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Your Holiday at a Glance
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Sahara desert trek
On the border of Morocco lies the Sahara desert inhabited by the tribes of the Ait Atta du Sahara. It contains the first oasis reached from Timbuktu after sixty days of camel caravan. An area where escorts were needed to pass the Touaregs and warrior Berbers. Our guided trek goes to the huge sand dunes of the L'oued Drâa, an environment which contains memories of the centuries of human endurance needed to cross this link between South and North. Experience the immense solitude of the desert, and see the incredible clarity of the stars and constellations which light up the nights.
The walking on this holiday is easy to moderate in grade. The ascents are small and the days average about 5 hours in length. The walking can at times feel more strenuous due to the sun, but the walking is slow and steady at the pace of the Camels. Walking is on paths consisting of stones or sand. The Camels are there to carry the bags, however, it is possible to mount on the camels if anyone is feeling very tired.
Day 1 Arrival
Arrive in Marrakesh Airport- Night in hotel
Day 2: Transfer to Ouarzazate
Stunning mountain landscapes as we transfer over the High Atlas to Ouarzazate. We travel via the kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, an amazing fortified town built into the mountainside, which is classed as a World Heitage Site. Night in Hotel Saghro or similar B&B
Day 3: Transfer to M'hamid & trek
Minibus transfer to Zagora, M’hamid, Arrival at M'Hamid. There we load up the camels and start the trek through fields and palm trees. After 3 hours of the trek we camp at M'Hamid El Rhozlane.
Day 4: Dunes of Ait Oumir
Progressing at the speed of our camels, we pass the cliffs of the southern Drâa in the direction of the first Dunes of Ait Oumir. Tamarisk trees give us some shade for our camp. 6 hours of trek
Day 5: High Dunes of l'Erg Zaher
Keeping to the left side of the Drâa, we come to the amazing high dunes of l'Erg Zaher. We camp at the foot of the dunes. 5.30 hours of trek
Day 6: Dunes of Sedrar and Smar
Heading north, we cross the river bed of the Drâa and have lunch in the shade of the trees of Sidi Taib. We camp between the dunes of Sedrar and Smar. 5 hours of trek.
Day 7: Dune of Bouguern
The contours of the Hamada du Drâa become blurred in the heat waves and we can then make out the black barrier of the Djebel Bani. Leaving L'oued El Attach (the river of thirst) we come to our last camp at the dune of Bouguern. 5.30 hours of trek.
Day 8: Transfer to Ouarzazate
Return journey for a night in hotel in Ouarzazate
Day 9: Transfer to Marrakech
Travel to Marrakech, crossing the High Atlas on the way
Day 10: Departure
Transfer to airport and travel home
Accommodation & Meals
- 2 nights accommodation (on B&B basis) in a traditional hotel in Marrakech, double and twin rooms with own bathrooms. Located in the centre of the city, it’s ideally placed for sight-seeing.
- 2 nights B&B in hotel or auberge in Ouarzazate on route to and from the desert
5 nights camping. Tents are set up for you with mattresses. All meals are provided on trek. They are varied, healthy and very tasty meals with plenty of vegetables
Transfers from Marrakech airport
Please contact us before booking your travel arrangements. We would like to try and arrange for as many people to arrive at similar times as possible to reduce trips.
Easy jet: London Gatwick – Marrakech
Ryanair: Bristol - Marrakech
Royal Air Maroc: London - Marrakech
Tui fly: Manchester - Marrakech
Please note – This information is correct at the time of publication. High Point Holidays cannot be held responsible for any change in schedules made by the above operators. Please check concerning the availability of a holiday before booking any flights. In addition, we can only guarantee transfers from the practical flights listed above. If you need further information or would like to discuss any aspect of your travel arrangements, please contact us, we’re here to help you.