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Marrakech – Erg Chigaga 4 days / 3 nights

Starts/Ends: Marrakech.

Day 1: Marrakech – High Atlas – Ouarzazate – Agdez

We leave Marrakech “Red City” is the most important former imperial city in Morocco’s history. It is Situated on the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, which we will drive throughout for miles and miles enjoying the fascinating presence of superb and scattered Berber village.

Almost half way we will pass by the Universal heritage of Ait Ben Hadou Kasbah, a fortified village of the 11th century.35 km from Ait Ben Hadou Kasbah we will visit Hollywood of Africa Ouarzazate, where the biggest filmmaking studios. The drive will go on along the longest valley all over the kingdoom 1052Km and the biggest palm tree oases. Arriving to Agadez where we will spend the night.

Day 2: Agdez – Zagora -Tamegroute – Mhamid – Chigaga Dunes

We keep driving along Draa Valley before passing by Zagora where the remains of an Almoravid fortress can still be seen. We pass by Tamagrout That is Situated on Draa Rive,In this small town we will visit oldest libraries of the kingdom. Driving along Draa valley to M’hamid, that is a very modest village.

and not much different from the village you have passed before arriving here. From a vast plateau you will get impressed by the huge sand dune of Chigaga ,where we go for a camel ride to meet one of the most fascinating sand dunes sights we will ever see, the superb sunset in the middle of the high sand dune.Tonight we stay in Berber camp and enjoy a wonderful stars view.

Day 3: Chigaga Dunes – Iriki Lake – Foumzguid – Tazenakht – Ait Benhaddou

From Chigaga we drive a long sand dunes on a peaceful and fascinating wilderness some passing by the natural dried lake of Iriki.30 years ago this lake was full of water and different kinds of birds. After a long way driving on an off-road .we get in to the regular road and pass the small town of Foum-Zguid, which is a noiseless and a sleepy Berber town. We stopover in Taznakht.It was a former trading post for this large region.This little Berber village is one of the biggest centers of carpets in the kingdom.An easy drive and we get to Universal heritage of Ait Ben Hadou Kasbah,a fortified village of the 11th century where we will spend the night.

Day 4: Ait Benhaddou – Telouet- Tichka Pass – Marrakech

Just 40 km from Ait Benhadou Kasbah, we will see the Kasbah of Telout,a former route of the caravans from the Sahara over the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. It was the seat of the El Glaoui family’s power;they were given political power of Morocco south of High Atlas Mountains by the King Moulay Hassan. The Glaouis were almost as strong in power as the sultan himself. The palace can still be visited but it is steadily becoming more damaged and is slowly collapsing. In 2010, work was underway to restore the property.We lunch in the Pass of Tichka and drive to Marrakech.

What’s Included

  • Private A/C Vehicle, 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser for 4 days + fuel
  • English speaking driver for 4 days
  • Pick up & Drop off at your Marrakech accommodation
  • Ensuite rooms with A/C in typical hotels, Kasbahs & Riads with dinner and breakfast (Vegetarians are welcome)
  • Sunset Or Sunrise Camel Trek + Night in nomad desert bivouac (Private tents) with dinner & Breakfast
  • Free time to explore the sites such as Ait Benhaddou, kasbahs, Walks, Breaks for photos,..Etc

Marrakech – Erg Chigaga 4 days / 3 nights Desert Excursion & Camel Tour: Schedule

  • Pick up at 8:00 a.m in summer months and 7h30 a.m in winter months
  • Drop off around 5:30 p.m and 6h30 in winter months

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Duration

4 days

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