Atlas – Drâa Valley – Chegaga


ITINERARY

DAY 1:    OUARZAZATE  – N’KOB –   ZAGORA
►After a breakfast depart on a three day journey to the Sourthern tip of Morocco and tour the Chegaga sand dunes.

►Next we will our journey to the Draâ Valley and cross the desert plateau of Jbel Tifernine and steep canyons.

 

►At mid-day we will stop in the Berber village of Ait Ouzzine. Just 5 kilometers afterN’kob is Aït Ouzzine (the nice village). Aït Ouzzine is a Berber village inhabited by over 300 families who live in beautifully painted crenulated kasbahs, with their own henna fields, water wells, livestock and gardens. This peaceful village is tucked away along an impressive desert route connecting the Draa Valley (Tansikht) and Rissani.
Meet a local Berber family, partake in a cooking lesson of how to maketraditional bread and a tajine. Then explore and tour the village by foot. Walk in the green fields and see how the traditional Berbers live with their gardens of herbslive stock, and henna plants.

►Lunch will be served to you in Aït Ouzzine by a traditional Berber family. The menu will include a traditional meal of fresh baked bread with spices and a chickenand vegetable tajine and fresh local fruits for desert. After lunch, you can have your hands and feet painted with henna by a local village artist and relax. End the afternoon with mint tea and almonds. Then rest at your hotel before having a traditional dinner with the Berber family of couscous and sheep’s stomach that is grilled by fire.  

 

► We will continue the road after lunch to Zagora where you will spend the night near the Dunes of Tinfo in a Berber biouvac.

DAY 2:    ZAGORA –  M’HAMID –  CHEGAGA
►Rise early and visit the town of Zagora.

Walk the palmery and hamlet set amid lemon, almond and olive trees, and gardens of the village of Amazrou. Visit the former Mellah (Jewish quarter), where a mosque now stands. Amazrou is inhabited by Arabs, Haratines and Berbers who continue the Jewish tradition of silver making.
 
►Visit the old Kasbah Ait Lkaid in the village of Tamegroute. At the end of the main road you will find the famous road sign to Timbuktu that reads “52 jours” – 52 hours by camel.

 
►Enjoy lunch at a local kasbah hotel restaurant in the town of Zagora. The Dunes of Tinfo (as well as many other sand dunes in Morocco) are famous for their healing qualities for rheumatoid arthritis. Ask your guide to bury you in the sand from head to toe for this a 20 minute spa-like experience.

 

► Visit pottery makers in Tamegroute where traditional dark green pottery of the region is made and glazed. The emerald green pottery is distinctly unique to theZagora region.

 

►Enjoy lunch in Tamergroute and then depart to the M’hamid Sahara desert.

 

►Arrive in M’hamid and spend the night in a Berber biouvac tent under a sea of desert stars or sleep in an auberge.

 

DAY 3:  CHEGAGA  –  OUARZAZATE
►Enjoy a hearty Moroccan breakfast and prepare for a camel trek through the Erg Chegaga dunes near the Ikiri oasis.

 

►At forty-five kilometers outside of M’hamid, the three hundred meter dunes stretch to the horizon and can only be reached by 4×4. As the Erg Chegaga territory is vast, trekking by camel alone can take up to a week. Mix up the journey by riding in the comfort of a Travel Exploration air-conditoned/heated 4×4 Landcruiser.

 

►Depart in early afternoon and drive directly back to Ouarzazete.

 

►On the road back to Ouarzazate, we will visit the Iriqui dry lake and the desert plateau of Akassia and have lunch in Zagora. Arrive in Ouarzazate, this ends your Morocco Travel experience.

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