Gorges & Desert
MARRAKECH – OUARZAZATE – SKOURA –DADES GORGES – DADES VALLEY – MERZOUGA –
DRAA VALLEY – AGDZ – AIT BENHADDOU – MARRAKECH
DAY 1 – Marrakech – Ouarzazate – Dades
KM = 350 – TIME = 6H25
Early morning start from your hotel, to take the road of Ouarzazate facing the Atlas Mountains.
We will go through Tichka Mountain pass (2 260 m) before lunch.
Short stop for a mint or absinthe Moroccan tea at Café Camping Car Tinzzigue, or similar café on the road.
Lunch in l’Etoile restaurant before leaving Ouarzazate for Boulemane Dades (120 km).
Then we will leave the main road to reach a charming guest house 45 minutes later, at the foot steps of the Dades Gorges. A fabulous gastronomic dinner is waiting for you…
DAY 2 – Dades – Erfoud – Rissani – Merzouga (camp)
KM = 351 – TIME = 5H40
After a restfull night and a delicious homemade breakfast, we will drive 45 minutes in the amazing gorges (34 km).
Oued Dades is 200 km long from High Atlas to Jbel Sagho, crossing the mountainous region of Dades, along small palmgroves and traditional villages and Kasbahs.
The gorges high varies from 200m to 400 meters, sometimes the river is only a few meters wide.
Along the road the “monkey fingers” is a strange natural stone sculpture to discover before getting in the heart of the amazing and impressive Tissadrine steep gorge.
Arrive in Merzouga at the end of the day, the ‘desert door’. Here, you swap your car for a camel and start your camel trek through the red dunes of Erg Chebbi. An opportunity to enjoy serenity and peace of desert before arriving to your camp for the sunset.
Dinner and night at the camp.
DAY 3 – Erg Chebbi – Alnif – Agdz – Aït Benhaddou – Marrakech
KM = 562 – TIME = 8H30
Early breakfast and departure. On the way back we will choose the south road towards Alnif. Landscape surrounded by Anti Atlas mountains reminds bushes of Africa. N’Kob – Village of « 45 kasbahs », links Drâa Valley with Ziz Valley.
With Agdz the Drâa Valley starts, 69 km south to Ouarzazate. Located on the former caravan road joining Marrakech to Tombouctoo. Lunch At Yacob, old kasbah in Tamnougalt village, which has on a nice terrace overlooking the palmgrove.
We continue through the Drâa Valley until Anti Atlas heart. This old and pleated mountain range dates from 300 millions years. As the road starts to climb, we gradually enter a starkly beautiful landscape up to Tizi ait Saoun pass (1900 m). there is no more vegetation.
Reaching Ouarzazate, we will go directly to Aït Benhaddou (30 km). UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. This giant fortification, which is made up of six Kasbahs and nearly fifty ksars is a great example of earthen clay architecture of South Morocco. Many films have been shot there.
Departure to Marrakech (through the Tichka pass). You have 4 hours drive left.
Price : 490 € / pers
Based on 2 participants (minimum) – Erg Chebbi Luxury Camp
- 4×4 car with driver for 3 days
- 2 nights in Half Board
- All taxes
- Personal fees and tips