3 DAYS IN MERZOUGA, AIT BENHADOU, DADES & TODRA GORGES
Merzouga is ideally situated at 40km from Erfoud and 40km from Rissani, known by for its magical dunes in which are the highest in the Moroccan Sahara desert. 3 DAYS IN MERZOUGA, AIT BENHADOU, DADES & TODRA GORGES
Within the last few years it has become one of the most visited places in southern Morocco combined with tours around the high Atlas Mountains and the imperial cities.
Sahara tours allow travelers to see stunning sun sets and sunrises by camel, enjoy a magnificent display of the stars in the night sky and experience the amazing hospitality, cooking and traditional way of life of the local Berber people.
Day 1 : Marrakech – Ait Benhadou – Ouarzazate – Todra Gorges
We’ll depart from Marrakech at 7:00am by minibus and travel over the Atlas Mountains, cross the Tizi n’Tichka Pass (2260m), the highest mountain road pass in Morocco, where we can enjoy spectacular views of the surroundings areas including the zigzagging road below. On the way to Ouarzazate, we will visit the fortified and famous Ksars and Kasbahs of Aït Benhaddou. Continuing the onwards to Ouarzazate you’ll see the beauty of Valley of the Roses and Kellat Mgouna. Leaving the main road and driving to Dades Valley we’ll continue through the small city of Tinghir to the magnificent Todra Gorges. From here we will overnight at a quiet hotel/Riad.
Days 2 : Todra Gorges – Erfoud – Merzouga – Erg Chebbi
After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll visit the Todra Gorges and make our way to Merzouga through several beautiful desert towns Tinjdad, Erfoud & Rissani.
Before sunset we’ll get ready for the camel trek from Merzouga to Erg Chebbi (2hrs), overnight at the nomadic camp in the heart of the highest dunes in Morocco (150m), enjoy a traditional Berber dinner, perhaps a little entertainment and drum party. You can choose to sleep under the stars or in tents at our desert camp.
Days 3 : Erg Chebbi – Merzouga – Alnif – Tazzarine – Agdez – Ouarzazate – Marrakech
Wake up early to enjoy the views of sunrise in the desert, after breakfast, join the camels again to ride back by a different way over the dunes to return to our waiting vehicle in Merzouga.
We’ll take the way back through Alnif, Tazzarine and a part of the long Draa valley before arriving to Agdez and then continuing to Marrakech via Ouarzazate and the Tizi n’Tichka pass (2260m). Expected arrival back to Marrakech around 8pm.