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  • Bivacco
  • Sport e avventura
    Sport and adventure
  • Deserto
  • Oasi
  • Pernottamento presso famiglie locali
    Homestay accommodation
  • Itinerario naturalistico
    Nature tour
  • Escursioni in dromedario
    Camel excursion

General description

A 4X4 nature tour across the South of Morocco combined with a 3 day hike and camel trek at the beautiful dunes of Ch’gaga. The perfect journey for those travelers wishing to explore the Saharan and sub Saharan Morocco, getting a first taste of the life in the desert. Starting from Marrakech, we’ll cross the central High Atlas at the Tizi n’ Tichka pass, traveling south along the Ounila valley, the beautiful ksar of Ait Ben Haddou and the oasis of Draa down to the palm grove of Zagora and the Saharan village of M’hamid, departure point of the trekking. A basic level of fitness and a healthy physical condition are recommended to fully enjoy the three day trekking across the dunes.

Other details

Included services:

Transfers by 4x4 or minibus from/to the arrival/departure point - 1 professional nature guide throughout the duration of the trip – 3 nights in bivouac, with accommodation on full board basis - 4 nights in hotel / riad/ guest house, with accommodation on full board basis - 3 liters of water per day and per person during the trek - Cook and equipment for the bivouac: restaurant and kitchen tent, igloo tents and mattresses - Muleteers and mules for carrying luggages, equipment and supplies - Hammam and massages at the end of the trekking - 24h24 assistance

Extra services not included:

Airplane tickets - Drinks - Tips and additional expenses – Optional activities – Travel health and cancellation insurance (upon request, Direction Sud will help you identify the most suitable for your needs). Direction Sud guarantees no hidden costs or other extra fees.

Stages of the trip

8 days / 7 nights

Ait Ben Haddou - M'hamid - Sidi Naji - Erg Zehar - Erg Smar - M'hamid – Ouarzazate
Leaving from Marrakech by 4x4/minibus early in the morning, we’ll cross the Central High Atlas at the Tizi n 'Tichka pass to reach the ksar of Ait Ben Haddou, ancient fortress of earth and straw named UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. We’ll visit the Ksar accompanied by expert local guides, plunging into the ancient traditions of this magic place visited every year by thousands of international tourists. Depending on your interests, the visit of the ksar will be followed by local food tastings and cooking demonstrations, short camel treks around the ksar and traditional music nights. On the second day we’ll travel along the immense Draa Valley, whose lush palm grove hides traditional Berber villages and beautiful ancient kasbahs, heading south towards the city of Zagora and the Saharan village of M’hamid, where we’ll prepare for the trekking. On the next day, we’ll start our hike with a first stop at the marabout’s tomb of Sidi Naji, crossing the Draa River, accompanied by camels and expert camel drivers. Over the next three days we’ll hike across the magnificent sand dunes of Erg Smar and Zehar, along the ancient nomadic trade routes leading into the hearth of the Sahara, camping at night around the warm light of a bonfire and enjoying al the calm and peacefulness of the desert life. Our trek we’ll end in M'hamid, where the 4x4/minibus will wait to bring us back to Ouarzazate, for a last relaxing day of hammams and massages before returning to Marrakech

Duration: 8 days