Best Off The Beaten Track Tour Of Southern Morocco – 10 days

Duration

10 days

Overview

Take a unique adventure through the wild regions of the Sahara and the Anti-Atlas. Deviating from the beaten track to find undiscovered treasures. Explore the best of southern Morocco and the rough terrain of the Sahara and explore the intriguing stretches of Erg Chigaga and Erg Chebbi, where the spirit is captured by the limitless Morocco’s highest dunes. Get away from the tourist crowds. And experience the real Berber culture by indulging in local specialties and sleeping in traditional Berber camps under the starry sky. In the center of Morocco’s breathtaking wildness. Explore the mysterious Ait Mansour valley and historic granaries of the Anti-Atlas Mountains to create lifelong memories.

Exploring the Sahara and Anti-Atlas off the beaten track provides an incredibly unique and the best immersive experience that Morocco has to offer. You’ll get the chance to travel far from the usual tourist paths and discover hidden gems in this enormous and charmful desert.

Set out on your journey in Morocco by leaving the busy city of Marrakech. The popular tourist destination and heading toward the less-traveled areas of the Sahara and Anti-Atlas. Deeper into the desert, you’ll come across immaculate sand dunes, some of which might have never seen human foot traffic. The enormous dunes in this strange and serene scenery invite exploration.

Next, travel to the secluded and unspoiled Anti-Atlas Mountains of Morocco. Which are home to breathtaking scenery including gorges, Anti-Atlas canyons, berber granaries of the anti-atlas and Morocco’s undiscovered oases. Discover the customs and way of life of the friendly Berber communities as you stroll through historic villages and engage with them. This unconventional journey promises a singular, genuine Moroccan experience, combining cultural immersion with the beauty of the natural world.

Included/Exclude

  • 9 nights Accommodation in Morocco
  • Breakfasts & Dinners
  • Airport Solo Two-Ways Transfers
  • Daily pick up and drop off from and to your hotel Professional driver
  • Speaking english guide
  • Transportation with 4WD vehicle (Modern Toyota Prado)
  • Pool chill moments in 3 stars accommodation
  • Luggage service to all accommodations
  • The opportunity to ask the driver to stop when and where you wish Daily mineral water in the car
  • Meals not referred above (Lunch)
  • Extra activities not referred to itinerary: Spa treatments, Quads in Sahara...
  • Tips/Staff gratuities
  • Entrance fees
  • Personal costs and souvenirs

Tour Plan

Your private tour from Marrakech to Ouarzazate and Draa valley will start in the morning (10h00AM) by a modern Toyota 4WD and a pick up from your hotel/riad with our speaking English driver/guide.
Drive east of Marrakech crossing the windy high Atlas Mountains and Tizi N'tichka pass. Numerous stops will be made along the way to enjoy the views, take photos, stretch your legs or drink a cup of coffee. You will leave the main road and take a side road to the Telouet Kasbah, which belonged to the lords of the atlas, the Glaoui family; each addition to the building now stands in ruins exposed to the wind and the rain.
lunch will be in Tizi N'tichka pass. After lunch drive through Ait Ben Haddou village where the gladiator and the Jewel of the Nile... were filmed. UNESCO as one of the world’s cultural treasures has classified the fortified village of Ait Ben Haddou. Dinner and accommodation in Ait Ben Haddou.
After having a tasty breakfast in Ait Ben Haddou you continue to Ouarzazate, which marks the door of the Sahara desert. Visit Taourirt Kasbah, This former Glaoui residence, situated on the edge of the town. Then head through Skoura Oasis and visit the famous Amridil Kasbah that was originally founded in the 17th century. It initially consisted of a fortified village, a ksar occupying a strategic location along the river and at the entrance to the Skoura palmeraie. From here the route goes through Kelaat Magouna ,the valley of Roses with a stop to see cosmetic articles locally-made from the valley’s abundant roses, after this stop you will drive up to the Dades valley a twisting piece of blacktop known by locals as the “Road of a Thousand Kasbahs” leads to the famous Dades Gorges in the beautiful countryside of Morocco. Before you get to your accommodation your driver will take you to Todra Gorges, a famous destination for mountaineers, offering great mountains of 320 meters high, enjoy the exceptional scenery take a ride along the river to see the fascinating landscapes. Dinner and overnight in Tinghir.
After breakfast in Tinghir, which was a French military station during the times of the French colonization, we will take a detour and make a stop at another oasis. When you are there, please allow nature’s aesthetic voices freshen your souls, while you take a walk alongside the stream. At the end of your walk, another nature’s treasure is awaiting for you: Todgha Gorges. After lunch at one of the local cafes, we proceed to Rissani and feel the spirituality of the town, as it is considered one of the holiest places in Morocco. In fact, Rissani is the home origins of the ruling family in Morocco and the dynasty founder is buried there. Rissani is also famous for being the departure site for ancient caravan roads, which usually head all the way to the Sahara desert and Tomboctou. After a history lesson in Rissani, we will reach Merzouga after driving across some rocky terrain. Once there, we will meet our camel caravan for an exciting camel ride over Erg Chebbi dunes and watch the sky taking on shades of orange until it’s time for it to set. After the ride, we reach your Sahara desert camp nestled in the middle of nowhere. Once you are settled, feel free to walk up to one of the sand dunes to admire the views. Enjoy dinner on open air while entertained by our local nomads music. Dinner and overnight in Oasis luxury camp or similar.
Feel the awakening of the desert as the morning light invades the vast space that gradually begins to reveal its colors. After breakfast, we head in the direction of the deep desert, where you will have the opportunity to meet the nomads. We will go to the depositary of the nomadic peoples of Khamila, a lost village where the original Gnawa people live, first brought from the Sudan as slaves. There you can enjoy its music, lifestyle, culture and tradition. Then we drive again deep in the desert to see some prehistoric rock engravings, perhaps a tasty lunch in Itrane Sahara before we reach Tafraoute Sidi Ali where we will stay tonight. Dinner and accommodation in Tafraoute Sidi Ali.
We will continue through our off-road trails. You will be surprised by the small, traditional villages that you will visit. This is part of the famous Paris Dakar road. We can stop and spend some time in the traditional communities and in the inhabited oases, when we make local friends and share experiences. During the day you can take a walk in the dunes alone or accompanied by our guide. You will spend the evening in the heart of the oasis of Draa. Dinner and accommodation in Zagora.
The adventure today will take you on an exploration of the desert and cultural immersion tour. You will travel south toward Tamegroute from Zagora, a village in Morocco that is tucked away on the edge of the Sahara Desert. Famous for its centuries-old pottery customs, this medieval community is also home to the prestigious Zaouia Naciria Library, which houses an amazing collection of antiquated manuscripts. On your way further, you will stop in Ksar Nesrate, a lesser-known gem that offers an insight into rural Moroccan life with its typical mud-brick architecture and peaceful environment. From there, your journey takes you farther into the desert and across more difficult terrain until you arrive at Erg Chigaga, a wide stretch of sand dunes that perfectly captures the unadulterated splendor of the Sahara. Here, among the tall golden sand dunes, you will experience a stunning sunset that turns the surrounding desert into an orange and gold canvas, leaving you in awe. A really immersive experience, camping beneath the stars and in the stillness of the desert allows you to connect with the ancient rhythms of the Sahara and appreciate the wild beauty of the natural world.  Overnight in Luxury desert camp.
On the seventh day of your off-the-beaten-path tour, you leave Erg Chigaga and say goodbye to the magnificent Saharan sand dunes. Traveling through the expansive Lake Iriki, a seasonal salt flat set in the middle of the desert, is part of the experience. The infinite horizon creates a bizarre background for your investigation here. You will come across nomadic tribes as you travel across the difficult terrain, and you might even spot some animals that has adapted to live in the harsh desert. If you keep going, you'll eventually reach the isolated settlement of Foum Zguid, which is encircled by craggy mountains and barren plains. Travelers visiting the area should not miss Foum Zguid, which is a must-visit place despite its remote location and provides an intriguing look into traditional Berber life. Your journey comes to an end when you arrive at Tata, a quaint oasis town encircled by views of the desert and sheltered by palm groves. Here, you may relax and take in the peaceful atmosphere while thinking back on the breathtaking vistas and cultural experiences that have shaped your off-the-beaten-path exploration of Morocco's desert wilderness.
This day's adventure begins in Tata and takes you through the beautiful Ait Mansour Valley, where lush palm groves and jagged mountains combine to create an exquisite tapestry of natural beauty. You will be spellbound by the utter majesty of the towering cliffs and the peace of the serene oases scattered across this gorgeous area as you travel through it. Proceeding straight ahead, you will reach the well-known Painted Rocks of Jean Vérame close to Tafraoute. The striking contrast between these distinctive geological structures and the desert backdrop, embellished in vivid pink, crimson, and blue hues, creates an eerie and fascinating image. You will be taken to a realm where art and nature coexist together as you examine these fascinating works of art carved into the organic canvas; the experience will remain seared in your memory. After a day full of breathtaking natural treasures, you'll find yourself immersed in the beauty of Tafraoute, a Berber village surrounded by rocky mountains and rich in cultural legacy. Tafraoute makes the ideal backdrop for introspection and relaxation as you wind down after your excursion. Dinner and overnight in Tafraoute.
After breakfast, we continue our Morocco experience through Taroudant called the “little Marrakech” because of the vast, intact city walls surrounding it. Taroudant is also famous for its silver jewellery. It is here that you spend the night after crossing the mountain roads along slopes full of argane trees. Enclosed within red-ochre ramparts and encircled by orchards, orange groves and olive trees, Taroudant has all the appeal of an old Moroccan fortified town. It was occupied by the Almoravids in 1056 and in the 16th century became the capital of the Saadians, who used it as a base from which to attack the Portuguese in Agadir. Although the Saadians eventually chose Marrakech as their capital, they made Taroudant wealthy through the riches of the Souss plain, which included sugar cane, cotton, rice and indigo. Dinner and overnight in Taroudant.
After breakfast in Taroudant we drive back to Marrakech via Tizi N’Test pass that was built by the French in the 1930s. After admiring lanscapes of the Tizi N’Test, we will drive 1h20 to reach and visit Tin Mal Mosque in an isolated setting at the foot of the Atlas, it is the last remaining sign of the Almohad conquest in the 12th century. Tin Mal, once a fortified holy town, was founded by the theologian Ibn Toumart in 1125. From here, he fomented a holy war against the Almoravids and was recognized as a religious leader by the Berber tribes of the High Atlas. Lunch might be in Ijoukak before reaching Marrakech at the late evening. Dinner and accommodation on your own.

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