Morning departure by 4×4 to Agdez where the Dra’a Valley starts, with a short stop here for a tea break, then off-road along the Dra’a Valley’s ancient caravan route, joining the main road again before reaching Zagora, where we stop for lunch. After lunch we pass by Tamegroute ceramic village and stop for a visit in a handicraft pottery.
We continue to the nomadic village of M’hamid and this is where the paved road ends and the desert starts. Camels are waiting to take you on a two-hours ride into the desert. You go to highest sand dune where you enjoy an unforgettable sunset. The night is spent in a nomad tent close to the dunes of Erg Lihoudi or Bivauc Rass Nkhal.
After your breakfast, departure to the Erg Chegaga dunes (300m) with 60km of off-road. This route passes different features of the desert; ‘erg’, ‘reg’, ‘hammada’, oases ( lunch will be in desert).These dunes are far away from civilization, in the desert proper …… and the silence and the expanse of the sand are overwhelming. Dinner and a night’s sleep are in a bivouac of nomad tents in Chegaga.
After breakfast, the road takes us through another 90km of desert with varying scenery; Lake Iriqui, the mountains and fossils. Lunch will be in Foum Zguid, the first village after the desert. From here the drive back to Ouarzazate is along paved roads via the village of Taznakht, famous for its Berber carpets and rugs, and we arrival Ouarzazate in the afternoon.
This tour can begins anyplace in Ouarzazate whether it is Airplane terminal, or any other transportation you use to get to your destination where you are staying in Ouarzazate.
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