Marrakech to Erg Chigaga desert tour
Marrakech to Erg Chigaga desert tour
PRIVATE TAILOR-MADE DESERT TOUR FROM MARRAKESH TO ERG CHIGAGA
If you seriously love the desert and the promise of peace and tranquillity, then our desert tour from Marrakesh to Erg Chigaga is the perfect tour for you. Travelling through Zagora, M’hamid and Foum Zguid, this tour is designed specifically for people who yearn for the silence of the desert. Our Marrakesh to Erg Chigaga desert tour helps put the hustle and bustle of the city behind you. If time is on your side, we have designed a 5-day desert tour from Marrakesh to Erg Chigaga especially for you.
Here are some of the highlights of our 4-Day Marrakesh to Erg Chigaga desert tour :
- We’ll travel through the high Atlas Mountains via the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass;
- We’ll pay a visit to the Berber village of Ait Ben Haddou;
- We’ll drive through the Draa Valley past Kasbahs, desert oases and vast numbers of Palm trees;
- We’ll enjoy the novelty of a camel ride in Chigaga and marvel at the beautiful sunset;
- We’ll explore the Oasis of Foum Zguid and check out one of the last inhabited Kasbahs in the region;
- Together we’ll share a memorable night under the stars, at an oasis, sitting around a campfire;
- We’ll experience meeting real nomads as they herd their camels, and we’ll be invited to share a cup of mint tea with them;
- We’ll cross the dry Salt Lake of Iriqui.
Marrakech to Erg Chigaga tour itinerary
Day 1: 7-Hour Drive from Marrakesh to Erg Chigaga
Your Morocco desert tour from Marrakesh to Erg Chigaga will begin with a 7:30am pick up from your Marrakesh riad or hotel. We begin our journey travelling through the Atlas Mountains via the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass and we know you’ll be spellbound by the magnificent views. We’ll make various stops along the way to enable you to photograph the amazing scenery on this trip. We’ll have lunch at Ouarzazate, then continue on with our trip to Zagora. The Draa River is next on our agenda, and we’ll discover how this river has created a huge oasis which spans approximately 200 km at the base of the anti-Atlas Mountains. We’ll pass many palm groves which provide welcoming shade to Kasbahs and fortified villages surrounded by henna plantations, corn fields, and crops of barley and vegetables.
You’ll enjoy a lovely dinner and overnight stay at your boutique hotel, then start looking forward to the next exciting day of your tour!
Day 2: 4-Hour Drive from Zagora to Erg Chigaga
After enjoying a leisurely breakfast we’ll begin day two of our desert tour to Erg Chigaga. We’ll travel through the village of Tamagroute on our way to M’hamid, which is the end of the paved road. Sightseeing here will include visiting one of Morocco’s oldest Quranic libraries, an underground Kasbah, and the pottery factory; and it’s in M’hamid that we’ll enjoy a leisurely lunch. In the afternoon we’ll head for Erg Chigaga sand dunes and pass various oases. Because Erg Chigaga dunes are a long way from civilisation you’ll soon discover that the dunes offer an overwhelming sense of peace and tranquillity, an experience difficult to find anywhere else in the world. We’ll share a camel ride together across the sand dunes and enjoy one of the most unbelievable sunsets you’ll ever experience.
And that’s not all! While enjoying your evening meal you’ll be entertained by local nomads, serenading you with their inspiring music. Tonight, you’ll be staying at your deluxe Sahara Desert camp site, and preparing for day three of your tour.
Day 3: 6-Hour Drive from Erg Chigaga to Foum Zguid and Ouarzazate
Following a leisurely breakfast, we’ll travel 90 km through the desert and enjoy the amazing scenery as we cross Lake Iriqui, the mountains, and explore the old track of Rally Paris Dakar through to Foum Zguid. After the desert, this will be the first village we come across at the beginning of the paved road. Lunchtime, then we’ll check out some Berber carpets and rugs, arriving in Ouarzazate in the late afternoon. You’ll enjoy a lovely evening meal and comfortable overnight stay at your hotel in Ouarzazate.
Day 4: Ouarzazate to Marrakech
After breakfast we’ll visit the film studios known as Hollywood of Africa, just outside Ouarzazate. We’ll then move on to the World Heritage site of Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, previously used as a set location for over 20 Hollywood blockbuster films, including Indiana Jones, Gladiator, and Lawrence of Arabia. You’ll be free to take a short walk and explore traditional Moroccan style architecture, after which we’ll resume our travels back to Marrakesh via the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass and the High Atlas Mountains. As we travel back to Marrakesh, lunch will be served at either Ait Hen Haddou or in the Atlas Mountains, and this will be determined by time. You will arrive back in Marrakesh at 5.00pm.
Your 4-day desert tour from Marrakesh to Erg Chigaga will be over when your driver delivers you to your Marrakesh riad or hotel.
What’s Included in Your Tour:
- You’ll travel in our modern air-conditioned 4×4 or minibus with one of our English-speaking drivers or guides;
- Your tour driver will collect you from your Marrakesh riad or hotel;
- Your evening meal on the first night and breakfast the following morning at the hotel La Fibule de Draa is included. You’ll also enjoy a private air-conditioned ensuite room;
- You’ll experience the thrill of a sunset camel trek on Erg Chigaga dunes;
- During our overnight stay at our Sahara Desert camp located in Zagora you’ll enjoy a private tent with shared bathroom and shower. Your evening meal and breakfast are included. Please note that you can upgrade to a deluxe camp with an ensuite when booking your desert tour for an additional cost of €125 per person.
- Travel by camel to enjoy a glorious sunrise;
- During your overnight stay at Les Jardins e Ouarzazate you’ll enjoy a private air-conditioned ensuite room. Your evening meal and breakfast are included.
- Your driver will drop you off at your Marrakesh riad or hotel, or the closest accessible location.
Marrakech to Erg Chigaga desert tour price per person:
|1 pax||2 pax||3 pax||4 pax||5 pax|
|€ 720||€ 425||€ 330||€ 295||€ 275|