THREE DAY SAHARA TOUR VIA VALLEY OF ROSES (overnight in DELUXE desert camp)
Do you only have three days, but you are still keen to explore Sahara and the South of Morocco? With us it is possible! Even in this short time we will take you to places others do not visit or even know. Together with your highly experienced guide you will admire the stunning nature of Valley of Roses, fall asleep in the lovely restored kasbah, drink tea with nomads and let your mind rest under the starry sky of the desert.
Photo by BerberTrekking.com
Photo by BerberTrekking.com
Photo by Martin Dvorak
Photo by BerberTrekking.com
Spending night in the restored kasbah in Rose Valley
Ounila Valley and UNESCO sight Ait Ben Haddou
Exploring of Gorge Todgha
Night in the luxury Berber camp in the dessert
Visit and refreshments with Berber families
Licenced English speaking guide
Private 4x4 car with private driver
Three meals per day included
Friendly and authentic accommodations
Lot of interactions with locals
Off the beaten path travel style
Friendly and experienced travel guides
Day 1: Marrakech - Ait Ben Haddou - Rose Valley (1xL, 1xD)
Your driver and guide will pick you at your hotel at 9 a.m. and together you start the trip to the South. You will pass the fruitful Ourika valley and climb the winding road to the pass Tizi n´Tichka (2,260m), the highest one in Morocco. Right after, the countryside and architecture change completely – you are in the Moroccan South!
Now you will leave the main road and follow the ancient caravan path through the unique nature of the Ounila valley. You will pass many traditional Berber villages where houses are still built just from stones or clay and around lunchtime arrive in Ait Ben Haddou , an old fortress (kasbah) which has been listed as a UNESCO sight and become one of the symbols of Morocco. After climbing the top of the kasbah you will enjoy your lunch in a nice guesthouse with a view over the river.
Only two hours drive in the afternoon and you arrive in the Valley of Roses. Here in a small Berber village at the Mgoun river, far away from mass tourism you will spend the night in a lovely restored old kasbah. The owners work closely with the village community and if you are interested, they will be happy to share a lot from Berber culture with you.
Depending the time and your preferences, together with your guide you might go for a short walk to explore the village and fields around the river or visit a cooperative which produces rose water and oils from the locally grown rose flowers. Delicious diner served to you at the terrace or in the tasteful salon will top off the wonderful day.
Driving time: 6 - 7 h
Day 2: Rose Valley – Gorge Todgha – sand dunes of Erg Chebbi (overnight in Berber camp) (1xB, 1xL, 1xD)
Saying goodbye to the Rose Valley today you will start a real adventure. If the weather is good and dry your driver might take you on an off-road path deep into the surrounding mountains where you will meet with the nomads and finally arrive in the valley of Dades river. The nature of the area is unusual and you will have many opportunities to take truly unique pictures.
Around lunchtime you reach gorge Todgha whose walls are up to 400 meter high. After an easy walk around the gorge your lunch is prepared in a guesthouse in the middle of an ancient Berber village. You will appreciate the colourful interior, quiet atmosphere as well as delicious meal prepared by the owner´s wife.
Three more hours drive in the afternoon and on horizon you already see another highlight of the tour – the orange coloured sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. Around 5 p.m. you arrive in Hassilabied a small village at the edge of desert and then you start! On your camel and in caravan led by an experienced cameleer you will walk for about one hour deep into the sand dunes. Depending on the time of the year you will stop at a nice place to observe the sunset.
The Berber camp itself is located at the edge of the sanddunes and a place you probably imagined when reading One Thousand and One Nights stories. Cheerfully decorated tents equipped with comfortable beds, carpets to sit or lay down directly in the sand and a delicious diner will make this evening to a unique experience. Should there be no wind a campfire will be lightened, and you will have opportunity to practice Berber dances and listen to traditional music performed by your hosts. Before sleeping, don´t forget to look to the sky full of stars. They shine more then in the city and many times you see the milky way too.
Camel ride: 1 - 1,5 h
Driving time: 5 - 6 h
Day 3: Hassilabied - Nkob – Marrakech (1xB, 1xL, 1xD)
Be an early riser today and get up before sunrise. Even when the sky is cloudy the desert in the morning always looks magical as the sand changes colours from light pink to orange. Choose some higher dune in the area, enjoy the moment or make some beautiful pictures before you take your camel back to the hotel where a rich breakfast is already prepared and where you have the possibility to take a shower.
Right after you will start a long drive to Marrakech. However, don´t worry, interesting spots that you will pass, for example the volcanic mountains of Jebel Saghro or the huge date oasis at the river Draa will still make the day to be an interesting experience full of impressions. You will stop for a delicious lunch in a lovely guesthouse in Nkob and arrive back in buzzing Marrakech around 8 p.m.
Driving time: 9 h
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What is INCLUDED in your price?
Camel right into the sand dunes
Exploration of UNESCO Ait Ben Haddou
Walk in Todgha Gorge/ Gorge Dades
Overnight in the Valley of Roses and visit of a certified rose products manufacture
Licenced English speaking tour guide
Camelier in the desert
2x breakfast (tea, coffee, bread, pancakes, eggs, cheese, jam, butter)
3x lunch in restaurant or guesthouse (usually salad/ starter, vegetable or meat tajine/ couscous/ grilled meat etc., fruit, bread)
2x dinner in guesthouse (usually soup/ starter, meat tajine/ couscous/ grilled meat etc, fruit, tea)
Vegetarian option possible
1x guesthouse in a restored kasbahwith own bathroom -European standard
1x luxury berber tent in the Sahara camp with bed, toilet and shower
All rooms are equipped with private toilet (European style) and hot shower.
Accommodation in double rooms (separate rooms can be arranged for an additional fee).
Private 4x4 car suitable to drive off-road with driver
Start and end in Marrakech
Pick up and return at your hotel
What is NOT INCLUDED in your price?
Accommodation in Marrakech
Not mentioned lunches/ dinners
Bottled water/ soft drinks/ alcohol drinks
Small tip for the local guides and driver (only if you are happy with the services. We mention it because tipping is a very important part of Moroccan culture)
2 person 375 EUR p. P.
3 person 305 EUR p.P
4 person 255 EUR p.P
5 person 235 EUR p.P
6 person 265 EUR p.P
7 - 8 person 240 EUR p.P
Please, contact us if your group is bigger.
WHAT TRAVELERS SAY ABOUT OUR SAHARA TOURS
“Our trip with BerberTrekking.com was and stays an unforgetable experience of Morocco. We got a professional service from our guides Tereza and Mohamed and felt safe with our driver Brahim. We experienced real Morocco, got private tour through Marrakech, passed the highest pass in Morocco, visited Ain Ben Haddou, danced with locals in a small village in Rose Valley and explored Merzouga desert. The highlight was the desert, where we spent a night and enjoyed a day-trekk. We had a lot of fun.
Thanks, děkujeme, shukran, tenmirt”
— Marcela, Czech Republic