Two Days Desert Trip to Zagora

This two days Zagora Desert trip gives you the opportunity to pass the high Atlas Mountains, to discover the old Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, visit Draa valley with its palm groves, ride a camel and spend the night in a Nomad tent (luxury or traditional). It’s a perfect trip to see and experience different parts of Morocco in only two days, but please bear in mind the Zagora Desert is a rocky stone/sand desert with
some low sand dunes. When you want to experience the high golden dunes, you should choose the three days trip to Merzouga.

When we leave Marrakech behind us in the early morning, we travel through the Atlas Mountains and Tizi N Tichka Pass with some stunning views. You will want to stop several times to take photos as the mountains are very impressive, with beautiful small Berber villages where it seems time has stood still.

After 4 hours we will reach Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, the largest Kasbah in Morocco and a Unesco World Heritage Site. Four families still inhabit this magnificent old place and it’s sometimes used as a filming location for movies and series. We will have lunch here and you will have some free time to wander around. Later on we will continue the trip to Zagora through the breathtaking Draa Valley where thousands of palms can be found. Be sure to buy some fresh dates on the local market here, they are just delicious.

Arriving in Zagora, you will meet your camel which will take you on a one hour camel ride to reach the desert camp where you will spend the night. But first we will enjoy a traditional Moroccan dinner under the stars, relax around the camp fire and listen to music played by the nomads.

Next day we will watch the sunrise and enjoy breakfast in the camp, before we start our way back to Ouarzazate where we will visit the Cinema Studios and the Kasbah of Taourirt. Ouarzazate is also called the ‘Hollywood of Africa’ as it was, and still is, used as a filming location for several big productions such as Cleopatra, Gladiator, Prison Break and many more. You can have a walk around the enormous sets which were used for those movie productions. It brings beautiful and fun photo-opportunities!

After lunch we will continue our drive back to Marrakech, where we will arrive around 6pm (Insha’Allah)!