The Erg Chigaga Dunes Desert Tour from Marrakech is one of the most popular and classical Marrakech desert tours. This is optimal for travelers having few available days in Marrakech and hoping absolutely to have a unique and amazing sahara desert experience. The Marrakech desert tour to Erg Chigaga dunes in the desert of Morocco will take you from the authenticity of Marrakech to the wildness of the desert to discover a completely new lifestyle and a exotic Berber people and culture. You will sleep in a Berber tent at the foot of Erg Chigaga dunes and enjoy the Berber music around the fire under stars at night. You will also try camel trekking and sandboaring. This Marrakech desert tour to Erg Chigaga dunes is really an amazing travel experience that will give you a clear idea about this amazing part of Morocco and its people.
This private desert tour to Erg chigaga dunes is not a group/shared tour. This is just a pre-made tour to inspire you and to make you gain time in building a similar tour. Please note that you can tailor your private desert tour as you wish. Our experts will be all the time here to assist you to design the product that will fit your travel parameters. Our first mission is to make your visit to Morocco impressive and unforgettable.
This desert tour to Erg Chigaga dunes will start generally from Marrakech (you can change that if you want). Top Desert driver/guide will pick you up from your Riad/Hotel in Marrakech generally at 8AM. It's the best time to start each day to allow you to have more breaks and more photo-stops. You will in the first day in your private tour to the desert of Erg Chigaga pass by Tizi n'Tichka pass. This is one of the most scenic drives in Morocco. After that you will head to El Glaoui Kasbah (depends on time) and Ait Benhaddou Kasbah. After Ouarzazate, you will start to discover the real traditional Morocco. You will pass by the Draa Valley to finally arrive to Zagora and M'hamid village (your last village before the sahara desert). You will go off road from M'hamid to Erg Chigaga dunes where you will spend your most magical nights in the desert camp at the foot of the bigs sand dunes of Erg Chigaga.
In this pre-made private desert tour (example itinerary), you will spend your nights in our trusted and well selected accommodations. In the desert you will be in the best desert camp at the foot of the dunes. Everything you will need to have a great night sleep is in your private tent and in the desert camp. Your tent has high quality beds, covers and pillows. The camp has toilets and hot water showers.
The food in Erg Chigaga desert camp is typically Moroccan and locally cooked. You will have the possibility to assist to the preparation of a sand baked bread (nomad bread). You will also experience camel trekking and sandboarding. During the night after a delicious diner prepared by our Berber team, you will enjoy the Berber music and animation around the fire under the starry sky.
Please note that this Morocco desert tour to Erg Chegaga dunes is private and you control every aspect of your tour.
You will pass by a lots of Berber villages during your luxury tour. This will make you discover an other aspect of Morocco.
Tizi n'Tichka is a mountain pass in Morocco, linking the south-east of Marrakesh to the city of Ouarzazate through the High Atlas mountains. It lies between the great Marrakech Plains and the gateway of the Sahara Desert. From November - March, snow can often fall on the pass, but it can be warm all year round in the strong sun. It reaches an elevation of 2,260 m above the sea level and is the highest major mountain pass of North Africa. The road was constructed by the French military in 1936, and is now part of National Route 9 in Morocco.
Telouet is a Kasbah along the former route of the caravans from the Sahara over the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. It lies at an elevation of 1,800 metres (5,900 ft) and was the seat of the El Glaoui family's power. The palace can still be visited but it is steadily becoming more damaged and is slowly collapsing. In 2010, work was underway to restore the property.
Ait Benhaddou Kasbah is a fortified city, or ksar, along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech in present-day Morocco. Most citizens living in the area now live in more modern dwellings in a nearby village, although there are 4 families still living in the ancient city. This giant fortification, which is made up of six Kasbahs and nearly fifty ksars which are individual Kasbahs, is a great example of earthen clay architecture. Which is also use in Moroccan architecture.
Aït Benhaddou has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987 and several films have been shot there, including:
Ouarzazate nicknamed The door of the desert, is a city and capital of Ouarzazate Province in Drâa-Tafilalet region of south-central Morocco. Ouarzazate is at an elevation of 1,160 metres (3,810 ft) in the middle of a bare plateau south of the High Atlas Mountains. To the south of the town is the desert.
The town is chiefly inhabited by Berber-speakers, who constructed many of the prominent kasbahs and buildings for which the area is known. Ouarzazate is an important holiday destination in Morocco, as a base for excursions across the Draa Valley and into the desert. The fortified village (ksar) of Ait Benhaddou west of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Atlas Studios is one of the largest movie studios in the world, in terms of land area. Several historical movies were shot here, including The Living Daylights, Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra, Lawrence of Arabia, The Man Who Would Be King, Kingdom of Heaven and Babel. It was also the location of an episode of the television series The Amazing Race 10 and Game of thrones: Season 3.
Agdz is a town in mid-southeastern Morocco, in the Atlas Mountains with a population of about 10,000. Agdz lies at the feet of Djebel Kissane and along the shores of the Draa River.
The Draa also spelled Dra or Drâa, in older sources mostly Darha or Dara), is Morocco's longest river, 1,100 kilometres (680 mi). It is formed by the confluence of the Dadès River and Imini River. It flows from the High Atlas mountains south-(east)ward to Tagounit and from Tagounit mostly westwards to the Atlantic Ocean somewhat north of Tan-Tan. Most of the year the part of the Draa after Tagounit falls dry.
Zagora is a town in the valley of the Draa River in Souss-Massa-Drâa, southeastern Morocco. It is flanked by the mountain Zagora from which the town got its name. Originally it was called 'Tazagourt' the singular of plural 'Tizigirt', Berber for 'twinpeaks', referring to the fortress of the Murabitun, or Almoravid, people. In old European maps the mountain Zagora is already indicated but the town itself was only built in the 20th century. On the top of the Zagora mountain the remains of an Almoravid fortress can still be seen. The exact location of the former Almoravid mosque is still a matter of dispute. Each year the moussem (festival) of the Sufi saint moulay Abdelkader Jilali is celebrated at Zagora. Languages spoken in the city include Moroccan Arabic, Tachelhit and Tamazight. A well known sign at the town border states 'Tombouctou 52 days', the supposed time it takes to get to Timbuktu, Mali on foot or camel.
Tamegroute (Tamgrout) is a village in the south of Morocco, in the valley of the Draa River. It has a history as an important center of learning and religion through its famous Sufi zawiya, historical center of the Nasiriyya Sufi order, one of the most influential - and at one time one of the largest - Sufi orders in the Islamic world. Tamegroute's green pottery is also very well known.
The founders of the religious brotherhood Nasiriyya wanted to raise the status of the village of Tamegroute to that of a 'Medina', that is to say to make it a city. They assembled the merchants and craftsmen that they had brought from Fes, a city that enjoyed good relations with Tamegroute at the time. However, today Tamegroute is a little village again, but the pottery has become its main characteristic. Except for a few ochre shades, a green glaze is the dominant colour in pottery from Tamegroute. As with Fes Zelliges, and even more so, the ancient techniques give the glaze infinite variations.
Oum Lâalag is an oasis located 50 kilometers southwest of M'Hamid El Ghizlane in Morocco at the old trade route to Timbuktu.
The oasis is approximately 15 hectares in size and is presumed holy by the nomads. According to local beliefs, a fairy lives at its source. A bivouac camp site is available in the oasis, which offers ecologically sustainable tourism. The high dunes of Erg Chegaga can be reached by camel or 4x4 off-road vehicles.
The oasis is part of the 123,000-hectare Iriqui National Park, which was set up in 1994. In its vicinity live houbara bustards, ostriches, Barbary sheep, dorcas gazelles, oryxes and hyenas.
Erg Chegaga (or Chigaga) is one of two major dunes of the Sahara in Morocco, the other being the Erg Chebbi of Merzouga.
This dune is located in the Souss-Massa-Draa area and is located about 60 km west of the rural town of M'Hamid El Ghizlane, itself located about 98 km south of the town of Zagora. With a length of approximately 40 km to 15 km wide, some dunes around a height of 360 m (170 m more than Erg Chebbi), it is the largest and wildest of Morocco.
Because it is relatively difficult to access – it is only accessible by 4x4, camel or on foot – Erg Chigaga remains as untouched as Erg Chebbi, which can make for a memorable desert experience.
Iriqui National Park was set up in 1994 as a national park in Morocco with 123,000 hectares.
Iriqui National Park occupies the space between the Draa River and the South foothills of the Anti-Atlas, in the provinces of Zagora and Tata.
The park is characterized by typical desert landscape of southern Morocco. The vegetation is represented by a wooded steppe and savanna with acacias. Some of its dunes are covered by tamarix
During wet periods, Lake Iriqui becomes a temporary wetland and a port of call and wintering site for many migratory water birds, including flamingos, coots and geese), which gives the park an important ecological character. The rehabilitation of the wetland was one of the main objectives, when the park was created
The rich landscape and cultural heritage of the region gives the park an important ecotourism potential that will be a lever for local economic development. Its establishment is part of a strategy to boost tourism in southern Morocco, which might become ultimately an important lever for the promotion and development of the Saharan areas
Foum Zguid is a town in Tata Province, Souss-Massa, southeastern Morocco. According to the 2004 census it had a population of 9,630, the second-highest in the province after the capital Tata.
Taznakht is a town in Ouarzazate Province, Drâa-Tafilalet region, southern Morocco, on the road from Ouarzazate to Agadir. It had an estimated population of 9,149 in 2013, growing from just 3,813 in 1994. It should not be confused with Tazenakht, which is a village near Errachidia, also in southern Morocco, but more than 400 km further northeast.
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