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Feature adventure holidays
We’ve developed a range of dedicated solo holidays & solo travel packages; exclusively for people booking on their own. Around 40% of all our passengers are solo travellers.
Transport - Taxi, minibus and/or 4WD, camel, on foot.
Accommodation - Hotels (3nts), camping (4nts, communal Bedouin tents).
Meals - 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 4 dinners.
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Fly to Ouarzazate
After your flight, you transfer to your first night’s accommodation and check in. Standing at the confluence of three valleys and on the threshold of the Sahara Desert, the town of Ouarzazate was originally a staging point for trans-Saharan caravans but was expanded during the colonial era as a garrison for the French Foreign Legion. Hotel - 1 night
Imin Ougni; drive through desert
Please meet your tour leader in the hotel reception at 08:00. Today you depart from Ouarzazate on a fascinating journey through the lush Draa Valley – a strip of intense cultivation along the Oued Draa, a river formed from the melt waters of the Atlas Mountains. The beauty and colour of the fields and villages is intensified by their stark contrast to the towering Atlas Mountains to the north and the desert to the south.
For lunch (not included) you stop in Zagora, a small town dating from the 13th century and the administrative centre for the Draa Valley. Afterwards, you continue your journey deeper into the desert but still following the life-giving vein of the Oued Draa. Soon you come to the tiny settlement of Beni Ali where you get to meet your camel drivers. The latter are intriguing men from the Aït Atta ethnic group and lead nomadic lives, driving camels and herds of sheep and goats from the higher valleys of the Atlas Mountains across the lower anti-Atlas to the great oases of the southern desert in wintertime. The journey may take months, yet in springtime they turn around and ascend once again to the higher pastures.
As you set off with one camel per person and with additional animals to carry the baggage, the camping equipment and (most importantly) the water, you form a typical desert caravan for the remainder of the day’s journey. Not all deserts are sandy and much of the afternoon is spent crossing flat stony ‘hamada’. Walking or riding as you please, you follow a wide, dry valley. Later you pass a number of wells – always a site of much activity in this parched landscape. Locals from nearby villages surround each well with donkeys, carts and dozens of plastic jerry cans and lower buckets on ropes to draw the precious commodity. You too fill up here before continuing.
Towards the end of the afternoon you’ll reach your camp at Imin Ougni. Your traditional nomad tents are made of dark woven material stretched over wooden props with sides that can hang down or be raised for ventilation. Each is sufficiently large to sleep six or eight people on a floor of carpets and mats. This evening you dine on traditional Moroccan cuisine in the tranquillity of the desert night. Total driving time approx. 4 hours. Camp - 1 night (BD)
Bougeorn; Camel trek in the Draa Valley
After breakfast you watch as the camel drivers load your beasts before finally setting off. Scattered palms dot the landscape now and local people work in irrigated fields collecting grass and dates. You continue through a string of small villages each with its own kasbah seemingly crumbling into the desert soil.
You’ll stop for lunch by the river. Water flowing from the far away Atlas Mountains is dammed in a great reservoir near Ouarzazate. From there the flow is regulated to optimise the irrigation of agricultural land throughout the year in the lower Draa Valley. Occasionally you may see water flowing, and the camels will take great advantage of this during the lunch stops, wallowing in whatever pools they may find. More often than not however, the water is invisible, flowing underground or being carried away by channels to slake thirsty crops. Lunch on the trail consists generally of fresh salads with perhaps sardines or eggs. Fresh fruit is almost always available and invariably you round it all off with a refreshing mint tea.
This afternoon you leave the palm-fringed river and head across scorching desert towards the small dunes at Bougeorn, a short distance from the village of Nesrat. Here you set up camp. The sunset from here on a clear evening is unforgettable with the sinking sun silhouetting the palm trees or perhaps a distant minaret. Your cook prepares a delicious tagine, some cous-cous or perhaps a lentil stew and if you are lucky, your camel drivers may decide to play drums and invite you to join them for an evening of traditional songs under the starry expanse of the night sky. Walking/riding approx. 6 hours Camp – 1 night (BLD)
Dunes De Tidri; scenic sand dunes
Today is a particularly dry day. Flat, open, stony plains are traversed by cracked riverbeds. There’s little for the camels to eat so they’re treated by their masters to sacks of dates brought from the villages. Soon you arrive in the small settlement of Zawayat Sidi Salah. Locals watch your passing from the shade of a tree or wall.
If you’re feeling energetic you can perhaps coax some local children into a game of football but otherwise you stop for lunch at the edge of the village. This is the penultimate settlement you’ll see before the end of the trek tomorrow.
By the end of the day you arrive at the Dunes de Tidri - a magical area of rolling dunes in the middle of nowhere which, though not high, stretch spectacularly off into the distance. As your camels wend their way across the rolling sand-scape you may find the ideal moment to photograph this classic desert caravan scene. Sunset is often the most magical time of day; as the fading light illuminates the golden sand enticing soft browns and reds from the distant escarpments. Walk/ride for approx. 5 hours Camp – 1 night (BLD)
After breakfast in the wonderfully fresh and cool air of the morning you set off once again. There are few people now in this vast expanse, save for a few nomadic herdsmen with their precious dromedaries. By noon you arrive at another chain of low dunes scattered with palm trees. Here you have lunch before proceeding for the final hour or so across the dunes to the town of Ouled Driss – civilisation at last! Ouled Driss is a picturesque village with a small museum and a well-maintained Ksar. You’ll camp in a palmeraie just outside of town and take time to wander the surrounding area admiring the intricate network of irrigation channels. Walk/ride for approx. 4 hours Camp (with ablutions) – 1 night (BLD)
Marrakech; Ait Benhaddou kasbah
This morning, after an early breakfast, you board your vehicle for the long return trip to Marrakech. (total driving time approx. 8 hours, plus meal stop) As you retrace your steps through the beautiful Draa Valley you can reflect on the privileged insight you have had into the ways and customs of the region and be amazed at the completely different pace you have been travelling at. You stop in Aït Benhaddou for lunch; a small village whose focal point is one of the best-preserved fortified kasbahs in the country. With its slit windows and dramatic walls of red earth, this is a magnificent example of a stronghold. Dating from around the 15th century, its importance as a trading post gradually dwindled, and today’s inhabitants eke out a living from farming the meagre soil. However, due to its stunning photogenic qualities it has been used as a setting for several recent Hollywood films including Gladiator. After lunch you continue over Tizi-n-Tichka pass - the highest in North Africa - and witness the astonishing transition from the arid semi-desert of the south-facing slope, to the fertile terraces and fields of the well-watered northern face. On descending from the mountains you cross the plain to enter the imperial city of Marrakech whose old town is surrounded by a cordon of protective ramparts. Even today, the name Marrakech conjures up images of scenes from the Arabian Nights: alleyways, souks, stalls and markets. This remarkable city, dating from the 11th century, never fails to satisfy the curiosity of adventurous travellers. It has everything from the graceful architecture of the renowned Koutoubia Minaret, which dominates the skyline, to the wonderful atmosphere of souks and alleyways that make up its old quarter.
On arrival you check into your hotel, shower off the sand, and enjoy a celebratory meal in a restaurant for a change! Later you can wander the Djemaa el-Fna, the famous market square at the heart of the medina and the focus of night-time activity. An almost medieval pageant ensues as acrobats and magicians, minstrels and fortune tellers, jugglers and snake charmers all come to entertain the crowds of onlookers. Hotel – 2 nights (B) The hotel is located just outside the city walls around the old Medina. It is about a 25 minute walk to the main square Djemaa el Fna but close to local shops and restaurants
Marrakech; city tour
Today you are free to explore the back alleys and souks of this fascinating city. To orientate yourself, you start with a guided walking tour of the centre, taking in the main sites, then later you make your way into the sprawling souk. As is usual in a souk, individual trades and crafts are concentrated in one street or area, so the shoemakers are all next to each other, as are the jewellers, the potters, weavers etc. This must be the best place in Morocco to hone one’s haggling skills, and you are sure to be tempted by some of the wonderful variety of merchandise on display, even if it’s only a small packet of exotic spices or a trinket.
The afternoon is free to explore; there are plenty of sites to visit such as the Saadian tombs, el-Badi Palace or the Dar si Said museum. Later on in the afternoon the souks come alive and there are many bargains to be had. If you’d like to experience the relaxation of a hammam (traditional bathhouse), your Group Leader will advise you on which one to visit. For just a few dirhams, you’ll be steamed and scrubbed until you shine! Tonight you head to one of the city’s many restaurants for your last meal together (not included), to reflect on all you’ve seen and done in this fascinating country. (B)
The trip ends for Land Only clients. Those on group flights transfer to airport and fly home. (B)