Embark on an extraordinary journey with our Private Sahara Desert Tour, starting in the vibrant city of Marrakech and culminating in the breathtaking Erg Chigaga. Over five remarkable days, you’ll traverse diverse landscapes, from the majestic High Atlas Mountains to the legendary Draa Valley, before immersing yourself in the enchanting magic of the Sahara Desert. Let’s delve into the details of this unforgettable adventure.
Details & Itinerary
Day 1: Marrakech to Agdez: Embark on Your Desert Tour from Marrakech to Agdez
Your Desert Tour adventure begins as you depart from the vibrant city of Marrakech in a comfortable 4×4 vehicle with a knowledgeable driver-guide. Your destination for the day is the picturesque palm grove of Agdez, nestled in the Draa River Valley. As you make your way through the High Atlas Mountains, you’ll traverse the highest main road pass in Morocco, standing at an impressive 2260 meters. This route offers breathtaking scenery, with lush valleys and traditional Berber villages dotting the landscape.
Along the way, you’ll take a detour to Telouet, where you can explore the historic Kasbah Glaoui, and then continue your journey through the stunning Ounila Valley. Your next stop is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Ben Haddou, a magnificent kasbah that has graced the silver screen in numerous films. From there, you’ll head to Ouarzazate and cross the majestic Anti-Atlas mountain range to reach the course of the Draa River at Agdz. Your overnight stay will be in a charming kasbah guest-house amidst the palm groves of Agdz.
Day 2: Agdez to Erg Chigaga: From Agdez to the Splendors of Erg Chigaga
Today, your Desert Tour leads you from Agdez to the awe-inspiring Sahara desert camp at Erg Chigaga. Your journey follows the meandering Draa River Valley, known for its lush palm oases and historic kasbahs. The route takes you to the end of the tarmac road at M’hamid El Ghizlane. From there, you’ll embark on a thrilling off-road adventure for approximately two hours, culminating in your arrival at the Sahara desert camp.
Upon reaching the camp, you’ll have the opportunity to freshen up in your comfortable tent and, if desired, enjoy a refreshing shower. As the day draws to a close, you’ll be treated to a mesmerizing Sahara sunset from a breathtaking vantage point amid the dunes. As night falls, you’ll gather around a crackling campfire, serenaded by traditional Berber music after a delightful dinner. You’ll spend the next two nights at the Sahara desert camp, immersing yourself in the desert’s beauty.
Day 3: Erg Chigaga: A Day of Serenity in Erg Chigaga
Today is a day of relaxation amidst the serene beauty of Erg Chigaga. You can choose to embark on a delightful camel-trek from camp after breakfast, followed by a leisurely walk to explore the tallest dunes that grace this mesmerizing landscape. Alternatively, if relaxation is your preference, you can simply unwind at the Sahara desert camp, basking in the tranquility of the desert.
Lunch is included today, and you may opt for a short 4×4 ride to explore the desert’s surroundings before returning to camp in time to witness the enchanting Sahara sunset. As night falls, you’ll once again gather for a delectable dinner and captivating fireside Berber music. Your overnight stay will be at the Sahara desert camp, ensuring you have ample time to savor the magic of the desert.
Day 4 : Erg Chigaga to Ait Ben Haddou: Journey to Ait Ben Haddou
Your day begins with an early breakfast at the camp, after which you’ll embark on a picturesque drive back to Ouarzazate. This time, you’ll exit the desert through a different route, ultimately reaching the tarmac road at Foum Zguid. From there, your journey continues northward, passing through Tazenakht, renowned for its exquisite carpets, and the outer reaches of the Anti-Atlas mountain range.
Shortly thereafter, you’ll traverse the enchanting Ounila Valley, arriving at your guest-house near the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Ben Haddou. This beautifully restored kasbah will serve as your overnight accommodation, allowing you to unwind in a historical setting.
Day 5 : Ait Ben Haddou to Marrakech: Return to Marrakech
On the final day of your Desert Tour, you’ll embark on a scenic drive back to Marrakech. Anticipate your arrival in the bustling city, likely around lunchtime. Once more, you’ll traverse the majestic High Atlas Mountains, retracing the route you took on the first day of your journey.
As you bid farewell to the desert and its wonders, you’ll carry with you the memories of this remarkable adventure. Your Desert Tour from Marrakech to Erg Chigaga will have left an indelible mark, ensuring that the magic of Morocco’s desert remains etched in your heart.