Marrakech – Zagora – Mhamid – Erg Chegaga – Tisselday – Marrakech
4×4, camel, 4 days, 3 nights, 2x hotel, 1x bivouac
Departure early in the morning from your riad/hotel in Marrakech, You will travel through the High Atlas Mountains via the Tichka Pass (2260 m), which is the highest road pass in Morocco, and offers a spectacular panoramic views of the mountains and valleys. Along this winding road, you will see beautiful landscapes with different colors and berber villages along the way. We will have lunch along the way, maybe in Ouarzazate or Tamnougalte. The trip continues through the palm-lined Draa river valley. The caravan city of Zagora will be your destination. Spend the night in a romantic riad, in the shadowy palm gardens of Amezrou, with dinner and breakfast furnished.
Day 2: Zagora – Tamgroute – Mhamid – Erg Chegaga
After breakfast, we will have time to visit Zagora and its surroundings, the palm groves and the Jewish quarter. Afterwards, we continue towards the doorway to the Sahara Desert (Mhamid). Along the way, we stop in the ancient town of the 16th century dynasty (Saadian), Tamgroute, to visit an old Coran library and a subterranean kasbah. We then arrive at Mhamid, where the Draa valley and civilization ends. Lunch will be in a typical Moroccan restaurant.
Around 03 p.m., you will start your nomadic life by travelling along the desert with its many facets of life and diverse components (Erg, Reg, Hammada…etc). We will reach the vast dunes of Erg Chegaga in time for the sunset. This is the largest group of sand dunes in the region, which reach an altitude of 300 m and have a width of 40 km. The camels are already waiting for your ride into the sunset. You will stay in a fixed bivouac, in sheltered nomad tents. You will often be entertained by drum music at the evening campfire. If you wish more comfort, you can sleep in the comfort or luxury camp, in tents with your own bathroom and light.
Day 3: Erg Chegaga – Tisselday
After a desert breakfast, we go off road to the legendary Lake Iriki. It is filled only by the rare heavy rainfall, and offers an oasis for many rare birds. Most of the year, this is a white flat salt surface, where you can run on it like a motorway. In the distance you will see the magic Zaouia Sidi Abd en Nebi. In Foum Zguid, the asphalt road starts again, and goes back through the Anti-Atlas. Next you travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Kasbah of Aït Benhaddou. This 16th Century fortified village is one of the most spectacular and best preserved kasbahs in Morocco, and has served as the backdrop for many films. In 2000 the movie „Gladiator“ was filmed there. Lunch break will also be here.
You will spend the night in the Auberge Irocha, which is beautifully situated on the slopes of the Atlas, with a nice pool. Accommodation is in a double room with bathroom. On request you may take a bath in the in-house hammam (not included).
Day 4: Tisselday – Marrakech
In the morning we drive back to Marrakech. Arrival to Marrakech about 3 p.m.
You can also do this trip in 3 days, with only 2 nights, and return from Erg Chegaga directly to Marrakesh.
It is also possible to end the tour in Essaouira, if you wish to stay there for a few days.
Price and availability are available on request starting at 360 $ per person.