Kasbahs, Oasis, Chegaga Desert Tour from Ouarzazate – 3 days

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Ouarzazate to Erg Chegaga desert tour 3 days – overview:

A true taste of Saharan adventure awaits you on this 3-day desert tour from Ouarzazate to Erg Chegaga, the most remote and untouched dunes of Morocco. First, you will travel through the Anti-Atlas Mountains, where you can soak in breathtaking views. Next, you visit Kasbah Tamnougalte in Agdz followed by an exploration of the Dra’a Valley’s palm groves and adobe Kasbahs. Then, you will discover Tamegroute’s green pottery and an ancient library.

As a part of this adventure, you ride camels up the Erg Lihoudi and the impressive Erg Chegaga dunes, which stand at a remarkable 300 meters in height, offering stunning sunsets. In the evening, you can relish dinners under starry skies, serenaded by nomad music, and retire to the comfort of your private tents in luxury desert camps. Experience 4×4 off-road driving, and fossil hunting at Iriki Lake, and learn about Berber carpet crafting in Taznakht.

Come back to Ouarzazate, carrying treasured memories with you.


3-day desert tour from Ouarzazate to Erg Chegaga – highlights:

  • Travel across the Anti-Atlas Mountains, Berber Villages, and Dra’a Valley’s palm-filled beauty
  • Discover Tamegroute Village’s green pottery workshops and a historic Quranic Library
  • Experience a sunset camel ride, try sandboarding, capture unique photos & dance to nomad music
  • Enjoy enchanting dinners under a sky full of stars followed by Berber music around campfires
  • Two nights in your private tents in luxur desert camps in the Erg Lihoudi & Erg Chegaga big dunes
  • Thrill in 4×4 off-road driving, exploring diverse Sahara features and hunting fossils at Iriki Lake

What is included in this 3-day desert tour from Ouarzazate to Erg Chegaga:

  • Transportation in a private air-conditioned vehicle; a 4×4 Toyota Prado TX
  • Experienced English, French, Spanish, Italian-speaking Berber/Nomad driver-guide
  • Pick-up from and drop-off at your hotel in Ouarzazate
  • Two nights in luxury desert camps in the Erg Lihoudi and Erg Chegaga dunes: private tents with bathroom & shower, king-sized beds, mattresses, sheets, pillows, blankets, lamps & traditional furniture
  • All meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner – with vegetarian and vegan options available
  • Bottled water, tea, and coffee in the desert camp
  • Sunset camel ride with guide plus free sandboarding if desired
  • Possibility to go for short hikes in the midst of beautiful scenery
  • Free time to explore sites of interest, for walks, photos and tea/ coffee breaks
  • Entrance fees and local guides
  • Luggage service to the desert camps
  • Personalised service

What is not included

  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Extras

Good to know desert tour from Ouarzazate to Erg Chegaga:

  • It is possible to customise this tour to accommodate your areas of interest, preferred budget, and timetable
  • To add variety to your desert adventure, we suggest our 3-day desert tour from Ouarzazate to Merzouga
  • There is a 25% reduction for children under 12 years old & we do not charge for children under 5 year old
  • We ask for a 30% deposit to confirm your booking. The balance can be paid to the driver or at our Ouarzazate office
  • We accept payment through PayPal, credit card, bank transfer, or cash(USD, Euro, GBP or MAD)
  • These prices can be subject to an increase over the high season, Christmas and New Year’s Eve period

Price details

Number of persons2 Persons3 Persons4 Persons5 Persons6 Persons
Price per person375 €345 €305 €275 €275 €
Total price750 €1035 €1220 €1375 €1650 €

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Ouarzazate to Erg Chegaga desert tour 3 days – itinerary:

1st day: Ouarzazate – M’hamid

Departure in the morning at 08:30 from your hotel, and you venture south on your 3-day desert tour from Ouarzazate to Erg Chegaga. You travel south over the Anti-Atlas Mountains as far as Agdz, a oasis town well-known for the variety of palm dates. As you start to descend the Tizi-n-Tinfifite pass (1660m), you will be amazed by the splendid views of the extensive green oases and the innumerable palm trees, all indicating the beginning of the Dra’a Valley.

Agdz is part of the ancient Caravan Road which used to supply goods up from Mali and Niger, having crossed the Sahara. Nowadays, its abundant palm groves produce an impressive 44 varieties of dates.

For a short while, we go off-road through the Dra’a Valley, between the mountains and the river, passing through many villages to gain a better idea of the way of life along the oases. You will stop to visit Kasbah Tamnougalte, the oldest Kasbah in the valley. Some parts of the Kasbah are still inhabited, while others, particularly the Jewish quarter, are now crumbling, having been abandoned.

From here, you continue your 3-day Erg Chegaga desert trip from Ouarzazate, travelling south alongside the ancient Caravans road as far as Zagora, the last largest oasis in the valley and the venue for today’s lunch. Just outside of Zagora, you visit the local green pottery co-operatives and an old Quranic library in Tamgroute village.

In the afternoon, your desert adventure continues further south as far as M’hamid, where the sand alongside the road signifies the beginning of the mighty Sahara Desert. M’hamid village is the gate to the Sahara and the end of the paved road.

Here a camel ride leads to the summit of the dunes to enjoy an unforgettable sunset. You have dinner and spend the night in a luxury desert camp in your own private tent equipped with a toilet & shower, king-sized beds, mattresses, sheets, pillows, blankets, carpets & lamps.

2nd day: M’hamid – Erg Chegaga dunes

Get up early to witness the sunrise from the top of the dunes with free time to wander the desert dunes, and immerse yourself in moments of utter tranquillity. Back at the camp, breakfast is served and you set out on your adventure to explore the region.

The old villages here are typical of desert dwellings, where houses are constructed entirely of adobe. This excellent building material keeps out the summer’s searing heat due to the walls’ thickness. You will explore these villages and learn about life in this harsh yet equally beautiful environment.

After lunch, you continue to Erg Chegaga dunes with about 65km of off-road driving through the varying features of the Sahara Desert; ‘erg’ (dunes), ‘hammada’ (stony desert) and oases.

At the campsite, you check in to your tent and enjoy a relaxing glass of tea and Moroccan biscuits. Then, you take a camel ride to watch to summit of the Erg Chegaga dunes, which stand at a remarkable 300 meters in height, offering stunning sunsets. These dunes are far away from civilization, and the silence and the expanse of the sand are overwhelming.

Back at the camp, dinner is served, followed by an evening of nomad music and drumming around a campfire. You spend the night in your private tent, equipped with a private toilet & shower, king-sized beds, mattresses, sheets, pillows, blankets & carpets, lamps and beautiful Moroccan furnishings, all tastefully arranged to enhance your stay.

3rd day: Erg Chegaga dunes – Ouarzazate

If you get up early enough, you will be rewarded by an incredible sunrise, when the colour of the dunes and the play of shadows are an incredible sight. You will also have time to wonder about the dunes and experience the tranquillity of this magical place.

Back at the camp, breakfast is served. Then, your 3-day Erg Chegaga desert tour from Ouarzazate continues through another 90km of the Sahara Desert with varying scenery: Lake Iriqui, where you are likely to experience a vast mirage in the heat, the mountains, with the opportunity to look for fossils.

You travel west from here, following the old track of “Rally Paris-Dakar” as far as Foum Zguid, the first village after the desert and the venue for lunch. From here, you drive north along paved roads and past fantastic rock formations to the small town of Taznakht, famous for its Berber carpets and rugs. If interested, you can visit a display room with looms and women at work.

Turning back east, you arrive in Ouarzazate by the end of the afternoon. Your driver will transfer you to your hotel which marks the end of your 3-day desert tour from Ouarzazate to Erg Chegaga.


Map of Ouarzazate to Erg Chegaga desert tour 3 days:


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tomfizz
tomfizz
05/01/2024
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Great family trip Great trip with our guide Younes of Moments in Morocco. Younes is very knowledgeable of the area, a safe driver, and a very discrete and pleasant man. The kids age 10, 12, and 13 had a great time
Andrew S
Andrew S
22/12/2023
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Sahara desert, chebbi. Our family enjoy the trip very much. Everythings better than we expected. The hotels are marvellous. Riding camels are the best experience for us. The driver is very nice and responsive.
Asri A
Asri A
20/12/2023
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Best Tour Service - Kasbahs, Gorges, Merzouga Tour from Ouarzazate We just came back from the 3 Days tour of Kasbahs, Gorges, Merzouga Desert from Ouarzazate and everything about the tour from beginning to end was amazing. Massive thanks to Hamzah, Lhossine and Lahcen. The booking process was very simple, with really quick correspondence over email and once we arrived at Ouarzazate they confirmed the time the driver (Lhossine) would pick us up from our Riad to start our tour. Once on the tour, everything was very well organised - from the visits to the kasbahs and other attractions, lunch, dinner and even down to the rest stops in between. Lhossine even showed us some things that werent originally in the itinerary but thought we might be interested in such as taking us to an ex-nomad family making berber rugs and stopping by the side of the road to see the dinosaur footprint. The tour was also very well paced, we never felt rush at any time and the stops were well spaces so that you're never in the car for too long. The restaurants and the hotels were also of very high standards not only in terms of accommodation but also the food were one of the best we've had in Morocco and the berber music performance was so much fun. I also want to add that after our tour, we stayed a bit longer in Ourzazate and unfortunately one of our plans fell through. I didnt know what else to do and last minute I messaged Hamzah to see if he can help us and he was so kind and helpful. He organised a driver last minute to take us around (and at a very reasonable cost). So I had another half day tour with Lahcen to see Ait Ben Haddou and visit Studio Atlas and again, they really took their time to organise an itinerary / drive that maximised what we could see by going off road to see some of the film sets outside of the studio and Lahcen also acted as a guide walking around Ait Ben Haddou. This was my first visit to Morocco and it definitely made a lasting impression and a lot of it was due to Hamzah and his team at Moments in Morocco. Thank you Hamzan, Lhossine and Lahcen. If we're ever back in Morocco we will definitely be in touch!
chestnut
chestnut
10/12/2023
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Great desert trip! We booked a three day desert trip to M’Hamid and Chegaga. The two deserts we visited were beautfiul and everything around the trip was well-organized. We had a private driver who did a great job as well
pazza63
pazza63
27/09/2023
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6 star service We traveled with moments in Morocco in September 2023 . If we could give 6 stars to this company we would We did a three day desert tour from ouarazate From the email that we sent when planning our trip we knew straight away that this company was a very good company with email returned to us answering our questions very promptly We were in ouarazate the night of the earthquake which was very scary.Hamza contacted us not long after the quake which was at 11.30 at night to check in and make sure we were ok and safe and if we needed anything to contact him my wife and I thought how kind this was of him Now we also had an amazing driver for three days Momo amdyaze Moments in morocco were amazing to deal with but our drive Momo made the whole trip the experience that we were hopping for From the first moment to the end of the tour Momo offered a service of very high standards Momo spent a lot of time chatting to us as we drove along explaining lots of different things about the places we were going to and about the Moroccan culture . By the end of our tour we were sad to say goodbye as he had become a good mate The places that were selected for our overnight stays and our meals were also of a very high standard but did also pay a little extra to upgrade which I believe was worth every cent This trip was part of my 60th birthday celebration and moments in Morocco even went to the effort to surprise me with a birthday cake in the middle of the desert now that was pretty cool Again thank you moments in Morocco for the best experience we could of asked for and to momo amdyaze for being the most amazing tour guid
Javier Z
Javier Z
09/09/2023
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Desert adventure It was a very pleasant time to be taken to the desert and experience the unique moments in the sahara, riding camels and in the camp. Our driver was nice and considerate, the meals, transportation and hotels were included which made it all go smoothly. Consider that the meals include only the food and in many stops you will need to take cash for some expenses. While we were told we were going to be given water, many times it was kind of confusing when would that happen. So consider asking beforehand what is included in the meals and what not. We took the 3 day trip and the stops were very nice, we wish we had a little more time at the desert, so I would advice to ask the agency or driver for that or to take the 4 day trip instead if you want to . Overall it was a once in a lifetime experience, me and my friends enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who visits morocco for a few days and want to be in the desert adventure as well.
Carlos Moreno
Carlos Moreno
09/09/2023
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Atención increíble La atención de todo el equipo fue increíble desde antes que llegáramos a Marruecos. Nuestro chofer, Hamid, se porto sumamente bien durante los 3 días, siempre a la disposición de que nuestro viaje fuera de lo mejor. Los lugares en los que dormimos y comimos fueron de alta calidad.
Adrien v
Adrien v
25/08/2023
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2 day desert tour from Ouarzazate We had an incredible experience! Over the course of three days, we were fortunate to have an excellent tour guide who was exceptionally helpful and knowledgeable. Our stops for meals and rest were consistently at secure locations, where the food was consistently delightful. Our guide also provided excellent food suggestions. The highlight of our trip was undoubtedly the Sahara Desert, and our camp there was truly remarkable. The tents were impeccably clean.
Tara
Tara
17/07/2023
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Great tour to Dades Valley Had an amazing day trip to the Dades Valley. With lots of places to see along the way and opportunities to stop at places of interest. Driver was a great tour guide, in a comfortable car with AC and the ability to go off-road. The lunch included is delicious with an amazing view. Would highly recommend this tour.
ramon s
ramon s
19/06/2023
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Ouarzazate- Merzouga 2Days Tour Highly recommend it, one of the best things to do in Morroco ,very flexible and organised,we went to the desert,the driver Abdull was perfect,the tent at the desert very good ,dromedary,sand board,sunrise its all you need and some cool places during the journey,will be a great memory.

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