SIMPLY SAHARA - Marrakech to MERZOUGA (4 Day, 3 Night Sahara) + From 2 Nights Accommodation in Marrakech

SIMPLY SAHARA - Marrakech to MERZOUGA (4 Day, 3 Night Sahara) + From 2 Nights Accommodation in Marrakech

from 135.00

FROM 2 NIGHTS IN THE ACCOMMODATION CATEGORY OF YOUR CHOICE IN MARRAKECH,  + MERZOUGA TRIP (4 DAYS, 3 NIGHTS) 

TOTAL FLEXIBILITY - CHOOSE YOUR OWN DATES!

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

- Drive the winding length of the Atlas Mountains and its incredible views

- Visit the Sahara gateway of Ouarzazate and Kasbah Ait Benhaddou (guide optional)

- Experience the Saharan sunset on camel-back in the lunar Zagora and the mighty orange dunes of Erg Chebbi (Merzouga)

- Enjoy traditional Berber entertainment and music around a bonfire at a Nomadic camp in Zagora

INCLUDED:

- All transport throughout the trip

- Accommodation of your choice throughout the trip in Zagora, Dades Gorges and Merzouga

- Breakfast and dinner

- Sunset camel trek through the dunes of Erg Chebbi and Zagora

NOT INCLUDED:

-Lunch (there is a restaurant stop on route to the desert - you can bring your own packed lunch if you don’t wish to eat there)

-Bottled water

-Any personal purchases

-Guides on the various stops you will make on route to the desert

BE AWARE

- Many ‘faux’ (false) guides operate in the Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou region of the Sahara where you will visit on the first day of your trip. A ‘false guide’ is someone who will offer to show you an area that you are unfamiliar with and then ask for money. Sometimes, they can be very helpful and informative, sometimes not at all. They are not affiliated in anyway whatsoever with Rouge Travel. In places where gainful employment is very low, this is the only form of work and embedded within Morocco infrastructure - as such - out of the control of Rouge Travel. You can explore these areas independently if you wish.

- The Sahara Desert is isolated and wild and for this very reason, you are probably looking to book this trip - it is an amazing adventure. Please do understand however, distances are far and minibus journeys long (and incredibly beautiful along the way). Facilities in the desert are not the same as in the cities and perhaps this trip is the perfect time to go off-grid - revel in the calm, the unstable wifi and enjoy being part of this majestic part of the natural world. If you really can’t do without your creature comforts or strong, stable wifi - this may not be the trip for you - get in touch with us and we can offer more luxury options which will include great wifi and ensuite hot showers

- Throughout the Summer months it is incredibly hot in the desert. Sounds obvious right? Whilst our minibuses are air-conditioned, there may be periods when the driver turns off the air-conditioning to avoid the engine overheating. This is standard throughout all desert trips throughout the world.

Standard Shared Trip and Private Standard Trip visits both ZAGORA and MERZOUGA

Luxury Trip visits only MERZOUGA

EXTRA NIGHTS IN MARRAKECH?:
ACCOMMODATION IN MARRAKECH?:
YOUR ACCOMMODATION IN THE SAHARA?:
ONWARD JOURNEY TO FES?:
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SIMPLY SAHARA - 4 DAYS, 3 NIGHTS ZAGORA/MERZOUGA ITINERARY

**Day 1**

Arriving at your accommodation in the Marrakech Medina, you have a free day to enjoy the colour, strange adventures and theatrical street shows (sometimes staged, sometimes not) that the city has to offer.

**Day 2**

Departing from Marrakech, you will head South through the full length of the Atlas Mountains on the Tishka Pass at 2600m, a winding, panoramic road with unrivalled views.

You will make your first stop at the ancient Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, bridging the mountains with the desert. Following this you will visit Ouarzazate - the gateway town to the Sahara.

The terrain changes drastically from here - from the height and beauty of the mountains to the arid moonscape of the Sahara, where you will eventually reach your destination of Zagora via Draa Valley. You will travel to the Berber camp on a camel in time for sunset, and experience a Berber evening with incredible and compulsory stargazing.

**Day 3**

Experiencing sunrise from the comfortable saddle of a camel, you will begin to make your way back to Marrakech. You will stop in Ouarzazate in time for lunch and meet the connecting minibus to Dades Gorges for the second stage of your trip where you can relax in the tranquility of the nature that surrounds you.

**Day 4**

Onwards to another Gorge - this time the mighty Todra - where you will spend some time, before heading down to the Sahara that you may only have seen in films. Erg Chebbi are the giant sand dunes that surround the town of Merzouga - a Berber town where you will spend your second night. You will take the traditional method of transport - camel - to the Berber camp in time for sunset, and enjoy an evening of Berber hospitality under the stars of the Sahara.

**Day 5**

Feel free to spend the early morning climbing the sand dunes to watch the sunrise before breakfast and then making your journey up North and once again through the Atlas mountains -  arriving in the bright lights of Marrakech in the evening.

DAY TRIPS

OURIKA VALLEY

OURIKA VALLEY

CASCADES D'OUZOUD

CASCADES D'OUZOUD

ESSAOUIRA

ESSAOUIRA

MARRAKECH ACTIVITIES

MOROCCAN COOKING CLASS

MOROCCAN COOKING CLASS

GUIDE IN MARRAKECH MEDINA

GUIDE IN MARRAKECH MEDINA

QUAD BIKING

QUAD BIKING

FRQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT TIME DOES THE TRIP RETURN TO MARRAKECH?:

The trip returns in between 5 and 6pm depending on the road conditions in the mountains and traffic coming into Marrakech. We advise against onward travel on the return day to Marrakech

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE TRIP:

Breakfast, dinner, all transport, accommodation (in the Berber camp), 2 camel treks at sunset and sunrise.

WHAT SHALL I BRING WITH ME?

There is nothing specialist to bring with you. All bedding is provided in the camp. We recommend long or 3/4 length trousers for the camel rides and closed shoes for the Sahara, lots of water (which you can buy on the way)

WILL THE DRIVER SPEAK ENGLISH?

Not necessarily. Our guests come from all over the world so on our group trips, the cannot guarantee that the guide will speak your language. However, in the desert itself and on your stops, the guides will speak English.

CAN I SELECT ANY DATES?

Unless you would like our 5* option which is available upon request, you can select any dates to stay in your Marrakech accommodation, and any date to depart for the desert. Yes, it is THAT flexible

IF YOU FEEL THERE IS A QUESTION WE HAVE MISSED OUT - LET US KNOW AND WE WILL INCLUDE IT HERE!