Marrakech and Southern of Morocco .

Desert and the southern of Morocco.
Expeditions to Merzouga ( Erg chebbi sand dunes):
As we Drive from Marrakech to Merzouga ( Erg chebbi sand dunes), you will see wonderful diversity in the cities, geographical landscapes, and the villages of the mountainside. High atlas mountains (tizi N'tichka pass2260m)-Ait ben haddou (the Unesco World Heritage)-movie film center-Ouarzazate (kasbah of taourirte)- kella Mogauna (orchards and roses gardens)-Boumalen dades-Tinerhir (Todra gorges)-Erfoud (fossils natural places)-Risani-Merzouga (Erg chebbi dunes)-Draa valley (palm tree grove).
At first, the road follows the Atlas mountains, later get to Ouarzazate with the Ait Ben Haddou and the movie film center then, Dades Valley and Skoura where the palm trees are replaced by orchards and irrigated gardens. Roses raised to make perfume are the specialty of Kella Mogauna After, the Boumalen Dades with a series of Kasbahs leads to Tinerhir, a former military outpost built on terraces above a magnificent palm grove. This is the way into the awesome Todra Gorge (300m high). A little farther on, to the left, there is a holy spring said to cure sterility in women. The drive will continue to Erfoud and Risani, locations sometimes referred to as "doors of the Sahara." Erfoud established as a military outpost to bring the Bedouins and nomads in the region under French control in Morocco, and Risani is an ancient town with an old history from the time of Sijilmassa; it is a place where caravans coming from the south, through the vast Sahara desert, passed for many centuries. From Erfoud, we travel directly to the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi through the fossils beds, the only place where millions of years-old natural fossils such as ammonites and trilobites can easily be observed then head to the largest and highest sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, the best place to experience the hospitality, traditions, and lifestyle of the Berber people and where camels are used to get around the immense dunes by following a series of corridors (300-350m high) and the huge plain to the east that really is a flat black desert where Nomad families live in their unique tents. In Merzouga you will find yourselves in a desert of extraordinary beauty and variety. All of the standard desert landscape types are present in this location from high sand dunes, oasis palm trees, and Berber villages, as well as a variety of rock landscapes and seasonal lakes; Serji and Yasmina lacs a favorite spot for migrating birds and where flamingos sometimes can be seen.

Marrakech - Merzouga sand dunes in: 4days/3nights:
day1: Departure from Marrakech at 7:30 a.m. to the Todra Gorge via Tizin'tichka pass, Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, the movie film center, Kella Mgauna, Boumalen Dades, as well as night at the Todra Gorge.
day2: Departure from Todra Gorges to Merzouga via Tinerhir, the palm trees oasis of Tinejdad and Touroug, Erfoud, and overnight in Merzouga Kasbah hotel..
day3: A day/night camel ride: begin in the morning and during this camel trek you will cross all sand dunes to get to the Berbers/Bedouins families living in black desert (lahmada) and you will have an idea about nomads traditions and have a look how they live and will have a lunch with them and take a rest before being ready for the rest of the tour, two hours before the sunset you have to ride your camels to get to the camp existing in the middle of the sand dunes and be ready to sleep the night in a Berber tents and under the stars with a delicious dinner and a sweet breakfast after climbing the Sand dunes for a beautiful sunrise close by your tents then, back to the hotel.
day4: Departure from Merzouga to Marrakech via Risani, the palm trees oasis of Alnif and Tazarine, Draa valley, Ouarzazate with Taourirte Kasbah, and back to Marrakech.

Marrakech - Merzouga sand dunes in: 3 days/2nights:
day1: Departure from Marrakesh at 7:30 a.m. to the Todra Gorge via Tizin'tichka pass, Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, the movie film center, Kella Mgauna, Boumalen Dades, as well as night at the Todra Gorge.
day2: Departure from Todra Gorges to Merzouga via Tinerhir, the palm trees oasis of Tinejdad and Touroug, Erfoud, and night at the Merzouga Dunes Camp.
day3: Departure from Merzouga to Marrakesh via Risani, the palm trees oasis of Alnif and Tazarine, Draa valley, Ouarzazate with Taourirte Kasbah, and back to Marrakesh.

Marrakech - Merzouga sand dunes in: 2 days/night:
day1: Departure from Marrakesh to Merzouga via Tizin'tichka Pass, Ait Ben Haddou, Ouarzazate, Kella Mogauna, Boumalen Dades, the Todra Gorge, Erfoud, and spend the night at Merzouga Desert Camp.
day2: Departure from Merzouga to Marrakech via Risani, the palm trees oasis of Alnif and Tazarine, Draa valley, Ouarzazate with Taourirte Kasbah, the movie film center, and back to Marrakech.


Expeditions to Zagora ( Tinfou dunes and Chegaga dunes) :
This trip originates in Marrakech and proceeds to Zagora and then south to the Chegaga Sand Dunes via Tizin'tichka Pass (2260m) which is in the heart of the Atlas Mountains. Keep your eyes open for the Berber villages tucked away in the mountainside and you will also see Ait Ben Haddou, one of the world’s most magnificent Kasbahs. These authentic Berber villages have considerable world heritage where many movies has been filmed such as Lawrence of Arabia, Hidalgo, The Black Stallion Returns, Babel, Cleopatra, etc. The trip continues to Ouarzazate, a fortified town created by the French in 1928 as a military outpost; there we will visit an outdoor movie studio, the Kasbah of Taourirte, the old Galoui Palace, the river through the Draa Valley with many Kasbahs, the long palm tree oasis which produces famous dates, the village of Agdz, and then Tamegroute, which is home to a famous Koranic library that contains many rare books and documents. In the library, you will see documents written on gazelle skin that date back to the 13th century. Also, to be seen are pottery artisans. Small villages can be seen near the mountains with their wall of earth at intervals along the route.
Zagora and M'Hamid are also known as "the doors of the desert” because they are the last towns before the Draa River get lost in the desert, the palm oases and the road all dissolve into nothing but sand and rocks as we drive through the sand dunes. South of Zagora the small village of M’Hamid here, you can get a more intimate view of some sand dunes rising to heights of over 30m. You may also be surrounded here by gazelles, rabbits, squirrels and lizards then, the magnificent and extensive Chegaga Sand Dunes where you will have the opportunity to camel trek and spend the night under the stars in quite romantic silence that will leave you enchanted by the spirit of the Sahara. Below you will discover some more information on our trips around this region:

Marrakesh - Zagora sand dunes in: 3 days/2nights:
day1: Marrakech to Zagora
Departure from Marrakech at 7:30 a.m. traveling towards Zagora via Tizin’tichka, Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, the movie studio, Ouarzazate, the Draa valley and spend the night at Zagora kasbah Hootel.
day2: Zagora-Chegaga sand dunes
Start from Zagora to Tamegrout, M’Hamid, Tinfou Sand Dunes then, drive to Chegaga Sand Dunes and enjoying the sunset and spending the night in a desert camp.
day3: Chegaga dunes-Marrakesh
After a wonderful sunrise and a Berber breakfast, back to Marrakesh via Ouarzazate and Taourirte Kasbah.

Marrakech - Zagora sand dunes in: 2 days/night:
day1: Marrakech-Zagora
Departure from Marrakech at 7:00 a.m. traveling towards Zagora via Tizin’tichka Pass, Ait Ben Haddou, Ouarzazate, Agdz, the Draa Valley, Tamegrout, Zagora, and spend the night at zagora Desert Camp.
day2: Zagora-Marrakesh
After sunrise and breakfast, start back to Marrakech via Taourirte Kasbah and the movie studio center.

Expeditions to Merzouga and Zagora:
Discover the Erg chebbi sand dunes and Zagora dunes...

Marrakech-Zagora-Merzouga in: 4 days/3nights)
day1: Marrakech-Zagora:
Departure from Marrakesh at 7:00 a.m. traveling Zagora via Tizin’tichka Pass (high Atlas), Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, the movie film center, Ouarzazate, the Draa valley and spend the night at Zagora kasbah or desert camp.
day2: Zagora-Merzouga:
Departure from Zagora to Merzouga via Tinfou Dunes, the oasis palms of Tazarene and Alnif, Erfoud, and the fossils beds. Spend the night in Erg Chebbi Sand Dunes of Merzouga in a Desert Camp.
day3: morocco-Boumalen Dades:
Departure from Merzouga to Boumalen Dades via Risani, Moulay Ali Cherif Mausoleum, Ziz Valley, Tinerhir, the Todra Gorge, and spend the night at Boumalen Dades.
day4: Boumalen Dades-Marrakech:
Start at 8:00 a.m. traveling towards Kelaa Mgouna (rose valley), Skoura, Ouarzazate, Taourirte Kasbah, the movie film studio, and then back to Marrakesh
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