8 Days in South Morocco

south morocco

Whether you are coming for the first time or the fourth time, there is no denying that there is magic in South Morocco.

In the land that stretches from Marrakech, over and through the High Atlas Mountains and along the other side towards the red sands of the Sahara Desert, lies south Morocco. A land of rich oasis and valleys, filled with date palms, walnut groves, apple trees and nomads. A place where the hustle and bustle of the cities fades away and leaves you nothing but soul, and sand, and quiet.

Venture to south Morocco and explore the lands that have been inhabited by the Amazigh people since the dawn of man. Enjoy the fondly named Happy Valley, or Ait Bougmez, so named by the French because you can’t help but be happy in this rich, beautiful valley filled with the heart of Morocco and all its bounty.

Arrive in Marrakech and spend a few days wandering the souks and getting to know the local culture and food. Then you will head south west, through the mountains and untouched lands to Ouzoud Falls and then on to a little known village called Bin El Oudane where you will stay in a local guesthouse near the side of a lake. Peacefulness knows no bounds here.

Head off the next day to Happy Valley where you will enjoy some hiking along a riverbed and meet the locals who use the land to live from and who will greet with you open hearts. Learn to make bread and eat traditional tagine made from only local produce.

After the magic of the Happy Valley you will explore deeper into south Morocco with a journey to the Sahara Desert for a night of camping and then drive back along the southern route towards Marrakech and enjoy the drive over the High Atlas Mountains.

This fabulous trip will offer you the following highlights:

– Marrakech city tour
– Souks and markets in Marrakech
– Ouzoud Falls
– Local cuisine freshly made for you
– Local guesthouse in Bin El Oudane
– Visit to Roses Valley
– Sahara Desert camping
– Camel trek
– Todgha Gorge
– Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah
– High Atlas Mountains
– Tizi n Tichka Pass

Day 1
Marrakech

Today you will arrive in Marrakech and be met at the airport by Roaming Camels staff. We will take you to your riad and make sure you are settled and have some clear, orientation information to get your started.

The day is at leisure, depending on when you arrive and how much time you have. When we are planning your trip, we will discuss options for you on this day so you can use your time well.

Day 2
Marrakech

Today you will have a local city guide meet you at your riad for 9 am to get started on a private city tour. This is a walking tour that will get to some of the highlights of Marrakech and give you a nice overview and history of this very important city.

Your guide will happily discuss culture and religion with you should you have questions and you will come away with a great insight into this strange ancient city and the medina (old town).

In the afternoon you are free to explore Jardin Majorelle or to venture into Gueliz (the new town) for some shops and galleries.

Or perhaps you are longing for a hammam? We can help you with that too.

Day 3
Marrakech. Ouzoud Falls. Bin El Oudane

Today you will depart from Marrakech and have a 3 hour drive towards the Atlas mountains, crossing vast olive plantations to get to the amazing Ouzoud Waterfalls.

Once at Ouzoud Falls you can view the falls from the top, and then walk down to the bottom for further viewing and a walk along the riverbed. Have lunch and enjoy this amazing site.

Then you will have just one hour further drive to reach Bin El Oudane and your hotel at Dar L’eau Vive where you will relax with a view of the largest lake in the area. Dinner is included tonight and prepared by your hosts.

Day 4
Bin El Oudane. Ait Bougmez. Roses Valley.

Today you will be fully immersed in the life of southern Morocco. After an amazing 2 hour drive from your lake stop, you will be in Happy Valley, or Ait Bougmez, where you can enjoy some hiking in this unspoiled natural environment. See the apple groves, wildlife, locals tending to their crops and their animals.

After lunch in Happy Valley you will be taken by 4×4 on an off road adventure to your stop for tonight in the Roses Valley at Gite E’tape Tamaloute where you will meet a Berber family who will show you how to cook delicious, fresh Moroccan dishes that you can enjoy on their amazing patio. Bed down for the night in their traditional and cosy guesthouse.

Day 5
Roses Valley. Dades Valley. Todgha Gorge. Sahara Desert

After learning to make bread in the traditional way to have with your breakfast, you will head off eastbound for more fun and exploring.

Drive along the Dades Valley and on into Todgha Gorge for a hike along the riverbed and a glance or two up with the 350 m sheer rock face walls.

Next stop will be at El Khorabat for kasbah for lunch inside a real kasbah and a chance to visit their Berber museum.

After lunch you will drive to the Sahara Desert where you will join your camels for a trek into your desert camp and a chance to watch the sunset over the dunes before enjoying a delicious meal and some drum music around the camp fire. (weather permitting).

Day 6
Merzouga. Nkob Oasis. Draa Valley. Skoura

After rising with the sun and meeting up with your car again, you’ll head west, running parallel to the mountains, along the valleys and oasis of the south, the capital of dates and of fossils, with stops to explore.

Enjoy lunch in Nkob Oasis and then cross the Draa Valley for your home tonight in the small but beautiful town of Skoura.

Day 7
Skoura. Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah. Tizi n Tichka. Marrakech

Today will be an eventful day of driving from Skoura to your first stop at Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah. Best known as a back drop for numerous modern movies and TV shows, you will have a chance to explore this well preserved kasbah and its winding alleyways.

After lunch and time to explore, you will be headed up and over the High Atlas Mountains and treated to some of the most amazing views in all of Morocco. Climb to 2160 m at the highest pass in Africa, Tizi n Tichka, and then descend down into the valley where Marrakech lies waiting for your return.

Enjoy a final evening of fine food and accommodation before your departure tomorrow.

Day 8
Departure Day

Airport transfer to Marrakech airport is included. We are happy to make arrangements for Casablanca airport transfer with advance notice. It is a 3 hour drive from Marrakech to reach the airport in Casablanca.

The Price Includes:

  • * Airport transfers;
  • * Safe and comfortable air conditioned vehicle;
  • * English speaking professional driver and guide;
  • * 7 nights accommodation in a double/twin room;
  • * Breakfast each day;
  • * 4 dinners included in Bin El Oudane, Roses Valley Sahara, and Skoura;
  • * Camel trek in the desert;
  • * Admission to all historic monuments (except Jardin Majorelle);
  • * Local city guides for private tour in Marrakech.

The Price Does NOT Include:

  • * Airfare;
  • * Travel Insurance;
  • * Lunch and beverages which can be purchased locally;
  • * Dinner unless otherwise indicated;
  • * Discretionary gratuities (driver/guide, city guides, servers etc)

You can send your inquiry via the form below.

Trip Facts

  • Private car and driver
  • Marrakech
  • Marrakech
  • Riad, Gite, Camp, Hotel