Day 1 : Marrakech . High Atlas Mtns . Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah . Dades Gorge
Your 3 day desert trip will begin from your riad in Marrakech. Start this spectacular journey by entering the High Atlas Mountains outside Marrakech. Climb higher and higher to reach Tizi n’ Tichka Pass, the highest in North Africa at 2,260 m. The landscape unfolds before you and offers new and breathtaking vistas at every turn in the road.
You’ll stop at Ksar Ait Ben Haddou for lunch where you are free to explore the Kasbah. Still the home to five Berber families, it has been the star of many modern movies and TV shows including Game of Thrones and Lawrence of Arabia.
Next you will visit Ouarzazate, the movie capital of Morocco, before continuing and then on to Dades Gorge, one of the hidden gems of Morocco with its steep mountain slopes and amazing rock formations. Relax and enjoy dinner included with your stay.
Day 2: Dades Gorge . Todgha Gorge . Erfoud . Merzouga (Erg Chebbi)
Depart from Dades Gorge after breakfast for a short drive to the Todgha Gorge. Cut through the mountain by a river over thousands of years of persistence, you will walk along the gorge basin, and hopefully spot some rock climbers. The rock face jutts out of the basin at a 300m vertical!
From here you will go to Erfoud, home to some of the world’s oldest fossils and the date capital of Morocco. Enjoy some of the freshest dates plucked from the date palms you have seen along your way.
After a tea break it is time to board your camels and head into the desert for a night in the camp. Enjoy the undulating dunes on the leisurely ride on your dromedary.
Once you are in camp, you will have a chance to climb the nearest dune and enjoy the views all the way to distant Algeria.
Watch the sun set and view the vast desert sky as you settle in to dinner prepared by nomads, before falling into a deep sleep in the total and complete silence of the desert.
Day 3: Merzouga . Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah
Visit the UNESCO site, classified since 1987. This amazing ancient kasbah is a great example of ancient Berber architecture and a former stronghold in the area. It is currently home to 5 families who still live here and enjoy the traditional lifestyle mixed with modern amenities.
Day 4: Ait Ben Haddou to Marrakech
Trip Pricing Will Include:
- 3 nights accommodations in double / twin rooms
- 3 breakfasts for two
- 3 dinners
- Clean and comfortable air conditioned vehicle
- English Speaking driver/guide
- Camel Trek
- Admission to all monuments along the way
Does Not Include:
- Accommodation in Marrakech. (Unless requested)
- Breakfast on departure day
- Lunch, although you will stop along the way at clean restaurants
- Gratuities for the driver and camel boys
- Mandatory travel insurance