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Morocco: Oasis and Trekking in the Desert of Erg Chigaga

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    Day 1: Marrakech - Ait Ben Haddou- Agdz

    Pass By: Plateau du Kik, Marrakech Morocco
    We set out in the morning from your hotel or riad in Marrakesh. We'll be crossing the mountains of the High Atlas range and the pass of Tizi-n-Tichka (2,260 m), where the views are breathtaking. The scenic road runs through oak woods and walnut groves, Berber villages with stone and mud brick houses, and pastures where goats and sheep graze. After crossing the pass, we come down into the lunar landscape of the Lesser Atlas and reach Ait Benhaddou, a mud brick kasbah protected by UNESCO and known as the finest and most famous in Morocco, which has featured in a number of films, such as Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth and The Gladiator.

    Stop At: Draa Valley, Zagora 45600 Morocco
    We continue on our journey to Ouarzazate and the Draa valley. From Agdz, we reach Tamnougalt, where we visit one of the oldest kasbahs in Morocco.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a typical Riad in Agdz

    Day 2: Draávalley– Zagora – Tamegroute - Mhamid – Oasis of Iriki – dunes of Erg Chigaga

    Stop At: Tamegroute, Valle du Daraa, Zagora Morocco
    We pass through Zagora and Tamegroute, famous for its craft pottery production, and reach M'Hamid, the desert outpost.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Pass By: Draa Valley, Zagora 45600 Morocco
    We pass through Zagora and Tamegroute, famous for its craft pottery production, and reach M'Hamid, the desert outpost.

    Stop At: Atmospher Erg Chigaga, M'Hamid El Ghizlane, M'Hamid Morocco
    rom M'Hamid, we continue our journey into the desert. An adventurous journey through the Sahara by jeep awaits us. After covering 50 km of track, we reach the oasis of Iriki, where we have lunch before continuing towards the dunes of Erg Chigaga
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: overnight with breakfast and dinner in our desert camp in the dunes of Erg Chigaga

    Day 3: Erg Chigaga

    Stop At: Atmospher Erg Chigaga, M'Hamid El Ghizlane, M'Hamid Morocco
    trekking with dromedaries in the dunes of Erg Chigaga
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: overnight with dinner and breakfast in the desert camp in the Erg Chigaga dunes

    Day 4: Erg Chigaga - Marrakech

    Pass By: High Atlas Mountains, 42152 Morocco
    After breakfast, we continue on our journey by jeep along the old track of the Paris-Dakar rally, reaching the dried up salt lake of Iriki. We pass below the fossil mountain and finally leave the desert behind and cross the High Atlas and reach Marrakech

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
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    Reviewed 31 December 2018

    We booked a 3 day trip from Marrakech to the Erg Chigaga with Ali. Beforehand Helena was extremly helpful organizing the whole set up via email, making a great offer and answering mails super quickly and utmost friendly. Ali picked us up at our Riad...More

    Date of experience: December 2018
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    Reviewed 4 December 2018

    We had a great 4 day trip with Ali and Helen from Marrakesh to the Sahara desert. They were very experienced and knew how to avoid the places overflowing with tourists, and visit some very unique and really beautiful sites. Also no need to worry...More

    Date of experience: November 2018
    Thank mrlohse
    Reviewed 18 October 2018

    We had an amazing trip in Morocco but I must say the time with Ali was the best!! First off he's hilarious, we started taking notes of his jokes to not forget any. Also I really wasn't expecting anything much as far as food in...More

    Date of experience: October 2018
    Thank timothydouglasbates
    Reviewed 9 September 2018

    I spent 4 amazing days on the Erg Chigaga Tour with Ali. I really liked, that it was not overly touristy but still quite authentic and exciting (I hope, it stays that way). Would definitely recommend, especially since the service was outstanding and the people...More

    Date of experience: August 2018
    Thank RRKn
    Reviewed 16 August 2018

    We travelled from marrakech through the atlas to the desert. Our driver and guide, Ali, was very passonate and friendly. We stopped at nice places and the desert camp was goregous. Sometimes the communication was challenging but manageable. Overall a very nice trip we can...More

    Date of experience: April 2018
    Thank BeatF60
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