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Based on travelers requests, we designed this Marrakech desert tour to allow you to combine between Erg Chigaga dunes with is the best sahara desert destination and the wildest one and exploring Dades Gorge and Todra Gorge. The first day of this private desert tour will be like the 1st day of Erg Chebbi desert tour. You will spend the the 1st night in the beautiful and unique canyon of Dades Gorge. The next day you will go through Todra Gorge and drive to Zagora via Tazarine. Your 2nd night will be spent in Zagora to reduce driving time. The 3rd day of your Marrakech desert tour will most exotic. You will drive through Draa valley to the last village before the big sahara desert.
Your stay in Erg Chigaga dunes will be in our Chigaga desert camp at the foot of the biggest dunes in Morocco. Your private tent has everything you will need to allow you to have a great night sleep. The Erg Chigaga desert camp has toilets and hot water showers.
Your days in Erg Chigaga desert camp will be full of desert activities like camel trekking, sandboarding, desert walking, Berber music around the fire under stars at night. You will be invited to not miss the sunset and sunrise from the top of the dunes. Generally it's the most beautiful moments in the sahara desert.
Accommodations: Dar Essyaha or Auberge Panorama in Dades Gorge
Distance: 330 KM (205.05 miles)
Departure Time: 8am
Accommodations: Erg Chigaga Desert Camp
Meals: Breakfast + Diner
Distance: 550 KM (341.75 miles)
Accommodations: Erg Chigaga Desert Camp
Meals: Breakfast + Diner
Distance: 440 KM (273.40 miles)
Arrival Time: 6pm
You will pass by a lots of Berber villages during your tour. This will make you discover an other aspect of Morocco.
Tizi n'Tichka is a mountain pass in Morocco, linking the south-east of Marrakesh to the city of Ouarzazate through the High Atlas mountains. It lies between the great Marrakech Plains and the gateway of the Sahara Desert. From November - March, snow can often fall on the pass, but it can be warm all year round in the strong sun. It reaches an elevation of 2,260 m above the sea level and is the highest major mountain pass of North Africa. The road was constructed by the French military in 1936, and is now part of National Route 9 in Morocco.
Telouet is a Kasbah along the former route of the caravans from the Sahara over the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. It lies at an elevation of 1,800 metres (5,900 ft) and was the seat of the El Glaoui family's power. The palace can still be visited but it is steadily becoming more damaged and is slowly collapsing. In 2010, work was underway to restore the property.
Ait Benhaddou Kasbah is a fortified city, or ksar, along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech in present-day Morocco. Most citizens living in the area now live in more modern dwellings in a nearby village, although there are 4 families still living in the ancient city. This giant fortification, which is made up of six Kasbahs and nearly fifty ksars which are individual Kasbahs, is a great example of earthen clay architecture. Which is also use in Moroccan architecture.
Aït Benhaddou has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987 and several films have been shot there, including:
Ouarzazate nicknamed The door of the desert, is a city and capital of Ouarzazate Province in Drâa-Tafilalet region of south-central Morocco. Ouarzazate is at an elevation of 1,160 metres (3,810 ft) in the middle of a bare plateau south of the High Atlas Mountains. To the south of the town is the desert.
The town is chiefly inhabited by Berber-speakers, who constructed many of the prominent kasbahs and buildings for which the area is known. Ouarzazate is an important holiday destination in Morocco, as a base for excursions across the Draa Valley and into the desert. The fortified village (ksar) of Ait Benhaddou west of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Atlas Studios is one of the largest movie studios in the world, in terms of land area. Several historical movies were shot here, including The Living Daylights, Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra, Lawrence of Arabia, The Man Who Would Be King, Kingdom of Heaven and Babel. It was also the location of an episode of the television series The Amazing Race 10 and Game of thrones: Season 3.
Skoura is a town in Ouarzazate Province, Drâa-Tafilalet, Morocco. According to the 2004 census it has a population of 2,808. Skoura is a fertile oasis lined with immense palm groves. The Kasbah Amerhidil is part of Skoura palm grove.
Dadès Gorges is a canyon of the Dadès River and lies between the Atlas Mountains and the Jbel Saghro of the Anti-Atlas mountain range, in Morocco.
Berbers built many kasbahs in vicinity of gorges with defence purposes. These many kasbahs together with the natural beauty of the place have contributed to make it a tourist attraction in recent years.
Todgha Gorge is a canyon in the eastern part of the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco, near the town of Tinghir. Both the Todgha and neighbouring Dades Rivers have carved out cliff-sided canyons on their final 40 kilometres (25 mi) through the mountains. The last 600 metres (1,969 ft) of the Todgha gorge are the most spectacular. Here the canyon narrows to a flat stony track, in places as little as 10 metres (33 ft) wide, with sheer and smooth rock walls up to 160 metres (525 ft) high on each side.
Zagora is a town in the valley of the Draa River in Souss-Massa-Drâa, southeastern Morocco. It is flanked by the mountain Zagora from which the town got its name. Originally it was called 'Tazagourt' the singular of plural 'Tizigirt', Berber for 'twinpeaks', referring to the fortress of the Murabitun, or Almoravid, people. In old European maps the mountain Zagora is already indicated but the town itself was only built in the 20th century. 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 Abdelkader Jilali is celebrated at Zagora. Languages spoken in the city include Moroccan Arabic, Tachelhit and Tamazight. A well known sign at the town border states 'Tombouctou 52 days', the supposed time it takes to get to Timbuktu, Mali on foot or camel.
Tamegroute (Tamgrout) is a village in the south of Morocco, in the valley of the Draa River. It has a history as an important center of learning and religion through its famous Sufi zawiya, historical center of the Nasiriyya Sufi order, one of the most influential - and at one time one of the largest - Sufi orders in the Islamic world. Tamegroute's green pottery is also very well known.
The founders of the religious brotherhood Nasiriyya wanted to raise the status of the village of Tamegroute to that of a 'Medina', that is to say to make it a city. They assembled the merchants and craftsmen that they had brought from Fes, a city that enjoyed good relations with Tamegroute at the time. However, today Tamegroute is a little village again, but the pottery has become its main characteristic. Except for a few ochre shades, a green glaze is the dominant colour in pottery from Tamegroute. As with Fes Zelliges, and even more so, the ancient techniques give the glaze infinite variations.
Oum Lâalag is an oasis located 50 kilometers southwest of M'Hamid El Ghizlane in Morocco at the old trade route to Timbuktu.
The oasis is approximately 15 hectares in size and is presumed holy by the nomads. According to local beliefs, a fairy lives at its source. A bivouac camp site is available in the oasis, which offers ecologically sustainable tourism. The high dunes of Erg Chegaga can be reached by camel or 4x4 off-road vehicles.
The oasis is part of the 123,000-hectare Iriqui National Park, which was set up in 1994. In its vicinity live houbara bustards, ostriches, Barbary sheep, dorcas gazelles, oryxes and hyenas.
Erg Chegaga (or Chigaga) is one of two major dunes of the Sahara in Morocco, the other being the Erg Chebbi of Merzouga.
This dune is located in the Souss-Massa-Draa area and is located about 60 km west of the rural town of M'Hamid El Ghizlane, itself located about 98 km south of the town of Zagora. With a length of approximately 40 km to 15 km wide, some dunes around a height of 360 m (170 m more than Erg Chebbi), it is the largest and wildest of Morocco.
Because it is relatively difficult to access – it is only accessible by 4x4, camel or on foot – Erg Chigaga remains as untouched as Erg Chebbi, which can make for a memorable desert experience.
Iriqui National Park was set up in 1994 as a national park in Morocco with 123,000 hectares.
Iriqui National Park occupies the space between the Draa River and the South foothills of the Anti-Atlas, in the provinces of Zagora and Tata.
The park is characterized by typical desert landscape of southern Morocco. The vegetation is represented by a wooded steppe and savanna with acacias. Some of its dunes are covered by tamarix
During wet periods, Lake Iriqui becomes a temporary wetland and a port of call and wintering site for many migratory water birds, including flamingos, coots and geese), which gives the park an important ecological character. The rehabilitation of the wetland was one of the main objectives, when the park was created
The rich landscape and cultural heritage of the region gives the park an important ecotourism potential that will be a lever for local economic development. Its establishment is part of a strategy to boost tourism in southern Morocco, which might become ultimately an important lever for the promotion and development of the Saharan areas
Foum Zguid is a town in Tata Province, Souss-Massa, southeastern Morocco. According to the 2004 census it had a population of 9,630, the second-highest in the province after the capital Tata.
Taznakht is a town in Ouarzazate Province, Drâa-Tafilalet region, southern Morocco, on the road from Ouarzazate to Agadir. It had an estimated population of 9,149 in 2013, growing from just 3,813 in 1994. It should not be confused with Tazenakht, which is a village near Errachidia, also in southern Morocco, but more than 400 km further northeast.
Camel Trekking in Erg Chigaga dunes
sandboarding in Erg Chigaga dunes
Sleeping in Erg Chigaga desert camp
Cup of tea or lunch with Berber family
Sunset/Sunrise in Erg Chigaga dunes
Stargazing under the sky of Erg Chigaga dunes
|Duration||4 To 10 Days|
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