Things to do in Zagora

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

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

Day 1: Atlas Mountains, Kasbahs, and Zagora Following pickup from your hotel or riad in Marrakesh, begin by crossing the High Atlas Mountains via the Tizi N’ Tichka Pass en route to Ouarzazate. Stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou for a guided tour, then head to Ouarzazate to visit the Taourirt Kasbah and the Atlas Cinema Studio.  Take a break for lunch before continuing to Zagora via Agdz and the Draa Valley. Upon arrival to Zagora, enjoy the sunset on a camel ride as you travel to the nomadic camp in the Nekhla Dunes. Dinner is later served at the camp before you spend the night in a private tent.   Day 2: Zagora, Draa Valley, and Ouarzazate On the second day, wake up early to enjoy a spectacular sunrise followed by breakfast. You can then opt to take part in a camel trek journey back to meet your driver. Drive back along the Draa Valley with a break for lunch, before finally returning to Marrakesh via Ouarzazate.

From Marrakech: 2-Day Zagora Sahara Desert Tour

2. From Marrakech: 2-Day Zagora Sahara Desert Tour

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: Zagora 2-Day Desert Safari with Food & Camp

3. 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 Ouarzazate, where you will stop for lunch at your leisure. 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 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, before the picturesque drive back to Marrakech.

From Marrakesh: 2-Day Desert Zagoura Tour

4. 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.

From Marrakech: 2-Day Zagora Desert Camp Trip

5. 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 Marrakech: 2-Day Zagora Desert Trip

6. 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.

Zagora: 2-Day Desert Trip from Marrakech

7. Zagora: 2-Day Desert Trip from Marrakech

Your drive starts out from Marrakech and proceeds to the Zagora Desert via the Tizin’tichka Pass, in the heart of the Atlas Mountains. Along the way, you’ll see Berber villages tucked away in the mountainside and stop to visit Ait Ben Haddou, one of the most magnificent kasbahs (fortresses). The authentic Berber villages have appeared in many movies, including Lawrence of Arabia, Hidalgo, The Black Stallion Returns, Babel, and Cleopatra. Continue through Ouarzazate, the location of the area’s film studios, to the Kasbah Taourirt, and the old Galoui Palace. Along the river that passes through the Draa Valley you’ll see many kasbahs, and the long palm tree oasis that’s an important source of dates. After the village of Agdz, you’ll soon arrive in Zagora. The massive adobe structures you see en route are divided into houses for families, in kasbah villages where life has continued unchanged over many centuries. Zagora is the last town before the palm oases where the road dissolves into nothing but sand and rocks. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Marrakech – Ait Ben Haddou – Zagora • Pick-up at your Marrakech accommodation at 07:30 • Drive through the High Atlas Mountains • Visit Ait Ben Haddou • Transfer to Zagora, through Berber villages in the Agdz and Draa valleys • Camel ride to the camping site (1-2 hours) • Dinner in the desert, with Berber music Day 2: Zagora – Agdz – Ouarzazate – Marrakech • See sunrise from the campsite • Camel ride back to the starting point • Transfer to Marrakech, stopping at Ouarzazate • Visit Ouarzazate to see the Kasbah Taourirt • Drop off at your Marrakech accommodation at approximately 18:00

From Zagora: 2-Day Desert Tour to Erg Chegaga

8. From Zagora: 2-Day Desert Tour to Erg Chegaga

Day 1: Zagora - Tamegroute - Erg Chegaga After pick-up from your hotel by 4WD vehicle, drive to Tamegroute, a small village located in Draa valley known for ceramics production. Discover Tamegroute's old religious center in Morocco, the Zawiya Nasiriyya. This Quranic library was built in the 17th century and is marvelous to explore. Afterwards, head to Mhamid along Draa valley with it's endless palm trees. After lunch, continue on the road to Chegag dunes. Arrive at around 4:00 PM in the winter and 6:00 PM in the summer, and swap your 4WD for camels! Enjoy the sunset over Erg Chegaga dunes before heading to the camp. Enjoy dinner and breakfast in the camp. Day 2: Chegaga - Erg Lihoudi - Zagora Get an early morning wake-up to enjoy the magical sunrise in the dunes, before taking a shower and sitting down for breakfast. Then, drive back to Zagora via the Tinfou dunes. 

From Marrakech: Overnight Luxury Camping Trip to Zagora

9. From Marrakech: Overnight Luxury Camping Trip to Zagora

Journey from Marrakech to Ouarzazate, the gateway to the Sahara dessert and to Zagora in the lush Draa Valley on this private 2-day tour. See ancient Berber villages and discover the rich history of the fortifications at Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah. Explore the unmatched beauty of the Moroccan desert from the heights of the Atlas Mountains, to lush Draa Valley, and across the wind-swept sand of Saharan dunes. Day 1: Begin at 7:30 am as you make your way to the High Atlas Mountains, and enjoy breathtaking views of some of the highest elevations in Morocco. Enjoy the rustic charm of old Berber villages. Stop in the middle of the High Atlas Mountains to take pictures, stretch your legs, or have a coffee. Next, venture to the UNESCO World Heritage site Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah and after lunch, view the most famous kasbah fortress in Morocco. From here, travel through the Draa Valley, which is known for growing delectable dates. On arrival in Zagora, take a camel ride to a luxury desert camp and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Saharan dunes over dinner. Sleep in comfort under the stars. Day 2: Greet the sun, as your gracious hosts wake you to see the majestic sunrise. After a hearty breakfast, enjoy a second camel ride back to meet your driver. Pass back through the peaks of the High Atlas Mountains and take in the views once more on your way back to Marrakech.

From Marrakech: Sahara Desert 2-Day Trip with Camel Ride

10. From Marrakech: Sahara Desert 2-Day Trip with Camel Ride

Explore Erg Lihoudi Mhamid Desert's beautiful sand dunes, experience the sunset on camelback, visit Ouarzazate, Draa Valley, and Zagora, and visit ancient fortified villages. Spend the evening under the stars in a comfortable tent and enjoy a traditional meal by the campfire. Day 1:Meet your guide outside your Marrakech accommodation. Cross over the High Atlas Mountains via the famous Tizi-N-Tichka, stopping to take in the breathtaking views. Enjoy a delicious lunch in Ouarzazate, and continue south to the Low Atlas Mountains. Marvel at the stunning canyons and snap photos of the looming mountains. Drive through the Draa Valley and see a Palm grove, an iconic oasis, and ancient Kasbahs. Arrive at Erg Lihoudi Dunes in time for a sunset camel ride, followed by a traditional dinner served by a campfire. Enjoy a blissful night's sleep under the stars in a tent. Day 2:Reach the top of the dunes just in time to see the beautiful desert sunrise. Enjoy a quick breakfast at the camp, and drive to the fortified village Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou. After a wonderful lunch, head to Kasbah Telouet through the fascinating Ouinila Valley, with its contrasting rocky canyons and lush fields. Return to your Marrakech accommodation through the stunning High Atlas Mountains.

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What people are saying about Zagora

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4.3 / 5

based on 1,599 reviews

Amazing experience! Redouane and Yassine are fantastic, friendly guides. We were picked up and driven over the Atlas mountains to our camels with multiple breaks and a lunch stop. The camel ride was great, however, it was not as much in the sandy sahara as we thought - moreso on the side of a mountain and road. Dinner was festive and campfire dancing was great. We were picked up and taken home with multiple breaks including a movie studio tour, hike, and moroccan lunch. Would highly recommend these two great guys!

The experience was great and superb! although the travel was too long but all was worth it. The people were so nice especially the berbers working when we arrived in the desert. Camel ride was challenging, overnight in the tent in the desert was brilliant, food was delicious and waking up to trek on a hill to catch the sunrise was very beautiful. our driver, Jamal is helpful and knows where to stop to get some beautiful views and spots around morocco. Overall, what an amazing experience!

This was an amazing trip! We were picked up at our hotel and then throughout the day we had various stops which helped considering that overall it takes about 7h to get to the desert! Our guide was lovely, very patient and always looking after us and his drive was very good and respectful! The camel ride and the night in the desert were impressive! They were very friendly and provided us with such an amazing atmosphere, singing and dancing that we'll never forget.

This experience was very good! The people were sooo nice and very good food!! Our driver was also very nice friendly and helpful with everything we needed!! We didn’t have time for 3 day teip to Merzouga but this one was just as nice!! There were no desert dunes as you would expect but all the experience was soo nice that you forget about this little minus!

It was an amazing tour and we enjoyed the tour A LOT, but i wish we could have done more activities during the camp ☺️ But overall it was an amazing experience