You will be picked up at the Marrakesh airport by our team to escort you in our mini buses to the riad or hotel where you can refresh prior to dinner. Here you will enjoy the opportunity to get to know your fellow guests and team as we dine together. After dinner (each evening), you will be offered a briefing for the next day to ensure you are always prepared.
After breakfast, we will drive to Ouarzazate; known as the ‘Door of the Sahara’. We will stop for lunch at the UNESCO World Heritage site kasbah at Ait Ben Haddou.
We continue driving to Ouarzazate, where many famous movies are made. Enjoy free time around the small city, inhabited by Berbers who constructed many of the prominent kasbahs and mud cast buildings for which the area is known.
After breakfast, we will set off by mini bus to our first camp in Lfaija. On the way, we will visit the impressive Taourite Kasbah (castle) before we reach the panoramic landscape of the Draa valley.
We will take a short cool walk under the oasis of palm trees surrounded by henna plants. Then we continue for Zagora, favored by tourists for its ‘Timbuktu is 52 days away signpost’. Here we will have lunch, with an opportunity to browse the market.
Guests love to move into the Moroccan spirit by purchasing a traditional head scarf to protect their head from the hot desert sun. Arriving at our first camp site in Lfaija, we will meet our dromedary team who will escort us through the desert. Dinner is freshly prepared by our team.
After breakfast, we start our first day walking with a short uphill trek through the Bani Mountain, onto the dry river of Om Laachar enjoying the tranquil, peaceful environment. Here you will get your first view of the amazing Sahara landscape – the French call this first encounter ‘le bapteme de la solitude’.
After a picnic lunch, we move on to our next camp site with afternoon tea and lots of time to rest, relax and take in the ‘walk in the wilderness’ experience prior to dinner. The sky in Morocco is often so crystal clear that you can see numerous star consolations. You will have a wonderful feeling of freedom. Some guests love to absorb the moonlit sky and enjoy open air sleeping bag fun.
After breakfast, we set off for our next destination Amda n-Omssafi, hopefully meet some nomads from the Ait Aatta tribes on the journey. They often invite us to share mint tea with them in their nomad tents.
After lunch, we will arrive at Amda-n-Ossafi Camp. Dinner followed by a relaxed evening prior to an early start. Enjoy this free time to take photos, read or simply gaze at the wide open space, or chat with our guides who are all very knowledgeable about the history and the traditions and lifestyle of the area.
After breakfast, our trek gets a little tougher as the walk is now purely desert sand. We will have lots of breaks and picnic lunch in the middle of the dunes. The sand goes on until the eyes can see.
You will be amazed by the immensity of the scenery and how we find our way through the vast open landscape. Don’t worry. Our dromedary team knows the Sahara ‘blindfolded’ as they have walked it for years. So you are safe. Here we enjoy our first night camping in the middle of the dunes. Enjoy the amazing sun rises and sunsets of the Sahara.
After breakfast, we walk through the dunes. Wake up in the morning and explore the footprints outside the tents from the activities the night before. Guess the different footprints of animals and insects. It is truly magical.
We steadily walk through the dunes, enjoying lunch along the way. Arrive at our evening camp on one of the highest dunes within this area (about 50m) with incredible panoramic scenery. Enjoy dinner under millions of stars and say goodbye to our desert tour team.
After breakfast, we pack our bags and 4×4 jeeps will take us back to Marrakesh. We will drive through the famous dry lake of Iriqi, a flat scenic plateau area favored by both local and tourists for ‘crazy rally driving’. After a picnic lunch on the way at Foumzguit, we will reach our final destination of the bustling city of Marrakesh.
You will be ready to relax, take a swim, hamman, spa or massage. In the evening, we offer an optional visit to the Jamaa Ifna Square to dine in a a traditional restaurant.
Day 9: Free day in Marrakesh
Enjoy free time. If you have time, why not take an open air city bus tour to see all the famous monuments of the ‘red city’? Please make sure you are back at the riad or hotel at least three hours prior to your flight departure for airport transfer.
This is a true Saharan trekking adventure taking you deep into a “Lawrence of Arabia” landscape, a beautiful region of snaking wadis, dry plateaus, tamarisk and acacia trees, deserted villages and sweeping dunes! We start in true Berber style with an overnight at a traditional fixed desert camp before setting off on unforgettable journey into the desert.
Walking for 6 – 7 hours a day we stop for leisurely lunches in shady spots and camp each night on the open sand of the dunes – beneath star-filled Saharan skies. Taking tea with our local crew around camp fires, hiking on little-used trails and watching the sun set between the highest dune-crests are all part of this magical desert holiday. From starting out on the dry bed of the Draa River to reaching the highest point of the great dunes of Zahar, this is a winter walking holiday with a difference and shows a side to the Sahara Desert most people only dream about!
- Tour Type: standar Group
- Duration: 9 Days
- Period: November to March
- Level: Medium
- Accommodation: 3 nights Standar, and 6 nights Camping
- Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
- Start Point: Marrakech
- End Point: Marrakech
- Altitude on Trek (m):
- Transport: Minibus or 4×4 and Cameles for the luggage
What the Price does not Include:
- tips for porters, guides and other staff
- bar bills, drinks with meals, hotel refreshments
- meals other than those specified in the relevant trip dossier,
- entrance charges to some historical sites, certain national park and peak fees
- travel insurance
- personal clothing and equipment
What the Price Includes:
- Transport (4×4, minibus)
- Airport transfers at the beginning and end of a trip
- Accommodation (hotel, riads, mountain refuge, local guesthouse or camping)
- If you would like to book your own hotel or riad room, we can adjust the price of the tour. Please contact us for more details.
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Experienced local leader(s)
- Local crew of drivers, cooks, porters and other appropriate staff