Gateway to the Sahara

2 day 1 night tour

In the spirit of adventure, explore the rugged and wild landscapes of the province of zagora,
The Gateway to the sahara tour is a great introduction to the desert. You will not see really big dunes here, but you will experience desert life, staying in the bivouac and riding dromedary. If you want to see the big dunes you will need to take a longer tour ( at least 3 days to Merzouga dunes or erg-chagaga dunes )


Day 1

8 o’clock departure in a 4×4 from Marrakesh, making the journey across the High Atlas Mountains and over the famous Tizi-n-Tichka (2260m)

Having crossed the pass, we continue to descend until we finally reach Ouarzazate where we will stop for lunch. From there you cross another smaller pass, Tizi-n-Tinfifite, before reaching the head of the Dra’a Valley at Agdz. We go off-road along the ancient caravan route between the mountains and the river, passing many villages and gardens so that you can gain a better idea of the way of life along the oases. We then reach Zagora and the dunes, where you will have a camel ride to watch the sunset and have dinner in the dunes at the bivouac of nomad tents where you spend the night.


Day 2

After breakfast we will return north, taking another short off-road route.

From Ouarzazate, we leave the main Marrakesh road to reach the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Ben Haddou. This Kasbah, the most famous in Morocco, has been used as a backdrop for many Hollywood blockbusters and was one of the most important fortress strongholds on the old Salt Road caravan routes, where traders brought slaves, gold, ivory and salt from sub-Saharan Africa to Marrakech and beyond. From there, you continue along the new road to Telouet Kasbah, which belonged to the Lords of the Atlas, the Glaoui family, and which now stands in ruins after the last Pasha fled the country following the departure of the French. We reach Marrakesh in the early evening.

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