Leaving Marrakech you spend the morning travelling through the Atlas mountains and the Tizi n'Tichka pass. Your destination, near Ouarzazate, is the historical city of Ait Ben Haddou. With much of the city dating from the 17th century this ksar, or fortified city, is a wonder to behold. Behind it's fortified walls rising up the hillside from the valley floor are a collections of homes, some simple, others like small fortresses. A guided walk through this UNESCO World Heritage site leads you through it's winding streets up to the hill's summit, pointing out historical points of interest as well as the locations for many Hollywood movies that have been filmed here. From the summit you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Ounila Valley and relax for a short while before returning down. From here it is on to nearby Ouarzazate to enjoy a lunch of traditional Moroccan cuisine. This tranquil city boasts the Kasbah of Taourirt, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of the most beautiful kasbahs in Morocco, with it's many towers, gateways, and riads.
If you've only got a couple of days, and you want to see the desert, then a two day/one night trip to Zagora is a perfect fit. Sit comfortably in our air-conditioned vehicles as we travel through an ever-changing Moroccan landscape -from the plains outside Marrakech leading into the High Atlas Mountains, through the Tizi n'Tichka pass, across the Draa Valley, and finally into the desert on camel back. There are many opportunities to stop and admire the glorious scenery along the way.
From Ouarzazate your journey continues south on through the Valley of Draa. Cut by Morocco's longest river, the Draa, this valley is home to enormous forests of palm trees that produce the sweet and delicious dates the country is known for. Finally you reach Zagora, and it is here, just outside this city that you continue your journey into the Sahara on camel back. Enjoy the gentle sway of these magnificent animals as you travel towards your camp for the night, taking in the beautiful surroundings and enjoying the sun as it sets on this vast desert.
Your evening is an exciting one. Hosted by your Berber guides you are welcomed with tea and then treated to a traditional meal followed by music, and the opportunity to learn more about the lives of these nomadic people. After a full day you eventually retire to your tent to sleep, and are awoken in time to witness the sunrise and enjoy breakfast. Following that it is time again to ride your camel back to the van and to Marrakech. Along the way you lunch again in Ouarzazate and briefly visit the busy movie studios that are the pride of this city. Throughout the return journey there are plenty more opportuni-ties to stop and enjoy the many wonders this breathtaking country has to offer, before arriving back in Marrakech in the evening.
- A mosque rising over palms in the Draa Valley.
- Camel ride into the sunset
- A view of the High Atlas’ snow-capped peaks.
- Sleeping tent at the Berber camp.
Breakfast and tea by the fire at the camp.