Check our 3 days desert tour to Ifrane and Azrou in the Middle Atlas, The Sahara; camel trekking and a night in a Berber tent and back to Fes.
Day 1 : Fes - Ifrane / Atlas Mountains - Mezouga / Sahara Desert.
Day 2 : Exploring the desert
Day 3 : Merzouga - Atlas Mountains - Fes
|Transport in a comfortable A/C vehicle (a 4x4 or Mini Van).|
|Overnight stay in a berber camp and Kasbah hotel.|
|Dinner and Breakfast.|
|Pick up and drop off at your accommodation.|
|Camel trekking in the Sahara Desert.|
|Sightseeing and photo opportunities at the Sahara Desert|
|Lunch and drinks.|
|Small admission charge for some monuments.|
|Pick up||8 am|
|Drop off||8 pm|
It's an early start after breakfast, as their is so much to pack into three days, memories will be made that will last a lifetime.
7am. in the winter or 8 am. in Morocco's lovely long summer, after your breakfast, your experienced, English speaking Fes Authentic Tours driver will collect you from your accommodation and drive you up into the heights of the Middle Atlas, Fes being at the foothills of the mountains. It's quite a long journey to the famous sand dunes of the Erg Chebbi, but the transport is comfortable and air-conditioned and there is so much to be seen that the time will just fly by.
Your first stop, after passing by the suprpise of Michliffen, a Moroccan winter sprts and ski resort, is at Ifrane, a quaint little town known as "Morocco's Switzerland" due to its Alpine architecture. It was built in a Swiss style by the French during their occupation of Morocco in the 1930's.
A little further on is the beautiful town of Azrou, "The Rock" in the Amazigh language of the native Berber people. In this area are mighty, aromatic cedar forests where you will encounter the legendary 'Barbary Apes', in fact a species of macaque monkey. They can be quite curious and friendly, but be careful they don't run off with your bag!
Heading onwards across the high plateau, the peaks of the High Atlas, said to hold up the sky, will slowly become nearer and then you'll cut through the pass to Midelt and further to the edge of Sahara town of Rissani. From there, it's a short hop south to Merzouga, where the awesome dunes of the Erg Chebbi suddenly appear on the near horizon.
These dunes extend to the east into Algeria and are excellent examples of their type, the highest reaching over 50 metres above the spectacular desert landscape around them. Your hotel is located at the base of the dunes and here you can relax and enjoy the evening after your journey, You will be treated to a carefully prepared traditional Berber evening meal and sleep in a comfortable bed listening to the sweet strains of Berber music.
Following your breakfast the day is yours to choose how you wish to spend your time. There is plenty to do and see in the locality, Will you decide on an energetic and breathtaking hike through the dunes of the Erg Chebbi? Or do you prefer to relax at the hotel, keeping cool with an icy drink and a dip in the pool? Some select a shopping trip in Merzouga town centre where lots of local handicrafts are for sale at prices much less than the bigger towns and cities. You may also wish to visit the nearby town of Khamalia, where the friendly black descendants of the ancient slaves from The Sudan, will happily enthrall you with their distinctive brand of Gnawa music.
Be sure to return to base before sunset as your camel will be waiting to carry you off on a unforgettable ninety minute excursion into the depths of the desert as you watch the gorgeous sight of the sun setting into the desert sands. Then you will spend the night in an authentic Berber tent in a traditional encampment, where your guide will personally cook you a delicious Moroccan meal and you listen to the local musicians playing sweet melodies as you relax and fall asleep under the multitude of twinkling stars and the huge, bright moon.
The desert sunrise is just as beautiful as the sunset. so it's a dawn start as you ride your trusty camel back through the dunes casting every changing shadows over the arid landscape. Breakfast is provided at a hotel, and then it's off back to Fes through the Middle Atlas Mounains. drop off at your accommodation in Fes.