Day 1: Marrakech to Zagora. (5-day-erg-chigaga-desert-tour)
Welcome to Morocco!
For your first day on this 5 day erg chigaga desert tour, we will pick you up from Marrakech (wherever you are in the city) early in the morning, to start traveling through the beaten paths of the Moroccan desert.
But before we do that, we will have to cross the high Atlas Mountains range, which will offer us breathtaking views to be remembered forever. After we drive through the Tizin Tichka Mountain pass, we will get to one of the most interesting monument in the region: the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. The Kasbah of Ait ben Haddou is a UNESCO world heritage site because of its immense historical and cultural value. The Kasbah has been used as a backdrop for many Hollywood movies such as Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, and The Mummy.
After some time exploring the Kasbah, we will continue driving through the lush green Draa Valley until we finally arrive at the town of Zagora. This is where we will meet with a camel caravan to pick us up and take us into the wild Erg Chigaga desert dunes until we get to the desert camp where we will spend the night.
The evening will be filled with good ambiance, delicious food, and local artists playing Berber drums.
Day 2: Zagora desert Camp and exploring nearby attractions.
The next day, we will be focusing primarily on activities to do and sights to see around the Zagora area. To start, we will pay a visit to the Jewish Silversmiths at the Amzerou Palmerie, then visit the fascinating 16th-centuryth century subterranean Kasbah. The village where the Kasbah is located is called Tamgroute, which I knew for its artisanal pottery work.
After this, we will head to another desert village called Mhamid, which is so remote that the tarmac road ends there. When we are done with our explorations, we will head back to the Erg Chigaga dunes to spend this night of your 5 day erg chigaga desert tour at our desert camp.
Day 3: Zagora desert camp activities.
Today will be the last day spent at the Zagora desert in this 5 day erg chigaga desert tour. To enjoy it to the fullest, we have a wide variety of desert activities prepared for you. If you’re a fan of skating sports, make sure to try out sandboarding in this whole new terrain. Similarly, if you’re a fan of SPA activities and self-care, you can try the famous sand baths rumored to have excellent healing properties.
For lunch, you can try a favorite local meal called Medfouna; a meat-filled pie slow-cooked in fire ashes made in the sand. After that, you can take a camel trek during the sunset to experience the majesty of the desert and get some fantastic photographs of the landscape.
Finally, return to the camp in the evening to enjoy a big feast/party around a campfire. Share desert stories and enjoy gazing at the desert night sky before heading to bed.
Day 4: Erg Chigaga Desert Camp To Ait Ben Haddou.
The next day, we will be woken up by the mesmerizing desert sunrise, after which we will see the camel trek back to Zagora. Back in the town, you can enjoy breakfast and a warm shower at our hotel. Following this, we will start heading to Ouarzazate, but not before stopping at the historical town of Rissani.
Then, through the magnificent Draa Valley, we will reach one of the most interesting monuments in the region: the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. The Kasbah of Ait ben Haddou is a UNESCO world heritage site because of its immense historical and cultural value. The Kasbah has been used as a backdrop for many Hollywood movies such as Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, and The Mummy. This is where we will spend the night.
Day 5: Ait Ben Haddou To Marrakech. (Last day of Erg Chigaga desert tour)
For the last day of our 5-day erg chigaga desert tour, we will leave Ait Ben Haddou and head straight to Marrakech city through the Tizen Tichka pass and the High Atlas Mountains.
Finally, we will arrive at Marrakech in the evening, where our 5-day erg chigaga desert tour will end.