Timeless symbols of the Sahara, camel treks are an integral part of Morocco’s history and culture, and no trip to Morocco is complete without experiencing this traditional method of travel in the seductive dunes of the Sahara Desert. Spending nights under the myriad stars of the inky desert sky, our Camel Treks are specially designed to give you this once in a life time adventure with the complete peace of mind you will be travelling with drivers, guides and cooks who know the area intimately, are carefully chosen and fully licensed to work with tourists.
A unique, remote desert region, ancient home of the Ait Atta Berber nomads who have lived and traveled this area for centuries, the dunes near M’hamid give you the best opportunity to see, breathe and feel the beauty of the golden sands as they are protected wilderness, and modern development is not allowed to encroach; accommodation is only in traditional nomad type tents.
Day 1: Marrakech – Ouarzazate – Dadès Gorges
Our journey starts from Marrakech to Dadès Gorges. We travel across the Tizi-n-Tichka Atlas pass (2260m), with far-reaching views across the mountains, to the traditional High Atlas Berber village of Telouet and take a guided tour of the Kasbah of El Glaoui, former War Lord and Pasha of Marrakech. We continue and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of c, a spectacular fortified village (ksour). We have our lunch at Ait Benhaddou or Ouarzazate and continue to Dadès Gorges where we well spend the night in a riad/hotel.
Day 2: From Dadès Gorges to Merzouga
After breakfast, we go from Dadès Gorges to the Sahara desert of Merzouga. Berber villages are scattered along the way. We’ll pass through Tinjdad, Jorf and Erfoud in which we’ll feel the beginning of the Saharan Oasis of Tafilalt and then continue to Merzouga. After relaxing for a time, we go for the camels that are waiting to take us on an adventure in the sand dunes. We will spend the night in an equipped camp with drums music in the middle of the Sahara, which is a great opportunity to take lovely pictures of the sunset and sunrise. When we arrive to the camp, we climb the high dunes to see the sunset and spend the night in nomad tents
Day 3: Merzouga – Ouarzazate – Marrakech
After watching the sunrise we go back to Merzouga. We will have an opportunity to take a shower and have a lovely breakfast. Then we start our journey back to Ouarzazate. On our way, we visit the Berber shops where you may purchase souvenirs like fossils, carpets, lamps, leather… We arrive Ouarzazate in the afternoon and from there head back to Marrakech.