Break in the Sahara Desert

  • Duration: 2 days
  • 4x4 tours in Morocco: from Marrakech

Discovers in this short tour in 4x4 the Sahara Desert and savours the big landscapes of the south of Morocco. Crosses arid routes that end in extensive oasis surrounded with centenary Kasbahs and enjoy the unique experience of sleeping in the desert.
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Day 1

Marrakech – Zagora

8 o’clock departure in a 4×4 from your Marrakech hotel or riad across the High Atlas Mountains and over the famous Tizi-n-Tichka (2260m). From these mountains, the views over the valleys and the Berber villages perched on the mountain sides, sometimes barely distinguishable from the mountains themselves, are spectacular.

Having crossed the pass, you continue to descend until you finally reach Ouarzazate where you stop for lunch.

Afterwards, you will have a glass of tea with us at the office in the centre of town. From there you cross another smaller pass, Tizi-n-Tinfifite, before reaching the head of the Dra’a Valley at Agdez.

We go off-road along the ancient caravan route between the mountains and the river, passing many villages and gardens so that you can gain a better idea of the way of life along the oases.

You then reach Zagora and the dunes, where you will have a camel ride to watch the sunset and have dinner in the dunes at the bivouac of nomad tents where you spend the night.

Day 2

Zagora – Marrakech

If you get up early enough to see the sunrise, you will be rewarded by the wonderful play of shadows across the sand.

After breakfast you return north, taking another short off-road route.

From Ouarzazate, you leave the main Marrakech road to reach the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Ben Haddou. This Kasbah, the most famous in Morocco, has been used as a backdrop for many Hollywood blockbusters and was one of the most important fortress strongholds on the old Salt Road caravan routes, where traders brought slaves, gold, ivory and salt from sub-Saharan Africa to Marrakech and beyond.

From there, you continue along the new and truly magnificent road to Telouet Kasbah, which belonged to the Lords of the Atlas, the Glaoui family, and which now stands in ruins after the last Pasha fled the country following the departure of the French.

The return to Marrakech is along the main road, passing many Berber villages along the river and through the mountains. At times you come down into the valleys to drive alongside the river bordered by oleander and fruit trees. The gardens are full of olives, walnuts, pomegranates, apples, pears and quinces.
Berber women and children tend goats and sheep and climb even the steepest slopes in search of fodder and firewood.

We reach Marrakech in the early evening.

Prices of the 4×4 tour

Standard accommodation

2 persons 3 persons 4 persons 5 persons 6 persons
Total price 470 € 585 € 700 € 800 € 900 €
per person 235 € 195 € 175 € 160 € 150 €

Upper accommodation

2 persons 3 persons 4 persons 5 persons 6 persons
Total price 530 € 675 € 820 € 950 € 1 080 €
per person 265 € 225 € 205 € 190 € 180 €




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