Marrakech to Merzouga desert 4 days
This is an amazing 4 day 3 night tour from Marrakech through the Atlas & the Sahara.The drive itself is mostly very scenic. You will get to see the varied landscape, ruined and living kasbahs, gorges and stayed at a nomad tent in the Sahara desert (a perfect place for star gazing).
Marrakech – High Atlas mountain - Talouet - Ait Benhaddou - Ouarzazate – Skoura - Rose Valley.
Departure in the morning from Marrakech and start travelling to Ouarzazate via the Tichka Pass (2260m) the highest road pass in Morocco. The panoramic views of the High Atlas Mountains and magnificent landscapes, scenery peppered by small Berber villages typical of the region. We will stop by Kasbah Talouet, which is constructed by the Pasha Glaoui in the French colonisation. The latter has constucted may kasbahs in the southeas of Morocco and Marrakech. Lately the family of Glaoui get permisson from Moroccan authorities to open the Kasbahs for tourists. Afterwards, We visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Bendaddou. This Kasbah is perhaps the most impressive and well-preserved fortress cities in Morocco. Built on a hilltop, Ait Benhaddou inspired many movie makers such as the Gladiator or Lawrence of Arabia were filmed here. The view from the upper heights of the Kasbah is awe inspiring and worth the required climb through winding, narrow streets. Our travel continues along what is known as the Road of One Thousand Kasbahs passing the Skoura oasis. Then we continue to visit the Valley of the Roses (Kelaa M'Gouna) the center of Moroccan roses and rose products. The city holds the best quality and rare types of roses, one of them is called "Damaskina". We continue passing rose valley to Dades Gorge where we will start seeing the breathtaking landscapes of the river. Overnight will be in either Dades or Rose valle. Our 1st day of oour desert journey will end by a delecious dinner and Music played by the Berbers.
Rose valley - Hike to visit the nomad living in caves- Rose valley.
After breakfast, we may need to double breakfast or take a snack with us through the mountains. You may want to buy or give some sweets to the nomad once you get there cave. You will meet your local guide who knows the area very well and headed out into the desert Moonscape-like Anti-Atlas mountains outside Kelaat M’Gouna with your guide to visit a nomadic family. The grandparents are likely in their 70s and have been moving between this area for winter and near Ait Bougemez for summer grazing with their three donkeys and some 200 sheep and goats. They sometimes shift locations because there is a wolf in the area which eat some other nomads’ livestock. Their five-year old grandniece Biya, prefers to live with them and their 15 year old son as a nomad, rather than on a settled farm with her siblings and mother. Biya carries water, collects firewood, cooks and cleans, and herds the animals. She won’t be able to attend school since her labor is needed by the family. The woman doesn’t have any official documents and so cannot go to the hospital. The grandpa often goes into town on Wednesdays (weekly market) to buy needed goods and sell goats if the price is high. He also goes to a mosque to pray on Fridays. They don’t know their age, but the grandpa says he just barely remembers the French Colonial period which ended in 1956 and the Jews leaving Morocco for Israel in 1948, 1956, and 1967. . Late in the afternoon, we walk back to your accommodations with unforgettable memories.
Dades Gorge – Todra Gorge – Merzouga – Erg Chebbi
We depart Dades Gorge after a delecious breakfast and travel to another admirable gorge Todra (the highest oasis in Morocco). The gorge is cut into the ochre-colored cliffs of the High Atlas. Its walls are 300 meters high and at their most narrow part are 20 meters apart. Then we depart from Todra Gorge for Merzouga the doorway into the Sahara desert where your guide and camels will be waiting for you to carry you across the Shiny sandy dunes of the Moroccan Sahara. Camel trek as the sun set across the desert landscape, for approximately 1 to 2 hours to reach you desert camp for the night. After dinner, a Romantic night full of stars with berber music. Overnight in a Desert Nomad Tent or Luxury Desert Camp.
Erg Chebbi – Merzouga – Nkob - Agdez - Marrakech
Leaving the sahara desert behind we’ll head to the volcanic mountains of Sarhro, dramatic rock formation and gorges of superb views. This area is well known for fossils, mainly ammonites, which are plentiful in the mountains. Reaching the city of Nekob, where we stop for lunch, we start seeing the first palm trees of the Draa Valley a lush date palm oasis nearly 150 miles long. The valley floor is a verdant patchwork of fruit orcharges, vegetable crops, rose farms and of course date palm trees of 18 different varieties. Make your way to Marrakech via Ouarzazate and the high Atlas mountains. drop off at your Riad/hotel at around 6 PM.