Travelling southeast from Ouarzazate to Zagora provides breath-taking views as we wind our way across the geologically interesting Jbel Anaouar mountains and then into the colourful Drâa Valley.
This valley, considered to be one of the most beautiful in Morocco, is lined with date palm groves and ksour (walled villages) along the route. A truly magical route that winds through the valley, the Oued (River) Drâa running through it, date palm groves and ksour lining the route and mountains providing an impressive backdrop.
And then we arrive in to Zagora, the main town in the Drâa Valley, where the famous ‘Timbouktu 52 days’ sign was posted for years. Jebel Zagora rises up over the Drâa River, and takes about three hours to climb
Day one to zagora
We depart Marrakesh early and head into the Middle Atlas Mountains where we’ll enjoy breakfast and the beautiful countryside. Along the way we’ll stop to enjoy the changing landscape. Around lunchtime, we’ll stop at Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO-protected Kasbah featured in many movies including Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator and Jewel of the Nile, to take in the beauty of this 11th century Kasbah. We’ll have lunch in the village before passing through Ouarzazate, the cinema capital of North Africa. Once in the Drâa Valley, we’ll stop to enjoy the beauty of the palmeries. Once we arrive in Zagora, we’ll ride the camels for about 1.5 hours where our nomadic hosts will greet us. Explore the dunes before enjoying a mint tea in the camp while enjoying the sunset over the desert. Then relax by the fire to the sounds of the nomadic music while our dinner is prepared. Our accommodation will be in a bivouac,( a traditional nomadic tent.)
Day two to zagora
We’ll wake up early to see the sun rise over the desert and enjoy our breakfast before riding the camels back to meet our driver. We’ll head back to Marrakesh passing through Nkoub, Agdz, and the Drâa Valley.