Saharan Festivities

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5 Day Christmas Or New Year Erg Chigaga Desert Tour

5 Day Christmas Or New Year Erg Chigaga Desert Tour


This private tour is suited to travellers who wish to combine their own planned visit to Morocco with an organised tour to celebrate either Christmas or New Year in the magical setting of the Sahara. It offers you a unique celebratory time at Erg Chigaga Desert Camp inclusive of camel trekking, departing from and returning to your accommodation Marrakech.


This is a Desert Inclusive Tour and can be customised should you wish to extend your stay. Our ‘Saharan Festivities’ invites you to travel with us to celebrate the season, bow to the great dunes, be in awe of their natural and imposing beauty, write your festive messages in the sand and wish upon a Saharan star.

You journey to the most remote and most authentic dune set of the Southern Saharan region, comprising some of the highest and widest dunes, within the accessible Moroccan Sahara. Prior to arriving at Erg Chigaga, we journey across the High Atlas Mountains visiting the incredible fortified Kasbahs and their communities, immense palm oases, rivers and valleys, natural and exotic landscapes and undulating Saharan dunes.

Celebrate the arrival of Christmas or New Year dancing to the beat of the Moroccan drum and Tuareg music in the heart of the encampment sharing food, laughter, celebration, and friendship. No fireworks are required to herald in the festive season in the Sahara, instead take in the light show of millions of stars, twinkling against the incredibly black Saharan sky and shooting stars lovelier than any firecrackers.

Atmospheric and unique accommodations, dishes of tagines, festive accompaniments and bearing witness to Christmas morning or the dawning of a New year from the summit of towering Saharan dune sets await you on this considered tour.  


  • Road Trip To Saharan South.
  • The high Atlas Mountains & Tichka Pass.
  • Kasbahs & Date Palm Oases.
  • Saharan Villages & Culture.
  • 60Km Off-Road Desert Entrance Drive.
  • 90Km Off-Road Desert Exit drive.
  • Desert Hospitality.
  • The Magical Setting Of Erg Chigaga.
  • Pinch Yourself Moments In The Desert.
  • No To The Three Kings & Yes To A Camel Trek.


  • Services Of Morhara Throughout.
  • Private A/C 4x4 Vehicle & Fuel.
  • Private Moroccan Multi Lingual Driver 5 Days.
  • Accommodation Transfers Marrakech.
  • All Accommodations.
  • All Breakfasts.
  • All Dinners.
  • Site Visits.
  • Approx 150km Off-Road Drive.
  • 2 Desert Lunches.
  • Desert Hospitality.
  • Camel Trek.
  • Camel Guide Fee.
  • Optional Informal Sand Boarding.


  • Flights.
  • 2 Lunches.
  • Entrance Fees.
  • Personal Drinks & Snacks.
  • Gratuities.


Day 1: Marrakech To Zagora.

Mountains & Date Palm Oases.

  • We meet with you at your accommodation to depart Marrakech 8.00am.
  • Spectacular dramatic drive up and over the High Atlas Mountains.
  • Thrilling drive through Tichka Mountain pass.
  • Optional visit to Argan oil Co-operative.
  • Visit to & lunch in traditional Berber family home in ‘hidden’ Fint Oasis.
  • After lunch visit to Atlas film studio on stony Saharan piste.
  • Enjoy refreshments in small tented Palmerie garden in Draa Valley.
  • Marvel at the date palms as far as your eye can see.
  • Photograph & refreshment stops as you like.
  • Arrive at your accommodation Zagora approx late afternoon/ early evening.
  • 1 Overnight Accommodation Zagora Including Dinner & Breakfast.


Day 2: Zagora To Erg Chigaga Desert Camp.

Where Tarmac Roads End.

  • Christmas Eve Day or New Years Eve Day.
  • We meet with you at your accommodation 9.00am to depart for the Sahara.
  • Visit the Jewish silversmiths who live and work in the Amzerou Palmerie.
  • Explore the partial subterranean 16th century Kasbah at the Village of Tamegroute.
  • The Kasbah is still inhabited by local families.
  • Visit the unique Tamegroute artisan pottery with outdoor wood-fired kilns.
  • Enjoy a relaxing lunch at the Saharan town of M’hamid where the tarmac road ends.
  • Exciting 60km off-piste entrance into the Sahara and Desert Camp drive.
  • Arrive at your camp approx late afternoon.
  • An optional climb of dune sets for a memorable view of a Saharan sunset.
  • Festive Moroccan dinner, campfires, lantern light, live music into the night.
  • 1 Overnight Accommodation Private Tent Chigaga Desert Camp.


Day 3: Christmas Or New Years Day Erg Chigaga Desert Camp & Sahara.

Celebration, Camels & Towering Dunes.

  • Optional early morning climb to the summit of a towering dune.
  • Celebrate the Saharan sunrise on Christmas or New Years morn.
  • Alternative leisurely free time spent in and around the camp.
  • Optional informal sandboarding down the dunes.
  • Relaxing Christmas or New Years Day lunch at camp.
  • After lunch celebrates the day with an approx 2-3hr trek around the dune sets.
  • Celebratory Moroccan dinner, campfires, lantern light & live music.
  • 1 Overnight Accommodation Private Tent Chigaga Desert Camp.


Day 4: Erg Chigaga Desert Camp To Ait Ben Haddou.

Desert Rally Trails & Film Locations.

  • Depart Desert Camp after breakfast 9.00am.
  • Follow historical camel caravan trading routes to exit the Sahara.
  • 90Km exit from Sahara via part of the old Paris Dakar Rally route.
  • Lunch at trading post settlement of Foum Zguid exiting Sahara.
  • Journey into former trading post town of Tazenakht.
  • Visit & walking exploration of UNESCO Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou.
  • Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou has been the setting for many international films.
  • Enjoy panoramic sunset views from the Kasbahs summit.
  • Photograph & refreshment stops as you like.
  • Arrive at your accommodation Ait Ben Haddou approx early evening.
  • 1 Overnight Accommodation Ait Ben Haddou Including Dinner & Breakfast.


Day 5: Ait Ben Haddou To Marrakech.

Rocking The Kasbahs.

  • We meet with you at your accommodation to depart 9.00am.
  • Journey into the interior of the High Atlas Mountains.
  • Visit the atmospheric & artfully distressed Kasbah Telouet.
  • Enjoy a brazier lunch in Atlas mountain town.
  • Return journey for a different perspective of the Atlas & Tichka Pass.
  • Photograph & refreshment stops as you like.

Return to your accommodation Marrakech approx late afternoon.


Additional Drop-off points

Zagora, Chigaga Camp, Ait Ben Haddou

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Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights

Start Point: Marrakech

End Point: Marrakech

Optional End Points: Fes, Casablanca

Summary Information

1 Night Zagora, 2 Night Chigaga Camp, 1 Night Ait Ben Haddou,

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