Two-day desert tour to Zagora and Erg Lihoudi, including Aït Ben Haddou
For those on a tight schedule – or who simply want to sample the delights of a night in the Sahara – our short desert tour includes the High Atlas Mountains, a visit to the ksar of Aït Ben Haddou and camel trekking.
All within the space of 48 hours!
|Category||Desert Overland Tour|
|Group Size||2 - 6|
It’s an early start as we collect you from your hotel or riad in Marrakech and begin our journey through the High Atlas Mountains, enjoying spectacular scenery as we climb to 2,260m for the Tizi n’Tichka Pass.
With comfort breaks and pauses for photography along the way, we arrive at Aït Ben Haddou where your guide will take you on a tour of this historic and fascinating fortified city.
The setting for this ksar and adjoining kasbahs is nothing short of spectacular. Its commanding position in the Ounila Valley evolved a long a former caravan route from the Sahara to Marrakech. The high, defensive walls, narrow passages, earth and clay construction and exotic landscape have provided the location backdrop for numerous blockbusters including Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy and The Prince of Persia.
Next, we head for Zagora, passing through the Drâa Valley from which the river and its oases provide a vital source of life not only for the Berber villagers but also for the intense agriculture of this region.
Date palms are prolific and the villagers grow a variety of fruit and vegetables throughout the valley in their patchwork of precious terraced land.
On the outskirts of Zagora we reach our desert outpost where we climb on to our camels and head into the Sahara against a setting sun and the dunes of Erg Lihoudi.
Our destination for the night is a traditional Berber camp where you can enjoy your evening meal and a memorable night’s sleep in a private Berber bivouac under a canopy of dazzling stars.
|Meals included / not included|
The day begins early in the Berber desert camp – especially if you want to capture the magic of the Saharan sunrise. And fortified by a traditional Berber breakfast, we begin our camel trek as the first part of our return journey to Marrakech.
En route we pass through Ouarzazate, the movie capital of Morocco, before beginning our ascent of the High Atlas Mountains. Every twist and turn of these mountain roads reveals a new and spectacular vista.
From ancient Berber villages perched precariously on hillsides to sweeping valleys that stretch far into the horizon. We arrive back in Marrakech in the early evening where we return you to your accommodation.
|Meals included / not included|
|2 Persons||€220 pp|
|3 Persons||€190 pp|
|4 Persons||€170 pp|
|5 Persons||€140 pp|
|6 Persons||€135 pp|
Solo travellers are always welcome. Please ask for details and availability. For groups of more than 6 guests, please ask our Reservations Team for more information about availability and prices. Reductions apply for children accompanied by adults. No charge for children under 5 years. All local taxes, state taxes, parking fees, tolls and fuel charges are included within the price. Please see below for more information.
* Within 5kms of tour start and return points
We’re more than happy to alter this itinerary to suit your individual requirements prior to booking. Just let us know what changes you would like and we will advise. And if you would prefer to travel throughout in a luxury limousine or have any special requirements you would like arranged for your tour, please ask us for details.
As with many of our tours, this itinerary involves a certain amount of travelling and walking, often on uneven surfaces. Please think carefully about the personal mobility (especially young children) of those in your group and the suitability of this tour for them before booking. Our Reservations Team will be happy to advise you on this.
To book this tour, request more information about the tour or advise of any special requirements you may have, please send an email to us using the form below.
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