The itinerary follows the old caravan route from Marrakech to zagora the Sahara’s dunes, returning via an off the beaten track route over the majestic Atlas Mountains, Ksar ait ben haddou, draa valley, berber villages, ouarzazate, high atlas mountains. No other tour packs so much diversity in just 2 days as we take in breath taking wild nature and the local culture of the Berber, Jewish and Bedouin people.
Our route will take us past valleys draa, canyons, palm groves, lakes, rivers, woodlands and mountains. We will explore mysterious Ksours and kasbahs, Berber granaries and caverns, stop for a tea in draa velley ( berber villages ), walk in the shade of palm leaves in the draa valley (The largest in all of Morocco 300 km ).cross the Sahara desert of zagora .
Zagora is a border town in southern Morocco, a hundred kilometers from the border with Algeria. It is a city on the edge of the desert, nestled in an oasis with a large, palm-tree, heavily protected by the sand that is incessantly driven by the wind. We reached Zagora crossing the Draa River valley, on the slopes of the High Atlas Mountains where high peaks, some over 4000 meters, are often snow-covered. The valley at first glance seemed lush but, crossing the course of the river, we noticed the obvious signs of the drought that had lasted for some years: the watercourse was almost dry (as was the one on the Ziz most north) and The soil in the shade of the palm trees was broken by the lack of moisture.
In Zagora, the houses of the center were ocher in color and the weather was fizzy. There were very few people in the streets: some men walking to the periphery plantations and a woman walking under the sun completely wrapped in a black veil. On the roundabout at the intersection between Avenue Hassan II and Boulevard Mohammed V we noticed a faded sign.
It was the legendary sign that pointed to the direction of an ancient caravan track for the town of Timbuctu (now in Mali), reachable in 52 days at dromedary's back.
Departure is planned from Marrakech at 7h00 in the morning, taking the road to cross High Atlas mountains via the Tizi n’Tichka pass towards Ait Benhaddou village, the fortified ksar with it’s beautiful Kasbahs, Ait Benhaddou has served as a natural decoration for many movies producers since 1960’s. Once you get to Ait Benhaddou village you take a walk to go on the top of the hill to dominate the whole village. Afterwards, you will head to Ouarzazate for lunch next to the famous Kasbah of Taourirt which presents the historical and cultural interest of Ouarzazate. After lunch you will travel to the south and cross the second pass which is Tizi N’Tnifift at 1710m and Ait Saoun village, the former route of caravans for Sahara traders coming from “Tombouktou”, you will reach the first administrative centre called “Agdez Village” that marks the source of Draa Valley, with it’s 6 successive palm groves stating (Mezguita palmary, Fezouata…) and Kasbahs stating the famous Tamnougalt Kasbah.
You will continue through the lunar landscapes and the Pre-Sahara routes until you get to Zagora which is a small town, the native region of Saadian dynasty (Saadian tombs in Marrakech) who used to rule Morocco in the XVII century. You will take a camel trek , ride the camels by the sunset and get to our camp located in a Oasis called Nekhla and enjoy a dinner and overnight in the tents .
Sunrise early in the Sahara of Zagora is the best time to enjoy the charm of the sahara. We will wake up early and have breakfast outdoors, before returning by camel to nearby hotels for a shower. Then, we depart to Marrakech. then ride back the camels to meet your driver, then we continue to Marrakech, you will pass via Ouarzazate and have free time for lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will continue via the Atlas Mountains to get to Marrakech. The end point of your 2 days desert tour from Marrakech to Zagora