2 Days Trip to Zagora from Marrakech
Zagora is another city in the south of Morocco that claims to be “the hottest place in Morocco”.
Also Zagora is not terribly different from any other place out here, despite being the largest city inside a radius of 150 km.
The mountain rising up behind town centre gives it a dramatic look, and is together with the touristic road sign saying that it is 52 days to Timbuktu, the most popular photograph souvenirs.
Excursion Overview :
Short exploring of the Atlas Mountains and Draa Valley to the remote Sahara Berber village, passing through oasis, palm trees, water streams and Berber villages. Traces of the past that still survive today.
Day 1: Marrakech – Ait Ben Haddou – Draa valley – Zagora.
Departure early morning passing overwhelming valleys and red flat mountains. The scenery soon changes into the High Atlas mountains crossing the Tizi N‘Tichka (2260 m a.s.l.), from there we drive through Ighrem, Agouime and Amerzgan, Berber Atlas villages, to reach the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. Visit of the Kasbah and stop for lunch at a local panoramic restaurant.
We continue across Ouarzazate with its Film Studios and on through the massif of the Anti-Atlas mountains (Tizi N’Tniffift), Agdez and Draa with the luscious palm plantations (over 11 million palm trees).
In Zagora, camelback riding (1.5 hours) to admire the sunset and stay overnight in a Berber tent in the surroundings.
Day 2: Zagora – Draa Valley – Ouarzazate – Marrakech.
Early wake-up to enjoy the sunrise over the dunes, camel riding back to Zagora then by car back to Ouarzazate. Visit to the Taourirt Kasbah and lunch. Afternoon in Marrakech.
Other Option :
1st Day : Starts at 7:00 for the door of the Grand Ouarzazate Moroccan South, we cross the High Atlas mountain range in the Tizi-n-Tichka (2260). Pursuit to the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou (World Heritage Site of UNESCO) visit to the Kasbah, lunch. Continue by road to Zagora and Tansikhte on track (35km) along the left bank of the Draa, Zagora arrival, the last big town before the desert. We leave our car up to the camels to admire the sunset and spend the night under the Berber tent, have dinner.
2nd Day : Early morning to watch the sunrise over the dunes. After breakfast, return to Zagora in camels. We will recover the vehicle and continue to Tamegroute Zaouia to visit: the old Koranic library, the Crafts Pottery Crafts Zagora Kasbah and groundwater. Back in Marrakech palm grove across the Draa. Lunch in Ouarzazate, then arrived in Marrakesh at 19:00.