.
Day 4: Merzouga – Off-Road Desert Tour – Visit the Nomads – Merzouga
We will wake up before dawn to watch the beautiful sunrise at the far horizons of the desert. After that, we will return to the Hotel on camels for a shower & breakfast. We will go out to explore the Erg Chebbi, an extension of the sand desert where the great dunes of Morocco is located. It is more than 250 meters in height, connecting the track with part of the route followed by the old Paris-Dakar rally, with the mountains bordering Algeria. We will make a halt at the oasis of Tissardmine and nomad settlements respectively.
Our next stopover will be at a panoramic point where you will be able to contemplate the Erg Chebbi dunes as a whole. Then we will have a small tra-break at Khamlia to relax with a cup of tea and a small concert of Gnawa music to enjoy. Then we will return to the lodge for lunch and after that, we will climb the sand dunes and experience the romantic sunset in the desert. We will have our dinner and overnight stay in the Berber camps in the desert. After dinner, we will enjoy local Berber folk dance & music together.
Day 5: Merzouga – Rissani – Todra Gorges – Dadés Valley
WAfter returning back from the Berber camp, we will take a shower and have breakfast at the hotel. We will visit Rissani, the origin of the Alawite Dynasty and first imperial city of Morocco. From Rissani, we will visit Erfoud; rich in black stone and marine fossils. Then, at the Palmeral of Tafilalet. We will then visit the Todra Gorges and the Dadés Valley where we will have our dinner and overnight stay at a hotel.
Day 6: Dadés Valley – Rose Valley – Skoura – Marrakech
We will come across the ‘Thousand Kasbahs’ while passing through the stunning valley of the Roses. We will also visit at the palm grove of Skoura, the open-air “museum” of the Kasbahs in Morocco with traditional Moroccan architecture. Then we will return to Marrakesh in the afternoon.