Marrakech Tour to Erg Chigaga Desert Trip 7 days

Marrakech Tour to Erg Chigaga Desert Trip 7 days

Day 1 : Marrakech – High Atlas Mountains – Telouet – Ait Benhaddou – Ouarzazate

Marrakech Tour to Erg Chigaga Desert Trip 7 daysMarrakech tour to Erg Chigaga desert trip 7 days. After breakfast, we start our trip throughout Tizi-n-Tichka pass of the High Atlas Mountains. Where hundreds of superb Berber villages scattered on the mountains. Unexpectedly you will see a fascinating presence of hundreds of houses in Berber villages which are made from mud and straw; in the middle of nowhere; thousands of satellite dishes on roofs. All this make you feel that nothing has been changed in life here through thousands years. Meanwhile donkeys and mules are still the main means of transportation among these high and tough mountains, since there are no accesses for cars and tracks. After almost three hours driving, we will stop to visit the ancient fortified city of Ait Ben Haddou which was first built in the 11th century and has been listed by the UNESCO in 1992 as a world heritage site. Explore the streets of this clay Kasbah at a relaxed pace and have some tea with the family that still living there looking after the Kasbah. Here more than 300 families used to live, and each Berber family consists of at least ten people. So you would imagine how many families used to live here! More than 3000. We pass by Ouarzazate (Hollywood of Africa, Noiselessly town, The door of the desert), is a city is situated in the middle of a bare plateau, south of the High Atlas Mountains. Why is this town nicknamed as Hollywood of Africa? Simply because it has been noted as a film-making location, with Morocco’s biggest studios inviting many international film companies to shoot their movies, like : Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Living Daylights (1987), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), The Mummy (1999), Gladiator (2000), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Martin Scorsese’s Kundun (1997) and Babel (2005).

Marrakech Tour to Erg Chigaga Desert Trip 7 days

Day 2 :Ouarzazate – Skoura – El Kâlee M’gouna – Dades Gorges – Todgha Gorges(240km)

Marrakech Tour to Erg Chigaga Desert Trip 7 daysAfter breakfast, we drive for 170 Km towards the fabulous Todgha Gorges, the biggest and the most fascinating canyons all over the country.We will drive via the valley of roses.We call this rose the Damaskina rose which had been brought from Syria by pilgrims who used to go to Mecca on foot. So on their way back they brought this rose and plant it here in this valley. There are many rosewater factories in the area, where they produce different cosmetic products . We will stop by one factory to see what the different steps of evaporating and purifying the rose water are and what the different products of this good smelling rose are. Meanwhile, on the road, we will go for a quick tea with a nomadic family that still living in caves. Where we will see the natives of Morocco who are indeed Berbers.The original settlers of Morocco and North Africa before the Islamic conquests in the 9th century. We spend the night in Ouarzazate. While we arrive at those great canyons, we start enjoying an hour walking around those fabulous canyons and get thousands and thousands of pictures because it is really something. Overnight here.

Marrakech Tour to Erg Chigaga Desert Trip 7 days

Day 3 : Tinghir – Tazarine - N’Kob - Zagora - Sand dunes of M’hamid (437km)

Marrakech Tour to Erg Chigaga Desert Trip 7 daysWe leave Tinghir and go on our way via N’kob, a village of clay houses, it is a natural oasis located on the foothills of the Hight Atlas mountains, where life is based on dates and agriculture. We keep our drive on passing by the noiseless village of Tazarine, which is the capital of Henna, since there is a rich agriculture of Henna plant over here. We arrive to Zagora, which is a town in the valley of the Draa River .It is flanked by the mountain Zagora from the town got its name.. On the top of the Zagora Mountain the remains of an Almoravid fortress can still be seen. The exact location of the former Almoravid mosque is still a matter of dispute. Each year the moussem (festival) of the Sufi saint Moulay Abd-el-Kader Jilali is celebrated at Zagora. A well-known sign at the town “Tombouctou 52 jours”, the supposed time it takes to get to Timbuktu, Mali on foot or camel. From Zagora to M’hamid, which is a very modest village.and not much different from the village you have passed before arriving here. From a vast plateau, you will get impressed by the sand dunes of Mezaouria. Tonight we stay in Berber camp and enjoy a wonderful stars view.

Day 4 : M’hamid – Erg Chigaga (60km) Top Sahara Desert in Morocco

Marrakech Tour to Erg Chigaga Desert Trip 7 daysFrom the noiseless camp of Mezaouria we start driving along sand dunes on a peaceful and fascinating wilderness. Some of those paths were Dakar tracks. From a vast plateau you will get impressed by the huge sand dune of Chigaga ,where we will gofor a camel ride to meet one of the most fascinating sand dunes sights we will ever see, the superb sunset in the middle of the high sand dune of Chegaga. Tonight we stay in Berber camp and enjoy a wonderful stars view


Day 5: Sand dunes of Erg Chigaga – Foum Zguid – Taznkht – Fint oasis (260km)

Marrakech Tour to Erg Chigaga Desert Trip 7 daysFrom Erg Chigaga we drive a long sand dunes on a peaceful and fascinating wilderness some passing by the natural dried lake of Iriki. 30 years ago this lake was full of water and different kinds of birds. After a long way driving on an off-road .we get in to the regular road and pass the small town of Foum-Zguid, which is a noiseless and a sleepy Berber town. We stopover in Taznakht. Easy drive to Fint Oasis(hidden Oases), which is situated among the mountains. In the middle of nowhere you will get astonished by the life rising up suddenly, then you see the green fields and palm trees with clay houses in the middle. We will enjoy the night with a berber family here in a guest house.

Marrakech Tour to Erg Chigaga Desert Trip 7 days

Day 6 :Fint Oasis – Tizi-n- Tichka – Marrakesh – Essaouira

Marrakech Tour to Erg Chigaga Desert Trip 7 daysAfter a breakfast with the berber family. We leave this unforgettable place and keep driving to see Tifoultout Kasbah built in the 17th century. It is all made from clay and straw. It is mainly inhabited by Berbers, who constructed many of the prominent Kasbahs and buildings for which the area is knowen. We drive again on the mountains again where we can enjoy again the fascinating presence of superb and scattered Berber village on the road towards Essaouira. This is one day trip to Essaouira, which was founded by the Portuguese in the 18th century. Although Essaouira (then called Mogador) was home to a series of forts beginning in the 15th century, it was only in the 1760s that the town called Mogador.

Day 7 : Essaouira – Marrakesh:

Marrakech Tour to Erg Chigaga Desert Trip 7 daysAfter breakfast, you can enjoy free time to wander along the beach. Then we drive back to Marrakesh for about 3 hours.
On the road, we will see a lot of Argan tree on both sides of the road, with a fascinating view of goats climbing those Argan trees eating the fruits. Best chance with Authentic Berber Tours!.
End of the tour Marrakesh to Erg Chigaga 7 days with Authentic Berber Tours. End of the Tour!

 

Marrakesh Tour to Erg Chigaga Desert Trip 7 days : what’s Included & Not Included.

  • Private A/C Vehicle, 4X4 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado  for 7 days plus Fuel during the tour.
  • English speaking driver / Guide.
  • Pick up & Drop off at your Marrakech accommodation.
  • Ensuite rooms with A/C in typical hotels, Kasbahs & Riads with dinner and breakfast (Vegetarians are welcome).
  • Night in Erg Chigaga Desert dunes at Luxury camp or standard with dinner and breakfast.
  • Camel Trekking to go and return from the camp (around 1h each way).
  • Free time to explore the sites as Ait Ben Haddou, Cinema Sets, Taourirt Kasbah …

Marrakech Tour to Erg Chigaga desert trip: Not Included Service

  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Lunches
  • Entry Fees for Monuments
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