The 2-day tour and 1 night in the desert of Zagora is a condensed experience that allows travelers to enjoy much of the landscape, geography and lifestyles of Morocco. The tour takes you to the metropolitan city of Marrakech to the Berber villages perched on the foothills of the mountains along the Atlas mountain range where the mountains change color and form frequently visiting every corner of the new route to the eye. The road continues through beautiful small oases before reaching the huge palm grove of the Draa Valley. Once in Zagora, the tour includes a camel ride for about 40 minutes during a majestic sunset to reach nomadic tents in the camp behind the hills.
Day 1: Marrakech - Ait Ben Haddou - Ouarzazate - Agdz - Zagora
Our tour of Zagora desert begins at 8:00 am, our driver will pick you up at your hotel or riad in Marrakech in a comfortable air-conditioned minivan or 4x4. We leave the ocher city and drive southeast, crossing many small villages scattered on our way. After about 100 km we start to increase as we get to the chain of the Atlas Mountains and the highest pass in the channel N-Tichka Tizi (2160m), the cervix is usually coverd in snow during winter time.We stop in one of the mounds Tichka to stretch our legs, maybe a cup of coffee to wake up fully. After the pass, we cross again several Berber villas, perched in the mountains and hills. The scenery on the road changes frequently, leaving no room for boredom. Arriving in Ouarzazate (~ 90 kilometers from Tichka pass), we will stop to visit the beautiful Kasbah Taourirt (home to the old Caid Pacha Glaoui) and the film museum as Ouarzazate is a place of filmmaking noted, he has two huge movies studios inviting some of the leading international experts from the film industry to work there. After visiting the attractions of Ouarzazate, we will continue through the beautiful valleys still 90 kilometers to Agdez and enjoy the view from his palm from a high point. Then just a few laps, our place of breakfast awaits you, a beautiful Kasbah Tamnougalt to get there, we take a detour from the main road and cross a river and then lead to the within fields. Kasbah has a lovely terrace overlooking the park and sunny enough to warm you up on cold days. After lunch, we continue our journey through the desert to the town of Zagora, where camels await you at the end of the paved road to take you to the bivouac in the dunes, just in time to witness the majestic sunset and take memorable photos. Once you arrive at the bivouac desert of Zagora, you are greeted by staff, given your tents and get together for a tea session mint to get to know eachother and break the ice with other entrants. The night in the desert camp was a clear sky and you can see countless stars and easyli distinguishing the constellations. After a good homemade dinner,
Day 2: Zagora - Draa Valley - Agdez - Ouarzazate - Tizi-N-Ticha - Marrakech
The second day of Zagora desert trip starts with an early breakfast, so you don't miss the awesome sunset Zagora has to offer, another opportunity to take beautiful pictures. Then Ride the camels back to meet the car at the end of the paved road. Leave Zagora behind and head straight back to the fortified village of Ait benhaddou, where you will have lunch, before exploring the site, declared by the UNESCO as a world heritage site. The village is known as a backdrop for many cinematographic works, the most famous ones are 'The gladiator', 'Lawrence of Arabia' and even some scenes of the classi 'Game of thrones' were shot in this village. Seven families still live in the old village of Ait benhaddou, the rest have moved to the other side of the valley, a more modern side. Ksar Ait benhaddou was a pausing station for the caravanes traveling along the Ounila valley, the merchants either exchange goods here and go back to the desert, or pause to rest then continue to Marrakech, they used to trade salt, silver and slaves.
After visiting the Ksar of Ait benhaddou, we will take the road back to Marrakech, to arrive there at around 6 or 7pm, where your driver will drop you at the location of your choice.