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Draa Valley And M'hamid Tour

Country: Morocco
City: Ouarzazate
Duration: 2 Day(s) - 1 Night(s)
Tour Category: Desert Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary

Day 1: Ouarzazate - M’hamid

Morning departure to Agdez, where the Draa Valley begins. We will drive along the valley till we reach the city of Zagora in time for lunch. In the afternoon, M’hamid, where the road stops and gives way to the Sahara, is waiting. At a bivouac at the Erg Lihoudi dunes, there is time for a tea break before riding camels for about an hour and a half. Enjoy the sunset from the top of the highest dune over the distant mountains, before the camels take us back to the bivouac of nomad tents for dinner and a night’s rest. (B, D)

Day 2: M’Hamid – Ouarzazate

We recommend waking up early so you have a chance to watch the spectacle of the sunrise when the colors of the sand dunes are an awesome sight. After breakfast, you can take a little walk in the dunes before we set back to Ouarzazate. We will stop at Tamegroute for a visit to the potteries and underground Kasbah. From here the road leads north again to Tamnougalt Kasbah (one of the most ancient Kasbahs in the south of Morocco with tapering walls). We arrive back in Ouarzazate, at the end of the afternoon.

Explore More About Draa Valley:

Heading southeast from Ouarzazate, you cross the Jebel Saghro massif, twisted and eroded into weird onion-dome shapes, into the Draa Valley, a wider, less rugged river course.

The broad gravel plains of the river bed are planted with palms stretching as far as the eye can see, protected by a network of pisé walls and kasbahs now gracefully melting away as their defensive functions are no longer required.

Sits puzzlingly in the middle of a vast gravel plain, shadowing a sign reading ‘Tombouctou 51 jours’.

Erg Chigaga

The area's star attraction is the misnamed Erg Chigaga, not a single dune (erg) but an incredible stretch of golden sand sea some 56km southwest of M'Hamid. It is the largest sand sea in Morocco, snaking along the horizon for 40km and bordered to the north and south by mountain ridges. T

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