Tinfou Dunes Day Trip: Dra’a Valley, Camel Trek – 1 day

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Tinfou Dunes Desert day trip from Ouarzazate – overview:

Get a feel for desert life on this Tinfou Dunes desert day trip from Ouarzazate. This outing takes you over the Anti-Atlas Mountains and through Berber villages. You travel through the unlimited palm groves of the Dra’a Valley and fortified Kasbahs and along the ancient road of the caravans.  

Embark on a camel ride in the Tinfou Dunes, try sandboarding and wander the wind-swept dunes. Enjoy a traditional lunch prepared by the nomads followed by a relaxing glass of tea inside a nomad tent near the big Tinfou dunes to get a glimpse of the nomadic life. 

Discover the green pottery local co-operatives in Tamegroute village and Visit the Kasbah Tamgougalt. Stop at panoramic viewpoints along the road to take photos and stretch your legs.

Desert day trip from Ouarzazate – highlights:

  • Travel over the Anti-Atlas Mountains and across the Tizi’n-Tinififft pass
  • Visit Kasbah Tamnougalte and learn about Berber life in the oasis
  • Drive along the Dra’a Valley with its unlimited palm trees and fortified Kasbahs
  • Experience a camel ride in the Tinfou Dunes and free sandboarding
  • Enjoy lunch in a nomad tent followed by traditional tea and biscuits
  • Take a walk in the Dra’a Valley palm groves and photograph adobe-built housing
  • Visit an ancient Quranic Library and discover local pottery workshops in Tamgroute
  • Stop at panoramic viewpoints for photos and admire the beautiful sceneries

What is included in this Tinfou Dunes desert day trip from Ouarzazate:

  • Transport in an air-conditioned vehicle; 4×4 Toyota Prado or deluxe van
  • Pick-up from and drop-off at your hotel in Ouarzazate
  • Experienced Berber/ Nomad English/ French-speaking driver/guide
  • A camel ride in Tinfou Dunes and free sandboarding
  • The opportunity to ask the driver to stop whenever you wish
  • Entrance fees and local guide in Kasbah Tamnougalte
  • Lunch with vegetarian and vegan options available
  • Bottled water, tea/coffee, Moroccan biscuit in the desert

What is not included:

  • Soft drinks
  • Tips
  • Extras

Good to know about desert day trips from Ouarzazate:

  • We can customise this day trip from Ouarzazate to accommodate your areas of interest
  • To visit the desert with the big dunes, you can take a trip to Merzouga or Erg Chegaga
  • There is a 25% discount for children under 12 years old while we don’t charge kids under 5
  • To confirm your booking, we request a 30% deposit
  • Our prices are liable to fluctuation due to globally increased fuel prices

Price details

Number of persons2 Persons3 Persons4 Persons5 Persons6 Persons
Price per person125 €115 €105 €95 €95 €
Total price250 €345 €420 €475 €570 €

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Tinfou Dunes desert day trip from Ouarzazate – itinerary:

This desert day trip from Ouarzazate begins with a morning departure from your hotel in an air-conditioned car; a 4×4 vehicle or a deluxe van. The itinerary takes you south over the Anti-Atlas Mountains as far as Agdz, a oasis town well-known for the variety of its palm dates.

As you descend the Tizi-n-Tinfifite pass (1660m), you will be amazed by the splendid views of the extensive green oases and the innumerable palm trees all indicating the beginning of the Dra’a Valley.

After a break for a glass of tea or morning coffee, we drive off-road, which offers better views of the green oases and unlimited palm trees, with ancient Kasbahs, idyllically standing among the palm trees and by both sides of the river. Then, there is time to visit Kasbah Tamnougalt, the oldest and the largest kasbah in the Dra’a Valley. Parts of the Kasbah are still inhabited while others are in ruins. From here, we continue to Zagora, the largest oasis in the Dra’a Valley.

Once in the Tinfou Dunes, you will be welcomed by a glass of traditional tea and Moroccan biscuits, followed by a much-anticipated camel ride and sandboarding (if desired). Then, you will have lunch and relax in a nomad tent to get a glimpse of the nomadic life in the Sahara Desert.

On the way back to Ouarzazate, you will visit the local pottery co-operatives in Tamgroute village which produce all the green glaze pottery products that you may have seen all over the south and in Marrakech as well. It is interesting to visit these workshops to learn how local clay is worked into products in a manner unique to this region. Then, you can also visit an ancient Quranic Library with a fascinating display of exquisite hand-written Arabic texts.

Afterwards, you travel along the ancient caravan route which was used to ship goods from Timbuktu in Sub-Saharan Africa to Marrakech as far as Agdz. Along the road, there will stop at panoramic viewpoints to take photos and learn about Berber life in the south. We arrive back in Ouarzazate by the end of the afternoon. Your driver will transfer you to your hotel which brings your desert day trip from Ouarzazate to an end.

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