WHY YOU SHOULD GOBegin in Marrakech, the city with culture coursing through it, before taking on some adventure in the rugged beauty of the Atlas Mountains. 4x4 over the dunes, and mountain bike looking out on spectacular scenery. Finish up in the secluded beauty of Draa Valley, a utopian paradise of natural beauty.
Calling all adventurous spirits, it’s time to discover the rugged frontier of Southern Morocco on your own exhilarating North African escapade. Voyage into the remote highlands of the Atlas Mountains, uncover ancient Kasbahs, and discover the nomadic way of life as the mountains merge into the periphery of the mighty Sahara Desert. This is a desert adventure that takes you further than sitting on a camel on a sand dune.
Romance in Marrakech
Start your trip in Marrakech, a city sure to capture the hearts of anyone who passes through. Known for its vibrant buildings in hues of red, ochre, and pink, Marrakech is a sure fire sensory overload. As soon as you touch town you’ll feel the balmy heat caress your skin and the exotic smell of spices fill the air. Hole up in the exclusive Riad Farnatchi right in the middle of all the action. Spend your day in the medina and lose yourself in the labyrinth of alleyways, where the call of the souk traders will tempt you with decorative delights and leather goods. For the best views in the city take to dizzying heights in a hot air balloon, reaching out to the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and the beginnings of the Sahara. If heights aren’t your thing, then panic not, why not take a lesson in the art of Moroccan gastronomy. Whip up some mouth-watering Tagines packed with tender meats and exotic delicious spices. Recipes guaranteed to make you the toast of all dinner parties back home.
Rock the kasbah in the mountains
Today you’ll escape the buzzing atmosphere of the city and really get away from it all. Get ready to experience the great outdoors. Onboard your private 4×4, roll through the mountain passes and into the regions of the deep south. Sit back, relax, and marvel at the jaw dropping rock formations and steep valleys dotted with waterfalls as they pass you by. Over the next two days you’ll voyage over the Col de Tichka which stands tall at 7,000ft. Uncover crumbling Kasbahs of centuries old in the countryside village of Telouet before tucking into a typical rustic meal sat at low tables in a Saharan nomad tent. Continue south towards the village of Tamdaght, where you’ll find your accommodation Kasbah Ellouze. Cool down after a long day’s hike with a dip in the pool, overlooking sun kissed orchards and palm groves.
If you fancy getting some adrenaline pumping, spend your morning exploring the grounds by mountain bike, the trails wind through the mountainside allowing for spectacular views of the valley. Then set from the cool lofty heights of the mountains and head down to the desert. Here you’ll stay at Les Jardins de Soukra an inviting boutique guest house nestled deep in the Soukra palms. Head further into the expanse of the Sahara towards the desert dunes of Merzouga where your stop-over for the night is a cosy auberge in the “Hamada” stone desert. Explore the magnificent desert landscape of the Erg Chebbi Dunes, the highest sand dunes in Morocco by the one and only way, camel of course. These ships of the desert may not be as quick as the 4×4 but trust us there’s nothing like traversing across the wild African desert, just you and your trusty stead. Find the perfect spot to set up camp under the night sky, for some of the best star gazing in the world; it doesn’t get more remote than this.
Find peace of mind in the oasis
And finally, discover the desolate beauty of the Draa Valley. This volcanic landscape conjures up unearthly images, if not for the odd oasis and plams you’d think you’d landed on the moon. Think anvil shaped mountains set against piercing blue skies. The region is virtually uninhabited, the only sign of life is the crumbling Kasbahs scattered on the horizon. On your return journey home, side step Marrakech and head to the Palmerie known as the City’s lush garden for a touch of pampering and luxury. The Jnane Oasis retreat can only be described as perfect serenity and comfort hidden amongst a myriad of palm trees, a Utopian paradise found.
Capture the spirit of the Moroccan mountains and truly escape from it all, on this adventure brimming with new lands shrouded with African mystery.