After picking you up from the airport, we will be leaving Fes and starting our journey to the Moroccan Sahara. First we will be driving through the Middle Atlas Mountains, which will take us through the town of Ifrane. Ifrane is nicknamed the Switzerland of Morocco, for having architecture and nature that resembles that of European cities. Next, we will make a necessary stop at the Cedar forests of Azrou cities, which are inhabited by the wild Macaque monkeys. Then, we will have lunch at the city of Midelt, which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding Atlas Mountains, before continuing along to the Ziz Valley. From here on forward, the landscape is going to start changing to a more deserted one, with Kasbahs and palm trees filling the entourage. After driving by the town of Erfoud, we will finally reach the town of Merzouga, where we will spend the night at a local Kasbah.
We will have breakfast at the Kasbah, before heading out to explore the desert and the surroundings of Merzouga. We will start by a 4×4 ride through an extension of the Erg Chebbi, where the sand dunes are as high as 250 meters. Next, we will drive through a road that was featured on the Paris-Dakar rally, which also falls along the Algerian border, before reaching the Tissardmine Oasis and stopping to rest at a café. Following this, we will learn more about the nomadic desert lifestyle by visiting a nearby nomad settlement, before heading to the famous Khamlia village next. Khamlia is the village that the spiritual Gnaoua music originated from, where some of its original masters still live today.
We will return to Merzouga, where you can relax for a bit while enjoying a glass of mint tea, before we meet up with our camel caravan which will take us camel trekking. With the help of an experienced desert guide from Morocco Travel Land, you will get to enjoy the vastness of the Moroccan desert, while the sun is casting its red and orange colors on the golden and endless Erg Chebbi dunes. Finally, we will reach our camp that’s hidden in the dunes, away from the noise and business of the city, where we will have dinner around a campfire and get to sleep in luxury desert tents.
When waking up today in the middle of the Sahara desert, surrounded by nothing but the soft sand dunes, you will get to witness one of the most magical sunrises in your life (a must see!). We will have breakfast at the camp, then return to Merzouga to begin our trip to the Todra gorges. We will first visit the nearby Rissani town, known for its big weekly market, then head to Erfoud. At Erfoud, we can visit one of the local fossilized marble workshops. Finally, we will arrive at the breathtaking Todra gorges where we can hike or walk along the refreshing Todra river. We will have dinner and spend the night at a local hotel.
After having breakfast at our hotel, we will leave in the direction of the Dades Valley, travelling through the “Road of the Thousand Kasbahs”. This road was given this name due the huge number of old and abandoned Kasbahs it holds. The road will lead us to the Dades Valley, and then to off-road settlement of Berber and Nomad families. We will get the chance to interact with these families and see what their day-to-day life looks like. Continuing our journey, we will drive through the mesmerizing valley of Roses and the Skoura palm groves, before finally arriving at Ouarzazate. We will have dinner and spend the night at a hotel in Ouarzazate.
Today we will be visiting one of Morocco’s most iconic monuments, not far from Ouarzazate, the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. This Kasbah was used many times throughout the years as a historical background for big movies such as Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, The jewel of the Nile, the mummy and more. Following a tour of this breathtaking place, we will head to another Kasbah by the name of Telouet, where we will have lunch. Finally, we will head straight to Marrakech through the High Atlas Mountains.
This marks the end of this Morocco travel land 5 days tour.