Sahara Desert - 5 days
5 Days 4 Nights
Physical difficulty level
Live tour guide
1st day : Marrakesh – Ouarzazate
Departure from your hotel/riad in Marrakesh at 8 am. We drive across the High Atlas mountains. There are panoramic viewpoints and we have opportunities to take many photos here. First we stop at the Kasbah of Telouet. This Kasbah served as a palatial residence and headquarters of the powerful Glaoui tribe. We will have lunch here. We take the road that crosses the Ounila Valley and leads us along the scenic road to the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, the oldest and most famous Kasbah in Morocco and a UNESCO World Heritage site. You spend the night in Ouarzazate in a riad.
2nd day : Ouarzazate – Dades Gorges
We have breakfast and head out towards the Dades Gorge, we pass the Skoura Oasis, where many ancient kasbahs, some in ruins, stand along the palm trees. We follow our route through Kela’a M’gouna, the Valley of Roses, famous for it’s roses, there is a Rose Festival every May. We make a stop to see cosmetic products, made locally from the valley’s flowers. These products are well-known throughout Morocco and are very favored here and hold high value. We take an off road from here to have a better view of the landscape. We can stop at caves used by whatever Berber nomads pass by and claim home there. We can enjoy tea with them before going to the Dades Gorge for lunch. You will still have half the day to spend walking in the valley or just realaxing. You can also walk the fields and gardens. Then a guest house is where you will spend the night.
3rd day : Dades gorges – Merzouga
We have breakfast and travel a short time to Tinghir and the unique Toudgha gorges. You can walk and see the steep sides of the gorge and the narrow view of the sky above. Then, we continue on to the Chebbi dunes via Tinjdad, and the Oasis of Tafilalet near Erfoud, and it’s famous Date Festival, and Rissani, the seat of the Alaouite family of the current king of Morocco. Between Tinjdad and Erfoud, you will be able to get into the incredible underground water cannels deep below the earth, they are always cool and stop the evaporation of this source of irrigation. In Erfoud itself, we can stop and look at the workings of thousands of fossils made into all artefacts. We will have lunch in a Berber village on the way. When we arrive in bivouac, We can have a glass of tea and take a camel ride and watch the gorgeous sunset from the top of the dunes. Dinner is later that evening and you spend the night in a nomad tent at the Dunes.
4th day : Merzouga – Zagora
If you are an early riser, you can watch the unbelievably gorgeous sunrise, that is also the time when the colour of the dunes and the shadows play together, another awesome sight. Then we continue to Zagora, the largest oasis in the Dra'a Valley it’s famous for its abundant variety of dates. We take the road through Taous, south west of Erg Chebbi, Khamlia, Tafraoute Sidi Ali and Foum Mharech. We reach a hotel / riad in the afternoon and spend the night there.
5th day : Zagora – Marrakesh
We eat breakfast and then take the road north along the ancient caravan route and see the real Dra’a Valley with its huge palm trees and ancient villages. On the top of the Dra'a Valley you can stop to visit Kasbah Tamnougalte, it’s the oldest in the area, some still live there and some are now crumbling because of the elements. We return to Ouarzazate, via the mountain pass of Tizi-n-Tinfifte (1660m). Later we head to Marrakech to complete the trip at the end of the afternoon.
Hotel/Airport Pick-up and Drop-off
Transport By air-conditioned car
4 nights Accomodation
4 Dinners and 4 breakfast
Bookings can be cancelled whenever without any fees.