Day 1: Marrakech – Ait Ben Haddou – Dades valley
We will depart our 4 days desert tour at 8am from Marrakesh to Dades Valley. We drive via the High Atlas mountains Tizi n’Tichka pass (2260m high). We will have time to enjoy impressive landscapes and Berber villages, also we will enjoy break for coffee or mint tea in nice area. In the afternoon we will get the chance to visit the Ait Ben haddou Kasbah (as it has been named by UNESCO since 1987). This Berber Kasbah is place for more than 20 films. It is also a meeting point of the camel caravans in the past. Later we head to Ouarzazate, which is called Hollywood of Africa. After Ouarzazate we will continue to Dades valley, through Rose valley then Dades where we will spend the night.
Day 2: Dades valley – Todra Gorge – Merzouga Desert
After breakfast we will drive through the valley to see the amazing rock formation – “the monkey toes”. We also see the still-standing 19th century Kasbah of Ait Yul. We leave the Dades Valley towards Tinghir and the Todra gorges. You will see panoramic views of the old mud Berber villages overlooking this valley. In the Gorge we will walk under the 300 m high red cliff, where many Rock-climbers come to enjoy this sport. We’ll carry on to Erfoud and Rissani where we’ll have lunch before we leave to village of Merzouga where you will be welcomed with a glass of mint tea before checking into our Hotel/Riad next to the golden sand dunes.
Day 3: Merzouga – 4×4 Excursion Erg Chebbi – Camel trek
Today we will start exploring Erg Chebbi desert. We visit the village of the Gnawi people, originally slaves from Sudan. You will enjoy their music and lifestyle (Khamlia village). In winter time you can see the lake of Merzouga, with its flamingos. Later on we visit the nomad people whom still live in their tents. In the afternoon we drive back to the hotel in order to prepare for your camel trek adventure. In this camel experience you will cross the sand dunes of Erg chebbi and enjoy beautiful sunset in top of biggest dune. The dinner will be in the camp followed by a Berber drums music.
Day 4: Merzouga – Ziz valley – Midlet – Ifrane – Fes
Your camel guide will wake you up early in early morning to watch a beautiful sunrise in desert. Then you will enjoy camel-trek back to the hotel crossing unique dunes of Erg Chebbi – changing colours with the light as the day progresses. After tasty breakfast and shower, we will travel to Fes via Erfoud , Aoufous and Errachidia. Along the magnificent Ziz valley carved through volcanic rock and through the Tizi Ntalghamt pass to Midelt. We will stop in Zaida to enjoy the lunch, then we continue to Azrou, a Berber village in the Middle Atlas Mountains. Here we’ll stop to see the Barbary apes (monkeys) in the famous Cedar forest. Then we drive to Ifrane – “the Switzerland of Morocco”, stopping for a pictures before we arrive to Fes ,where the 4 days desert tour ends.
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- Private A/C Vehicle, 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser or Prado throughout the tour + fuel
- Experienced driver
- Accommodation for 2 nights
- All breakfast & dinners (Vegetarians are welcome)
- Kasbah Ait ben Haddou visit
- Camel Trek to overnight in nomad desert bivouac with guide (Private tents)
- Water for your camel trip