4. From Ouarzazate: Private 2-Day Tour to Erg Chegaga
Day 1: Ouarzazate - Zagora - Mhamid - Erg Chegaga After pickup from your accommodation in Ouarzazate, choose your desired activity in the city. The Kasbah of Taourirt awaits the photographers, the film studios and the film museum are interesting for adults as well as for your kids. After, continue through the Draa valley in the direction of the desert. You'll have enough time to visit Zagora and its surroundings, such as the like the Jewish Quarter in Amzerou, and have a look at the huge palm groves. Afterwards, continue towards the desert to Mhamid. Along the way, stop at a 16th-century Saadian town called Tamegroute. There, visit an old coran library and a subterranean Kasbah. Mhamid is at the end of the Draa valley as well as the end of civilization. Have a picnic lunch in the desert and continue in the direction of Erg Chegaga, passing through Ouled Driss with its old Kasbah and then taking the 4x4 through the desert. Arrive in your desert camp before sunset. Hop on a camel and walk in the desert among the dunes with their diverse colors. You'll arrive back at the desert camp and spend the night in a nomad tent or under the shining stars in the middle of impressive sand dunes. A traditional dinner is served and you can spend the night watching for shooting stars or dance around the campfire to the beat of desert drums. Day 2: Erg Chegaga - Foum Zguid - Taznakht - Ait Ben Haddou - Ouarzazate After enjoying the sunrise at the top of the sand dunes, you’ll have breakfast in the desert camp before the journey with the 4x4 starts. Discover the old Paris-Dakar road to Foum Zguid and cross the Iriki Lake, which is a temporary wetland during rainy periods. In this national park, you’ll have the chance to spot some wild animals like lizards, snakes, gazelles and even hyenas with a little luck. Lunch will be served in the Berber village, Taznakht. This small town is famous for its berber carpets. You are welcome to attend a detailed demonstration of how the women of the area produce the colorful masterpieces, which can also bring some oriental flair to your house. Afterwards, continue to Aït-Ben-Haddou, the fortified clay city with numerous Ksars and Kasbahs where several famous movies such as Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven and Prince of Persia have been shot. Return to Ouarzazate with arrival at your hotel/riad at about 7:00 PM.