Erg Chegaga Desert Tour from Marrakech – 4 days

Sahara Desert Tour from Marrakech 4 days:

Embark on a captivating 4-day desert expedition departing from Marrakech, immersing yourself in the untouched beauty of the Erg Chegaga dunes—a serene retreat from urban life, allowing you to rediscover inner peace amidst the vast, windswept sands.

Your journey unfolds through the majestic Atlas Mountains, traversing the scenic Draa Valley adorned with lush date palm groves, ancient kasbahs, and quaint Berber settlements. Your adventure culminates in a memorable overnight stay at a luxurious nomadic camp nestled amidst the Erg Chegaga dunes.

This enthralling tour also includes visits to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kasbah Ait Ben Hdaou and Kasbah Telouet. The highlight of your desert experience awaits with a camel ride into the golden sands, offering a captivating sunset spectacle and a magical night beneath the starry expanse of the Erg Chegaga Desert.

4-day desert tour from Marrakech to Erg Chegaga – highlights:

  • Journey through the stunning landscapes of the Atlas Mountains and charming Berber villages.
  • Explore historic Kasbahs like Kasbah Teleout and the UNESCO-listed Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou.
  • Enjoy a sunset camel trek, sandboarding, photography sessions, and traditional nomadic music.
  • Indulge in delectable local cuisine and relax in a private tent at a luxurious desert camp.
  • Drive through the picturesque Draa Valley, featuring fortified kasbahs, lush palm groves, and verdant oases.
  • Discover pottery craftsmanship in Tamgroute village and explore a carpet cooperative in Taznakht.

What is included in the price:

  • Transport in a private air-conditioned & comfortable 4WD vehicle
  • Experienced English-speaking nomad driver-guide
  • Pick-up from and drop-off at your hotel in Marrakech
  • Meals: breakfast & dinner – with vegetarian and vegan options available
  • Two nights in comfortable hotels with air-conditioned rooms with private bathrooms
  • One night in a luxury desert camp in Erg Chegaga under private & comfortable tents equipped with private bathrooms and shower
  • A camel ride for about two hours with a guide in Erg Chebbi and free sand-boarding, if desired
  • Berber drumming & music in the desert camp
  • Hiking in beautiful scenery and free time to explore the sites of interest
  • Tea/ coffee in the desert camp

What is not included:

  • Lunches
  • Local guides
  • Entrance fees
  • Tipping

Marrakech to Erg Chegaga Dunes 4 days – itinerary:

1st day: Marrakech – Ouarzazate

Your desert odyssey begins with a morning departure from your Marrakech hotel at 08:30. You’ll journey south on a 4-day expedition to the Erg Chegaga dunes, traversing the majestic Atlas Mountains and passing through quaint Berber villages. The panoramic views from the mountains offer breathtaking glimpses of valleys and villages nestled into the rugged terrain.

After crossing the Tizi-n-Tichka pass, North Africa’s highest peak at 2260 meters, you’ll veer onto a side road leading to Kasbah Telouet. This historic site, also known as the Palace of Glaoui, once served as the residence of the El Glaoui family.

Continuing your descent from the mountains, you’ll arrive at Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its appearance in numerous Hollywood films. Following lunch, you’ll explore this iconic kasbah before settling in for the night at a beautiful riad.

2nd day: Ouarzazate – M’hamid

After breakfast, you’ll embark on a scenic drive to Agdz, offering stunning views as you descend from the Tizi-n-Tinfifite pass. The journey showcases lush green oases and countless palm trees, signalling your arrival in the Dra’a Valley.

Agdz, a significant stop along the historic Caravan Road, boasts thriving palm groves and a rich history of trade. Venturing off the main road, you’ll wind through the Dra’a Valley, passing villages and exploring the oldest Kasbah in the region, Kasbah Tamnougalte.

Continuing south along the Ancient Caravans road, you’ll reach Zagora for lunch and visit local pottery cooperatives and the ancient Quranic library in Tamgroute village. Your journey then takes you to M’hamid, the gateway to the Sahara Desert, where you’ll spend the night in a luxurious desert camp.

3rd day: M’hamid – Erg Chegaga

Start your day with a sunrise spectacle atop the dunes before breakfast and some free time to explore the desert surroundings. After returning to camp, you’ll set out to discover traditional adobe villages and experience desert life, with an optional visit to a local family.

Following lunch, your expedition continues to the Erg Chegaga dunes, traversing varied Sahara landscapes. Upon reaching camp, enjoy tea and Moroccan biscuits before a camel ride to the summit of the towering dunes. Dinner and an evening of nomadic music await, providing a memorable night in the desert.

4th day: Erg Chegaga – Marrakech

Witness another mesmerising sunrise over the dunes before breakfast at camp. Your journey back to Marrakech traverses the Sahara Desert’s diverse scenery, including Lake Iriqui and mountainous terrain ideal for fossil hunting.

After lunch in Foum Zguid, your route takes you north to Taznakht, renowned for its Berber carpets and rugs. A tea break in Ouarzazate precedes the drive through the Atlas Mountains, with stops at scenic viewpoints along the way. Your desert adventure concludes as you arrive back in Marrakech by late afternoon.

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