Gorges & Oasis Desert

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Day 1: Ouarzazate – Todra Gorge

Depart from Ouarzazate by 4×4 in early morning for the sheer rock walls of Todra Gorge, along Lake Ouarzazate via the road of kasbahs. Pass through Skoura, a fertile oasis lined with immense palm groves, to reach the home of Morocco’s Rose Festival, El Kelâa M’Gouna (commonly referred to as the Valley of Roses). Continue through the Rose Valley and Ait Said, Tourbist, and Tamalout to reach the village of Bou-Thahrar. Enjoy a walking tour beside the River M’Goun, then continue by 4×4 to the Kasbah of Ait Youl Glaoui in the Dades Valley. Continue to Boumalne toward Tinghir and walk through the impressive Todgha Gorge. Arrive at your guesthouse in Todra Gorge in late afternoon for a traditional dinner and the night.

Day 2: Todra Gorge – Zagora

After a traditional breakfast, hike the magnificent palm grove of Tinghir, which stretches 30 miles (48 km). Visit the traditional adobe architecture of the ancient Jewish quarter of Tinghir. Depart for Zagora via the village of Rissani, crossing the Tafilalet and vast mineral Massif Bougafer to reach Alnif. Stop for lunch in Tazzarine or N’kob, as you desire. On to Tansikht through the Draa Valley oasis to Zagora. Arrive at your guesthouse in Zagora in the late afternoon for dinner a traditional dinner and the night.

Day 3: Zagora – Erg Chigaga  

Depart early morning from Zagora to M’Hamid el Ghizlane, stopping in the village of Tamegroute to visit the Koranic library, the manufacturing location of the unique green pottery of Tamegroute and the underground streets of the village. Continue to Foum Takat and the great oasis of Ktaoua, Ksar Nesrat and Beni Sbih, the former home of the largest Jewish population in Morocco in the early 20th century. Enjoy a lunch with locals through our homestay program in M’Hamid, then by 4×4 to the big dunes of Erg Chigaga. Arrive at the desert camp in time for a camel trek and sunset on the dunes followed by a traditional nomad dinner and night under the stars or in nomad tents.

Day 4: Erg Chigaga – Ouarzazate

After sunrise over the dunes and a traditional nomad breakfast, depart for Ouarzazate along the track between Erg Chigaga and the old riverbed of the Draa River to Lake Iriqui, then to the village Foum Zguid. Stop for lunch at Taznakht, well known for its handmade Berber carpets and silver jewelry. Arrive in Ouarzazate in late afternoon.

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