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Marrakech Desert Camel Tours & Treks

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3 DAYS MARRAKECH DESERT TOUR CAMEL TREK

3 days may not be available due to winter weather delays in the High Atlas Tichka mountain pass.
All 4 and 5 day tours below can depart any day of the year.

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PRICE IN MOROCCAN DIRHAMS
1 explorer: 4600
2 explorers: 2600 each person
3 explorers: 2200 each person
4+ explorers: 1950 each person

Day 1
Your driver will meet you at your Marrakech riad or hotel at 8:00a.m., depart and transport over the High Atlas mountains Tichka pass. Stop and enjoy impressive landscapes and breaks for coffee and fresh-squeezed orange juice. This afternoon is spent visiting World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou, a village of clustered Berber Kasbahs. This site has been used as a backdrop for many films and was one of the most important fortress strongholds on the old Salt Road when caravans brought slaves, gold, ivory and salt from Saharan Africa to Marrakech and beyond. Pass through Ouarzazate and many Berber villages sprinkling the Skoura oasis and the Valley of the Rose, famous for soft Persian rose oil. In the desert barren hillsides are clustered with kasbahs (fortified dwellings that house many families and their livestock). Stay in traditional old kasbah with dinner by the pool. Includes dinner and breakfast.

Day 2
After breakfast and a short drive take a walk through the massive fault dividing the High Atlas mountains. Todra Gorge sheer rock walls rise to 300 m in its narrowest part. Back in the car to head for the Erg Chebbi sand sea. You can stop to visit the fossil sites along the way. After lunch in Rissani your mid-afternoon destination is the auberge (small country inn) 29km from Merzouga, where you meet your camel guide and ride into the bivouac (camp). Upon arrival you will have a tagine dinner served (vegetarians welcome) under the evening stars. Climb the massive dunes and watch the moon rise before retiring to your bed in the nomad wool tent. Includes breakfast and dinner.

Day 3
Return by camel at sunrise to the auberge for breakfast and shower. The remainder of the day is spent driving back to Marrakech. This is a long driving day of 10 to 12 hours includng stops. Stop in Ouarzazate for lunch and visit the old Glaoui Kasbah Taouirt. Then cross the High Atlas once more, down the Tichka pass. Arrival evening in Marrakech at approximately 8pm. You will need to book your own hotel for this night.

 

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4 DAYS MARRAKECH DESERT TOUR CAMEL TREK

What a difference one day makes. You can enjoy off road visiting Nomads and remote Berber villages, take a walk in in Todra or Dades, and arrive early in Erg Chebbi to enjoy swimming and explore in the desert.
Available year-round.

todra gorge

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PRICE IN MOROCCAN DIRHAMS
1 explorer: 6600
2 explorers: 3600 each person
3 explorers: 3000 each person
4+ explorers: 2500 each person

Day 1
Your driver will meet you at your riad or hotel at 8:00a.m., depart Marrakech and transport over the High Atlas mountains Tichka pass. Stop and enjoy impressive landscapes, and break for coffee and fresh-squeezed orange juice. Pass through Ouarzazate for lunch. After Ouarzazate, you'll head to the Skoura oasis and then turn at the Valley of the Rose, famous for producing elegant Persian rose oil, towards the remote village of Boutaghrah. You'll pass through many Berber villages, and green riverside oasis and barren red hillsides clustered with ksars (fortified dwellings that house many families and their livestock). From here you'll drive off road, (weather permitting) through the mountain valleys and visit nomads in the area, then head for Dades gorge. Along the way you'll visit the red Tamnalt hills, called locally the monkey fingers. Stay in small Dades valley hotel this night or you may continue to Tinehir and stay in an old kasbah.

Day 2
After breakfast you'll have a short drive to Todra gorges for a walk through a massive fault dividing the High Atlas mountains. The gorge sheer rock walls rises to 300 m in the narrowest part. Wander with a Berber guide* through palmeries, gardens and kasbahs for a close look at traditional Berber ways of life. Drive through the Saghro volcanic mountains rising out of the Sahara to Rissani. After lunch continue deeper into the desert world until the red dunes appear on the horizon. Your destination is the auberge (small inn) in the Erg Chebbi dunes 29km from Merzouga. Upon arrival at the auberge, meet your camel guide and ride into the camp at sunset. A traditional tagine dinner is served (vegetarians welcome). Climb the dunes and watch the moon rise before retiring to your bed in the nomad wool tent. Or take your mattress and sleep outside under the stars. Includes breakfast and dinner.

Day 3
This morning you'll wake very early and get ready to ride the camels by a different route back to the auberge. Stop to watch the sunrise before returning for a leisurely big breakfast and hot shower. Back on the road to Ait Benhaddou. Along the way you can visit the fossil workshops for a closer look at Sahara's wonderful variety of ancient life. Stop to hunt for fossils in the rocks, explore any local markets at your leisure, and visit a small museum about Berber life in an ancient mud village. Rissani has a lively thrice weekly souk selling many goods, animals and spices brought in from the surrounding villages, and it's fun to explore and people watch. Your next destination is Ait Benhaddou World Heritage site kasbahs. You're welcome to visit the Atlas film studios in Ouarzazate as well. Spend the night in an auberge with views of Ait Benhaddou.

Day 4
This morning at your leisure you can explore the World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou before the crowds from Marrakech arrive. The village of clustered Berber Kasbahs has been used as a backdrop for more than 20 films and was one of the most important fortress strongholds on the old Salt Road where caravans brought slaves, gold, ivory and salt from Saharan Africa to Marrakech and beyond. Back in the car you'll follow the old Salt Road camel caravan route to Telouet to visit the old Glaoui kasbah. This once beautiful palace now stands crumbling to ruins because no one wants to remember "the vulture" sultan and his son "Thami" who lived here until the 1950's. After lunch descend the High Atlas mountains Tichka pass (2260m) to Marrakech. Arrive in Marrakech at your riad or hotel approximately 7 p.m. You will need to book a hotel in Marrakech for tonight.

 

sunset erg chebbi

 

 


 

5 DAYS MARRAKECH DESERT TOUR CAMEL TREK

There is a lot to see in the desert besides touring around to visit sites and camel trekking. Our five days allows time to immerse yourself in the most interesting sites and history of the Old Salt Road, spend more time in the dunes and experience more deeply the culture of desert Nomads and Berbers.
Available year-round.

winter sahara camel trek

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PRICE IN MOROCCAN DIRHAMS
1 explorer:
2 explorers: 5200 each person
3 explorers: 4620 each person
4+ explorers: 3900 each person

Day 1
Your driver will meet you at your riad or hotel, depart Marrakech and transport over the High Atlas mountains Tichka pass. Stop and enjoy impressive landscapes, and break for coffee and fresh-squeezed orange juice. Lunch at Ouarzazate. After Ouarzazate, you'll head to the Skoura oasis and then turn at the Valley of the Rose, famous for producing elegant Persian rose oil, towards the remote village of Boutaghrah. You'll pass through many Berber villages, and green riverside oasis and barren red hillsides clustered with kasbahs (fortified dwellings that house many families and their livestock). From here you'll drive off road, (weather permitting) through the mountain valleys and visit nomads in the area, then head for Dades gorge. Along the way you'll visit the red Tamnalt hills, called locally the monkey fingers. Continue on to Tinehir and stay in an old kasbah this night.

Day 2
After breakfast you'll have a short drive to Todra gorges for a walk through a massive fault dividing the High Atlas mountains. The gorge sheer rock walls rises to 300 m in the narrowest part. Wander with a Berber guide* through palmeries, gardens and kasbahs for a close look at traditional Berber ways of life. Drive through the Saghro volcanic mountains rising out of the Sahara to Rissani. After lunch continue deeper into the desert world until the red dunes appear on the horizon. Your destination is the auberge (small inn) in the Erg Chebbi dunes 29km from Merzouga. Upon arrival at the auberge, meet your camel guide and ride into the camp at sunset. A traditional tagine dinner is served (vegetarians welcome). Climb the dunes and watch the moon rise before retiring to your bed in the nomad wool tent. Or take your mattress and sleep outside under the stars. Includes breakfast and dinner.

Day 3
This morning you'll wake very early to get ready to ride the camels by a different route back to the auberge. Stop to watch the sunrise before returning for a leisurely big breakfast and hot shower. You can try sand boarding the dunes, chill out in the auberge pool, or take your car and driver for an off road tour around the Erg Chebbi*. Stop to visit Nomad families for tea if they are in the region, and you can explore as much as you wish. On route are the villages of Merzouga and Hamlia, famous for the Gnawa music of the Sufi tribes, and you can stop and explore both. Stay in desert hotel in the dunes (where you also started the camel trek). Our desert hotel consists of a traditional building situated right at the dune line on a natural rise surrounded by shady tamarisk trees. In times of rain the site is surrounded by a natural lake filled with birds. The auberge has a swimming pool and a two large salons for entertainment and where meals are served. The staff are from the immediate region of haritan, nomad and berber origins - some are master drummers.

Day 4
Back on the road this morning to Ait Benhaddou. Along the way you can visit the fossil workshops for a closer look at Sahara's wonderful variety of ancient life. Stop to hunt for fossils in the rocks, explore any local markets at your leisure, and visit a small museum about Berber life in an ancient mud village. Rissani has a lively thrice weekly souk selling many goods, animals and spices brought in from the surrounding villages, and it's fun to explore and people watch. Your next destination is Ait Benhaddou World Heritage site kasbahs. You're welcome to visit the Atlas film studios in Ouarzazate as well. Spend the night in an auberge with views of Ait Benhaddou.

Day 5
This morning at your leisure, you can explore the World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou before the crowds from Marrakech arrive. The village of clustered Berber kasbahs has been used as a backdrop for more than 20 films and was one of the most important fortress strongholds on the old Salt Road where caravans brought slaves, gold, ivory and salt from Saharan Africa to Marrakech and beyond. Back in the car, you'll follow the old Salt Road camel caravan route to Telouet to visit the Glaoui kasbah. This once beautiful mud palace now stands crumbling to ruins because no one wants to remember "the vulture" sultan and his son "Thami" who lived here until the 1950's. After lunch descend the High Atlas mountains Tichka pass (2260m) back to Marrakech. Arrive in Marrakech at your riad or hotel approximately 6 p.m.
You will need to book a hotel in Marrakech this night.

 

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PRAISE FOR OUR TOURS

Robbin & Essalah,
We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks for making our recent visit to Morocco so wonderful. From the moment we decided to take our tour with Morocco Explored the communication for payment, itinerary and information was clear, straightforward and easy. Most importantly though, from the moment Essalah greeted us at our hotel we found our tour incredibly enjoyable.

We feel very lucky that two key aspects worked out perfectly. Firstly, the other couple who joined us were friendly and energetic, and secondly, that Essalah brought so much energy, knowledge, openness and humour to the group. His expert driving was appreciated through the winding roads of the Atlas and his willingness to give us a window into Moroccan culture was especially appreciated. We all felt really relaxed and comfortable during our wide-eyed journey through some of beautiful Morocco.

The accommodation was perfect, the food was delicious, and the activities and sights were perfectly designed. We always felt able to ask if we wanted to stop quickly for a photo or have input about when and where we stopped for lunch.

We felt comfortable and confident in all our interactions with locals, and were able to get help with everything from protocol to pronunciation advice.

This tour was, in every aspect, simply outstanding. Rest assured we have been and will continue, recommending Morocco Explored to all our friends and family. We have every intention of returning to Morocco and when we do, we know who to contact. We have happily added our positive review to tripadvisor. 
Our thanks to you both and sincere best wishes for continued success in the future,

S & J Evans, Australia

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