9 Days

Marrakech Zagoura desert


Day 1 : Marrakech

Arrival at Marrakech airport. Transfer to acharming hotel or riad Where dinner will be served followed by an overnight stay in Marrakech.

Day 2 : Marrakech/ Ouarzazate /Zagora / (Camp fixe)

Wake up early for breakfast after which depart for Zagora with stops en route at Ouarzazate for lunch then passing by the Ait Saoune after which you will experience the long descent into the famous Draa valley with 200 kms of date palms which are harvested in October. At Agdez, you will witness the beautiful landscapes and ksars (fortified villages) before arriving in Zagora where you will spend the night under the starts in nomadic tents.

Day 3 : Zagora/Ouladriss/Erglihoud

In the morning we leave Zagora heading towards the crossroads of caravans in Mhamid, where we will meet our camel team drivers with their dromedaries. This is the place where the desert really starts. We cross the desert between the Ouladriss and the Erg of Jews dunes and after two hours of walking , we stop for lunch under the shadow of Tamaris or Acacias trees. After having travelled on a plateau , we camp in the desert surrounded by the magnificent dunes.

Day 4 :Erglihoudi / OuedNaam

At certain places we shall find Berber tents, also wells where the nomads come to take their water supply, in addition to tamaris and acacia trees. This is a great opportunity to discover the different faces of the Sahara desert and to experience a world of silence. Life flows here with the rhythm of caravans, drinking tea, social gatherings and beautiful panoramic views of the desert from the heights of sand dunes. We pitch our tents in the middle of the desert, where the ambience is guaranteed around a h a campfire. We gather wood for the fire, and making bread baked on the sand, following an old tradition. An evening of folklore with traditional songs will then be enjoyed by everyone.
Erg Bouguerne

Day 5 :OuedNaam – Erg Bouguerne

In the morning after breakfast, we shall continue across the desert. First the Erg, a plateau covered by dunes, where we leave behind a little stony desert height which serving as a beacon for travellers in the event of a sandstorm. We continue our journey through dunes and ergs in the direction of the big Bouguerne dunes where we camp overnight.

Day 6 :Bouguerne Erg – Zahar Erg

We change our base camp by heading south, seeing in the distance the big dunes of Zahar Erg. We make sure we always follow the (eastern, western, northern, southern ???) bank of the drained river Draa, passing its bed and having breakfast under the shade of tamaris trees. Then we continue walking to the Erg. We establish our camp at the base of the biggest dune.

Day 7 :Erg Zahar – SidiNaji

After a very early start so that we can enjoy the sunrise in the dunes, with beautiful panoramic views. Once the camels have been loaded , the caravan will start to walk and leave the Erg in a region where sand will become not as prevalent where dunes alternate with large open spaces. We shall bivouac at either SidiNaj, or in another location , (in a village of Jews potters???).

Day 8 :SidiNaji – OuledDriss

We will cross a vast region, covered with (pottery pieces???), and step by step, we shall finally reach the Mhamid El-Ghizlane palm grove. We will find small dunes surrounded by palm trees and we will celebrate our last night in the desert here.

Day 9 :OuledDriss – Zagora

Depart from Zagora, in the direction of Ouarzazate, through the Valley of Draa, visiting the Kasbah at Ait Ouerir, having breakfast at the base of the kasbah, followed by the the transfer to the airport.
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