M III: Sahara Highlights
Marrakech - Ait Benhaddou - Mhamid - Erg Chegaga - Lac Iriki - Taznakht - Marrakech
3 days, 2 nights, 4x4, camel, bivouac, hotel
Day 1: Marrakech – Ait Benhaddou – Draa Valley - Mhamid
Departure early morning from your riad/hotel in Marrakech and travel through the High Atlas Mountains via the Tichka Pass (2260 m) - the highest road pass in Morocco offering spectacular panoramic views of the mountains and valleys with a snaky road, beautiful landscapes with different colours and the Berber villages along the way. Visit several kasbahs along the way, including Tamnougalte and Ait Benhaddou. A 16th century UNESCO site, Ait Benhaddou is one of the best preserved and most spectacular kasbahs in Morocco. A famous site for Hollywood films, Ait Benhaddou was used for the blockbuster film of 2000, Gladiator. The trip continues through the palm-lined Draa river valley. Arrival in Zagora for a cup of Moroccan tea. Afterwards, continuation towards the gate of Sahara desert, Mhamid. Dinner and night in a nice charming hotel or under the nomads tent in the dunes of Erg Lihoudi
Day 2: Mhamid - Sacred Oasis - Chegaga sand dunes
After your breakfast, you ride on the back of saddled camels and enter the Sahara desert. A two hours ride followed by a break for lunch in M'hamid. Travel from M'hamid by 4x4 vehicle through the beautiful desert landscape with a break to enjoy a berber sahara tea in the sacred oasis. We reach the sand dunes of Chegaga - the largest group of dunes in the region reaching a height of 300 m and a span of 40 km. Dinner with entertainment. Camp in nomad Tents.
Day 3: Chegaga sand dunes – Foum Zguid - Taznakht - Marrakech
After enjoying the sunrise up the sand dunes, breakfast is served to you, then departure in 4x4 vehicles via the old Paris-Dakar road to Foum Zguid, crossing Iriqui lake. Lunch in the berber village Taznakht. Arrival to Marrakech about 6:30 p.m.
Price on demand
More tours from Marrakech see Edith Kohlbach's Website.