Camels, Dunes & Rally Route

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5 Day Marrakech, Erg Lihoudi & Erg Chigaga Desert Tour.

5 Day Marrakech, Erg Lihoudi & Erg Chigaga Desert Tour.

Marrakech

This private tour is suited to adventurous travellers who in a short space of time wish to focus on and maximise their experience of the Moroccan Sahara. It offers you the opportunity to experience two very different Desert areas of the South, an off the beaten track road trip into our home region, exploring on route the rural palm oases Draa Valley.

Description

This is a Desert Inclusive Tour and can be customised should you wish to extend your tour. It is ideally suited if you wish to combine your own planned visit to Morocco with an organised Desert Tour departing from and returning to your accommodation Marrakech.

Our ‘Desert Exploration & Camel Trekking’ offers you an authentic Saharan adventure into two markedly different accessible Desert areas, providing you with a real ‘feel’ for the rural Saharan south and life as lived by southern rural and Saharan communities including our own.

You traverse the High Atlas Mountains on a road trip of a lifetime, visiting iconic and not as well-known sites situated in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and along the Draa Valley as you edge closer in parts, to a seemingly time forgotten World.

Your journey is characterised by ancient fortresses crumbling back into the earth from which they were built, mighty date palm oases, red-earthed Berber villages, large skyscapes, wide open spaces and Desertscapes of undulating and towering dunes for as far as the eye can see.

It also affords you time for a morning of camel trekking around the remote dunes where the great camel trade caravans of the past routinely passed through on route from Morocco to Timbuktu.

Atmospheric accommodations, landscapes rich in culture and natural wonders, ’slow’ travel in the Desert and quite simply a road trip and experiences of a lifetime await you on this considered tour.

Highlights

  • Mountain Geology Rich Beyond Compare.
  • Walking In Rural Date Palm Oases.
  • Atmospheric 11th Century Berber Villages.
  • Tumbleweed Roads & Saharan Views.
  • Where the Tarmac Road is no more.
  • Adventure Style Desert Rally Drives.
  • Picture Perfect Patterned Dunes.
  • The Starriest Of Saharan Nights.
  • Afternoon Camel Trekking In Remote Dunes.
  • A Road Trip Into Another World.

Included

  • Services Of Morhara Throughout.
  • Private A/C 4x4 Vehicle & Fuel.
  • Private Moroccan Multi Lingual Driver 8 Days.
  • Accommodation Transfers.
  • All Accommodations.
  • All Breakfasts.
  • All Lunches.
  • All Dinners.
  • Kasbah Guide Fees.
  • Kasbah Entrance Fees.
  • Camel Guide Fees.
  • Camel Entrance Erg Lihoudi.
  • Camel Trek Erg Chigaga.
  • Optional Informal Sand Boarding.
  • 60Km Entrance Off Piste Desert Drive.
  • 90Km Exit off Piste Desert Drive.

Excluded

  • Personal Drinks & Snacks.
  • Gratuities.

Itinerary

Day 1: Marrakech To Agdz.

Mountains& Kasbahs.

  • We meet with you at your accommodation 8.00am.
  • Traverse the spectacular High Atlas Mountains & Tichka Pass.
  • Optional visit to Argan Oil Co-Operative.
  • Visit the ruinous & ornate Kasbah Telouet.
  • Visit and tour UNESCO Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou.
  • Ait Ben Haddou has been the location of many International films.
  • Lunch at the hotel overlooking Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou.
  • Scenic drive to the Berber Town of Agdz & Palmerie.
  • Arrive Agdz approx late afternoon.
  • Photograph & refreshment stops as you like. 
  • 1 Overnight Accommodation Agdz Including Lunch, Dinner & Breakfast

  

Day 2: Agdz To Erg Lihoudi Desert Camp.

Date Palms & Desert.

  • We meet with you at your accommodation after breakfast.
  • Visit the atmospheric Kasbah Tamnougalt in Agdz.
  • Spectacular drive through the date palm lined Draa Valley.
  • Journey through red-earthed villages and Kasbah oases.
  • Refreshment at small enclosed palmerie garden.
  • Lunch at the pre-Saharan town of Zagora.
  • Visit the 17thcentury village of Tamegroute.
  • Tour of the partial underground & still inhabited Kasbah.
  • Visit the memorable Tamegroute pottery.
  • Approx 1hr Camel trek into Erg Lihoudi Desert camp.
  • Lihouidi is known for its patterned sands.
  • Dinner, campfires & live Saharan music at camp.
  • Arrive Erg Lihoudi camp approx late afternoon.
  • Photograph & refreshment stops as you like.
  • 1 Overnight Accommodation Erg Lihoudi Desert Camp Including Lunch, Dinner & Breakfast.

 

Day 3: Erg Lihoudi Desert Camp To Erg Chigaga Desert Camp.

Deep In The Desert.

  • We depart Camp after breakfast by camel to meet with the 4x4.
  • Thereafter short drive to the Saharan town of M’hamid.
  • M’hamid is the last town reached by tarmac.
  • Ahead of you lies only the Desert Piste of the Sahara.
  • Visit Kasbah Museum of Ouled Driss in palmerie.
  • Lunch in M’hamid.
  • Optional time spent at the pool to cool off before heading into the Sahara.
  • 60Km ‘Off Road’ drive into & over the lunar Desert Piste & into Camp.
  • Chigaga is known for its towering dune sets & remoteness.
  • Optional climbing of the dunes & optional Sandboarding.
  • Relaxation in a surreal setting.
  • Enjoy Saharan hospitality, dinner, campfire & live drumming.
  • Arrive at Chigaga Camp approx mid /late afternoon.
  • Photograph & refreshment stops as you like.
  • 1 Overnight Accommodation Erg Chigaga Desert Camp Including Lunch, Dinner & Breakfast.

  

Day 4: Camel Trekking in Chigaga .

Camel Trekking & Rally Routes.

  • Optional early rise to watch the sunrise from the Dunes.
  • Optional informal Sand Boarding.
  • Approx 4hr camel trek around the Dune sets.
  • Lunch with camel Guide while out on a trek or back at Camp.
  • After lunch transfer to 4x4 to exit the Camp and Sahara.
  • Exit by a different route over Sandy Desert Plain & stony piste.
  • This adventure route follows partially the old Dakar Rally Desert route & Dry lake of Iriqui.
  • Arrive settlement of Foum Zguid approx late afternoon/early evening.
  • Relaxation at accommodation with a pool.
  • Photograph & refreshment stops as you like.
  • 1 Overnight Accommodation Foum Zguid Including Lunch, Dinner & Breakfast.

 

Day 5:  Foum Zguid To Marrakech.

Camel Caravan Trading Routes. 

  • We meet with you at your accommodation after breakfast.
  • Today is a return journey to the modern world.
  • Post Saharan drive to the Berber carpet making town of Tazenakht.
  • Brazier mountain lunch included in the High Atlas Mountains.
  • Photograph & refreshment stops as you like.
  • Arrive at your accommodation Marrakech approx late afternoon / early evening.
  • We say our Goodbyes, Bislema!

Map



Additional Drop-off points

Agdz, Lihoudi Camp, Chigaga Camp, Foum Zguid

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Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights

Start Point: Marrakech

End Point: Marrakech

Summary Information

1 Night Agdz, 1 Night Lihoudi Camp, 1 Night Chigaga Camp, 1 Night Foum Zguid.

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