Sahara Walking Holiday 2023
8 Day Holiday
Experience a truly nomadic way of life, our tailor made Walking Holiday takes you trekking through the Sahara with a professional Berber team to visit the nomadic people who still live in the desert today. This unique experience takes you into the heart of the Moroccan Sahara at Erg Chegaga, giving you the rare opportunity to learn about its people, culture and lifestyle.
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Day 1: Marrakech
Your driver will be waiting at the airport to take you to your Riad Hotel in the heart of the Medina, an oasis in the bustling city. Enjoy a Half Day medina tour to explore the souks and sights of this fascinating, ancient city before dinner.
Day 2: Marrakech – Ait Ben Haddou
Your private air-conditioned 4×4 with driver will meet you at your hotel to begin the journey through the stunning scenery of the High Atlas Mountains, arriving at the fortified village and UNESCO heritage site of Ait Ben Haddou. Stay the night at an authentic hotel with a pool and have time to explore this ancient Berber site.
Day 3: Ait Ben Haddou – M’hamid
After an exciting off-road drive through the dunes you will receive a traditional, warm Berber welcome at your trekking nomad camp set up for the first night in the desert. Enjoy a delicious Moroccan meal around the camp fire under a magical night sky full of stars.
Day 4: Walking to Sidi Naji
We start our trek following the banks of the Draa River which now runs dry, taking in sights such as the old village of M’hamid set in delicate and luscious palm groves, setting up camp at Sidi Naji. You will be trekking through the desert and stopping for lunch under the shade of a Tamarisk tree, before setting up camp for the night.
(approx. 3-6 hours walking – this can be tailored to your needs – 4×4 back up transport provided)
Day 5: Walking through Zahar
Heading towards the dunes of Zahar, there is a deep sense of peace as our journey takes us out into the open desert plains. Camp is set up at the foot of these stunning dunes. (approx. 3-6 hours walking – this can be tailored to your needs – 4×4 back up transport provided)
Day 6: Walking to Erg Chegaga
En route to Erg Chegaga one of the most stunning areas of this part of the Sahara, we arrive at the foothills of the tall dunes to stay at Nubia Luxury Camp with time to rest and soak up this beautiful region before dinner around the camp fire. (approx. 3-6 hours walking – this can be tailored to your needs – 4×4 back up transport provided)
Day 7: Erg Chegaga – Marrakech
After breakfast, your 4×4 driver will pick you up to return directly to Marrakech via a different scenic route out of the desert, over the dry salt lake of Iriqui and passing through Foum Zguid and the rug and craft centre of Taznakht, heading back through the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. Enjoy a traditional Hammam & Massage in the late afternoon before dinner or the next morning before your departure.
Day 8: Depart Marrakech
njoy your free time in Marrakech before your driver arrives to take you to the airport for the journey home.