Sahara Experience (Great Dunes of Erg Chigaga) via Todgha Gorge – 5 Days/4 Nights

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Tour Highlights

  • Become immersed in the splendour of Southern Morocco as you wander through ancient kasbahs and soak in the grandeur of the majestic Atlas Mountains
  • Take the road less travelled on a 4x4 adventure through authentic Morocco
  • Bask under an uninterrupted starry sky as you spend the night nestled within the Erg Chigaga dunes at Camp Al Koutban or Erg Chigaga Luxury Desert Camp
  • Experience the magnificent Todgha Gorge, where the limestone walls surround you at up to 400 metres in height
  • Depart from Marrakesh for 5 days/4 nights and return to Marrakesh

An authentic Moroccan experience like no other

The below itinerary was curated by experts as inspiration for your adventure to Morocco. We are ready to customize it to suit your interests, budget and travel dates to help you immerse yourself in Moroccan culture, history and nature the way it was meant to be experienced.

Tour Details

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. 

What’s Included

  • Private 4x4 Transfer with collection/return to Marrakech
  • Mineral water will be provided throughout private 4x4 transfer
  • 1 night accommodation at Camp Al Koutban (breakfast, lunch and dinner included). 3 nights at our recommended accommodation (breakfast included)
  • Activities at camp including sand boarding and stargazing

What’s not Included

  • Travel insurance & supplemental travel medical insurance
  • Vaccinations
  • Single supplement
Package Price

*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.


Day 1Marrakesh to Tinghir

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. 

Day 2Tinghir to M'hamid via Tamagroute

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. 

Day 3M'hamd to Erg Chigaga

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!

Day 4Erg Chigaga to Ait Ben Haddou

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. 

Day 5Ait Ben Haddou to Marrakesh

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.