A fantastic journey across the High Atlas to the Sahara & back in 3 days. Includes a night in a deluxe Bedouin camp - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
START / FINISH - Marrakech.
Activity code: Azawad (02z)
Duration: 3 Days [6 Days Holiday version]
This Sahara trip is a deluxe private journey, it is fantastic value and fully-inclusive. It also includes a stunning drive over the High Atlas Mountains via the Tichka Pass, a camel ride through the dunes of the Sahara, plenty of sightseeing along the way and all your meals.
The Sahara feels like such a distant image that it would not seem possible to get there and back in three days from Marrakech but on Rediscover the World's real desert adventures it is possible. One of the truly awe-inspiring regions of the Sahara is just a short journey south from Zagora and it is in this magical location that you can enjoy a stunning, high quality adventure. Your trip includes a night at a beautiful kasbah at the edge of the desert, a night in a deluxe Bedouin camp at the incredible wild dunes of Erg Ch'Gagga and a fantastic circuit of the desert region in a comfortable 4WD vehicle.
What's the journey like?
From your hotel or riad in Marrakech your journey begins by crossing the Glaoua Plains and then climbs the winding road up and over the High Atlas Mountains through the Tichka Pass at 2260m. From this high point you will see the dramatic changes in the countryside - from high mountain ranges to wide-open vistas of semi-desert landscape and oases. You will stop at the magnificently exotic kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) where many Hollywood films have been shot; including, "Lawrence of Arabia", "The Mummy" and "Gladiator" and more recently, "Game of Thrones".
Further south you will encounter the frontier town of Ouarzazate and drive down the beautiful Draa Valley to your small kasbah-like hotel near the oasis town of Zagora. The middle day begins with some local sightseeing at the ancient library and pottery in Tamegroute and then off-road driving to visit a Bedouin camp at the palm-grove village of Oulad Brahim (for a picnic lunch). After lunch your journey continues into the real Sahara, at the dunes of Ch'Gagga for a stay at a luxury desert camp. Your final day begins with a camel ride from your camp to join your vehicle for the off road section from the remote Ch'Gagga dunes to the small town of Foum Zguid via the old track of the Paris-Dakar Rally and the dry bed of Lake Iriqui. Your journey home then continues along a less-travelled route back to the High Atlas, passing through Tazenacht, a small town famed for its carpets.
Where will you stay?
In Zagora there is an overnight stay in a small kasbah-style hotel with dinner and breakfast included; the second night is at a location deep within the Sahara at Erg Ch'Gagga. The sunsets and sunrises in the rarefied air of the desert can simply take your breath away, this second night may be spent in our carpetted, deluxe tents or out in the open under an awesome canopy of the starlit heavens.
All travel to and from the desert is by air-conditioned, 4WD vehicle, most meals and sightseeing are included and there is an extended duration camel meharee (ride) into the desert with overnight stays in traditional Bedouin tents in beautiful and peaceful settings. All our desert trips are based on including private transfers from Marrakech; please contact us to arrange accommodation - we are experts for small hotels and riads across Morocco.
Full Holiday Version also includes:
- Round trip airport transfers in Marrakech
- 3 nights on BB at one of our fabulous riads in Marrakech
- Private guided city tour of Marrakech (half day)
We recommend you bring the following: day pack (for camera, water bottles, hat, etc.); windcheater (seasonal), broad-brimmed hat (or you may purchase a 'Cheche' before you set out from Zagora); personal toiletries and towel; hygienic wipes (and/or gel); small First Aid kit; head torch with batteries; filled water bottle(s); sunscreen, sunglasses; nibbles and/or dried fruit. Drinking chocolate if preferred. Extra toilet rolls could come in handy! For those who wear contact lenses, perhaps it would be a good idea to bring along a spare pair of glasses.
Clothing: Comfortable clothes for travelling, loose clothing for the camel ride and warmer layers for the colder desert nights.