Photo Tour Programme – The Magic of the Sahara Desert.

 

 

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Photo Tour: The Magic of the Sahara Desert

Next group tour date: Please contact us for available dates.

Length: 9 days / 10 nights
Price: € 3,350 per person  (single room supplement € 440).

 

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Day 1 – Marrakech  

After an introduction meeting, we will explore the probably most interesting city in Morocco: Marrakech. The highlights will include some architectural interesting sites such as the Koutoubia mosque and the Bahia Palace, but the main focus will be the lively medina (old town), with its colourful shops and souks (markets), followed by the famous place Djemaa el’Fna with the snake charmers, acrobats and storytellers. At sunset, we will enjoy the view from a rooftop restaurant for sunset images.

Accommodation in a hotel in Marrakech.

Photographic highlights: Marrakech and its historical sites, the medina, and the place Djemaa el’Fna.


Day 2 – Marrakech to Ouarzazate 

After breakfast, we will begin our photographic adventure to the Sahara desert. We will leave Marrakech and drive south across the High Atlas Mountains and the col of Tizi-n-Tichka. We will stop for pictures along the way to enjoy the panoramic view and to capture some wonderful images of these majestic mountains. In the afternoon, we will continue to one of the most impressive and well-preserved kasbahs and UNESCO world heritage site, the ksar of Ait Ben Haddou. We will visit this picturesque fortified village, which has been used as a film location in numerous famous films such as Gladiator, Alexander, The Mummy, Kundun, The Jewel of the Nile, and many more. It is an exciting place to explore and photograph.

Accommodation in a hotel in Ouarzazate.

Photographic highlights: The High Atlas Mountains, small Berber villages, and the ksar Ait Ben Haddou.


Day 3 – Ouarzazate to M’hamid

After breakfast, we will leave Ouarzazate, driving through mountainous wild landscapes, until we reach the first town in the Draa Valley called Agdez. We continue through the Draa Valley along the life-spending Draa River with its huge date palm oases. The Draa Valley once served as a link between the Sahara and the North of Morocco for the trading caravan routes that passed by the river for centuries. This part of Morocco is still much preserved in term of traditional customs and way of life. Passing Zagora the landscapes become more and more deserted and arid. After the small village of Tagounite, we will drive off-road to reach the windswept dunes of Erg Lihoudi. There will be enough time to explore the dunes with its very special sand patterns that offer unique photo opportunities.

Accommodation in a hotel in M’hamid or a bivouac in Erg Lihoudi.

Photographic highlights: Small Berber villages, Draa Valley and Draa River, oases, stunted acacia trees, and the sand dunes of Erg Lihoudi.


Day 4 – M’hamid

Today, we will enjoy the peaceful, small village of M’hamid and its quiet atmosphere. M’hamid is a village that is shaped by the harsh climate of the desert, the strong winds, and the incredible heat in the summer. This is a creative day to capture the essence of desert life, its people and nature. During the early morning hours and before the sunset, we will explore the beautiful, dunes of this area.

Accommodation in a hotel in M’hamid or a bivouac in Erg Lihoudi.

Photographic highlights: Village of M’hamid, kasbah, desert life, and sand dunes.


Day 5 – M’hamid to Chagaga Dunes

We will start an adventure of 60km off-road today. The route passes different features of the desert: erg (sand dunes), reg (rocky desert), hammada (stony desert) and oases. We will have time to stop along the track to photograph this amazing desert landscapes. The Chagaga sand dunes are far away from any civilization. It’s a mesmerizing place, where you can really feel the overwhelming tranquillity and expanse of the desert. The Chagaga sand dunes area is the largest in Morocco.
Accommodation in a bivouac near the Chagaga dunes.

Photographic highlights: Desert landscapes, oasis and the Chagaga sand dunes.


Day 6 – Chagaga Dunes

We will spend the whole day in the Chagaga dunes. Enough time to really experience the mystic of the Sahara first-hand. You can listen to the desert wind and climb up the dunes for sunrise and sunset, to watch the light and colour of the sand change. It is a truly memorable and wonderful experience to open ones visual awareness to the pure and rare beauty of these magnificent dunes.
Accommodation in a bivouac near the Chagaga dunes.

Photographic highlights: Desert landscapes and the Chagaga sand dunes.


Day 7 – Chagaga Dunes to Ouarzazate

After breakfast, the track covers another 90km of desert with varying scenery; sand dunes, stony desert, and the dry lake Iriqui, until we reach the first village Foum Zguid. From here we drive back to Ouarzazate along tarmac roads. We will arrive in Ouarzazate in the course of the afternoon.
Accommodation in a hotel in Ouarzazate.

Photographic highlights: Chagaga sand dunes, and different desert landscapes.


Day 8 – Ouarzazate

Ouarzazate, also called “The Hollywood of Africa”, is a very popular destination for moviemakers, because it has one of the largest movie studios in the world. In the Film Studios of Ouarzazate many numerous movies were shot, such as Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy, Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, Kundun, and many more. In the course of the day, we will visit the film studios and later the Fint Oasis.
Accommodation in a hotel in Ouarzazate.

Photographic highlights: Film Studios, and Fint Oasis.


Day 9 – Ouarzazate to Marrakech

From Ouarzazate we set off back to Marrakech via the High Atlas Mountains. On the way we will make a detour through the Ounila Valley, with its small Berber villages along the river, and the colourful, abstract mountains. In the course of the afternoon, we will arrive in Marrakech.

Photographic highlights: High Atlas Mountains and Ounila Valley.