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When to trek?
October through April

October still has rather warm day-time temperatures, very pleasant evenings. Night-time lows of around freezing in December / January. But winter light conditions are beautiful, due to the low winter sun. Possibility of a light rain shower in March. The desert is in bloom and camel calves are grazing. Early April sees the arrival of higher temperatures.

Who is it suitable for?
Anyone wishing to get well off the beaten path and to experience the raw beauty of the Sahara.

The Iriqui National Park is home to an array of flora & fauna and the scenery unparalleled. Be prepared to walk on average 5-6 hrs per day. Option to trek by camel. Simply bring a sense of adventure.

DAY TRIPS FROM ZAGORA

The prehistoric rock art at Ait Ouaazik

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THE PREHISTORIC ROCK ART AT AIT OUAAZIK

The Ait Ouaazik site is near Tazzarine in the pre-Sahara. This is a full day’s round-trip out of Zagora and about one third of it is on piste (unsurfaced tracks).

The rock engravings may date back approx. 5000 years and feature various wild animals and cattle.

Details:

  • Cost for two people: £250
  • Price includes: private 4×4 vehicle and driver, guide, picnic lunch
  • Departure time: 8:30 am from your guest house
  • Return time: by 5:00 pm to your guest house

Further details and images may be found in our recent news article Prehistoric rock art in Morocco. Please get in touch with us if you’re interested in this day trip.

Erg Chigaga great dunes by 4x4 via Tagounite and Tamegroute

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ERG CHIGAGA GREAT DUNES BY 4X4 VIA TAGOUNITE AND TAMEGROUTE

This is a full day’s round-trip out of Zagora to the longest sand dune field (‘erg’) in Morocco. The outbound route will take you via the Tagounite palm oases on the Draa Valley. The return journey via Tamegroute. Approx. 65% of the journey will be off-road across desert terrain as Erg Chigaga is 60km from the end of the sealed road at Mhamid.

Details:

  • Cost for two people: £210
  • Price includes: private 4×4 vehicle and driver, lunch at Berber desert camp, camel trek out from camp (approx. 1 hour)
  • Departure time: 8:00 am from your guest house
  • Return time: by 7:00 pm to your guest house

Further details on Erg Chigaga great dunes, and their Map location, may be found in our Berber Desert Camping section and throughout the site. Please get in touch with us if you’re interested in this day trip.

DAY TRIPS FROM M’HAMID

Erg Chigaga great dunes by 4x4

© Image courtesy of Wild Morocco

ERG CHIGAGA GREAT DUNES BY 4X4

This is a full day’s round-trip out of Mhamid to the longest sand dune field (‘erg’) in Morocco. The entire journey will be off-road across desert terrain as Erg Chigaga is 60km from the end of the sealed road at Mhamid.

Details:

  • Cost for two people: £180
  • Price includes: private 4×4 vehicle and driver, lunch at Berber desert camp, camel trek out from camp (approx. 1 hour)
  • Departure time: 9:00 am from your guest house
  • Return time: by 6:00 pm to your guest house

Further details on Erg Chigaga great dunes, and their Map location, may be found in our Berber Desert Camping section and throughout the site. Please get in touch with us if you’re interested in this day trip.

Camel trekking and picnic lunch

© Image courtesy of R. Fiserova

CAMEL TREKKING AND PICNIC LUNCH

Trek by camel-back beneath the palm trees through M’hamid’s old settlements on the banks of the Draa River course. Stop for lunch in shade once the palm trees give way to the beginnings of the dunes in the west. Complete the circuit back to M’hamid across the open desert terrain.

Trekking duration will be approx. 5 hours with plenty of time for breaks and lunch.

Details:

  • Cost for two people: £150
  • Price includes: private camel trek with guide, cook, picnic lunch
  • Departure time: 9:00 am from your guest house
  • Return time: by 5:00 pm to your guest house

Further details on camel trekking and hiking and Map location west of M’hamid may be found in the following sections of the site – Trekking Sahara Desert and Desert Explorer 3 Days. Please get in touch with us if you’re interested in this day trip.

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