Erg Chigaga is the name of one of the two highest dunes in the Moroccan Sahara. Due to its isolated location, 60 km from the nearest town and only accessible by 4×4, dromedary or on foot, Erg Chigaga is a rarely visited area that offers a unique panorama in the vastness of the surrounding desert. Away from the bustle, it allows for a true yet wild desert experience.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Starts: Marrakech / Ends: Marrakech|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive by 8:15 AM for a prompt departure at 8:30 AM.|
|RETURN TIME||Approximately 6:30 PM.|
|WEAR||Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.|
Day 1: Marrakech – High Atlas – Ouarzazate – Agdez
We leave Marrakech the Red City almost halfway, we will pass through the universal heritage of the Kasbah of Ait Ben Hadou, a fortified village from the 11th century. 35 km from the Kasbah of Ait Ben Hadou, we will visit Hollywood of Africa Ouarzazate, where the largest film studios are located. The journey will continue along the kingdom’s longest valley of 1,052 km and the largest palm oases. Arrival in Agadez where we will spend the night.
Day 2: Agdez – Zagora -Tamegroute – Mhamid – Chigaga Dunes
We keep driving along Draa Valley before passing by Zagora where the remains of an Almoravid fortress can still be seen. We pass by Tamagrout That is Situated on Draa Rive,In this small town we will visit oldest libraries of the kingdom. Driving along Draa valley to M’hamid, that is a very modest village.
and not much different from the village you have passed before arriving here. From a vast plateau you will get impressed by the huge sand dune of Chigaga ,where we go for a camel ride to meet one of the most fascinating sand dunes sights we will ever see, the superb sunset in the middle of the high sand dune.Tonight we stay in Berber camp and enjoy a wonderful stars view.
Day 3: Chigaga Dunes – Iriki Lake – Foumzguid – Tazenakht – Ait Benhaddou
Day 4: Ait Benhaddou – Telouet- Tichka Pass – Marrakech
Just 40 km from Ait Benhadou Kasbah, we will see the Kasbah of Telout,a former route of the caravans from the Sahara over the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. It was the seat of the El Glaoui family’s power;they were given political power of Morocco south of High Atlas Mountains by the King Moulay Hassan. The Glaouis were almost as strong in power as the sultan himself. The palace can still be visited but it is steadily becoming more damaged and is slowly collapsing. In 2010, work was underway to restore the property.We lunch in the Pass of Tichka and drive to Marrakech.