ID : AP0082
This trip to the desert of Merzouga departing from Marrakech will allow you to travel to the desert of Morocco in 4 days and discover the nomadic Berber’s lifestyle and Kasbahs history passing through Atlas Mountains and Berber villages.
You will be picked up from your accommodation in Marrakech towards Dades valley passing through the Hight Atlas Mountains and the majestic Tizi N Tichka pass (2260m). Enjoy panoramic views and beautiful landscapes with varied colors along your way. Stop at Ait Ben Haddou to visit this very old Kasbah which dates back to the 11th century and was listed as a UNESCO world heritage Site on 1987. Take lunch on site before continuing to the green valley of Dades and Rose’s city passing through the fascinating palm grove of Skoura. You will go by several Berber villages before arriving to Boumalne Dades. Enjoy dinner and spend night in a hotel.
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel then stroll in Dades Gorge before continuing your tour to Merzouga. You will pass by through the famous road of 1000 kasbahs crossing Tinghir city with its famous Jewish quarter and its beautiful palm grove upon to Todra Gorges. Have lunch at Todra valley and wander through its beautiful gorges to see the cultivated fields of spices that Berbers use to prepare their dishes. Then continue passing by Erfoud city to reach the dunes of Erg Chebbi. You’ll arrive to Merzouga by the end of the afternoon to enjoy a camel ride and go to the top of the dunes to see the sunset. Admire this stunning moment where sand’s color changes to offer a magic picture with unique contrasts. Afterward, join your camping and taste a delicious dinner around fire while listening to nomad’s music in the middle of the desert. Enjoy these special good times with nomads before returning to your tent to spend the night.
Early in the morning, watch the wonderful sunrise over Merzouga dunes barefoot in the sand where calm surrounds you. After breakfast, take the road to Rissani (former capital of Morocco) and visit its famous market where caravans passed to sell Berber medicines and donkeys. Enjoy the delicious Berber pizza prepared in a traditional way and known by all south travelers. You will continue later towards the connection of Agdez and Deraa valley after passing by Alnif, Nqob and Tazarine villages. You can have lunch in one of the Berber restaurants before continuing to Ouarzazate city. Enjoy diner and night in a hotel.
After a Berber breakfast at the hotel, start visiting the movie studios of Ouarzazate which are known as the Hollywood of Africa and then visit the famous Kasbah of Taourirt which dates from the 18th century (its name means «The hill "). Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant in the city and then return to Marrakech through Tizi N Tichka pass, the highest one in Africa. Admire the sunset over the High Atlas Mountains before arriving to your accommodation in Marrakech in the early evening.
1st and 3rd night in a hotel or a guest house, dinner and breakfast included.
2nd night in Bivouac (berber tent), practecly equipied even with electric solar energy. Dinner and breakfast included.
- Comfortable and air-conditioned transportation.
- Pick up and drop off at your accommodation in Marrakech.
- Driver speaking English or French.
- 01 night half-board in a Saharan bivouac tent (mattresses and blankets are provided).
- 02 nights half-board in a hotel
- Camel ride to reach the bivouac and see the sunrise and sunset in Merzouga.
What's not Included
- Lunches and drinks
- Monument’s entrance fees
Know before you go
- Bring comfortable shoes, warm clothes, sun cream, a hat or cap, sunglasses, Camera & phone chargers.
Flexible : Cancel up to 3 Days in advance for a full refund
The hotel pickups collect/return are included in the price, the driver will meet you at the reception desk of your accommodation. (Open in Google Maps)