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.
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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.