Marrakech to Erg Chigaga tour itinerary
Marrakech to Erg Chigaga desert tour via Zagora, Mhamid, andFoum Zguid is for serious desert amateurs, who admire the silence and the majesty of the desert to forget about the hectic city lives
Marrakech to Erg Chigaga desert tour can be tailored into a 5 days desert tour if you have time.
DAY 1:MARRAKECH – ZAGORA ( 7 HOURS DRIVE )
Your Marrakech to Erg Chigaga this desert tour will start at 07h30 AM with a pick up from your Marrakech hotel / Riad.
Depart Marrakech, winding up through the Atlas Mountains over the Tichka Pass where the views are quite splendid. A few stops are made for taking in the scenery and photography. We arrive Ouarzazate for lunch before we Continue to Zagora crossing the Draa river which has given life to a huge oasis spreading for about 200 Km at the foothill of the anti Atlas mountains. Along the way, several palmeraies will bring their shades between Kasbahs and fortified villages dotted with fields of corn, barley, Vegetables and henna plantations. Dinner and Overnight at your boutique hotel.
DAY 2: ZAGORA – ERG CHIGAGA ( 4 HOURS DRIVE )
After breakfast, we drive to M’hamid (where the paved road ends) passing by the village of Tamagroute where we will have the opportunity to visit on the oldest Quranic libraries in Morocco, then the underground kasbah and the pottery factory. Lunch will be served in M’hamid. Early afternoon, we depart for Erg Chigaga dunes crossing different features of the desert; ‘Erg’, ‘Reg’, ‘Hammada’, oases. Erg Chigaga dunes are far away from civilization and the silence of the sand is overwhelming. Ride your camels across the dunes and enjoy one of the most dramatic sunsets over the color changing sands. Dinner under the stars next to the camp fire, while entertained by the local nomads playing local music. Overnight at your deluxe Sahara desert camp.
DAY 3: ERG CHIGAGA – FOUM ZGUID – OUARZAZATE ( 6 HOURS DRIVE )
After breakfast, the road takes us through another 90km of the desert with varying scenery, we first cross Lake Iriqui, the mountains and fossils following the old track of “Rally Paris Dakar” to Foum Zguid the first village after the desert, and where the paved road begins. After lunch continue to the Berber village of Taznakht, famous for its Berber carpets and rugs, We arrive Ouarzazate late in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Ouarzazate.
DAY 4: OUARZAZATE – MARRAKECH
After breakfast, we can enjoy a visit of the film studios located just outside Ouarzazate which is known as Hollywood of Africa. We then continue to visit the world heritage site of Kasah Ait Ben Hadou, previously used as a set for more than 20 Hollywood blockbusters including “Gladiator” “Indiana Jones” and “Lawrence of Arabia”. Enjoy a walk to explore the traditional Moroccan style of architecture in which the Kasbahs are built. We continue our way to Marrakesh through the High Atlas Mountains and Tizi n’Tichka pass. Depending on time, lunch can be served in Ait Ben Hadou or in the Atlas Mountains on the way to Marrakech. Arrival at Marrakech by 17h00 PM.
Your Marrakech to Erg Chigaga 4 days desert tour will end with a drop off at your Marrakech hotel / Riad, or a location of your choice.