This 3 days Marrakesh desert tour to Erg Chigaga works best for those who dont have enough time in Morocco but still want to have a taste of the Moroccan Sahara Desert .
Details & Itinerary
Day 1: Marrakech – Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate – Agdez
The driver will meet you at your accommodation at 8 AM. Leave Marrakech behind to take on the Atlas Mountains and its dense forests through one of the most winding and dramatic routes in Morocco. Reach the Tizi n Tichka pass at 2200 meters high to enter the Great South. Stop and visit UNESCO world site Ait Benhaddou to later skirt through Ouarzazate and then cross the gorges and reach 1700 meters high, from where the panorama of the legendary Draa Valley unfolds.
Reach Agdz, here it is worth visiting the Black people village and the ksar of Tamnougalt. Reach The hotel early evening. Dinner and accommodation in a Kasbah at the heart of the draa valley.
Day 2: Agdez – Zagora – Tamegroute – Mhamid – Erg Chigaga
After breakfast, a dusty off road will take you to local prehistoric rock engravings in Foum Chenna before you continue your way to Zagora to discover the nearby village of Amezrou and its Jewish heritage – the old adobe synagogue and the silver jewelry craft. Further on, the stoves of Tamegroute cast the emerald glaze so easily identified on mosque tiles, dishes and pots across Morocco. The nearby Nassiria library holds a 10 century old gold- engraved Koran and various treaties on astronomy, medicine and Arab poetry among other gems. Before leaving the tarmac behind and take on the Sahara, we recommend visiting a traditional ksour and having lunch in Mhamid . From Mhamid, across various types of desert, you will reach the dunes of Erg Chigaga, the last bit by camel. Dinner and accommodation in desert camp with toilets and showers .
Day 3: Erg Chigaga – Foum Zguid – Tazenakht – Marrakech
Wake up to admire the sunrise and stroll around the dunes. Later on, you will take on the hamada ( rocky desert ) and cross the dry lake Iriki. Have tea with the nomads, pry out fossils and later join the tarmac again at Foum Zguid. Have a tasty lunch by the pool at Bab Rimal or opt for the more formal choice of a kefta in the village. Take the route west and soon reach the village of Tazenakht, very famous for it huge selection of Berber rugs and it’s the destinations of different merchants who sell rugs in different vehicles other Moroccan cities. Reach Marrakech at the end of the afternoon. End of your 3 days Marrakesh desert tour to erg chigaga .