The Great Southern Circuit
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A tour inside the vast Moroccan desert is undoubtedly a Must during your stay in this beautiful and amazing kingdom.
Among several desert trip and itineraries available to this exotic destination, we choose the most authentic desert tour from Marrakech to let you discover the magic of this earthly paradise in a pure and original atmosphere.
Travel across fascinating landscapes, discover authentic Berber villages and experience unforgettable emotions.
The Great Southern Circuit 06 Days / 05 Nights
This tour is a wonderful immersion in the Moroccan desert for those who are looking for a complete change of scenery. A unique opportunity to discover the beauty of the Sahara and the simple lifestyle, the sympathy and the warm welcome of locals in southern Morocco.
A harmonious mix of cultures and colours along a sublime and original route.
Highlights of the tour :
- Great valleys, oases and palm trees
- Desert landscapes
- The Oases and Kasbahs of the desert
- High Atlas and Anti Atlas
Program of the tour:
Day 1: Marrakech - Ait Benhaddou - Ouarzazate - Skoura - Dades Gorge
Early departure to Ouarzazate through the High Atlas and the pass of Tizi n'Tichka (2260 m) across several beautiful landscapes and Berber villages. A short break to visit the famous kasbah of Ait-Benhaddou, UNESCO heritage. Continuation to Skoura and another stop to visit the kasbah Ameridile before resuming the journey to DADES gorges through the valley of roses and Kelaa Mgouna.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Distance: 310 km
Accommodation: Vieux Châteaux Gorges du DADES or similar
Day 2: Dade Gorges - Tinejdad - Erfoud - Merzouga
After breakfast, a walk in the palm grove of Todra valley before starting our second day trip to ERFOUD through Tinejdad and several authentic villages. We will have a short stop at the Marbles of Fossils in ERFOUD, then we will continue our journey to the impressive dunes of Erg Chebbi in Merzouga. Upon arrival, you will be invited by locals to join an unforgettable camel trek tour in the middle heart of Merzouga dunes. At the end of the camel trek, you will have the chance to see one of the most beautiful sunsets. You will spend your second night in nomad tents in the desert camp in order to fully enjoy your experience in the Sahara. Dinner and night in Bivouac.
Distance: 248 km
Accommodation: Kanz Erremal Merzouga or similar
Day 3 : Merzouga- Rissani - Alnif - Zagora - M' Hamid
Before Breakfast, you will have the possibility to go for a short walk close to your desert camp to watch the beautiful sunrise. Departure to Rissani, a first stop to visit Moulay Ali Cherif mausoleum and Souk, continuation to Alnif where we will have lunch, then resuming the trip to our next destination: Zagora, Draa Valley & Tamgroute where you can visit some local handicraft workshops. You may also have the chance to visit an old koranic library if you are interested in exploring the Arab-Islamic heritage ...
We will continue this great desert trip to one of the most important travel stopover in our tour’s program: M'hamid el Ghizlane, here you will certainly start to appreciate the real desert landscapes. Dinner and night in a desert camp located at around 2km from the village in the middle of the dunes.
Distance: 398 km
Accommodation: Caravane du Sud M'hamid caravan or similar
Day 4: Mhamid - The Sacred Oasis - Chegaga
After a Moroccan breakfast in a beautiful nomadic tent, we will finally take the direction of the famous dunes of Chegaga, known as the largest dunes in Morocco, we will have our lunch inside the palm trees or tamarisk and a small stop at the sacred oasis, before reaching Erg Chegaga at the end of afternoon.
A short break in the desert camp of Chegaga, then we will climb the highest dunes to watch the sunset and enjoy the magic views of desert landscapes.
Dinner with evening entertainment and night in bivouac.
Distance: 80 km
Accommodation: Caravane du Sud Chegaga or similar
Day 5: Chegaga- Foum Zguid - Ouarzazate
In our fifth day trip we will have to chance to explore the oasis of fint, Lake Iriqui and Foum Zguid, then we will find the road to Taznakht, a small town known for its various Berber carpet cooperatives. Continuation to Ouarzazate. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Distance: 250 km
Accommodation: Hotel Oscar or similar
Day 6: Ouarzazate - Marrakech
After breakfast, you can organize with your driver guide a city tour in Ouarzazate and you can visit the kasbah of Taourirte, the kasbah of Tamesla as well as a film studio where several great movies of Hollywood have been shot. Return via the High Atlas Mountains and its breathtaking views directly to Marrakech. Arrival in the evening and drop off at your hotel.
Distance: 204 km
- Transportation in 4x4 with personal driver including gas and driver's fees
- Accommodation 5 nights with daily half-board. We choose authentic and comfortable accommodation with a good quality of service.
- Camel ride tour in Merzouga.
- Local tour guide in some sites
- All taxes
- International Airline Ticket
- Transfer from other Moroccan cities or airports to Marrakech: If you wish to book and inter-cities transfer or an airport shuttle service, a supplement will be charged.
- Extra Meals & Drinks
- Other excursions booked during your tour (To be paid on the spot)
- Children under 2 years old are free of charge.
- 3 to 11 years: 50% discount
- 12 years and over: Full price
- Your hotel pick up will be organized after receiving your final confirmation
- The driver will pick you up directly from your hotel or Riad in Marrakech
- We offer this tour for two or more participants
For any additional information or booking: Contact us