Off-road and Erg Chigaga Desert Morocco Cultural Tour

11 Days / 10 Nights
year-round
4 per car



Off-road and Erg Chigaga Desert Morocco Cultural Tour

Do you want to spend a basic tour as many other people do, or do you want to come with us to see the extraordinary hidden aspect of people and places in Morocco? This tour changes the meaning of travel, the mood and the motivation.

Via this <> we’ll help you discover and experience the best of our desert and off-roads. You will be able to discover Marrakech and its mazing Medina as well as the picturesque gorges of Imi n’Ifri and the Amridil Kasbah the Morocco’s 17th century most coveted Kasbah. Later on along the tour we will drive via a Thousands Kasbahs route to the gorgeous gorges of Dades and Todgha. Then, we set the compass for Morocco’s wildest desert via Draa valley to Erg Chigaga the splendid stretch towering dunes and golden sand sea as well as the largest sand sea in Morocco.

Back to Marrakech we will not only see Ouarzazate the Hollywood of Africa and the 11th century UNESCO-protected red mud-brick Ksar of Ait Benhaddou but also Tizi n’Tichka and its pulse-racing series of switchbacks providing even more jaw-dropping views.

The Creme de la creme is that you're going to authentically connect with local families and taste their home-cooked meals.  


Itinerary day by day


Marrakech Airport Arrival

Welcome to the Capital of tourism and people’s first taste of Morocco. After you touch down to Marrakech our shuttle will be waiting for you at the airport with a card by your name. 


Marrakech City Tour

Today, with your private Marrakech born and bred guide, you embark exploring the Red City from its old part with its Medina’s skinny lanes that leads to lavish sites, tombs and religious monuments decked out in marble. Bahia and El-Badii Palace and Saadien’s Tombs will be your targets. Afterward, you driver/Tour Guide will pick you up for the outside medina visit to explore the Majorelle garden, Museum Saint Laurent, Berber Museum. While in Marrakech you will surely encounter thousands of motorcyclists and horse-carts roaming in the city and some of them pull over next the vast square of Jemaa El-Fnaa where it’s carnival night every night and musicians, acrobats, storytellers and slapstick acting troupes tap into the Medina frenetic pulse.


Marrakech - Demnat - Skoura
Your adventure tour in morocco truly begins with a jump start today, you will picked up by your drive/tour guide east of Marrakech in the central high Atlas accessible through the regional hub of Demnate, a lively town to explore. 6km east of Demnate you encounter the route to the picturesque gorges of Imi n’Ifri, a nature travertine bridge that formed over gorges 1.8 million years ago. The paths are clearly marked by the bridge so that you can walk down into the gorges and through the toothy maw by yourself. Follow the road to Skoura, a startling range of imposing Kasbahs. Besides, the Ameridil Oued is an extraordinary sight even from the road and the grandest and most extravagantly decorated Ameridil Kasbah.

Skoura - Dades Gorges - Todgha Gorges
Via the valley of a thousand Kasbahs and 50km away of Skoura we cannot miss the bottles of local rosewater for sale in Kelaa M’gouna a small town that is famous for roses and daggers. After that we take off-road onto the Atlas and the M’goun Mountain to glimpse some best views along hidden livestock to the ancient rust-red and a series of crumbling Kasbahs & Ksour line the valley of Dades. While you are there you should not miss the Monkey toes, one of nature’s wonder. Head to not-to-miss Todgha gorges.

Dades gorges - Todgha Gorges - N'kob
This morning we'll head south when you’ll have the chance to see Todgha Gorges by day light with its gigantic rock walls changing color to magical effects as the day unfolds. Later on you leave Todgha gorges towards the rambling Ksar of N’kob with its prehistoric rock-carving sites and 45 mud-brick ksours make you stop by and stare. The name N’kob comes from a cave that once served as a lodging for nomads.

N’kob - Tamegroute - M’hamid El-Ghizlane
Today, we set the compass for southeast head to Morocco’s wildest desert via Draa valley, a 125km belt of palm trees oases that eventually merges into the Sahara near M’hamid. We’ll stop in an unusual place that was once the most important settlement in the Valley of Draa with its green potry. The Zawiya Naciria is still a site of pilgrimage and refuge for the mentally-ill and a working Quranic school with a library that was once the richest in Morocco of ancient illuminated texts containing 4000 books. Leave Temegroute through a dauntingly bleak landscape of sun-scorched rubble to the end of paved road of M’hamid El-Ghizlane, the climax of this tour and the gateway to the towering dunes of Erg Chigaga

M’hamid El-Ghizlane - Erg Chigaga Desert
Be prepared to begin your off-road journey to Erg Chigaga a splendid stretch towering dunes and golden sand sea, the largest sand sea in Morocco, where you’ll surely choose to drift off to sleep while watching the twinkling stars after dinner.

Erg Chigaga Desert Roam
Always, the best way to live the nomad life and explore the desert and hear its windy whisper is by riding the camel. So, today you will have a chance to fully live a real desert experience with your camel guide to discover the fauna, flora and history of the desert. Lunch will be served in the middle of nowhere in the 300 meter-high dunes.

Erg Chigaga - Foum Zguid - Taznakht - Ouarzazate
Wake by dawn to watch the sun starting its daily arc with a cool blue morning sky as it replaces the Sahara shadows just before becoming a glowing ball of fire. You exit Erg Chigaga head to north to Ouarzazate via a rough-road out of the desert through the 80s km long dry lake bed of Lac Iriki that made well-known by the Paris-Dakar rally and through the sahel and reg to Foum Zguid and then 85km north to Taznakht, a handy stop for a quick bite coffee, petrol and, yes, carpet. Arriving to the strategically located Ouarzazate.

Ouarzazate - Ait Benhaddou - Tizi n’Tichka - Marrakech
This morning you leave « Ouallywood » and head to Marrakech through some of Morocco’s most stunning landscapes beginning by Ait Benhaddou, the UNESCO-protected red mud-brick Ksar from the 11th century. After lunch with a local family and the visit of the Ksar we drive along craggy cliff tops to tiny Berber villages in the North Africa’s highest mountain range via the splendid Glaoui Kasbah in Talouate and the lush green Ounilla Valley all the way through the Tizi n’Tichka pass (2260m). Arrive to Marrakech.

Marrakech departure

Airport Shuttle

Our Morocco Cultural Tour comes to an end today, we hope that you spent a good time with us. Pleae note three hours before your departing, your driver will pick you up to the Airport.

Unless a specific accommodation is requested, we reserve or recommend the best different authentic stays from the most quintessentially Moroccan accommodation available, reasonably priced, charming hotels/Riads in the Medina to the Kasbahs and Bedouin style tents in the Sahara desert with private bath, hot water, good service, value and sustainable management practices. Accommodation is based on two persons sharing a twin-bedded room. Desert Camp feature full size walk-in tents for two or more persons with Bedouin-style bedding or sleeping pads. On trekking and camping trips tents, sleeping pads or mattresses, wash basins, toilet facilities, cooking equipment, lanterns, pack animals and portering gear are provided. Participants must furnish their own clothing, soft-luggage and day pack. Sleeping bags are necessary for some trips, but are usually available for rent. MSITravels reserves the right to substitute equivalent or superior hotels/Riads.

Morocco Social Impact Travel exists to authentically connect you, not only to Morocco’s incredible destinations. We want you to touch and feel the good quality of our local families home-cooked meals and to taste the ras el hanout and the saffron and more other commonly used spices in our Delicious local & seasonal cuisine, such as seven vegetable Couscous, flavorful Tagines & creative soups & vegetables, plus Tanjia and Rfisa, mint tea and pistachios. Plus, enjoy a hands-on cooking class so you can impress friends & family back home. Gluten free or vegan? We've got you covered!

While in Morocco we are pleased to support the wonderful work of Ennajah Association and Chabab Time, two nonprofit organizations. the first one based in Zagora and aims to create sustainable development in community through The Fight Against School Dropouts of girls by providing transportation and providing water for the population ...
The second one is based in Rabat but works all over Morocco and aims to motivate young people to actively participate in Public life. We may also pick a local Berber school to donate supplies & small toys, spreading joy in simple ways, and giving a bit back to the local people of the area.
Last but not least, we want you to have the opportunity to give back, to support vulnerable families in meaningful ways. To build authentic connections and know that your visit matters. That when you leave, you’ll take carpets and Argan oil and lanterns and photographs and memories, but you’ll also leave a mark that made a difference.

We, in Morocco Social Impact Travel « MSITravels », care about our clients and their comfort. Thus, we offer different kind of transportation depending on the number of customers and the tour they’ve chosen. E.g. If the tour is off-road we will offer a 4 wheels drive car for each 4 customers maximum. Otherwise we have 7 seats Minivan, Minibus for 17 travelers and Coach for more than 17 travelers.

Included:

⋎  Eng, Fr, Spa-speaking professional driver/tour guide

⋎  Shuttle from and to the Airport

⋎  Accommodation: 10 nights

⋎  City Guide: Marrakech Medina guided tour

⋎  Meals: 11 Breakfast, 4 Lunch with local families, 6 Dinner

⋎  Private Transportation: 4WD, camel,

⋎  Air-conditioned vehicle

⋎  Visit to women's cooperatives

⋎  Toll road fees, fuel charges and all taxes

⋎  Transport Insurance

⋎  An opportunity to give back and meet up with locals

⋎  Camel ride at the desert

⋎  WiFi on board

⋎  Some meals will be home-cooked with local families

Excluded:

×  Flights

×  Travel Insurance

×  Gratuities

×  Entrance fees to historical monuments

×  Additional services

×  Drinks

×  Anything not mentioned in ‘included’


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Starting from

2145.00€

Price varies by group size




Adults

Child (-10)



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