Sahara Tour to Erg Chigaga

Overview

Book a desert tour from Marrakech to Erg Chigaga or Erg Lihoudi! Travel through the ever changing landscape of the High Atlas Mountains and along the Draa valley. Sleep under the stars after a camel ride in Erg Chigaga and discover the old centre of Zagora. Visit the old library and Zaouia of Tamegroute. Return from Chigaga via the Draa to Ait ben Haddou, and back to Marrakech.

Why book this tour?

  • – You will cross the highest pass in North Africa, the Tiz ‘n Tichka;
  • – Ride a camel in the spectacular dunes of Erg Chigaga;
  • – Visit the vast Draa oasis and its charming Berber villages;
  • – Sleep under the stars in the desert camp of Erg Lihoudi or Erg Chigaga;
  • – Stop at the ancient-old library of Tamegroute and its spiritual centre.

Note

If you choose to do this tour in 3 days instead of 4, you will stay in the Erg Lihoudi dunes near Zagora instead of Erg Chigaga due to the distance of traveling.

Itinerary

3-Day Tour

Day 1 – Marrakech to Zagora

We leave Marrakech for Zagora, via the Tiz n’Tichka pass in the High Atlas Mountains. then We drive through the little villages along the famous Draa Valley, where you will get a glimpse of southern oasis life. We will arrive in the afternoon in Zagora, a charming oasis town where we can relax by the swimming pool and discover the old town centre with its many traditional kasbahs (fortified houses).

2* Hotel suggestion: Jardins du Draa

3* Hotel suggestion: Villa Zagora: Ma Villa Au Sahara

Day 2 – Zagora to Erg Lihoudi

Drive from Zagora to Erg Lihoudi, via Tamegrout where we visit the library, Zaouia, and small pottery cooperative. Enjoy a camel ride between the dunes at Erg Lihoudi in the afternoon, and an overnight at the desert camp.

2* Camp suggestion: Erg Lihoudi Standard Desert Camp

3* Camp suggestion: Erg Lihoudi Comfort Desert Camp

Day 3 – Erg Lihoudi to Marrakech

Today, we drive back up north via the Draa Valley and High Atlas Moutains to reach Marrakech in the late afternoon. Drop off by your driver and guide at your hotel in Marrakech.

4-Day Tour

Day 1 – Marrakech to Zagora

We leave Marrakech for Zagora, via the Tiz n’Tichka pass in the High Atlas Mountains. then We drive through the little villages along the famous Draa Valley, where you will get a glimpse of southern oasis life. Arrive in the afternoon in Zagora, a charming oasis town where we can relax by the swimming pool and discover the old town centre with its many traditional kasbahs (fortified houses).

2* Hotel suggestion: Jardins du Draa

3* Hotel suggestion: Villa Zagora: Ma Villa Au Sahara

Day2 – Zagora to Erg Chigaga

We leave Zagora with 4x4s and drive to Tamegroute, where we visit this famous Zaouia and ancient library,We will also have the chance to visit the pottery makers of the distinct green pottery from Tamegroute. Drive further off-road to Chigaga, where the impressive red dunes will offer you the opportunity to watch a beautiful sunset and enjoy a camel ride. We will stay the night at a desert camp (standard or comfort).

2* Camp suggestion: Standard Desert Camp Erg Chigaga

3* Camp suggestion: Comfort Desert Camp Erg Chigaga

4-5* Camp suggestion: Luxury Desert Lodge Erg Chigaga

Day 3 – Erg Chigaga to Ait ben Haddou 

We drive back via the Draa valley to Ouarzazate and Ait ben Haddou, with an optional detour and visit to the prehistorical site of Ait Ouazik, where you can see beautiful rock paintings; We will arrive in Ait ben Haddou in the afternoon. Visit this famous village of Kasbahs and go for an optional cooking class in the evening!

2* Hotel suggestion: Riad Maktoub

3* Hotel suggestion: Riad Caravane

Day 4 – Ait ben Haddou to Marrakech

We head back to Marrakech via the Kasbah of Telouet, once reigned by the infamous Thami El Glaoui, We will arrive in Marrakech in the afternoon, after which your guide and driver will drop you off at the hotel.

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Details

Inclusions:

  • – Private certified English- / French- / Spanish- / Italian-speaking guide;
  • – Private driver and air-conditioned transportation;
  • – 2 or 3 Overnights standard accommodations (2 star hotels), incl. breakfasts (possible upgrade to comfort / deluxe accommodations);
  • – 1 Overnight in the desert camp of Erg Lihoudi or Erg Chigaga on day 2;
  • – Camel ride in Erg Lihoudi or Erg Chegaga;
  • – Dinner on day 2;
  • – All breakfasts, excl. day 1;
  • – Pick up from the hotel on day 1 and drop off at the hotel on day 3/4 in Marrakech.

Exclusions:

  • – All additional meals and drinks not listed;
  • – All additional activities not listed;
  • – International flights;
  • – Travel insurance;
  • – Tipping and souvenirs.

Prices

3-DAY TOUR 4-DAY TOUR
GROUP SIZE 2-3 3.700 MAD / 350 EUR 4.900 MAD / 460 EUR
GROUP SIZE 4 3.100 MAD / 290 EUR 4.300 MAD / 400 EUR
5 Persons and Up 2.500 MAD / 235 EUR 3.700 MAD / 350 EUR

Terms and Conditions

  • – Prices are per person (in Moroccan Dirhams and Euros) and depend upon group size.
  • – We ask for a deposit of 25% of the total amount to confirm your booking, due via Paypal or bank transfer.
  • – The balance can be paid in cash upon arrival to your driver (preferred) or via bank transfer / Paypal one month prior to arrival.
  • – If balance is transferred via Paypal, we ask for a 4,4% Paypal fee on top of the remaining amount, due to the high fees Paypal charges us.
  • – Suggested hotels are subject to availability at moment of booking.

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