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All you can hear are the footsteps of the camel on the soft sand, the sky is vast and clear in the day and filled with millions of bright stars at night. The feeling of calm and peacefulness is indescribable – do not miss the chance to experience the amazement of the desert….
Day 01: Marrakech – Ait Benhaddou – Ouarzazate – Zagora
You leave your Riad or Hotel in Marrakech around 7 am, Begin your journey to the southern Morocco, crossing the High Atlas via the Tizi N’ Tichka pass (2260m of altitude) drive along the switch-backing road & enjoy the views over the Berber villages and the Hight Atlas Mountain, Discover one of the most preserved villages in southern Morocco, Ait Benhaddou, a fortified village build by Ait Aissa tribe on 15th century for Caravan traders coming from Tombouktou to Andalusia via Marrakech & Tangier, the village served as a natural decor for several international movies including the Gladiators, Ali Baba, the Mummy (1999), kingdom of heaven (2005) etc… Have a wonderful guided visit of 1 hour around the whole ksar. It classified since 1987 (under UNICCO world heritage), head afterward to Ouarzazate with a short break at the entrance of the city on a hill to see the cinemas studios & old decorations. After lunch continues to Zagora via Agdez crossing Draa valley, arrive at Zagora and meet camel man, enjoy the sunset along riding the camels towards the nomadic camp in desert dunes. Dinner & breakfast are served at the camp.
Day 02: Zagora – Ouarzazate – Marrakech
Early wake up to enjoy the sunrise followed by breakfast, optional camel ride back to meet your driver and drive along the Draa valley with breaks around the road before we return to Marrakech via Ouarzazate. (4×4 drive may take you from the camp to with the camel ride). Note: desert dunes is not a full desert like Merzouga but nice to see a part of the desert & enjoy the camel ride experience & the overnight in the nomadic camp in case of a short holiday in Morocco, if you have 3 days it would be better to visit Merzouga dunes instead…