Come enjoy a taste of the Moroccan Sahara on this 4-day private safari holiday. From Marrakech, you will travel across the High Atlas Mountains to reach a vast desert plain that forms the outer reaches of the Sahara. This is a remarkable land of contrasts with river-fed oasis towns, contorted ancient volcanic wilderness, flourishing valleys, dramatic stone and mud-built Kasbahs and fortified villages known as Ksars.
In this safari holiday, you will be accommodated for 3 nights in a Berber nomad tent at Sahara Safari Camp. Berber nomad tents are the smallest tents – authentic and typically the design favored by nomads made from brown camel hair. These tents are simply furnished with carpet, small table, solar-powered lamp / candles, mattresses on the floor with sheets, blankets, and pillows. Toilet or washing facilities are shared with other Berber nomad tent guests.
Winter duvets with Egyptian cotton covers and sheets offer warmth and comfort on chilly Saharan nights under an African sky full of shooting stars and distant moons. Hot water is provided on request in the morning and early evening by camp staff – adequate for a quick ‘bush’ shower befitting the natural environmental in which the camp is located.
Designed specifically for desert use, the tents have sewn-in groundsheets (to keep out sand) and are covered with Berber rugs. Tents are high enough to stand tall. To ensure a noise-free wilderness experience the tents take power from the sun and provide hand and solar-powered dynamo lanterns and candles to create atmospheric evenings in camp. If you want, you can upgrade your accommodation to deluxe or VIP tent (345 GBP - 675 GBP).
On the first day, you will depart Marrakech at 07:00. Then, you will begin your trip with a scenic ascent of the High Atlas Mountains via the Tizi n’Tichka pass. After a visit to the impressive kasbah of UNESCO World Heritage at Ait Benhaddou, you will make a brief stop in Zagora, which was once the final stop-off for caravans before they entered the endless solitude of the Hamada’s.
You will reach the village of Draa River valley of Ait Isfoul afterward and traverse the beautiful Draa River valley. Lined with old kasbahs, ksour and palm groves, the Draa is regarded as one of the most scenic routes in Morocco and is one of the last major settlements before the Moroccan Sahara. From here, the vast Sahara Desert and the welcome comforts of a tented camp await you. You will arrive at Sahara Safari Camp at 18:00.
Set in a picturesque location and surrounded by a date palm and dune desert landscape, a variety of activities are possible from the Sahara Safari Camp. On this day, you can choose between optional activities as follows: camel safari or desert walk at noon or a visit to Ait Isfoul or desert drive at night.
On the next day, you will go on an adventurous trip following desert tracks to wild dunes of Erg Chegaga. Here, you will possibly encounter camel caravans and desert nomads on the way.
On the final day, you will depart at 09:00 and arrive at Marrakech at 18:00.
Your safari holiday will take place in Draa Valley, Souss-Massa, Morocco. You will also visit Ait Benhaddou and Kasbahs on your way to the Sahara Safari Camp.
You will be served daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner. At Sahara Safari Camp, meals are enjoyed either alfresco or inside a dining tent which also doubles as a ‘salon’ for convivial social gatherings to perhaps enjoy a bottle or two of the local ‘Sahara Reserve’ wine, perhaps a cold beer or pot of mint tea.
Delicious meals are freshly prepared by Sahara Safari Camp‘s chef in a traditional Moroccan style with a choice of meat and vegetarian tagines and couscous for dinner, salads, or picnics for lunch (depending on the activity of the day) and Moroccan pancakes, freshly baked bread, local jam, and honey for breakfast.
The majority of ingredients are fresh products. All meat, vegetables, and fruits are purchased directly from sellers in a nearby Tagounite market as part of Sahara Safari Camp’s responsible tourism ethos in support of the local community.