This trip offers beautiful mountain and desert landscapes, many Berber villages and a night under the desert sky. Leaving Marrakech we drive through the High Atlas Mountains towards Ouarzazat, crossing the Tizi N Tichka pass, 2260m high. From here we travel towards Roses, Dades and Toudgha Valleys. The journey ends in the Merzouga desert where we will ride camels in Erg Chabbi dunes to the nomad camp and spend the evening around a campfire, under an amazing sky.
Day 1 : Leaving Marrakech at 7.00 AM we travel towards Ouarzazat, driving some 200 km through the Atlas Mountains where you will see beautiful landscapes and many authentic Berber villages. Our first big stop will be in ‘Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah’ a 16th century fortified village and a UNESCO world heritage site. Many big movies have been shot here, (Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy, Gladiator, and Prince of Persia…). We visit the fortress before travelling on to Ouarzazat, the capital city of cinema in Africa, where we stop for lunch. After lunch we drive towards the Roses valley and the Road of the Kasbahs, then to the Dades Gorges. We arrive around 5 PM to visit the gorges. Afterwards, we stop for the night in a delightful hotel near to the gorges.
Day 2 : After breakfast in the hotel we travel toward Todgha valley to visit the valley and its gorges. We lunch in Tinjdad then we drive to Erfoud, the capital of fossils, then to Merzouga where the dunes of Erg Chebbi is. We get there in the afternoon. We take a break for an hour in pleasant hotel and if you want you can take a swim in the swimming pool and get yourself ready for the camel trek. Just two hours before sunset we ride camels for one hour and half to watch the amazing sunset over sand dunes and we stop for the night at a nomad camp where we will have dinner, and then the nomads will play Berber music for us around the campfire. Then we can enjoy the majestic sky.
Day 3 : We awake early to watch wonderful sunrise and ride camels back to the hotel in Merzouga to have breakfast there and get ready for the drive back to Marrakech, we arrive back in Marrakech for around 19:00.