For many travellers the real Moroccan experience starts in the deep south: an ancient land of fortified villages (ksour), crumbling castles (kasbahs) and sun-baked oases.
The road south from Marrakech winds up through the oleander and pine forests of the Atlas mountains to the 7,400-foot Col de Tichka.
From here you can make side-trips to Telouet, to visit the kasbah of the Glaoui (immortalized in Gavin Maxwell’s Lords of the Atlas) and to the even more picturesque Kasbah Aït Benhaddou, famous from the film Gladiator.
Finally the road descends onto the plain of Ouarzazate – the gateway to the south.
The difference in landscape, vegetation and architecture is immediately apparent.
To the north, the Dades river follows a ribbon of walnut, silver birch, fig and almond trees, past mud-brick fortresses and eerie rock formations, to the Dades Gorge.
Near Tineghir, the even higher Todra Gorge has opportunities for birdwatching, trekking, rock-climbing and wildlife-spotting.
The road peters out at Merzouga and the spectacular sand dunes of Erg Chebbi.
South-east of Ouarzazate is the Draa Valley, dotted with watchtowers, forbidding gorges and lush oases.
For centuries, the valley was a stopping place for caravans returning with gold, slaves and salt from the great trading capitals of the Sahara.
After several miles of scrubby landscape the road takes you to M’hamid and the isolated dunes of Erg Chegaga.
A desert expedition can be the trip of a lifetime.
Many people opt for a camel trek: romantic, but guaranteed to result in a sore bottom.
An alternative is a 4×4 safari. You don’t have to rough it, either.
Sleeping under the desert stars is now available as a 5-star experience, complete with bed-linen and showers.
Take a private South Morocco Tour and enjoy the VIP treatment.
Your own guide, fully qualified and accredited, will allow you to experience South of Morocco in the best possible way.
Our private day tours and activities will allow you to enjoy the beauties of Morocco – and have a really lovely day!
Destination: Ouarzazate, Tinghir, Merzouga, Zagora, Mhamid & Erg Chegaga
Availability: every day at 9:00 am
Pick up Time: 8:30 am
Duration: 6 days and 5 nights with accommodation included
Category: Private Tour
Clothing: walking shoes, hat , jacket and sunscreen, swimsuit.
Payment: Payment on departure
• Explore a scenic road through the High Atlas via the Tichka pass at 2260 m.
• Visit Ait Benhaddou, the fortified Kasbah of village.
• Discover the charm of southern Morocco.
• Cross the Berber villages, Foum Zguid and the Draa Valley with its palm procession.
• Discover the lifestyle of desert nomads.
Enjoy the dunes of Zagora, Mhamid Chegaga in Camel trek, and enjoy sunrise and sunset.
• Magical evenings around a camp fire after a traditional dinner.
All our drivers are experts in their domains, you discover the Moroccan desert in peace with them.
Every night you’ll sleep in charming hotels, typical and authentic, or bivouac.
Please be sure to bring warm clothing in the winter (no sleeping bags are required), light clothing in the summer, sunscreen, a hat, good walking shoes, a flashlight, and trousers (for the camel trek).
Shorts and skirts are not recommended for the trek as the saddles can cause skin irritation.
• Departure from your hotel or Riad in a private vehicle, driver speaking English
• Ride on camel
• 5 night’s accommodation in a double room with shower
• Breakfast and dinner
• Lunch between 5-15 euro
• Optional activities
• Personal expenses
Departure from Marrakech, from your Riad or Hotel to Ouarzazate via the Tizi N’Tichka collar in the High Atlas (2260 m). Pause at Ouarzazate and visit the Kasbah of Taourirt, classed as World Heritage by UNESCO. Depart to Tinghir which is famous for its palm grove. Night and dinner in Tinghir at a typical hotel.
After breakfast, take the road to the desert of Merzouga. Impressive dunes await you. camel ride to the bivouac, dinner and night in the desert in nomad tents at the camp.
Camel ride in the desert at sunrise. Breakfast at the camp, then road to Zagora. City tour, then stop at the sign "Timbuktu 52 days" Dinner and overnight in Zagora in a charming hotel.
After breakfast depart to the desert of Mhamid. Pause in the dunes, and road to Chegaga, the sea of the desert. Dinner and night at the camp under Tuareg tents.
Camel ride in the desert at sunrise. Breakfast and drive to Ouarzazate. Pause at Foum Zguid and Tazenakht, famous for its carpet factories. Arrival to Ouarzazate, visit film studios, then dinner and night in a typical hotel.
In the morning, departure to visit the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Then road to Marrakech via Telouet track, located in the Tizi N'Tichka. Lunch break in the road. Visit the Kasbah of Glaoui. Return to Marrakesh in the late afternoon .