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From Marrakech: 2-Day Desert Excursion

1. From Marrakech: 2-Day Desert Excursion

Pass thorugh stunning valleys and the Atlas Mountains on this 2-day trip from Marrakech. Travel through the Draa valley to Ait Ben Haddou and Ouarzazate. Stay overnight in a desert camp in Zagora, ride a camel in the Sarhara, and enjoy a delicious dinner and breakfast. Day 1: Depart early in the morning from Marrakech. Be stunned by the valleys and hills as you travel 7400 feet up in your air-conditioned vehicle. Arrive at the ksar (fortified city) of Ait Ben Haddou, which is located along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech. Capture pictures of the city of Ait Ben Haddou which has served as the backdrop for films such as “Lawrence of Arabia”, “Time Bandits”, “Kundun”, “The Mummy”, and many more. See why it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1989. Stop to purchase lunch at a local restaurant. Drive to Ouarzazate which home to film studios and famous sandstone buildings and desert scenery. Cruise through the inspiring Anti Atlas Mountains (Tizi N Tnifift), as well as lush valleys of Agdz and the Draa valley. Arrive in Zagora and ride a well-trained camel through the desert as the sun sets over the sand. Stop at your campsite and tuck into a hearty dinner before sleeping like a local in an authentic Berber tent. Day 2: Wake up in the early morning to enjoy the sunrise before taking a fresh shower and eating some breakfast. Ride your camel back to Zagora where you will meet your driver. Travel back to Ouarzazate by car, though Draa valley and anti Atlas mountains. Stop in Ouarzazate for 40-minutes and have the opportunity to visit the Kasbah of Taourirt or the museum of cinema. Enjoy lunch in Ouarzazate and return to Marrakech where the tour concludes. Your arrival in Marrakech is scheduled for 6:00 PM.

From Marrakech: Zagora 2-Day Desert Safari with Food & Camp

2. From Marrakech: Zagora 2-Day Desert Safari with Food & Camp

Live the life of a Berber on a 2-day desert safari to Zagora and the Draa Valley from Marrakech. Experience the shifting sand dunes on the back of a camel, sleep under a canopy of stars, and follow in the footsteps of Hollywood royalty on a visit to the world heritage village of Ait Ben Haddou. Day 1: Marrakech - Zagora Following an early morning pickup from your hotel or riad in Marrakech, drive across the High Atlas Mountains en route to to take you on a scenic drive to the world heritage village of Ait Ben Haddou. Instantly recognizable as the setting of various Hollywood epics, it’s also a popular backdrop for photo shoots with international fashion magazines and agencies. Explore the Kasbah at leisure, with some free time for lunch, Continue to the oasis of Agdez, before driving through the date and palm trees of the Draa Valley. Marvel at the fortified Kasbahs along the way. Upon arrival at Zagora, meet your camel caravan and ride a camel over the sand dunes as you watch the sunset paint the desert sands. Then, transfer to your Sahara Desert camp just before dark. Settle into your private tent, and enjoy some free time to explore the surrounding desert scenery. Dinner will be served under the stars while your nomad hosts entertain you around a campfire with the beat of their tamtam drums. Day 2: Zagora - Marrakech Wake early to experience the magic of a desert sunrise (optional). Then, enjoy breakfast before climbing back into the saddle of your camel for the ride back to the main road. Here, your minibus will be waiting to take you back to Marrakech you will arrived around 6h pm.

Marrakech: Overnight Sahara Tour to Zagora & Ait Ben Haddou

3. Marrakech: Overnight Sahara Tour to Zagora & Ait Ben Haddou

Discover Ouarzazate and Zagora on this 2-day trip from Marrakech. Visit the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou fortress and admire stunning views of the Atlas mountains. Ride camel through the Sahara during the sunset. Savor a local dinner and breakfast and stay overnight in a tent at the Zagora dunes.  Day 1: Begin with early-morning pickup from Marrakech. Travel through the dessert sandstone city of Ouarzazate. Stop at the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, where you will have free time to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to the verdant Draa Valley, which is well-known for its amazing ksour and kasbah. Head to Zagora and make your way to the windswept dunes for a sunset camel ride. Make camp at a campsite in the Zagora dunes and enjoy a hearty dinner of local flavors. Day 2: Wake early morning for a typical Berber breakfast before watching the sunrise from the back of your camel in the dunes. Board the bus and take the road back to Marrakech through the High Atlas Mountains.

From Marrakech: Ait Ben Haddou & Atlas Mountains 2-Day Trip

4. From Marrakech: Ait Ben Haddou & Atlas Mountains 2-Day Trip

Explore the Atlas Mountains on this two-day trip from Marrakech. Visit the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou and cross the Draa Valley. Spend the night in a desert camp in Zagora, ride a camel in the Sahara, and enjoy a delicious dinner and breakfast. Depart Marrakech early in the morning and set off for the Atlas Mountains. Arrive at the ksar (fortified town) of Ait Ben Haddou, which is located along the old caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech. Take photos of the city of Ait Ben Haddou, which served as the backdrop for films such as "Lawrence of Arabia," "Bandits of Time," "Kundun," "The Mummy," and many others. Find out why it was listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1989. Stop for lunch in a restaurant facing the Kasbah. Drive to Ouarzazate, home to movie studios, famous sandstone buildings, and desert landscapes. Take a ride through the awe-inspiring Anti-Atlas Mountains (Tizi N Tnifift), as well as the lush valleys of Agdz and the Draa Valley. Arrive in Zagora and climb onto a well-trained camel for a sunset ride through the desert. Stop at your campsite and enjoy a hearty dinner before sleeping like a local in an authentic Berber tent. Wake up early in the morning to enjoy the sunrise before having breakfast. Return by camel to Zagora, where you will meet your driver. Return to Ouarzazate by car through the Draa Valley and the Anti-Atlas mountains. Stop for 20 minutes in Ouarzazate and visit the Kasbah of Taourirt or the Cinema Museum. Finally, have lunch in Ouarzazate or in the mountains on the way to Marrakech.

Marrakech: 2-Day Zagora Desert & Kasbah Ait Benhaddou Tour

5. Marrakech: 2-Day Zagora Desert & Kasbah Ait Benhaddou Tour

Explore Ouarzazate and Zagora on a 2-day trip from Marrakech. Visit the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou and admire the Atlas Mountains. Ride a camel to the campsite and savor a local dinner and breakfast. Stay overnight in a private tent at the Zagora dunes. Choose from a tour with a standard or a luxury tent. Day 1: Atlas Mountains, Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, and Zagora Following pickup from your hotel or riad in Marrakesh, begin by crossing the high atlas mountains via the Tizi N’ Tichka pass. Stop at the UNESCO world heritage kasbah fortress of Ait Ben Haddou where you will have free time to visit this Heritage Site. After a lunch break, continue to the verdant Draa Valley, which is well-known for its amazing kasbah fortresses. Head to Zagora and make your way to the windswept dunes. Watch the sunset while riding a camel to the campsite in the Zagora dunes. Delight in a delicious local dinner. Spend the night in a private standard or luxury tent under the stars. Day 2: Zagora, Draa Valley, and Ouarzazate On the second day, wake up early to enjoy a spectacular sunrise view followed by a typical Berber breakfast. You can then opt to take part in a camel trek journey back to meet your driver. Drive back to Marrakech through the High Atlas Mountains.

From Marrakech: 2-Day Trip to Zagora Desert with Berber Camp

6. From Marrakech: 2-Day Trip to Zagora Desert with Berber Camp

Get ready for a two-day adventure from Marrakesh to Zagora and back! On Day One, you'll immerse yourself in centuries of history at the Unesco World Heritage site Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. Then traverse across Draa Valley dotted with countless ksar (fortified tribal villages) and kasbahs – don't forget your camera! End the day watching an unforgettable sunset on camelback before feasting on dinner under starry skies in Zagora dunes. Wake up early for awe inspiring sunrise followed by breakfast, then take another ride as you return through Ouarzazate past captivating Atlas Mountains towards home sweet Marrakech. An unforgettable experience awaits - buckle up!! Accommodations: Caravane Du Sud Authentic Tizi Camp or similar (Standard) Caravane du Sud Luxury Camp or similar (Luxury) For Shared Excursions: The Guide in Ait Ben Haddou is not included, but you can join a group tour on your own for around €2 per person.

From Marrakech: 2-Day Zagora Desert Camp Trip

7. From Marrakech: 2-Day Zagora Desert Camp Trip

Day 1: Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou – Draa Valley – Zagora After getting picked up in Marrakech, head to Zagora. Your first stop will be Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. Discover this impressive UNESCO World Heritage site, a fortified village where only five families remain today. Next, head to the Draa Valley, where you can admire endless ksour (fortified tribal villages) and kasbahs (fortified homes for tribal rulers). At the end of the day, reach Zagora and watch the sunset on a 1-hour camel ride. To finish, enjoy an excellent dinner at a campsite in the Zagora dunes. Day 2: Zagora – Ouarzazate – Marrakesh Rise early to enjoy the magical sunrise in the dunes before sitting down for breakfast. Take a camel ride back to the starting point to begin your journey back to Marrakesh. Make a stop at Ouarzazate, aka the door of the desert, to see the Kasbah Taourirt, a citadel set against the backdrop of the Atlas Mountains, before getting dropped off in Marrakech.

From Marrakesh: 2-Day Desert Zagoura Tour

8. From Marrakesh: 2-Day Desert Zagoura Tour

Spend two days exploring mountainous and desert scenery, as well as traditional Moroccan cities and towns with an experienced guide.   Day 1: Depart from Marrakesh at 9:00 AM in a modern, air-conditioned minibus and head to the Atlas Mountains. Drive through the range, taking in magnificent views of the surrounding countryside and snow-capped mountains. You’ll soon arrive at the Kasbah Aït Benhaddou, an ancient fortified village that exemplifies Morocco’s traditional earthen clay architecture.   Afterwards, continue to Ouarzazate for lunch at a local café or restaurant. Continue on along the Drâa Valley to reach the town of Zagora. Here, you’ll meet your camels, who will take you on a 1.5-hour trek into the dunes. From atop these tall, sometimes graceful animals, you’ll get amazing views of the desert on your way to your camp in the dunes.   Day 2:  After a traditional Berber breakfast, head out just before sunrise on another 1.5-hour camel ride to get the best views of the changing colors of the sky. Head back to Zagora by camel and say goodbye to your traveling companion.   From Zagora, head back to the Atlas Mountains by minivan, with plenty of stops for photos and lunch. You’ll arrive at Marrakesh between 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM and be taken to your hotel.

Zagora Desert: 2-Day 1 night Desert Expedition to Remember"

9. Zagora Desert: 2-Day 1 night Desert Expedition to Remember"

Cross stunning valleys and the Atlas Mountains on this two-day tour from Marrakech. visit the kasbah ait Ben Haddou and Cross the Draa valley. Spend the night in a desert camp in Zagora, ride a camel in the Sarhara, and enjoy a delicious dinner and breakfast. Day 1 : Marrakech - Kasbah ait ben haddou - Zagora We will Leave early morning Marrakech between 07 and 08 am. Let yourself be surprised by the valleys and the atlas mountains. Arrive at the ksar (fortified town) of Ait Ben Haddou, which is located along the old caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech. Take photos of the city of Ait Ben Haddou, which served as the backdrop for films such as "Lawrence of Arabia", "Bandits of Time", "Kundun", "The Mummy", and many others. Find out why it has been listed as a Unesco World Heritage site since 1989. Stop for lunch in restaurant in front of the kasbah. Drive to Ouarzazate, home to movie studios and famous sandstone buildings and desert landscapes. Take a cruise through the inspiring Anti-Atlas mountains (Tizi N Tnifift), as well as the lush valleys of Agdz and the Draa Valley. Arrive in Zagora and ride a well-trained camel through the desert as the sun sets on the sand. Stop at your campsite and enjoy a hearty dinner before sleeping like a local in an authentic Berber tent. Day 2 : Zagora - Ouarzazat - Marrakech. Wake up early in the morning to enjoy the sunrise before taking a breakfast. Return by camel to Zagora where you will meet your driver. Return to Ouarzazate by car through the Draa Valley and the Anti-Atlas mountains. Stop 20 minutes in Ouarzazate and visit the Kasbah of Taourirt or the cinema museum. Finally, have lunch in Ouarzazate or in the mountains on the way to Marrakech. Your arrival in Marrakech is scheduled at 18:00.

From Marrakech: 2-Day Zagora Desert Trip

10. From Marrakech: 2-Day Zagora Desert Trip

You’ll be picked up at your hotel or riad in Marrakech at 07:20 to begin your 2-day desert excursion. On the way to southern Morocco, you’ll cross the High Atlas Mountains via the Tizi N’ Tichka Pass (2,260 meters in altitude). The drive takes you along zigzagging roads as you enjoy the views of the Berber villages of Imouzzar Valley. Stop to explore Ait Benhaddou, one of the best-preserved villages in southern Morocco. This fortified village was built by the Ait Aissa tribe in the 15th century for caravan traders traveling from Timbuktu to Andalusia via Marrakech and Tangier. The village served as a natural setting for several international movies including The Gladiators, Ali Baba, Ben Hur and Lawrence of Arabia. Enjoy a guided visit to the top of the hill that dominates the whole area. Afterwards, you’ll head to Ouarzazate to visit the Taourirt Kasbah with a short break at the entrance of the city to see the cinema studios and old movie sets. You’ll also have a break for lunch before continuing to Zagora via Agdez and through the Draa Valley. Your camel ride starts about a kilometer from Zagora. Enjoy the sunset along the way as you ride to the nomadic camp in the Nekhla dunes. Dinner will be served at the camp and you’ll spend the night in a private tent. On the second day, wake up early to enjoy a spectacular sunrise followed by breakfast. You’ll have the option of a camel trek back to meet your driver. The drive back will take you along the Draa Valley, with breaks to take in the views and for lunch, before returning to Marrakech via Ouarzazate.

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All in all, an amazing adventure with beautiful scenery and very accomodating guides and driver. The desert camping was a definite highlight! It was perhaps a little too much driving for just two days but I guess that’s the price you pay if you want to see the Sahara from Marrakesh. Also be sure to pack any motion sickness medication should you need it as the road is very winding. But do not be put off, it’s all worth it!

This was the most amazing experience and worth way more than we paid! Our driver made the ride so enjoyable and stopped when we wanted, and we were shocked at how nice the camp was. The people who work here are one of a kind and some of the nicest we have ever met.

Laarbi was our very friendly driver. The stay at the camp was very good, it is basic, but it is fine. The food in the restaurants they select could be improved. That would be the only thing I didn't like.

laarbi was really kind and a nice driver. A great experience, recommended

We could be informed before bout the "tips". not everything Was included