Tours From Marrakech To Sahara Help You Explore Morocco
Visiting Morocco’s Saghro region and the Sahara desert is a great way to escape the wet and grey weather at home. The Sahara and Anti-Atlas have wonderful landscapes to explore. Tours from marrakech to sahara also allow you to enjoy the cool days and warm nights in Morocco.
In your tour, you can use camels and mules on the basis of the terrain. The trip offers you a unique opportunity for experiencing the vastness of the great Sahara desert.
Day 1: Marrakech Welcome to the beautiful country of Morocco. On the first day, you reach Marrakech. From the airport, you reach a hotel where you spend the night. The hotel is located at the town’s centre, and you may enjoy the evening at the Djemma-El-Fna Square by yourself. It is a bustling and cheerful place.
Day 2: Quarzazate Today, you head for the Anti Atlas Mountains. You stop for lunch at Quarzazate, which was originally a place for resting of the African traders in the ancient times, when they travelled to Europe. Now, the place is famous for film studios, which has formed the set for numerous famous movies like “The Living Daylights”, “The Last Temptation of Christ” and “Alexander the Great”. During your drive, you can find many picturesque places like the Dades Valley, Boumalne du Dades and a small village named Tagdilt. In Tagdilt, you would meet the trekking team and stay in a local house at night.
Day 3: Jbel Sarhro On this day, you start trekking in the rugged and dramatic terrain of Jbel Saghro, which have formed by volcanic mountains and have taken millions of years to form. The region has great natural beauty as the ancient Kasbahs of dusty red hue stand against the green oases of date palm and the volcanic mountain peaks of red-black color. Tourists can get numerous photo opportunities here. You would set up a camp at Imi-n-ourag, which is a truly relaxing place. Here, you can taste the traditional Moroccan food prepared by your cook and served fresh.
Day 4: Aït Atta Berbers The adventure begins from this morning as you start trekking in a steep mountain pass having wonderful views in the surrounding rugged ranges and valleys. Trek down the K’ouaouch and have lunch at the mountain side. Then, head towards the hamlet of Igli having cultivated fields. Here, you would set up a camp with almond trees surrounding you. You would also meet the people belonging to the semi-nomadic tribe named Aït Atta Berber, who live here with sheep and goats.
Day 5: Bab-n-Ali This is an incredibly tall pinnacle of rock. The name Bab-n-Ali means “Gates of Ali”. The surrounding landscape is quite bizarre, formed of red black peaks of volcano, rocky outcrops and limestone pinnacles. Camping here for a night is thrilling.
Day 6: Taoudachte River Your trekking adventure would be full of cultivated valleys and ancient Kasbahs. Then, you would reach Sarhro, which is a large village, and have lunch there. Then, you would head for the beautiful river named Taoudachte. You would stay in a camp at night amongst the palms, beside the river.
Day 7: Draa Valley Have some rest from the trekking and head for the Zagora town in the Draa Valley. Here, the river banks are full of green palms, which stand contrastingly against old Kasbahs and colorful dusty rocks. You would have lunch at Zaouite Sidi Salh and then you would travel through the desert to the dunes of Megag. You can camp near the dunes for the night.
Day 8 and Day 9: The Sahara On these days, you would explore the Sahara Desert stretching from the Red Sea Coast to the High Atlas Mountains. You would be trekking across windblown golden dunes surrounded with date palms. The region is a stony expanse with tamarisk trees and oasis. The vastness of the desert and its solitude is really amazing. You would visit an ancient village named Bounou and the Megag Necropolis in your trip, before arriving at Ouled Driss on the 9th day.
Day 10: Quarzazate On this day, your holiday’s trekking part would end. After having breakfast, you can go for a wonderful drive to the Draa Valley for visiting the date palm oasis. In the drive, you would also visit the Tinifift pass surrounded with hills and canyons. You can stop for visiting the Koranic library in Tamegroute and a pottery village. Then you would return back to Quarzazate and spend the night here in a hotel comfortably.
Day 11: Aït Benhaddou Explore the amazing place of Quarzazate, before heading for the famous Aït Benhaddou, which is a ‘fortified city’ located between Marrakech and the Sahara in the former caravan route. The place is an ancient Kasbah situated in the Atlas region. Some Kasbahs in the region were formed in the 16th century and have been granted the listing of UNESCO World Heritage. Many films have been shot in these Kasbahs, such as “Gladiator” and “Lawrence of Arabia”. Return back to Marrakech in the evening.
Day 12: Marrakech Enjoy the day by visiting some prominent places of Marrakech like the splendid central square or Djemma-El-Fna and the beautiful Koutoubia mosque. The Djemma-El-Fna is a colorful place and a feast to your senses with its fortune tellers, snake charmers, traders and spicy aromas. You can shop some beautiful and unique stuff from the souks here, and have a delicious dinner in the bustling square.
Day 13: Marrakech Your tour ends after having breakfast.