A wild experience in a four day trip from Marrakech off the beaten track to the remote dunes of Erg Chigaga, where there is nothing but a sea of sand and silence to enjoy life. Indeed, it is a real adventure.
Day 1 : Marrakech - High Atlas Mountains - Ouarzazate - Zagora
We leave Marrakech around 08 a.m to cross the snow-capped Atlas Mountains to enjoy the fascinating presence of superb and scattered Berber villages. Almost half way we will pass by the UNESCO world heritage of Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, a fortified village of the 11th century. We reach Ouarzazate as the Hollywood of Morocco where we lunch. The, the drive will go along the Draa valley with its big palm tree oases. Arrival to Zagora late afternoon for the night with dinner at a nice Hotel.
Day 2 : Zagora - Tamegroute - M'hamid - Chigaga Dunes
After breakfast at the hotel, we start our drive towards the villages of Tamagerout. In this small town we will visit an old library and an underground Kasbah. Driving along Draa valley to M'hamid, that is a very modest village where you will have lunch. Then, drive through an off road of 60 km to reach the fascinating sand dunes of Chigaga ,where you will ride camels for 02 hours and enjoy the picturesque sunset upon the dunes. Dinner with local entertainment will be in a desert camp where you will sleep in nomad tents or under the stars filled sky
Day 3 : Chigaga Dunes - Iriki Lake - Foum Zguid - Taznakht - Ouarzazate
After enjoying the sunrise and breakfast at the camp, we start the drive on a peaceful and fascinating wilderness crossing the natural dried lake of Iriki. After few hours' drive on an off-road, we get into the regular road and pass the small town of Foum-Zguid. We stop for lunch break in Taznakht, a former trading post for this large region and one of the biggest centers of making carpets in Morocco. An easy drive and we get to Ouarzazate where we will spend the night.
Day 4 : Ouarzazate - Telouat Kasbah - Atlas Mountains - Marrakech
After breakfast, you will have the time to enjoy the Cinema Studios in Ouarzazate. Then, we drive towards the Kasbah of Telouat, a former route of the caravans from the Sahara over the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. The Kasbah can still be visited but it is steadily becoming more damaged and is slowly collapsing. In 2010, work was underway to restore the property. We lunch along the Atlas Mountains before we reach Marrakech late afternoon