Enjoy an adventure tour in this desert safari trip. Spend four days and three nights traveling through the desert.
We will meet you at your riad or hotel at 8:30 a.m., depart Marrakech and travel over the High Atlas Mountains Tizi n’Tichka pass. We will have time to stop and enjoy impressive landscapes and break for coffee and fresh-squeezed orange juice. Spend the afternoon visiting the World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou. This village of clustered kasbahs has been used as a backdrop for more than 20 films. It was one of the most important fortress strongholds on the old Salt Road where caravans brought slaves, gold, ivory and salt from Saharan Africa to Marrakech and beyond.
We pass through Ouarzazate and the Valley of the Rose, famous for soft Persian rose oil. Our next destination is Dades Valley. You will pass through many Berber villages and in the desert, see barren red rock formations clustered with kasbahs. Stay in a small country inn with a Moroccan dinner on the terrace, overlooking the valley gorge and gardens.
On day two, after breakfast, we will travel through the Saghro Mountains and stop in Rissani for lunch. Back in the car, we’ll explore further until the Erg Chebbi dunes appear on the horizon. Our afternoon destination is the auberge, where you meet your camel guide and ride into the dunes to the camp. Upon arrival, you will have a traditional tagine dinner prepared under the evening stars, shining brilliantly in the sky. Climb the dunes and watch the moon rise before retiring to your bed in the nomad wool tent. Or you have a choice of a sunset camel trek into the dunes, staying in the desert auberge with a relaxing dinner.
Return by camel at sunrise to the auberge for breakfast and shower before going to Tinehir. Along the way, we’ll drive off road and pass through folded exposed rock slabs of fossils. We can stop and visit a fossil workshop for a closer look at Sahara’s wonderful varieties of ancient life. We’ll have a visit to Todra Gorge, where sheer limestone walls rise to 300 metres in its narrowest part. After lunch, you can wander with a guide through palmeries, villages, gardens and kasbahs for a close look at traditional Berber ways of life. Visit the market in Tinehir and old Kasbah quarter. We will have a late afternoon arrival to stay in an old Kasbah with evening Moroccan dinner by the pool.
After breakfast, the remainder of the day is spent driving back to Ouarzazate where we’ll stop for lunch and visit the old Glaoui Kasbah Taouirt. Then we cross the High Atlas once more, down the Tizi n’Tichka pass. We will arrive in Marrakech at approximately 6 p.m.