Overview:

This Marrakech to Zagora desert trip is an ideal option for travelers who don’t have that much time but still want to experience a desert adventure. Travel over the high Atlas Mountains, drive vie the famous pass of Tizi-n-Tichka and enjoy splendid views of the often-snow-covered mountains, the fertile valleys, and the beautiful Berber villages barely distinguishable from the mountain’s entourage.

Stop by the film studios to photograph intact film sets of many familiar cinematic artworks, have lunch in Ouarzazate, visit Kasbah Tamnougalte, an adobe-built kasbah that is still inhabited, wander Dra’a Valley palm trees fields. Go off-track through the Ancient Road of the Caravans and along fortified Kasbahs standing tall among the palm trees, as far as Zagora, the last town before the desert.

Enjoy a sunset camel ride around the dunes, photograph your party wearing blue nomad turbans. Dine under a starlit sky, dance to Berber music and drumming around a fire camp, and sleep in your own comfortable nomad tent in a desert camp in the middle of nowhere.

Visit the green pottery local workshops and discover the ancient Koranic Library in Tamegroute village. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, and the former palatial residence, Kasbah Telouet. Cross the Atlas Mountains and arrive back at Marrakech.


Major highlights:

  • Travel over the admirably high Atlas Mountains and drive the fascinating pass of Tizi-n-Tichka
  • Stop at panoramic viewpoints to admire the views of the fertile valleys and the beautiful Berber villages
  • Discover the film sets in the Atlas Studios in Ouarzazate
  • Drive over the Middle Atlas Mountains, via the famous Tizi-n-Tinfifite pass, and through Agdz town
  • Explore the Dra’a Valley, pass palm trees, Kasbahs, and green oases
  • Stop by the Atlas Film Studios to discover the film locations of many Hollywood movies
  • Visit Kasbah Tamnougalte and wander Dra’a Valley’s palm trees fields
  • Drive off-road along the Ancient Road of the Caravans and long ancient fortified Kasbahs
  • Ride camels in Zagora desert dunes and witness the spectacles of the sunset and sunrise
  • Dine in a magical place under a starlit sky and dance to Berber music and around a fire camp
  • Sleep in your own comfortable traditional nomad tent in the middle of nowhere
  • Pay a visit to the green pottery local co-operatives and tour the old Koranic Library in Tamegroute village
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou and Telouet Kasbah
  • Cross the often snow-topped Atlas Mountains and arrive back at Marrakech

What is included:

  • Private transportation in a 4×4 air-conditioned Toyota Prado Tx or a Deluxe minivan and Fuel
  • Pick-up from and drop-off at your accommodation in Marrakech
  • Experienced local Berber/ Nomad Multilingual-speaking driver/ guide
  • Overnight in an authentic/ luxury desert camp in Zagora Desert Dunes
  • All meals, 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, and 1 dinner with vegetarian and vegan options available
  • Option to go to and to come back from the camp on camelback or in 4×4 Toyota Prado Tx
  • Camel ride for an hour to an hour and a half and free sand-boarding
  • Free tea, coffee, and mineral water during your stay in the desert
  • Berber music and drumming around fire camp under the stars in the dunes
  • The opportunity to ask the driver to stop for breaks whenever you wish
  • Entrance fees and local guides in the relevant places

What is not included:

  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Extra

Good to know :

  • This desert trip from Marrakech can be tailor-made to fit your individual areas of interest
  • This Marrakech desert trip is free of hidden costs, cheap tourists’ traps, or forced shopping
  • You can choose to go to the camp on camelback or by the 4×4 car (then, you go for a camel ride)
  • Please note that Zagora desert dunes do not offer big sand dunes as Erg Chebbi dunes in Merzouga Erg Chagaga dunes beyond M’hamid.
  • You need at least 3 days to go from Marrakech to the big dunes in the Sahara Desert.

Prices Table

Number of Participants 2 Participants 3 Participants 4 Participants 5 Participants 6 Participants
Price Per Participant 210 € 180 € 165 € 150 € 140 €
Total Price 420 € 540 € 660 € 750 € 840 €

Itinerary:

1st day: Marrakech – Zagora Desert

Kick-off your Zagora desert trip by morning departure from riad or hotel towards Zagora desert dunes. Travel across the admirably high Atlas Mountains and drive via the fascinating pass of Tizi-n-Tichka, the highest mountain peak in Africa.

All along the road on the Atlas Mountains, we stop at panoramic viewpoints to take breaks, to photograph the beautiful views of the fertile valleys and the beautiful Berber villages perched on the side of the mountain’s entourage. After crossing the pass, we continue descending the mountains to arrive in Ouarzazate which will be the venue for lunch.

Afterward, Agdz, situated at the edge of the valley, we stop at Kasbah Tamnougalte, which you will visit with a local guide, this is the oldest kasbah in Dra’a Valley and is still partly inhabited.

From here, we go off-road along the Dra’a Valley’s unlimited palm trees and drive along the ancient Road of Caravans to get a better the fortified kasbahs and the green oases before we reach Zagora.

Here in Zagora desert, an hour to an hour and a half camel ride leads to the top of the dunes from which the spectacle of the sunset is an awesome sight.

At the campsite, you will be welcomed by traditional tea and Moroccan biscuits and almond and peanuts. At night, dinner is served under a starlit sky, followed by an evening of Berber music and drumming around fa fire camp and sleep in a comfortable nomad tent.

2nd day: Zagora Desert – Marrakech

If you get up early enough to witness the spectacle of the sunrise, you will be rewarded by a wonderful play of shadows across the wind-blown sand dunes that stretch as far as you can see and moments of pure peacefulness.

Following breakfast in the camp, there will an opportunity to go on a second camel ride around the dunes. Shortly after, we drive to Tamegroute village, where you will visit the green potter local co-operatives and the ancient Quranic Library.

After Ouarzazate, we drive to our first destinations, the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where many Hollywood blockbuster was filmed including “Gladiator”, “Alexander”, and some scenes of the famous TV series “Game of Thrones”.

At an early age, this Kasbah, the most famous in Morocco, served as a trade station for the Sub-Saharan where they traded gold, silver and leather goods, and salt. Visit the kasbah with a local guide for greater insight into the rich history of this site.

Afterward, we drive along the beautiful Ounila Valley as far as the Kasbah of Telouet, which once served as a palatial residence to the Lord of the Atlas and the Glaoui Tribe. Some parts of the kasbah are in ruins, while others are still intact and are a good representation of Moroccan tiling, and wood craftsmanship.

After lunch, you continue our Zagora desert trip traveling through Berber villages, along the green valleys, bordered by roses, olive trees, and herbs of goats searching for grass and herbs, and over the often snow-topped Atlas Mountains. We arrive back at Marrakech by the end of the afternoon.