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5 days from Marrakech to merzouga

Overview: 5 days from Marrakech to merzouga

Explore the Merzoug dunes and discover an authentic desert environment, with visits to Kasbahs and Berber camps. Swap the bright lights for a star-lit desert landscape, and enjoy camel rides, off-road safaris and see nomads living in caves.

Itinerary: 5 days desert tour from Marrakech to merzouga desert

Day 1: Marrakech – Ait Benhaddou – Dades Valley.

From your hotel or the Marrakech airport, we will depart towards the Dades Gorges.  Passing through Tizi-n-Tishka, in the High Atlas Mountains, we will visit the Ait Ben Haddou site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which has also been the setting for many films such as Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator and Alexander.  After lunch we will enjoy the beautiful natural landscapes and historical monuments of the Kasbah Taourirt in Ourzazate, Skoura and the Valley of the Roses, famous for its annual Rose Festival, where we will spend the night.

Day 2: Dades Valley – Merzouga desert.

Today’s goal is to reach Merzouga, which is known for its highest sand dunes in North Africa.  THE DESERT!  It is called Erg Chebbi Sahara Desert and it is about 20 km long and 5 km wide and it is a unique and multifaceted environment.  On our way, we will have the opportunity to see many oases like Tinjdad oasis.  We will continue our tour passing through the small Berber towns of Mellab and Touroug.  Arrival in Rissani where we will have lunch.  After this break, we will continue our way enjoying the green oasis of palm trees of Ziz -Tafilalet and the black desert before arriving in Merzouga to spend the night in a Riad.

Day 3: Merzouga, culture and traditions.

After breakfast, we will go around the dunes through the oasis of MERZOUGA, the nomadic deposit, the town of KHAMLIA (town of the blacks).  We will visit the Gnawa people, originally slaves brought from Sudan, to experience their music and lifestyle.  Not far away you will find the Lake of Merzouga, with its populations of birds, and after breakfast to take break then you will travel back to your riad where your camel will be waiting for you.  After a glass of mint tea we will head towards the beginning of our camel trek.  All unnecessary luggage can be left in secure rooms at the hotel.  The 90-minute camel trek will take us to a Berber camp in the middle of the Erg Chebbi dunes, the highest in North Africa.  The camp consists of several comfortable Berber tents equipped with mattresses and bedding, a restaurant and a kitchen.  The evening will consist of a dinner followed by a show with Berber drums.

Day 4: Merzouga – Ouarzazate.

Before sunrise, you will be awakened to climb the sand dunes and enjoy fantastic photo opportunities.  We will then return to the hotel for a shower and breakfast before continuing our journey to Ouarzazate, passing through Alnif, Tazzarine, Nkob, and the Draa Valley.  We will spend the night in a riad in Ouarzazate.

Day 5: Ouarzazate – Marrakech.

After breakfast, we will depart for Marrakech, passing through the spectacular High Atlas mountains.  Our journey will continue through the majestic Tizi’n ’Tichka pass (2260m) over the High Atlas Mountains, before arriving at your accommodation in Marrakech and this is the end of our 5 days desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga.

5 days from Marrakech to merzouga
4 days desert tour from Marrakech to merzouga
5 days from Marrakech to merzouga
5 days from Marrakech to merzouga

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