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From Marrakech: 3-Day Chegaga Desert Star Gazing 4WD Tour

1. From Marrakech: 3-Day Chegaga Desert Star Gazing 4WD Tour

Day 1: At 8 AM, depart from your riad or hotel in Marrakech and set off for your first stop, the Aït Ben Haddou Kasbah. Take a scenic drive through the Tizi'n'Tichka pass in the High Atlas mountains and admire the breathtaking views along the way. When you arrive at the Kasbah take a stroll through this centuries-old site where Lawrence of Arabia was filmed. Enjoy lunch at your leisure here before continuing on to Ouarzazate. When you arrive, check-in at the guesthouse and enjoy some free time before dinner. At 8 PM, head over to watch a Berber music show at dinner featuring performances from the blue men of the Desert. Day 2: After breakfast, set off into the Draa Valley until you reach M'hamid El Rhizlane, the biggest oasis in the world which is 220 km long. At 10 AM, stop for a tea break in Tamnougalt, a traditional village with beautiful houses made out of mud, clay, and straw. Arrive in M'hamid El Rhizlane in time for lunch. Then, embark on an off-road journey through the wild desert until you reach the camp in Erg Chegaga. Arrive at the camp by about 4 PM and enjoy the silence of the desert and the magic atmosphere of the place. Take a romantic camel trek through the sand dunes at sunset. At 8 PM sit down to enjoy a Berber music show and dinner around the campfire.  Day 3:  Enjoy another early breakfast at 8 AM, before setting off deeper into the desert to reach the road from the other side of Erg Chegaga. Marvel at the incredible lunar landscapes that will leave you speechless. Savor a delicious lunch on the road between Foum Zguid and Taznakht. Cross the Anti Atlas Mountains and the High Atlas Mountains until you finally reach Marrakesh to end your beautiful adventure. Get dropped off back at your hotel between 6 - 7 PM.

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Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 4 reviews

We chose this tour because the standard tour program à la Merzouga and Zagora is not rattled down and we were in no way disappointed. The tour was one of the most exciting of our Morocco vacation. The Chegaga Desert is so varied and beautiful that we would have loved to have stayed there longer. The way there and back (2 hours each to / from the camp) is very bumpy and you shouldn't necessarily have a sensitive stomach, but it is worthwhile in all cases. We would have liked a little more communication, so that, for example, you know in which accommodations you are staying and that, for example, it is best to only travel with a rucksack (when asked by email it was said that the suitcase can be taken with you, but that was very clumsy. ). Our two guides Ayoub and Ali were really nice and funny, we had a wonderful time. I can recommend this tour to anyone who likes it a little more individual & wants to experience the "real" desert

This extraordinary 3-day tour will surely be remembered for a lifetime. We crossed the mountains and valleys of the Atlas Mountains with the SUV, spent the night in an oasis where we got truly authentic impressions of the life of a Berber clan. Dinner with an open fire in the fireplace in the living room, overnight in a simple, clean room, delicious breakfast with freshly baked pastries. We continued towards the desert. Mubarak, our driver was very responsive to our needs and he always knew a nice place to stop. The 3 hour drive through the desert was the next highlight. In the late afternoon we reached our camp where Mohamed was already waiting for us. A camel ride to a dune from which we could watch the sunset was our next item on the program. There was also a great tagine and campfire in the camp. Day 3 again led us through fascinating landscapes back to Marrakech. What a top tour!

Highly recommend this tour. There was only one review on here when we booked so I was a bit skeptical. We didn't hear from the tour about the exact pickup time so were a bit worried. But Mehdi was there promptly at 8. The tour was very flexible and excellent value for money. The camps are really great, with showers and hot water, the sunset camel ride was really great and the view of the night skies unforgettable. We were even able to arrange for transfer from Marrakesh to Casablanca with the driver at the end of the trip.