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Sahara Desert Trek and Ait Benhaddou

 

Morocco’s other world class adventure destination is the Sahara Desert. Trekking through the empty, silent sand dunes is a stunning experience for those who are rugged and interesting enough to take up the challenge!

The Sahara stretches from the snow capped mountains of the High Atlas in the west to the Red Sea coast 4800km to the East. Its landscape varies from rocky trails to perfect wind blown sand dunes, broken only by the occasional oasis.

We trek through this awesome landscape with a small caravan of camels to carry supplies and Berber guides leading the way…and camp under epic African starscapes.

On the way back to Marrakech, you'll spend the night at Ait Benhaddou. This stunning desert fortress is one of the worlds great historical sites.


Day 1. Arrive in Marrakesh. Hotel.

Day 2. Drive to Ras Nkhal. This is an EPIC 9hr journey through the Atlas and Anti-Atlas mountain ranges. Camp.

Day 3. Load up the camels and trek to Sidi Naji. This is a 7hr walk across rocky plateau, dry river beds and sand dunes. Camp.

Day 4. Trek through the dunes to Erg Zaher. Here we camp among some of the highest dunes in the Sahara. 7hrs walk.

Day 5. Cross the Draa river and trek to Sadrat. 6hr walk. Meet 4 x 4 vehicle. Gite.

Day 6. Drive to Ait Benhaddou, Gite (6hrs drive).

Day 7. Spend the morning exploring this stunning historical site. Drive to Marrakesh, hotel (3 hrs drive).

Day 8. Fly home



The fortified Moroccan ksar of Ait Ben Haddou is located on the old caravan route between the Sahara desert and the capital Marrakesh. It's an exceptional example of a clay brick and mud architecture typical of southern Moroccan and is quite rightly a UNESCO World Heritage site.