Tour 6A. Discovering The Great South


6 dAYS / 5 nIGHTS

VEHICLE 4X4

 

Day 1: Marrakech - High Atlas - Ouarzazate - Skoura-Rose Valley - Dades Gorges
We pick you up at your hotel in Marrakech and leave for the green oasis of Dades gorges. We reach the High Atlas mountains and the Tichka pass (2260 meters) - Morocco's highest pass, by a winding road with beautiful panoramic views of mountains, valleys and Berber villages.
Then we go to Ouarzazate, known as the Hollywood of Africa for international films shot in studios. We head to the impressive palm groves of Skoura and the city of the roses, Kelaa Mgouna. After crossing colorful Berber villages, we reach the Dades gorges. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
 
Day 2: Dades Gorges - Saghro Mountains - Draa Valley - Zagora -Tagounite
After breakfast at the hotel, we head towards the volcanic mountains of Jebel Saghro through the pass of Tizni Tazazart, a spectacular track with amazing rock formations and cliffs with superb views. Then we continue our journey through the Draa Valley, 200 kms with palm groves that make this route one of the most beautiful of Morocco with its many adobe Berber villages.
After going through Zagora ,we  visit Tamegroute, ancient religious center famous  for its Koranic library and pottery workshops.
We arrive at Tagounite,  penultimate village before the desert. Dinner and overnight at the camping les Palmeraies.
 
Day 3: Tagounite - Kasbah Tagounite – M’Hamid - Erg Lihoudi
In the morning, free time after breakfast. When the heat decreases camels wait for us to go after 2:30 walk through the dunes, to the bivouac of Erg Lihoudi, first Saharian dunes.
We welcome you  with a delicious tea, then you will taste the flavors of the desert at dinner . Overnight in a traditional nomadic tent or under the stars.
 
Day 4: Erg Lihoudi - Sacred Oasis - Chegaga Dunes
Early in the morning,  after admiring the sunrise,  breakfast in the dunes, and begins  our journey to Erg Chegaga ..
4x4 is  waiting to take us to the big dunes of Chegaga, at  95 kilometers (about three hours) of trail through the wilderness, small dunes, hammadas (or stone desert), where we can find a meteorite fragment or a fossil. (You can make stops for photos, etc.)
We reach the Sacred Oasis, a set of palm trees where a stream flows all year and where nomads bring their herds.
Perhaps during our journey, we meet a nomad family to discuss and share a cup of tea.
After crossing several oueds, we arrive to Erg Chegaga, the sand sea, 300 meters high and 40 km long, which does not leave impassive traveler.
After attending the sunset, great evening with dinner and desert music. Accommodation in traditional nomadic tent.
 
Day 5: Erg Chegaga - Foum Z Guid - Tazenakht - Taliouine - Taroudant
After breakfast in the dunes, we continue our journey through Lake Iriki, which is dry except in rainy periods, and is bordered by sand dunes, the landscape is absolutely fantastic.
We arrive at Foum Zguid, a former military post. We continue to Tazenakht, famous for its carpets, characterized by their orange frame. This track was an ancient route of the famous Paris-Dakar rally.
In this whole area, falconry was practiced by the Saudis, as indicated by some ruins of adobe.
We continue by Taliouine, a village 120 km far from Taroudant, where we can observe the most beautiful geological folds inMorocco at 1180 meters high above sea level.
Almost all saffron of the country comes from this city, where it is gently plucked by hand. The saffron threads or powder is used as a condiment and as an antispasmodic in pharmacy.
Then we get to Taroudant. Dinner and overnight.
 
Day 6. Taroudant - Road Tizi-n-Test - Ijoukak- Ouirgane- Asni- Tahanaoute - Marrakech
In the morning, after breakfast, we go to Marrakech by the road of pass Tizi-n-Test, one of the most beautiful mountain roads in Morocco. We go through Ijoukak, noted for its many kasbahs once belonged to a powerful tribe, the Goundafa, who controlled the mountain and the entire region in the nineteenth century.
At about 60 km from Marrakech is Ouirgane where salt is still mined in the middle of a mountain landscape.
We continue by Asni, a Berber village, at 1150 meters above sea level,  at the foot of  the Toubkal, the highest peak of Morocco with a height of 4165 meters. Arrival in Marrakech. End of services.
 
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