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erg chigaga desert tour

Tour Details

Erg Chigaga desert tour is a 3-day Sahara trip from Marrakech for all travelers looking for a real adventure during their visit to Morocco. You will explore one of the most hidden Sahara desert locations on this 4WD off-road Erg Chigaga tour. Erg Chigaga is known for its unspoiled dunes and is rarely frequented off the beaten tracks.

Erg Chigaga desert tour allows you to:

 

  • Cross the High Atlas Mountains and Tizi n’Ttichka pass.
  •  Drive along the Draa Valley with a view of its fortified Ksours and palm trees.
  •  Visit Ait Benhaddou Kasbahs, the UNESCO Heritage Site.
  •  Enjoy a Camel ride in Erg Chigaga and watch the sunset & sunrise.
  •  Meet the real nomads.
  • Cross the dry lake of Iriqui

 

Itinerary of Erg Chigaga desert tour

Day 1Marrakech – Tichka pass 2200 m – Ouarzazate – Draa Valley – Zagora

We will pick you up from your hotel and drive towards the Atlas Mountains via the Tichka Pass. We will visit the famous Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou and have lunch after going towards Ouarzazate and then Zagora via Draa Valley. You’ll experience different sights of Palm trees and fortified villages with fields of various plantations along the Draa valley. Overnight in a Hotel. 380 km road drive.

Day 2Zagora – Tamegroute – Erg Chigaga Dunes

After breakfast, we’ll leave Zagora and head towards Tamegroute – a historic village and the 11th-century seat of Islamic learning. Here, we will visit the Zawya, the ancient Koranic Library (with thousands of collections of ancient manuscripts), pottery artisans, and the underground Kasbah to see its current inhabitants. We continue to drive towards Tagouenite Oasis and then to M’hamid Town, where we’ll stop for lunch. After driving off the road, take the desert tracks to Erg Chigaga, where you’ll ride camels and enjoy one of the most dramatic sunsets over the color-changing sands. Overnight in Sahara desert camp. 150 km total. 50 km off-road drive.

Day 3Erg Chigaga – Foum Zguid – Taznakhte – Tichka pass – Marrakech

We will get up early in the morning to enjoy the sunrise before breakfast. We then take the desert tracks to Foum Zguid. Here, you’ll have time for some rural Sahara shopping and exploration of local crafts before returning to Marrakech. Overnight in a hotel. 440 km total (90 km off-road). End of Erg Chigaga desert tour.

Summer and Winter Season Price:
  • 2 people – 370 €
  • 3 people – 320 €
  •  For 4 people or more – 280
Price Includes
  • English speaking guide/driver
  • Transport ( minibus or 4×4)
  •  Accommodation for trekking duration
  • Meals (breakfast and dinner)
  • Camels ride
  • Free time to explore the sites such as Kasbahs, Walks, Canyons, and Breaks for photos.
Price Does Not Include
  • Ticket flight
  • Travel Insurance
  • Accommodation and meals in Marrakech
  • Drinks
  • Lunches
  • Entrance fees to Kasbahs and cinema studio
  • Traditional tips
 Additional Details
  • This trip can be tailored into a 4 or 5 days desert tour if desired.
  • This trip is available and can be arranged for groups of all sizes.
  • Further discounts are available for group sizes over 8 people.
  • You can pay €/$/£ or Moroccan Dirhams.

Sahara trip from Marrakech will take you to one of two major Saharan ergs of the Sahara in Morocco.

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