This Zagora desert tour from Marrakech is an ideal option for travellers who don’t have that much time but still want to experience a desert adventure. On this private Marrakech to Zagora 2-day desert trip, you will travel over the high Atlas Mountains and drive via the famous pass of Tizi-n-Tichka. All along the road, enjoy splendid views of the often snow-covered mountains and the fertile valleys. Stop for a tea break in one of the beautiful Berber villages barely distinguishable from the mountain’s entourage.
Stop by the film studios to photograph intact film sets of many familiar cinematic works. After lunch in Ouarzazate, visit Kasbah Tamnougalte, an adobe-built kasbah that is still inhabited. Explore Dra’a Valley palm tree fields and wander the green oases. Go off-track through the ancient Road of the Caravans and along fortified Kasbahs standing tall among the palm trees. Stop by Zagora, the last town before the desert.
Enjoy a sunset camel ride around the Zagora desert and photograph your party wearing blue turbans. Dine under a starlit sky, enjoy nomad dancing, and sing around a fire camp. Sleep in your own comfortable nomad tent in a desert camp in the middle of nowhere.
Visit the green pottery local workshops and learn how to make your favourite pottery coffee mug. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, and the former palatial residence, Kasbah Telouet. End your 2 days Marrakech to Zagora desert tour by crossing the Atlas Mountains and arriving back at your hotel.
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Kick off your Zagora desert trip from Marrakech by morning departure from your riad or hotel towards the Zagora desert dunes. Travel across the Atlas Mountains and drive via the fascinating pass of Tizi-n-Tichka, the highest mountain peak in Africa.
All along the road, you will stop at panoramic viewpoints to take breaks, to photograph the beautiful views of the valleys and the beautiful Berber villages perched on the side of the mountain’s entourage. After crossing the pass, you continue descending the mountains to arrive in Ouarzazate which will be the venue for lunch.
Afterwards, Agdz, situated at the edge of the valley, you will stop at Kasbah Tamnougalte, which you will visit with a local guide. This is the oldest kasbah in the Dra’a Valley and is still partly inhabited.
Next on your Zagora desert tours itinerary, you will go off-road along the Dra’a Valley’s unlimited palm trees and drive along the ancient Road of the Caravans to get a better the fortified kasbahs and the green oases before arriving at Zagora.
Here in the Zagora desert, an hour’s camel ride leads to the top of the dunes from which the sunset is spectacular. At the campsite, you will be welcomed by traditional tea and Moroccan biscuits and almond.
At night, dinner is served under a starlit sky, followed by an evening of Berber music and drumming around fa fire camp. sleep in a comfortable nomad tent in a desert camp in the middle of the dunes.
Get up early enough to witness the spectacle of the sunrise of your Zagora desert tour from Marrakech. You will be rewarded by a wonderful play of shadows across the wind-blown sand dunes. On the summit of the dunes immerse yourself in moments of pure peacefulness.
Following breakfast in the camp, there will an opportunity to go on a second camel ride around the dunes. Shortly after, you drive to Tamegroute village, where you will visit the green potter co-operatives and learn how to make pottery.
After Ouarzazate, you continue to the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. This kasbah is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where many Hollywood blockbuster was filmed including “Gladiator”, “Alexander”, and some scenes of the famous TV series “Game of Thrones”. Visit the kasbah with a local guide for greater insight into the rich history of this site.
Afterwards, you travel along the beautiful Ounila Valley as far as the Kasbah Telouet. This kasbah once served as a palatial residence to the Lord of the Atlas and the Glaoui Tribe. Some parts of the kasbah are in ruins, while others are still intact and are a good representation of Moroccan tiling, and wood craftsmanship.
After lunch, you continue your Zagora desert trip travelling through Berber villages, along the green valleys, bordered by roses, olive trees, and herbs of goats searching for grass and herbs, and over the often snow-topped Atlas Mountains. We arrive back at Marrakech by the end of the afternoon to end your 2 days desert trip from Marrakech.