When a wealthy family refused hospitality to a poor woman and her son, God was offended, and buried them under the mounds of sand called Erg Chebbi. So goes the legend of the dunes rising majestically above the twin villages of Merzouga and Hassi Labied, which for many travellers fulfill Morocco’s promise as a dream desert destination. But Erg Chebbi’s beauty coupled with Merzouga’s accessibility has its price. Paved roads across the Middle Atlas from Midelt and east from Ouarzazate mean that desert tourism is booming. In high season, coaches and convoys of 4WDs churn up huge dust clouds as they race across the hammada in time for sunset camel rides, and purists lament the encroachment of hotels flanking the western fringes of the dunes – although there’s no denying the spectacular dune views from rooms and terraces.
3 DAYS DESERT TRIP FROM MARRAKECH
Day 1: Marrakech – Tizi-N-Tichka – Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate – Dades valley
We will meet at your hotel at 0800 and travel through \the Dades valley and the Tizi- N-Tichka pass (2260m) in the High Atlas Mountains. From Marrakech to Ouarzazate, there are spectacular vistas awaiting you.with varied colorful Berber villages along the way.
You will have free time to visit the old Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. a the World Heritage site. where many films including “Gladiator” “Indiana Jones” and “Lawrence of Arabia”.were filmed. Enjoy a walk to explore the traditional Moroccan architecture. After your walk and lunch, you go further south east to the green Dades valley and the city of roses via the fascinating Skoura palmary. Dinner and overnight will be in the beautiful Dades valley
Day 2: Dades valley – Todra Gorges – Erfoud – Merzouga Desert
We depart early taking the road of 1000 Kasbahs around the Berber villages of the Dades valley. We arrive in Tinegher with its beautiful palm grove and Jewish quarter. From there, we continue to Todra Gorges (Todgha), where you will have free time to walk along the canyon floor. With walls about 300m high, it is a favorite place for rock climbers.. We will have lunch on the way before arriving in Erfoud. Then we’ll head for the Erg Chebbi sand dunes. Around 16.00 we will ride the camels on an adventure in to the Sahara Desert, see a magnificent sunset. When we arrive at the camp, dinner and fire with drum music and singing. This is a great opportunity to take lovely pictures. We will spend the night in nomad tents
Day 3: Merzouga Desert – Rissani – Draa valley – Ouarzazate – Marrakech
You will be awakened early to enjoy an amazing sunrise over the dunes of Erg Chebbi followed by breakfast in the camp and the camel trek back to the hotel for a quick shower. We drive to Rissani, a small Saharan town in southeast of Morocco. We drive to Tazarine and the Draa valley, Agdz and Ouarzazate you will have free time here to visit the old Kasbah of Ouarzazate “Taourirt Kasbah” and have lunch before you will continue to Marrakech. You will cross again the Tizi N’Tichka pass to end at your hotel in Marrakech.