This tour is designed for travelers who have more time and want to explore the splendor of Southern Morocco as well as giving themselves the opportunity to delve deeper into the magic of the Sahara Desert by spending 1 night at Camp Al Koutban. On this 4×4 adventure, you will experience a myriad of sights from the spectacular mountain views of the Atlas Mountains, the sheer magnificence of the Todgha Gorge, the fascinating history of the ancient kasbahs, the boundless arid landscape of the Sahara Desert to spending the night under the star lit sky of the Erg Chigaga dunes.
*Indicative stay 1 night at Camp Al Koutban and 3 nights at our recommended accommodations. Prices based on two people travelling by private vehicle.
*All of our itineraries are flexible and can be tailored according to your needs.
After your pick-up from Marrakesh, your journey to Tinghir will begin through spell-bounding winding mountain passes via the Atlas Mountains, after which you will travel along the “Road of a Thousand Kasbahs” to the Tinghir Oasis and Todgha Gorge. The gorge is about 15 km long and the drive is breathtaking. The deep red cliffs beside the Todgha River have an average height of 400 meters which makes it one of the most spectacular canyons in the world. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent enjoying the lush greenery and enchanting water canals in the Tinghir Oasis. Spend the night in the beautiful town of Boumalne Dades.
After enjoying breakfast at your guesthouse in Doumalne Dades – you will begin the scenic drive to M’hamid via Tamagroute (famous for its green-glazed pottery and 700 year old Koranic library). M’hamid holds a special place geographically as it is truly the last outpost of civilization before entering the Sahara Desert. Enjoy the rest of your evening in this idyllic desert town. You will spend the night in M’hamid.
After enjoying breakfast at your guesthouse in M’hamid, prepare your epic off-road drive into the depths of the Sahara desert to the Erg Chigaga Dunes. The distance from M’hamid to Camp Al Koutban is not long, therefore you will have time to truly enjoy the desert today. Camel rides, sand boarding, visit to a nomad family, picnic in the oasis where Bobo was born and raised – the choices are bountiful! Enjoy the sunset while having some drinks on top of the dunes followed by a homemade authentic Moroccan meal. Cap off the night around the campfire by listening to traditional Berber music while surrounded by the millions of stars in the night sky. What a sight to behold!
Wake up in your cozy bathrobe to witness sunrise in the great expanse of the Erg Chigaga dunes. Take your time to enjoy a delicious and hearty breakfast at the camp before departing for Ait Ben Haddou via Foum Zguid. This UNESCO World Heritage site was made famous by the movie “Gladiator” and TV show “Game of Thrones”. Spend the night at one at a well-appointed riad in Ait Ben Haddou.
As the journey back to Marrakesh is relatively short (3 – 4 hours), take your time to enjoy a lovely breakfast at the riad in Ait Ben Haddou. The scenic drive will be via the High Atlas Mountains and the Tizi n’Tichka pass (altitude 2260 meters). There may also be time to visit local Berber villages such as Ljoukak and Ourigane.