This 4-day desert trip from Ouarzazate to the towering dunes of Erg Chebbi in Merzouga is the ideal option for travelers who desire to visit the Sahara Desert at a slow and relaxed pace, with a rich history, Berber culture, and wonderful landscapes of southern Morocco in between.
Begin your desert tour with a visit to the beautiful Kasbah Amredhil, tour its small museum, and wander the huge plantation fields in Skoura Oasis. Stop by the beautiful Valley of the Roses and visit the women co-operatives producing cosmetic products from the abundant flowers of the valley.
Discover the Dades Valley and go for a short hike around the fascinating Toudgha Gorges with a local guide to discover the garden fields and photograph the massive canyons. Overnight in an authentic guest-house at the edge of the valley.
Experience camel trekking in the golden sand dunes of Erg Chebbi in Merzouga, take photos of your party wearing blue turbans with the sunset in the background and witness the spectacle of the sunset from the summit of the dunes (250m).
Taste dinner under in a starlit sky, share an evening of music with the nomads, immerse yourself in the pure peacefulness of the Sahara Desert and sleep in comfortable nomad tents in a desert camp near the big dunes.
Drive via varying landscapes of southern Morocco, travel through beautiful Berber villages, explore Dra’a valley’s unlimited palm trees and drive over the Anti-Atlas Mountains
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1st day: Ouarzazate – Toudgha Gorges
Kick-off your Ouarzazate to Merzouga by morning departure from your hotel to the Dades Valley and Toudgha Gorges. We continue our desert tour, passing the Skoura Oasis where you can wander the green fields and the unlimited palm trees, and then you stop to visit the beautiful kasbah of Amredhil and tour its local museum featuring agriculture toots and ancient housing furniture of the south of Morocco.
From here, our Ouarzazate desert tour takes us via the Valley of the Roses, and through Kel’aa M’gouna where we stop for a tea with a Berber family and visit the women co-operative producing cosmetic products from the abundant flowers of the valley.
Afterword, we drive off-road along the road of a thousand kasbahs to reach the Dades Valley, which will be the venue for lunch. In the afternoon, there is time for a walk alongside the Boumalne Dades river, before continuing to the Toudgha Gorges for the night in a beautiful guest-house.
2nd day: Toudgha Gorges – Merzouga
After breakfast in your guest-house, there is time for a leisurely walk in the Toudgha Gorges and in the Tinghir palm trees grove, before driving to the wind-blown dunes of Erg Chebbi in Merzouga via the Ziz Valley, remarkable for its long green oases and fortified kasbahs, and the Tafilalet valley.
Later on, stop in Erfoud where you can stop for lunch. After lunch, you can visit the fossils exhibits, featuring locally made fossils souvenir and furniture.
Having arrived in your camp in Merzouga, you will be welcomed by a glass of tea and biscuits, in the course of the afternoon, enjoy an hour to an hour and a half camel trek and ascend the towering dunes of Erg Chebbi to watch the sunset from the summit (250m).
At night, dinner is served under a starlit sky, followed by an evening of Berber music and drumming around a campfire and then the overnight in a nomad tent in a desert camp near the big dunes.
3rd day: Merzouga – Zagora
If you wake up early enough, you can witness the spectacle of the sunrise, when the color of the wind-blown sand-dunes and the play of shadows are an awesome sight from the summit of the dunes.
After having breakfast, there is the opportunity for a second camel ride. Your Ouarzazate to Merzouga continues from Merzouga to Zagora via the villages of Rissani, Alnif, Tazzarine, featured in the film ‘Babel’, and N’Qob where we stop for lunch. Shortly after, explore the village and learn about life in the Berber villages.
In the afternoon, the route continues to Zagora along the Dra’a Valley with all its fortified kasbahs, green oases, and unlimited palm trees. Shortly after, we drive off-road which allows a closer impression of life in the villages and oases. The night will be spent in a beautiful guest-house in Zagora, well-known for its palm dates.
4th day: Zagora – Ouarzazate
After breakfast, we drive southwards to Tamegroute village in order to visit the green pottery workshops and the Koranic library.
The return to Ouarzazate takes us off-road, through the old Road of the Caravans and along the Dra’a Valley to gain a better impression and appreciation of the ancient housing, winding alongside the Dra’a river.
At the edge of the Dra’a Valley, the oldest Kasbah in the valley stands, we stop for lunch here. After lunch, a visit is scheduled for Kasbah Tamnougalte with a local guide. The kasbah is completely built of adobe, to deal with the weather conditions of the south of Morocco.
In the afternoon, we return to Ouarzazate over the Anti-Atlas and the Tizi-n-Tinfifite pass (1660m). You will be escorted your hotel to end this Ouarzazate to Merzouga