Marrakesh to Aït Benhaddou
After breakfast your hire car will be delivered and you can set off. Driving in Morocco is no problem at all, the roads are well maintained and everything’s well signposted. If you would prefer not to drive yourself, then we can also organise a driver for you. Soon after you leave Marrakesh, you’ll see the scenery change as you pass through tiny villages with the snow-capped peaks of the Atlas Mountains as your backdrop.
As the road begins to descend, you’ll find yourself entering a desert-like area. Soon, the imposing kasbah Aït Benhaddou will loom up like a mirage, fringed by lush palm trees and a shallow river. You’ll spend the first night of your Morocco desert tour in Aït Benhaddou, where you’ll stay in a kasbah-style hotel. This small oasis has a lovely pool and a terrace overlooking the kasbah where they serve wonderful food in the evenings. In the afternoon, you can explore the kasbah yourselves.
Aït Benhaddou - Zagora - Desert
After breakfast it’s time to hit the road again and drive to Zagora (3.5 hrs). Soon after leaving you’ll drive through the lovely Draa Valley. You’ll arrive at your hotel in Zagora, where you can prepare a small overnight backpack for your desert tour. After you’ve received a short briefing you’ll drive on to the edge of the desert. It’s another 2 hour drive to the small village of Ouled Driss, the starting point for your camel adventure.
Here you’ll find your ‘ship of the desert’ waiting for you. You’ll clamber onto the back of your camel and gently plod into the sand dunes like a true desert nomad. The sensation of being surrounded by endless desert is incredibly calming and the silence is overwhelming. You’ll arrive at your small camp of Bedouin tents, nestled in between the sand dunes. Take a walk along the rim of the sand dunes as the sun begins to set. Later that evening you’ll tuck into a traditional meal under a blanket of stars.
Desert Dunes of Erg Lihoudi - Zagora
You’ll be woken before dawn, in time to see the sunrise from the dunes. As the sun slowly rises, the desert changes from deep purple to golden orange and you can savour the peace and stillness of the dunes. Once the temperature begins to climb you’ll hop back onto your camel and ride back to your car. A camel trek is quite exhausting, which is why we’ve arranged a night in Zagora so you can spend a day simply relaxing.
Departure from Zagora
After breakfast it’s time to leave Zagora and continue your trip through Morocco.
A peek at your accommodation
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