Experience the breath taking beauty of the High Atlas as well as the fantastic desert
landscape of the Erg Chigaga desert dunes. Once through the mountains you will enjoy the timeless simple pleasure of a trip with the dromedaries through the sand dunes. Sunset dinner in our camp and the option to stay inside out sleep under the stars! The following back through the Atlas mountains along a different path.
Itinerary: Marrakesh- High Atlas - Tazenakth -Foum Zguid - Jebel Bani - Lake Iriqui - Dunes of Erg Chigaga - Oasis Iriki - Mhamid - Draavalley- Tamnougalt - Ait Ben Haddou - High Atlas – Marrakesh
Type of tour: Private and guided tour in 4x4 Landcruiser and camel riding and sandboarding in the desert.
Min. participants/max. participants: from 2 participants; maximum 6 participants in the car
Duration of the tour: 2 days and 1 nights with half board
Departure/arrival: departure and arrival from / to your hotel in Marrakech
Individual starting dates, all over the year
Marrakesh- High Atlas - Tazenakth - Foum Zguid - Jebel Bani -Lake Iriqui - Dunes of Erg Chigaga, camelride and overnight in the desert camp.
We will cross through the High Atlas mountains passing Tizi-n-Tichka (2,260 m), known for its breathtaking views. This pass is dotted with ancient oak woods, walnut groves, traditional Berber villages and picturesque valley pastures complete with free roaming goat and sheep herds. After crossing the High Atlas pass, we move down into the desert landscape of the Lesser Atlas range and reach Tazenakth and Foum Zguid. We continue on our decent along the old Paris-Dakar Rally track which leads to the dried up salt lake of Iriki and the dunes of Erg Chigaga. This amazing series of golden desert dunes stretches for 40 km reaching a maximum height of 300 metres. Our Sahara Feeling camp is nestled within these timeless sand dunes. Here you will bask the sunset from the saddle of a dromedary while they effortlessly move throughout the dunes. The evening will be spent in camp enjoying first class Sahrawi hospitality. Complete with the traditional mint tea ritual, nomadic dinner and music topped off with a bonfire under the open sky.
Return to Marrakesh – Mhamid - Draàvalley - Zagora - Ouarzazate -Ait Ben Haddou - High Atlas – Marrakesh
After breakfast in the camp we set off once again. This time our rout will take us through the lush Draa Valley, famous for its ability to go 18 varieties of dates. From her we set into the mountains again with Ait Benhaddou in our sites. This fortified village or kasbah was first recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1987. Hollywood has also recognized Ait Benhaddou in it own way filming dozens of movies here including The Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, Marco polo (1982) and The Mummy to name a few. Once the village tour is complete we will set off for Marrakech, arriving in the evening.
- Private transport in an air-conditioned Landcruiser (Minivan)
- English speaking driver/guide
- Pick up and drop-off at the airport or your Riad/Hotel in Marrakech
- The opportunity to ask a driver to stop when and where you wish
- Free time to explore the places such as Ait Ben Haddou, Draavalley ecc for walks and photo stops
- 1 overnight in comfortable, private tent in our desert camp in the Erg Chigaga dunes with breakfast and dinner
- the camel riding (1,5 hour) with a local guide in the desert
- sandboarding and berber drumming in the desert camp
- tea, coffee and mineral water in the desert camp
- Personal expenses
- Entrance fees