2-Day Zagora Tour From Marrakech Including The Atlas Mountains, Camel Trek And Desert Camp - Marrakesh

From
USD
Per Person
Book this tour with

Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    7:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Directions: Hotel pickup is available from hotels and riads located in central Marrakech. Please be sure to advise your hotel details at the time of reconfirmation to arr.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point or Djemaa El Fna
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Delve deep into the High Atlas mountains and discover the best of rural Morocco on this 2-day desert tour from Marrakech to Zagora, with a camel trek and overnight at a Bedouin Sahara desert camp included. Take the Tizi-n-Tichka pass through the High Atlas Mountains, where Berber villagers enjoy life at an altogether slower pace. Visit the UNESCO-listed Kasbah At Ben Haddou with your guide and relax at your leisure in Ouarzazate. Trek into the Zagora Desert on camel back and enjoy panoramic views before sitting down to a traditional Moroccan dinner and camping under the stars. Group size is limited to 17 on this tour.

Highlights

  • Multi-Day Trip
  • Breakfast included
  • Dinner included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

Know More about this tour

Perfect for those short on time, this 2-day tour takes you from the hustle and bustle of busy Marrakech out through the tranquil Dra Valley, where rural Berber villagers live their lives the way they have for centuries. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of At Ben Haddou, enjoy free time in Ouarzazate and discover the delights of the Zagora Desert on a camel trek with your guide.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Marrakech – Ouarzazate – Zagora
Following a morning pickup from your accommodation in Marrakech, hop aboard your air-conditioned minivan and head out of the city toward the High Atlas Mountains to begin your tour. Take the Tizi-n-Tichka pass through traditional Berber villages where local shepherds herd their flocks, and enjoy panoramic views of Morocco’s open countryside.

Stop for refreshments at a local cafe (own expense) before heading on to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Kasbah Aït Ben Haddou, a famous film production location. Enjoy free time to visit the site, or hire a local guide (own expense) to explore in greater detail.

Just after midday, continue on to Ouarzazate for lunch at your leisure (own expense). Perhaps visit Taourirte Kasbah, where people from the Atlas, Drâa and Dadès Valleys have traded and socialized for centuries.

In the early afternoon, continue on through the Anti Atlas Mountains to the oasis of Agdz and enjoy time to relax, then carry on past the palm trees and Berber villages of the Drâa Valley to Zagora. On arrival, meet your camel caravan and set off on your camel trekking adventure deep into the Zagora Desert.

Enjoy beautiful views of the setting sun on route to your desert camp, then enjoy a traditional Moroccan dinner under the stars as locals play traditional folk songs for your entertainment.

Overnight: Accommodation at a private tent in a Bedouin desert camp with showers and bathroom ( outside your tent ).

Day 2: Zagora – Ouarzazate – Marrakech
Take an early stroll and enjoy beautiful views of the desert sunrise (optional) then, following breakfast at the camp, ride your camel back to Zagora and meet your driver to begin your return journey to Marrakech.

Stop on route for refreshment in Agdz (own expense) and relax at your leisure, then continue on to Ouarzazate for lunch (own expense) and more free time. Visit Taourirte Kasbah (if you weren't able to the previous day) and soak up the atmosphere in this ancient Moroccan meeting place.

In the afternoon, hop back aboard your vehicle for the final journey across the High Atlas Mountains and arrive back at your Marrakech hotel in the evening.

Meals included: Breakfast

Inclusions

Driver/guide

Camel trekking in the Zagora desert

Moroccan dinner

Meals as per itinerary

Overnight accommodation in a private tent at a Berber camp in the Zagora desert

Transport by air-conditioned minivan

Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)

Exclusions

Gratuities

Food and drinks, unless specified

Local guides

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability

Not recommended for child under 6 years old

Good walking shoes, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended

A conservative dress code is recommended in Morocco. Men and women should keep their upper body as well as their knees covered at all times as a sign of respect to the local culture. Wearing shorts is not recommended. It can be cold at night and in the winter so please bring appropriate clothing

Please note: due to the long distances, approximately 8 hours will be spent driving each day

Traveler Reviews

See all reviews
  • 20-Dec-2019

    Excellent overall trip, distance was longer than expected, however our driver “Abdou” was very good and made the trip easier, our camel ride guide “Ismail” was fun . Both spoke good English.

  • 08-Nov-2019

    Everything was great. We loved it! We read some of the other reviews before we went so we expected to be harassed by people trying to sell us things we don't need like sunglasses and scarves. But it was just the opposite. No pressure. We brought snacks so we wouldn't have to eat lunch at the "expensive" restaurant. That was fine. We sat at a nice table outside and ate our fruit and waited until everyone was finished their meals.

  • 18-Sep-2019

    I booked this little adventure as it was my 50th birthday and wanted an experience to remember and I will for sure. Our driver Saidi picked us up from the hotel and off we set to pick up the others in our group of 8. We absolutely loved everything about this trip, driving through the Atlas Mountains, the scenery is simple stunning and stopping often for bathroom breaks, refreshments and lunch. You also visit a couple of historic places briefly. You do have to pay extra for lunch and for guides but it really is very cheap. You do get asked a lot to go into shops but they are not pushy people and are very polite if you say no. My Mum and I were a little worried about the camels as we are not the fittest of people but we managed to get on and stay on!! It was a very proud moment, lol my mum is in her seventies. You have to remember this is a short trip. It is quite a long way to travel in the car from Marrakesh but 100 percent worth it, the desert camp was simply amazing with clean toilets and showers, great food and music entertainment. You have to buy your drinks at camp also. It is a little slice of a desert experience as you are on the edge of the Zagora desert, so if you want to travel and have sand dunes all around then take a longer one. Thanks again to Saidi our lovely driver who was helpful at all times and very knowledgeable. The only thing that we found hard was how hot it was overnight and we had to come out of the tent and sleep outside but after all you are in the desert so can’t complain and it was all part of the experience. I would recommend this trip for sure.

  • 17-Dec-2018

    The journey to the desert is a crazy ride but at no point did I my safety was jeapordized. We had a driver, Omar, I think who was a pro on the road. However, maybe he could explain a little bit as he drove along. We stopped at a couple of places for photo stops. The view is gorgeous! We also went to the UNESCO heritage site which was the filming location for many movies. The Camel riding through the desert was a splendid experience. But what blew my mind away was actually our accommodation that night, we stayed in tents. Before that we were served a scrumptious dinner spread and were entertained by Berber live music performance. And they let us play their drums although I was off beat the whole time. Prior to dinner we sat with one of the Berber guys and he gave quite a detailed explanation bout the history of berbers. He also answered our questions. At this point, when you look up in the night sky, you would see millions of stars. So bright and beautiful. Day 2 - I expected a little bit more but nope it was just a drive back to Marrakech. Overall great experience.

  • 06-Dec-2018

    It was an amazing experience!!! The driver and all the local guides were very nice and friendly. Camel ride during sunset was breathtaking!!!

  • 03-Dec-2018

    Really enjoyed the this trip overall. The views were outstanding, visiting Ait Ben Haddou was informative and beautiful. The camels were great fun and the camp was comfy! A couple of things were left out of the explanation when we booked it however. As far as we knew all we had to buy was lunch on the way there and the way plus water (definitely take water as none is provided) but we knew that so no issue there. When we arrived at Ait Ben Haddou we were greeted by a man called Muhammid. Great guy, spoke many languages and was extremely knowledgable. He took us around and threw the village which was great however he towards the end of the village tour he took us into a scarf shop and told us to get into the desert you need sunglasses, a scarf and suncream. We had all three but Muhammed insisted that you needed these top quality scarfs that were 12 euros each (thats our lunch money gone) then he led us to a restaurant for lunch. Food quality was a solid 4 out of 10 and choice was very limited. We had a set menu choice of around 12 euros each for a three course meal. Very small portions. Then he came around telling us that we had to pay for the tour he gave. 3 euros each. The tour was definitely worth more but as we were unaware of all these secret but necessary purchases we had no cash left for lunch or his trip fee! I had to borrow money from the bus driver (who was great) It was just a very awkward situation to be in that could have been avoided if we had known about the extra costs. Once we arrived at the camels we very quickly realised that the scarfs weren't necessary at all, nor the glasses, nor the suncream. It was November and about 17 degrees. The camel ride was shorter than expected but once we arrived at camp we met the berber camp hosts who were all fascinating to speak to and great at their jobs. If I were to do it again I'd book a longer tour of the desert. If you do take this tour I recommend buying a cheap scarf somewhere else for 2 euros and take sun glasses and suncream. There is no need to buy them there they are just an extra bit of cash from tourists. There was another cafe right by where we had lunch as well, I'd go there for lunch and meet the rest of the group at the restaurant afterwards. Still, a great experience, Atlas Mountains were great, camels were ridden and we stayed in the desert (just) but next time I'll go for longer in the desert and skip the tourist traps beforehand.

  • 14-Sep-2018

    The van ride out to Zagora and the different sightseeing stops were excellent. The drive through the Atlas mountains was beautiful. We stopped at a small restaurant for lunch and it was good. You cannot beat the value of this trip. The camel ride was fun (a little uncomfortable) but you do not ride that long. The tent camp was well set up and the food was very good. The washrooms were way better than I expected. Here are the downsides: the beds are very hard and the tents are VERY hot. I was willing to give the review a 5 because everything else about the trip was so great even if you cannot sleep well.

  • 18-Jun-2018

    This was the most AMAZING experience, it is a lot of time in the car for just a 24 hour period, but with all the stops along the way you hardly notice. I am so glad I took the plunge and booked this tour. Our driver Mouhsine was the BEST, if you have the opportunity to request a driver, I'd request him. He was funny and informative but also let us nap instead of peppering us with information the whole time. He was always willing to stop for pictures when we asked and was really good about letting us know when there was one coming up. He also helped us translate at lunch and when we made some souvenir shopping stops. I cannot say enough good things about this tour and especially Mouhsine!

  • 17-Jun-2018

    Awesome!!! We all loved it, especially my 9 year old. Was SO GREAT! Bring a book for the long ride there and money for the fun stops and shopping along the way.

  • 25-Mar-2018

    Amazing experience. Amazing people. Amazing scenery. Expect a long drive both days and be prepared to have fun with the people you are with. It was the best 48 hours I had during my time in Morocco. Brilliant entertainment at the campsite, beautiful sunset and rise. Everything was perfect.

See all reviews