This amazing 5-day-trip gives you lots of oppurtunities to enjoy the scenery of beautiful southern Morocco with its fascinating desert without being in a hurry and is also very suitable for families because the daily journeys are not too long and allow you to explore the different sites at your pace. Take your time to take fantastic pictures of the impressive Kasbahs or let your children play Gladiator at the film studios: What an adventure!
Day 1: Marrakech - Telouet - Ouarzazate
This memorable trip starts with the scenic drive from Marrakech over the Tizi-N-Tichka pass (2’260 m), where you can spot the traditional Berber villages with its inhabitants working and chatting at the roadside. After crossing the High-Atlas, you take a detour to the bizzare Telouet Kasbah which once belonged to the great Glaoui family and has a stratetic position with a fantastic view. Nowadays, it is fast crumbling into the red earth, but still an extraordinary site to visit.
After lunch and shortly before the desert capital Ouarzazate, you have the opportunity to visit the famous Kasbah Aït Ben Haddou, the fortified clay city with its numerous ksars and kasbahs, where several famous movies such as Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven and Prince of Persia have been shot. This photogenic city is also listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dinner and overnight in a Riad in Ouarzazate.
Day 2: Ouarzazate - Zagora - Mhamid - Erg Chegaga
Today we’ll continue our way to the desert through the green and peaceful Draa Valley which is famous for its huge date groves, henna fields and uncountable Kasbahs. We pass through Zagora and continue our trip towards the desert to Mhamid. Along the way, we stop at a Saadian town of the 16th century which is called «Tamgroute». There, we are able to visit an old coran library and a subterranean Kasbah and have our lunch.
Mhamid is the end of the Draa valley as well as the end of civilization. We'll continue direction Erg Chegaga, where we’ll arrive before sunset. Hop on a camel and walk at the desert pace along the dunes with its diverse colors or take a ride through the desert with your 4x4.
We’ll arrive at the desert camp where you’ll pass the night in a nomad tent or under the shining stars in the middle of impressive sand dunes. A traditional dinner is served and you can spend the night watching for shooting stars or dance around the camp fire to the beat of the desert drums.
Day 3: Desert Erg Chegaga
After a rich and tasty nomad breakfast, we'll ride a camel for about an hour, then start with a 4x4 track to the big sand dunes of Erg Chegaga. Your kids are gonna like it! Lunch is served under the shade of palm- and tamarisk trees. In the afternoon, you can visit a small oasis or just spend some more time exploring the dunes.
You'll spend the third night in the same desert camp, where your hosts already await you with a rich desert dinner.
Day 4: Erg Chegaga - Oasis Fint - Ouarzazate
Today, we start our journey back direction Marrakech with a lot of highlights along the way. Discover the the old Paris-Dakar road to Foum Zguid and cross the Iriqui lake, which is a temporary wet land during rain periods. In this national park you’ll have the chance to spot some wild animals like lizards, snakes, gazelles and even hyenas with a little luck.
Enjoy your lunch either in Foum Zguid or a little further in Taznakht. This town is famous for its berber carpet cooperations. You are welcome to attend a detailed demonstration of how the women of the area are producing the colorfully masterpieces which can also bring some oriental flair to your home.
Afterwards, we'll continue to the photogenique Oasis Fint. This small oasis in the middle of volcanic mountains gives some nice photo opportunities.
We'll continue the road to Ouarzazate, where you'll have your dinner and spend your 4th night in the Riad.
Day 5: Ouarzazate - Marrakech
After breakfast in your Riad, choose your programme of the day in the city of Ouarzazate: the Kasbah of Taourirt awaits the photographers, the film studios and the film museum are interesting for adults as well as for your kids (entrance fee not included). Lunch will take place in the small berber village Tadarte, which is located in the middle of the way between Ouarzazate and Marrakech. Continue to Marrakech crossing the Tizi-n-Tichka pass and arrive in your hotel/riad in Marrakech in the evening.
Pick up at your Hotel/Riad in Marrakech at 8 am on the first day, arrival at Marrakech around 5 pm on the last day. Distance per day: 200/260/20/240/200 km. It is highly recommended that you wear hiking shoes and take a small backpack with you for the overnights in the desert camp.
• Private tour with local guide (english/spanish/french)
• Transportation in a comfortable 4x4 car incl. fuel
• 2 Overnights with Dinner and breakfast in a riad
• 2 Overnights with Dinner and breakfast in the desert camp
• Camel ride to the camp
• Lunch, drinks
• local guides
• Tips for your guide