Photo Tour Programme – Sahara Dream


Photo Tour: Sahara Dream
Next group tour date: Please contact us for available dates.
Length: 11 days / 12 nights
Price: € 3,620 per person  (single room supplement € 540).


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Programme – Sahara Dream

Day 1 – Marrakech to Ouarzazate 

We will meet at your hotel in Marrakech, and after an introduction, begin our photographic adventure into the Sahara desert. We will leave Marrakech and drive south across the magnificent 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 spectacular mountain picks. 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 more. It is an exciting place to explore with our cameras.

Accommodation in a hotel in Ouarzazate.

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

Day 2 – Ouarzazate to Boumalne du Dades

Morning departure to Boumalne du Dades via “the road of thousand kasbahs”, passing by the date palms of Skoura, where we will photograph the ancient kasbah Amridil. We continue eastwards via Kelaa M’Gouna, where thousands of small pink roses are harvested in April and May for the famous rose oil products. From here we enter the Valley of Roses and then drive off-road to the Bouthrarar Mountains to discover how some nomads still live in caves. We continue to the Dades Valley until we reach the small city of Boumalne du Dades.

Accommodation in a hotel in Boumalne du Dades.
Photographic highlights: Kasbah Amridil, Rose Valley, and Bouthrarar Mountains.

Day 3 – Dades Valley

Today, we will enjoy a day excursion to the beautiful Dades Valley. We will drive along the river and the cultivated fields until we reach the fascinating rock formations, which we will explore. Later, we continue up to the top and through the narrow Dades Gorge into the mountains. It is a beautiful scenic road with abstract looking rocks and interesting stone layers. At the end of the day, we return to our hotel in Boumalne du Dades.

Accommodation in a hotel in Boumalne du Dades.
Photographic highlights: Dades Valley, Dades Gorge, special rock formations, and mountains.

Day 4 – Boumalne du Dades to Erfoud

In the morning, we will enjoy a visit to the Todra Gorge, where sheer cliffs rise up dramatically 300m high on each side of the narrow corridor. These are the most impressive cliffs in southern Morocco. In the afternoon, we will leave for Erfoud, which is well known for its fossils and dates. We will visit a fossil cutting workshop, where you can admire and photograph various polished marble objects containing interesting and well-preserved fossils.

Accommodation in a hotel in Erfoud.
Photographic highlights: Todra Gorges and Todra Canyon, Erfoud village and fossils.

Day 5 – Erfoud to Merzouga

Morning departure to the famous sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, passing by Rissani. Soon after Rissani our first desert experience will start with a drive over stony desert until we reach the magnificent sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. We will head into the sand dunes on dromedary, to reach our bivouac. You can enjoy a desert sunset from the top of a dune, and experience the magic of the ‘Golden Hour’ in the sand dunes first-hand.

Accommodation in a bivouac in the Erg Chebbi sand dunes.
Photographic highlights: Erg Chebbi sand dunes.

Day 6 – Merzouga

Early morning you can photograph the dunes in the soft light, before we ride back on dromedary to our hotel. After lunch, you may enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the hotel pool, explore the high dunes near the hotel, or head into the small, charming desert village Merzouga.

Accommodation in a hotel near the Erg Chebbi sand dunes.
Photographic highlights: Sand dunes, animals, desert life.

Day 7 – Merzouga to M’hamid

After breakfast, we will leave for M’hamid, another laid back desert village. First, we will drive through desert landscapes with wind-shaped thorny acacia trees and mountains, before we take an off-road to Zagora. Zagora is the biggest city in the Draa Valley and well known for its huge date palm oases. We will continue via Tamgroute and Tagounite to M’hamid.

Accommodation in a hotel or bivouac in M’hamid.
Photographic highlights: Desert landscapes.

Day 8 – M’hamid

Today, we will enjoy the peaceful small village of M’hamid and its quiet atmosphere in the oasis and the old Kasbah. The village has been shaped by the harsh climate of the desert, heavy winds, and immense heat during the summer months. This is a creative day to capture the essence of desert life, its people and nature. Before sunset, we will explore the small, but beautiful dunes in this area.

Accommodation in a hotel or bivouac in M’hamid.
Photographic highlights: Village of M’hamid, desert life, and sand dunes.

Day 9 – M’hamid to Ouarzazate

In the morning, we will leave to Ouarzazate via the green Draa Valley. On the way, we will stop in Tamgroute to visit the interesting, ancient Kasbah of this village. Then we continue along the Draa River and the date palm oases. After Agdez, we will cross the Tizi-n-Tinififft Mountains, before we arrive in Ouarzazate.

Accommodation in a hotel in Ouarzazate.
Photographic highlights: Oases and stunted acacia trees, the Draa valley and Draa river.

Day 10 – 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, Prince of Persia, and many more. We will visit the film studios and the Kasbah Taourirt.

Accommodation in a hotel in Ouarzazate.
Photographic highlights: Ouarzazate, Kasbah Taourirt, Film Studios.

Day 11 – 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.