Photo Tour Programme – Whispers of Life – Camel Trekking in Merzouga
Photo Tour: Whispers of Life (Camel Trekking Merzouga)
Length: 7 days
Programme – Whispers of Life – Camel Trekking in Merzouga
Day 1 – Ouarzazate / Boumalne du Dades
We will meet at your hotel in Ouarzazate, and after an introduction, begin our photographic adventure into the Sahara desert. We will leave Ouarzazate, driving to Boumalne du Dades via “the road of thousand kasbahs”, passing by the date palms of Skoura, where we will visit 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 through the green Dades valley with its fascinating rook formations and then to the deep narrow Dades canyon and the impressive Dades gorges.
Accommodation in a hotel in Boumalne du Dades.
Photographic highlights: Kasbah Amridil, oases and special rock formations in the Dades valley, the Dades canyon and Dades gorges.
Day 2 – Boumalne du Dades / Merzouga
Today we will enjoy a visit to the Todra gorges, 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. Later, after passing Rissani we will arrive in Merzouga at our hotel with great view of the magnificent sand dunes of Erg Chebbi.
Accommodation in a hotel at the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, Merzouga.
Photographic highlights: Todra gorges and Todra canyon, desert landscapes, sand dunes.
Optional: Horse riding into the Todra mountains and in the Todra river.
Day 3 till day 6 – Desert Trekking in Merzouga
Once you finished breakfast, we will travel light and slow with dromedaries into the desert. On the way, we will enjoy the fascinating scenery and the overwhelming silence of vast stony desert plateaus and beautiful and mesmerizing sand dunes with only the wind as our companion. You will explore the magnificent life of the Sahara desert with all your senses, with your heart, and your camera. The desert is a wonderful place to clear ones mind of daily thoughts and worries. It is a place where time and space become a new meaning. In these barren desert landscapes the perception changes. Free from the visual over stimulation of the western world, we connect again with the simple and quiet nature. In this deep silence, where only the gentle whispering of the wind can be heart, your visual awareness will be enhanced and improved. You will learn again, to not only look – but to see! The result will be stunning, narrative images, that tell a story – your story!
We will travel with experienced guides and dromedaries for riding and to carry the luggage.
Accommodations are in a tent, bivouac or with nomads.
Photographic highlights: Sand dunes, stony desert landscapes (Hammada), oases, desert trees and plants, animals, nomadic life.
Day 7 – Merzouga / Ouarzazate
After breakfast we will continue our journey by car and leave for Ouarzazate. We will drive through desert landscapes with wind-shaped thorny acacia trees and mountains, past the village of Tazzarine and later to N’kob, known for its 45 kasbahs. After lunch we will reach the green Draa valley with its small Berber villages and huge date palm oases along the life spending Draa river. We continue to Agdez, cross the volcanic Tizi-n-Tinififft mountains and arrive in Ouarzazate late afternoon.
Accommodation in a hotel in Ouarzazate.
Photographic highlights: Sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, desert landscapes with acacia trees, oases in the Draa valley and Draa river, and the Tizi-n-Tinififft mountains.
This photo tour can start at any place in Morocco as per your convenience and can be adjusted in length and places as per your preference.