2 days Shared desert tour from Marrakech to Zagora
Zagora It is flanked by the mountain Zagora from which the town got its name. Originally it was called ‘Tazagourt’ (ⵜⴰⵣⴰⴳⵓⵔⵜ)the singular of plural ‘Tizigirt’ (ⵜⵉⵣⵉⴳⵉⵔⵜ), Berber for ‘twinpeaks’, referring to the fortress of the Murabitun, or Almoravid, people. In old European maps the mountain Zagora is already indicated but the town itself was only built in the 20th century. On the top of the Zagora mountain the remains of an Almoravid fortress can still be seen. The exact location of the former Almoravid mosque is still a matter of dispute. Each year the moussem (festival) of the Sufi saint moulay Abdelkader Jilali is celebrated at Zagora. Languages spoken in the city include Moroccan Arabic, Tachelhit and Tamazight. A sign at the town border states « Tombouctou 52 days », the supposed time it takes to get to Timbuktu, Mali on foot or camel. The original sign have been replaced by a mural painting
Marrakech - Zagora (7 hours drive)
Following an early morning pick-up from your hotel or riad in Marrakech, drive across the High Atlas Mountains en route to Ouarzazate, where you will stop for a lunch at leisure. Continue to the oasis of Agdez, before driving through the date and palm trees of the Draa Valley. Marvel at the fortified Kasbahs along the way. Upon arrival at Zagora, meet your camel caravan for a 1-hour camel ride over the sand dunes. Watch the sunset paint the desert sands as it sinks below the horizon. Then, transfer to your Sahara Desert camp just before dark. Settle into your private tent, and enjoy some time at leisure to explore the surrounding desert scenery. Dinner will be served under the stars, while your nomad hosts will provide the entertainment around a camp fire with the beat of their tam tam drums.
Zagora - Marrakech (7 hours drive)
Wake early to experience the magic of a desert sunrise (optional). Then, enjoy breakfast before climbing back into the saddle of your camel for the ride back to the main road. Here, your minibus will be waiting to take you on a scenic drive to the world heritage village of Ait Ben Haddou. Instantly recognizable as the setting of various Hollywood epics, it’s also a popular backdrop for photo shoots with international fashion magazines and agencies. Explore the Kasbah at leisure, with some free time for lunch, before the picturesque drive back to Marrakech for an estimated drop off at 18:00.
Transportation by air-conditioned minibus (maximum 17 passengers)
Camel trek in the Zagora dunes at sunset and sunrise
Standard accommodation in a Berber desert camp with hot showers and toilets outside
Dinner and breakfast included in camp
Local guides (recommended, approximately €2 per person)
Tips and personal expenses
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