All the Magic South - 8 days
8 Days 7 Nights
Physical difficulty level
Live tour guide
1st day : Marrakesh – Ouarzazate
We depart at 8 am. from the hotel or riad in Marrakesh, cross the High Atlas Mountains. After the Tichka pass, we leave the main road, take a side road to Telouet Kasbah, which belonged to the Glaoui family (Lords of the Atlas), it is in ruins now after the French left and the last Pasha fled.
We continue along a new and beautiful connecting road and have lunch at Ait Ben Haddou. When lunch is over we can visit the Kasbah. It is the most famous in Morocco and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. We spend the night a short distance away in Ouarzazate.
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 articles, 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 – Merzouga
We take a walk by the river after we eat breakfast and then we continuing to the unique gorges of Toudgha. When we have lunch, we will eat in the Toudgha Gorges or at the Bivouac at the Erg Chebbi dunes. We drive there via the Ziz Valley and the towns of Erfoud and Rissani where the king's family is from. Later in the afternoon, there are camel rides from one to two hours in the Sahara. Late in the afternoon is a beautiful sunset from the top of the dunes. It’s a spectacular sight (250m). Dinner that evening is in a nomad tent at the foot of the lovely dunes.
4th day : Merzouga – Agdez
Early risers can watch the spectacular sunrise, when the colour of the dunes and plays with the shadows it’s an incredible sight. We return to the bivouac on camels and continue to the Dra’a Valley by way of the village of Tazzarine (featured in the film ‘Babel’), and on to N’Qob for lunch. In the afternoon we join the Dra’a Valley with its palm trees full of dates and ancient villages. Later in the afternoon, we stop in Agdez at the oldest Kasbah in the Valley, Tamnougalte, for the night. It was built in the 17th Century.
5th day : Agdez – Chagaga
Following breakfast there will be time for visiting the rest of the Kasbah. We will then take travel off-road and along some of the ancient caravan between the mountains and the river, we will pass villages and gardens so that you will get a better perspective of the way of life along the oases. We drive to M’hamid, the gate to the desert, to Erg Lihoudi, where and have lunch. Then, we continue to the Erg Chagaga dunes (300m) with 60km of off-road driving. This route includes different features of the desert ; ‘erg’, ‘reg’, ‘hammada’, oases. The dunes you will see are far away from civilization, in the desert proper ……. And the peace and the vast amount of the sand are an overwhelming sight ! Once there you can take a camel ride for an hour and a half. In the evening a dinner and a good night’s sleep are in a bivouac of nomad tents.
6th day : Chagaga – Taroudant
We eat breakfast and then drive 90 km across the Sahara over the stony desert, “reg” and “hammada” and across the dried-up Lake Iriqui. In the middle of this lake, we can look for fossils. Right at the edge of the desert at Foum Zguid, we head north to Taznakht, famous for its Berber gelims and carpets, and this is where we have lunch. After crossing the Tizi-n-Ikhsane and Tizi-n-Tighatine passes, we arrive in Taliouine, the heart of the saffron growing region. The road takes us on to Taroudant and we stop and spend the night in a riad.
7th day : Taroudant - Imlil
After breakfast we visit the town known as “the little Marrakesh”. It is unique for its massive ramparts and beautiful medina. We climb back up the High Atlas Mountains across the famous Tizi-n-Test pass, stopping at the Tinmal mosque, which can be visited by non-Moslems. We have lunch in a mountain restaurant with awesome views. From here we continue through the mountains to the village of Imlil, where we stay the night. Here the quiet and beauty of the views are overwhelming.
8th day : Imlil – Marrakesh
After we have breakfast, we take a walk and look up at Toubkal Mountain, the highest peak in North Africa. Passing the Toubkal National Park we reach Asni, a small Berber village, which is famous for its permanent as well as for its weekly soukhs. We pass the mausoleum of Moulay Brahim, a well-known Moroccan Sufi saint who died in 1661. You can have tea with a local Berber family, who will show you all the traditional hammam and bread ovens. The last Valley of the trip is that of the Lalla Takerkoust reservoir, which supplies Marrakesh and the surrounding area with water from the snow melting of the High Atlas. Here there are many stops to take photos of the beautiful scenery over the lake. And then back to Marrakesh.
Hotel/Airport Pick-up and Drop-off
Transport By air-conditioned car
7 nights Accomodation
7 Dinners and 7 breakfast
Bookings can be cancelled whenever without any fees.