Zagora Rocky desert 2D

Overview

The 2 days 1 night tour to Zagora desert is a condensed experience that lets the traveler enjoy a big part of Morocco’s landscapes, geography and lifestyles. The tour takes you from the metropolitan city of Marrakech to the perched Berber villages on the foothills of the mountains along the Atlas chain, where the mountains change their color and form frequently, making each and every corner of the road new to the eye. The road continues through beautiful small oases before arriving to the immense palm grove of the Draa valley. Once in Zagora, the tour includes a camel ride for about 40 minutes during the sahara sunset to reach the nomad tents in the camp behind the hills. On the way back during the second day of Zagora tour, you have the opportunity to visit many attractions on the road, including the beautiful kasbahs in Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou and some cinematographic locations before heading back to Marrakech.


Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Marrakech - Ouarzazate – Agdez – Zagora

    Our 2 days desert tour starts at 8:00 AM, our driver will pick you up from your Riad or hotel in Marrakech in a comfortable air-conditioned 4x4 car or minivan.  Leave the ocher city behind and driving south-east, crossing many small and dispersed villages on our way. After about 100 kilometers, we start to go up as we reach the chain of the Atlas mountains and the highest pass in the chain Tizi N-Tichka (2160m), the pass is usually covered in snow during winter time. We will stop in one of the terraces there to stretch legs, and maybe grab a cup of coffee to fully wake up. After the pass, we cross several Berber villages again, perched in the mountains and hills. The scenery on the road changes frequently, leaving no room for boredom. Arriving to Ouarzazate (~90 kilometers from Tichka pass), we will stop in front of the beautiful Kasbah of Taourirt (home to former Caid Pacha Glaoui) to take a photo break. After Ouarzazate, we will drive again through the beautiful valleys for another 90 kilometers to reach Agdez and its palm-groves. Then just after a couple of turns, our lunch place awaits, a nice Kasbah in Tamnougalt, to get there, we take a little detour from the main the road and cross a river then drive inside the fields. The Kasbah has a nice terrace looking at the palm grove and sunny enough to warm you up on cold days. After lunch, we continue our desert trip to the city of Zagora, where the camels await us, to take you to the bivouac in the barren desert, just in time to witness the majestic sunset and take memorable photos. Once you arrive at the bivouac of Zagora desert, you are welcomed by the staff, given your tents and gather for a mint tea session to get to know each other and break the ice with other comers. The night in the desert camp has a clear sky, and you can see countless stars and easily distinguish the constellations. After a nice dinner, we gather around the fire to enjoy a session of singing, dancing and laughter.

    desert tour mealsMeals included : Diner,
    desert tour accommodationAccomodation :
    • Caravane De Sud camp --
  • Day 2 : Zagora – Draa valley – Ait benhaddou - Marrakech

    The second day of our trip starts with an early breakfast, so you don't miss the awesome desert sunrise, another opportunity to take beautiful pictures and enjoy the tranquility of the Sahara. You will then ride the camels back to meet the car at the same spot as the day before. We leave Zagora behind and head straight back to the fortified village of Ait benhaddou, where you will have lunch, before exploring the site, declared by the UNESCO as a world heritage site. The village is known as a backdrop for many cinematographic works, the most famous ones are 'The gladiator', 'Lawrence of Arabia' and even some scenes of the classic 'Game of Thrones' were shot in this village. Seven families still live in the old village of Ait benhaddou, the rest have moved to the other side of the valley, a more modern side. Ksar Ait benhaddou was a pausing station for the caravans traveling along the Ounila valley, the merchants either exchange goods here and go back to the desert, or pause to rest then continue to Marrakech, they used to trade salt, silver and slaves.

    After visiting the Ksar of Ait benhaddou, we will take the road back to Marrakech, to arrive there at around 6-7pm, where your driver will drop you at the location of your choice.

    desert tour mealsMeals included : Breakfast,
    desert tour accommodationAccomodation : No Accomodation.

Included

  • Pick up and drop off at your accommodation
  • Comfortable vehicle with A/C
  • English-speaking driver
  • Camel ride in Zagora ( about 40 min)
  • Overnight in Zagora camp
  • Diner and breakfast at the camp
  • Guided visit of Ait benhaddou village
  • Flexible breaks and pauses

Not Included
  • Lunch meals
  • Extra drinks on meals
  • Gratuities (optional)