Zagora Desert Tour from Marrakech – 2 days

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2-day desert tour from Marrakech to Zagora- overview:

Step into a desert world and travel beyond Marrakech with this short but adventure-packed 2-day desert tour from Marrakech to Zagora – a perfect option for travellers who have a short time but wish to seize the opportunity to get introduced to the Sahara Desert and the southern regions of Morocco.

It is an incredible experience that covers the spectacular Atlas Mountains, the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the verdant Dra’a Valley with its vast palm groves. You will also experience a sense of Morocco’s historic past along the ancient Caravans Route with its innumerable Berber villages and fortified Kasbahs.

The highlight of this adventure will be the thrill of a sunset camel ride, followed by a traditional Moroccan meal under a sky full of stars and an evening of Berber music around a campfire in a luxury camp and the night in your own private tent.

Your desert journey starts here!

2-day private desert tour from Marrakech to Zagora – highlights:

  • Travel across the high Atlas Mountains, over the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass (2260m) and via Berber villages
  • Experience a sunset camel ride, try sandboarding, take memorable photos & dance to nomad music
  • Enjoy dinner under a Saharan star-lit sky and sleep in your private tent in a luxury desert camp
  • Visit Kasbah Telouet and explore the UNESCO World Heritage site, Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou
  • Explore Dra’a Valley’s palm-filled beauty and the ancient Caravan Route with its fortified Kasbahs
  • Discover Tamegroute Village’s green pottery workshops and a historic Quranic Library

What is included in this Marrakech to Zagora desert tour:

  • Transportation in a private air-conditioned vehicle; 4×4 Toyota Prado TX or deluxe van
  • Experienced English, French, Spanish, Italian-speaking Berber/Nomad driver-guide
  • Pick-up from and drop-off at your hotel in Marrakech
  • Overnight in a luxury desert camp in the Zagora Desert: private tent 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 hiking in the midst of beautiful scenery
  • Free time to explore sites of interest, for walks, photos and tea/ coffee breaks
  • Luggage service to the desert camp and all accommodation
  • Entrance fees and local guides
  • Personalised service

What is not included:

  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Extra

Good to know about this Marrakech to Zagora desert tour:

  • It is possible to customise this tour to accommodate your areas of interest, preferred budget & timetable
  • You can choose to go to the camp on camelback or by 4×4 car (then, you go for a camel ride)
  • Please note that Zagora desert dunes do not offer big sand dunes as in the Merzouga Desert or the Erg Chagaga dunes.
  • You need at least 3 days to go from Marrakech to the big dunes in the Sahara Desert.
  • You can add other activities to this trip: sightseeing tours, cooking classes, food tours, and quad-biking
  • There is a 25% reduction for children under 12 years old & we do not charge for children under 5 years 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’Eve period

Price details

Number of persons2 Persons3 Persons4 Persons5 Persons6 Persons
Price per person265 €235 €215 €195 €195 €
Total price530 €705 €860 €975 €1170 €

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2 days desert tour from Marrakech to Zagora – itinerary:

1st day: Marrakech – Zagora Desert

Departure in the morning at 08:30 from your riad or hotel in Marrakech, and you venture south on your 2-day Zagora desert tour from Marrakech. All along the road, you will stop at panoramic viewpoints to take breaks and photograph the beautiful views of the valleys and the often snow-covered mountain peaks. The Berber villages perched on the side of the mountainside, sometimes barely distinguishable from the mountains themselves, are fascinating.

After crossing the pass, you continue descending the mountains to arrive in Ouarzazate, often nicknamed the gate to the Sahara.
Just out of town, you could visit the Film Studios, a movie wonderland just outside Ouarzazate, known for keeping its sets and reorganising them to offer a wide range of choices to production studios, but also for letting tourists experience the unique thrill of discovering the sets where many successful films and series have been shot, including “Gladiator”, “Prince of Persia” and “Game of Thrones.”

After lunch, the itinerary takes you south over the Anti-Atlas Mountains as far as Agdz, a oasis town well-known for the variety of its palm dates. As you 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.
We drive off-road, which offers better views of the green oases and unlimited palm trees, with ancient Kasbahs idyllically standing among the palm trees and by both sides of the river. Then, there is time to visit Kasbah Tamnougalt, the oldest and the largest kasbah in the Dra’a Valley.

Once in Zagora Desert, you enjoy a much-anticipated sunset camel ride through the windswept sand. At the campsite, you check in to your private tent and enjoy a relaxing glass of tea and biscuits.

At night, dinner is served, followed by an evening of nomad music and drumming around a campfire. You spend the night in your own 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.

2nd day: Zagora Desert – Marrakech

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 astonishing.

After breakfast, you will visit the local pottery co-operatives in Tamgroute village, which produce all the green glaze pottery products you may have seen all over the south and in Marrakech. It is interesting to visit these workshops to learn how local clay is worked into products in a manner unique to this region. Then, you can also see an ancient Quranic Library with a fascinating display of exquisite hand-written Arabic texts.

From here, you travel up north as far as Ouarzazate, where you leave the main road and take a side road to the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. It is the most famous Kasbah in Morocco and one of the Kingdom’s nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Yet, it is better known as the backdrop for many Hollywood blockbusters, including “Gladiator,” “Alexander,” and some scenes of the famous TV series “Game of Thrones.”

Next, you travel further northwest along the beautiful Ounila Valley, full of bends in the roads, incredible rock formations, Berber villages, and smaller Kasbahs. Finally, you reach Kasbah Telouet, which used to be the palatial residence of the Lords of the Atlas, the Glaoui Family. Although the Kasbah now stands in ruins after the last Pasha fled Morocco following the departure of the French, wait to be pleasantly surprised by the architectural marvel of this historic home. Lunch will be either here or later up in the mountains.

From here, you drive along a different road over the High Atlas Mountains, the largest mountain chain in North Africa. Along the way, soak in uninterrupted views of the High Atlas Mountains and its beautiful Berber villages. Near the top, stretch your legs for panoramic views of the mountains.

We arrive back in Marrakech by the end of the afternoon. Your driver will transfer you to your hotel, which marks the end of your 2-day Zagora Desert tour from Marrakech.

Map of your 2-day desert tour from Marrakech:

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