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Desert Main Gate - 2 days

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On the border of Morocco the desert inhabited by the tribes of the Ait Atta du Sahara. It contains the first oasis reached from Timbuktu after sixty days of camel caravan. An area where escorts were needed to pass the Touaregs and warrior Berbers. Our trek goes to the huge sand dunes of the L'oued Drâa, an environment which contains memories of the centuries of human endurance needed to cross this link between South and North. Experience the immense solitude of the desert, and see the incredible clarity of the stars and constellations which light up the nights

Day 1 : Marrakech - Tizi Ntichka pass 2660m - Ait benhaddou - Ouarzazate - Zagora Desert:

After breakfast in your hotel/raid in Marrakech, pick up around 7am, start your journey to the southern Morocco, crossing the High Atlas via the Tizi N’ Tichka pass (2260m of altitude) drive along the zigzagging road & enjoy the views over the Berber villages of Imouzzar valley, explore one of the most preserved villages in the south of Morocco, Ait Benhaddou, a fortified village build by Ait Aissa trive on 15th century for Caravan traders coming from Tombouktou to Andalusia via Marrakech & Tangier, the village served as a natural decor for several international movies including the Gladiators, Ali Baba, Ben Hur, Lawrence of Arabia etc…enjoy a guided visit of 1 hour until the top of the hill to dominate the whole ksar and its classified Kasbahs since 1987 (under UNICCO world heritage), head afterwards to Ouarzazate to visit Taourirt Kasbah with a short break at the entrance of the city on a hill to see the cinemas studios & old decorations. Lunch and then continue to Zagora via Agdez and through Draa valley, start the camel ride at 1km from Zagora, enjoy the sunset along the way while riding towards the nomadic camp in Nekhla dunes. Dinner & breakfast are served at the camp.


Day 2 : Zagora Desert- Ouarzazate -Tizi Ntichka pass 2660m - Marrakech :

Early wake up to enjoy the sunrise followed by breakfast, optional camel Trek back to meet your driver and drive along the Draa valley with breaks for photos and lunch on the road before we return to Marrakech via Ouarzazate. (4x4 drive may take you from the camp to with the camel ride). Note: Nekhla dunes is not a full desert like Merzouga but nice to see a part of the desert & enjoy the camel ride experience & the overnight in the nomadic camp in case of a short holiday in Morocco, if you have 3 days it would be better to visit Merzouga dunes instead..


What is Included and What is not Included ? :

Included :

Included Services
• Free arrival & departure transfer ( Marraech Airport – Marraech Hotel )
• Private transportation (A/C comfortable 4X4/minivan/minibus) + Fuel.
• Professional English speaking driver /guide during the trip
• Accommodation in typical Nomad desert camp (Berber tents)
• Breakfast & dinner included (Vegetarians are welcome).
• Pick up & drop off at your accommodation in Marrakech
• Camel Trekking to go and return from the camp (around 1h each way).
• Berber music show / Entertainment
• Free time to explore the sites such as Kasbahs, Canyons, Walks, Breaks for photos…Etc

Excluded Services
• Flights
• Travel Insurance
• Beverages & Lunches


Sleeping bag
Day sack/backpack
Head torch / headlamp
Basic First Aid Kit - refer to trip dossier for details
Water bottle or camel back (recommended)
Penknife (useful)

Personal items (e.g. towel, sunscreen, wipes, toilet tissues, antibacterial handwash)
Small First Aid Kit including insect repellent, plasters, meds
Small rubbish bag to carry out what you carry in
Matches e.g. burn toilet paper
Trail snacks
Zip-Up bags for camera
Repair kit (eg. needle, thread, duct tap

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