Day 1: Marrakech – Boumalne Dades ( 06h00 drive )
Your 3 days desert trip from Marrakech to Merzouga will start early in the morning. We depart Marrakech at 07h30 AM to Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou through Tizi Ntichka pass and the high Atlas Mountains. Numerous stops will be made along the way. Visit the UNESCO world heritage Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, which was also served as a set for various Hollywood blockbusters. We continue to Ouarzazate and visit Kasbah Taourirte before lunch ( At leisure ). In the afternoon, we drive to Boumalne Dades via the Valley of the Roses before before we reach our guest house located in Dades Valley.
Dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Boumalne Dades – Merzouga ( 4h00 drive )
After breakfast at your hotel in Dades Valley, our journey will start today with a drive along the road of 1001 Kasbahsto the oasis of Tighir, where we will deviate to a minor road driving along the river to Todgha canyons. After some time at leisure to enjoy the immensity of the huge cliffs, and lunch at a local café ( At leisure ), we continue early in the afternoon to to Rissani, famous for its dates market, and being a starting point of the ancient trading caravans crossing the Sahara desert to Tomboctou. After a quick stop, we will continue to Merzouga driving through some rocky desert landscape.
Upon arrival at the edge of Erg Chebbi dunes, we will meet our camel caravan, and ride our camels through the amazing color-changing sand dunes with the sunset in the horizon as a backdrop.
We reach our Sahara desert camp; nestled in the middle of nowhere; just before darkness. After some time to admire the sand dunes and the surrounding landscapes, get ready for a Moroccan dinner served under the stars next to the camp fire. Late at night, you local nomad hosts will be entertaining you with their drums.
Day 3: Merzouga – Marrakech ( 9h00 drive )
After an early breakfast, and a camel ride back to the main road where you will meet your driver and vehicle and drive back to Ouarzazate. After some time at leisure for lunch, we carry on in the afternoon to Marrakech through the High Atlas Mountains.
Your 3 days desert tour will end in Marrakech at about 19h00.
Pick up from your Marrakech riad / hotel on the tour day ( or the closest accessible point to your riad )
A/C modern minibus driven by an English / French speaking driver / guide ( Maximum of 17 passengers )
First night in Dades Valley hotel including dinner and breakfast
Second night at Erg Chebbi dunes desert camp including camel trekking, dinner and breakfast
Not included :
Lunches on the way
Optional local guide in Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou
What to pack for the tour :
Jeans or trousers for the camel trekking
Camera & phone chargers.
Warm clothes in winter season
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