chegaga desert tour

3 Days Chegaga Sahara Desert Tour

MARRAKECH TO ERG CHEGAGA TOUR ITINERARY:

Overview:

The 3 day sahara desert tour to erg chegaga from Marrakech is the most efficient tour for travelers having just available 3 days in Marrakech and wanting to absolutely have a unique and amazing desert experience. We make sure to show you the real desert.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Marrakech - High atlas - Ait benhadou - Ouarzazate - Zagora

The 3 day sahara desert tour to erg chegaga from Marrakech is the most efficient tour for travelers having just available 3 days in Marrakech and wanting to absolutely have a unique and amazing desert experience. We make sure to show you the real desert.

Day 2: Zagora - Mhamid - Off road - Chegaga Dunes

morning start to visit the town of Tamgroute, publiotica seramica, then follow the path until M'hamid, here begins the track towards Chagaga dunes, arrive at around 4 pm, and then mounted on camels into the dunes dirijiremos to attend the sunset and sleep under a Haima in the desert. (unforgettable night). Overnight in Haima.

Day 3: Chagaga - Lake Iriqi - Foum Z´Guid- Marrakech:

After breakfast we head for RALLY - DAKAR, crossed the magnificent lake of Iriq and Foum Zguid to get to the berber village of Taznakht. It is where we have so many association of women for making the famous berber carpets with its different technics of working (weaving-knotting-embroidering). Afterwards we drive through the high Atlas Mountains to Marrakech.

Highlights:

  • Enjoy the beautiful landscapes between Marrakech and Ouarzazate
  • Cross the Tizi n Tichka Pass of the High Atlas Mountains
  • Visit the UNESCO worlde heritage site of Ait Ben Haddou
  • Visit Taourirt Kasbah and Film Studios
  • Drive across Draa Valley famous for its date palm trees dotted oases and Kasbah
  • Visit the Koranic school and library of Tamgrout
  • Cross the dry salt lake of Iriqui
  • Enjoy a fossil hunting advenutre on your way to Foum Zguid village
  • Cameld rides, overnight in a nomadic deep desert camp

Please Note:

This tour is possible in 3 days however we recommend a slower pace over 4 days

What's included in Chegaga desert Tour:

  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel/airport
  • Private trip in 4x4 air conditioned car
  • English/French/Spanish speaking driver
  • Ovenight in a traditional Kasbah in Zagora
  • Dinner & breakfast are included
  • Maximale group size: 4 people per car to ensure confort in the car and the offroad.
  • Cameld rides & overnight in a nomad traditional tent

Extra costs to be expected:

  • You will pay for your lunch and drinks
  • Entrance fees during the optional visits to Ouarzazate attractions
  • Pick ups or drop offs outside Marrakech (more than 5km outside)

Marrakech to †Chegaga‡ dunes, 3 days and two nights

Having decided on a private (i.e. just the two of us) three day tour with one night in a kasbar en route and one night in the more remote Chegaga dunes, all that was left to do was select Marrakech Day Trips and leave the rest to them. Lahcen answered all our booking queries and kept us updated by email until Ali, our guide and driver, picked us up promptly in the 4x4 from our Riad in Marrakech. What followed was a magical three days with Ali the perfect host and the highlight of Morocco the camel ride back to the camp in fading light having the watched the sun go down and then enjoying dinner and music around the campfire.

~ Dave

Amazing experience

We - a family with two kids, 8 and 11 years old - did a 4-day trip from Marakech to Erg Chegaga. It was an absolutely amazing journey, we had a great time! Our driver/guide Hicham did a perfect job, we really had a good time together. Our kids liked him a lot, too. :-) Thanks for this great experience! Kind regards, Jörgen

~ Jörgen

Mind Blowing Desert Adventure!

We only had one week to spend in Morocco, but we picked the perfect itinerary out of sheer luck and the ingenuity of my wife. We selected a three-day trip from Marrakesh through the High Atlas Mountains to Erg Chigaga way out in the Sahara dunes with a bit of hesitation because it involved two fulls days on the road, but the journey was the real adventure. First of all, our driver, Ali, was a fantastic person. He grew up in a small, Berber village, spoke many languages, and had great knowledge of the local customs and villages. He also had a great, laid back attitude and seemed to know everyone along the way. We drove up to the Tiz-n-Tichka pass (2,260 meters high) in the High Atlas, stopped in villages in Oued Ounila Valley, visited the fortified Ksar of Ait Benhaddou, cruised through Ouarzazate (the Hollywood of Morocco), and spent the first night in Zagora , where they graciously tolerated my awful French. The next day, we visited the Qu'ranic school in Tamegroute where we saw 12th century astrological drawings and visited the underground kasbah where nomadic families live in the summer months. The most amazing thing was reaching M'hamid, the last city before you literally drive off the map into the sand. We then left civilization altogether and wove our way for 40 miles through the sprawling dunes until we reached the tiny Bedouin tent enclave of Erg Chigaga at the base of a gigantic sea of dunes, where we went for a sunset camel ride. It was dead quiet and hauntingly beautiful, and we enjoyed excellent Moroccan cuisine with the four other tourists in Erg Chigaga. That's right, there were only four other tourists. For the final day, we took off through the dry bed of the Oued Iriki out onto the dry plane of the prehistoric Iriki Lake where we picked up fossils and marveled at the distant buttes on the Algerian border. We re-entered civilization through the gates of Foum-Zguid and stopped in Tazenakht to see how the Berber villagers weave carpets. Ali took us back through the mountains to our final Riad in Marrakesh, and we missed his company immediately. I would highly recommend this trip and these guys.

~ William