• Morocco Camel Trek

    Unravel the magic and mystery of the Sahara!

    From the towering sand dunes of the Sahara to the mazelike souks filled with dazzling wares, Morocco begs for a real immersion into its mysteries, and no company offers a deeper or more authentic experience than MTS. Our local guides will share their insider’s perspective as you are led through the medieval cities of Marrakech and Fes and remote Berber villages far off the tourist track. We’re also the only ones to offer an unforgettable four-day camel trek through the spellbinding Sahara landscapes, camping beneath the stars. Add interactions with local villagers and stops to explore ancient fortified cities and Roman ruins, and this is truly the Moroccan adventure of a lifetime.

    best times to go: January - March, October - December

    departures: 7 scheduled datesview departures

    pricing: from $4,795 see detailed pricing

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Unravel the magic and mystery of the Sahara!

We’ve been exploring Morocco since 1975, and it shows—this trip offers the most authentic immersion into its culture, landscapes, and history. On a one-of-a-kind camel trek following an ancient caravan route, you’ll journey deep into the Sahara Desert, surrounded by scenery nothing short of spectacular—perfectly blue skies, peach-colored sand dunes, lush oases, and volcanic mountains—and camp for four nights immersed in the desert’s timeless magic and solitude. You’ll be equally enchanted with Morocco’s royal cities, from the snake charmers, acrobats, Gnaoua dancers, and storytellers at Marrakesh’s carnivalesque market, to the stunning traditional architecture of Fès. In 4x4 vehicles that allow us to roam the backroads (unlike other companies), you’ll explore the Drâa, Dadès, and Ziz Valleys, where date-palm oases are scattered with mud-brick kasbahs and fortified villages. It’s an adventure that’s exclusive to MTS, and one of our most popular!

Activities

5 days easy to moderate hiking, camel riding, moderate 4-wheel-drive travel

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the magical Sahara Desert by camel, and sleep under the stars on an ancient caravan route as Berbers have done for thousands of years
  • Tour exotic Marrakech, the route of 1,000 kasbahs, ancient Fes, and the remarkable Roman ruins of Volubilis
  • Gain special access to authentic Berber culture far from Morocco’s urban centers- an experience offered only by MTS

Duration: 14 days Start Location: Marrakesh End Location: Fès

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  • Day 1 : Arrive in Marrakesh

    Your tour leader or a Mountain Travel Sobek representative will meet you outside the customs and immigration area at the airport upon your morning arrival. You should plan on arriving by 10:00 a.m. (If you arrive later, you may miss some of the easy sightseeing planned for this day.) He or she will escort you to your hotel. After lunch and a trip briefing by the leader at the hotel, we’ll take an optional afternoon walk to the medina, the fabulous “old town” of Marrakesh, where we’ll wander its narrow streets and enjoy the circus of entertainments of Marrakesh’s famous square, Djemma El Fna, with its snake-charmers and fire-eaters—a veritable scene out of The Thousand and One Nights! Dinner at a contemporary restaurant in the French Quarter.


    INCLUDED MEALS: Lunch/Dinner
    LODGING: Es Saadi Hotel - Marrakesh, Morocco
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    Day 2 : Sightseeing in Marrakesh

    Marrakesh, the “pearl of the south,” was founded in the 11th century and is one of Morocco’s oldest and most beautiful cities. With the mountains of the High Atlas in the distance, the city is replete with pink Moorish-style buildings and gorgeous gardens. We will spend the day exploring this mysterious, walled city, and be overwhelmed by its sights, sounds, and smells. We’ll visit some of the most important religious and public monuments and the medina (the old Arab town) with its maze of souks. If you are looking for exotic herbs, love charms, or golden slippers, you can easily get lost in the dark alleys of this endless bazaar. Welcome feast at one of the fine restaurants in the medina.


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    LODGING: Es Saadi Hotel - Marrakesh, Morocco
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    Day 3 : Scenic Drive to Ait Ben Haddou

    The snowy peaks of the High Atlas come as a surprise to those who think of North Africa solely as desert. The vast arc of the Atlas runs 1,200 miles across the northern shoulder of Africa and its highest peaks are just south of Marrakesh, where a dozen summits top 13,000 feet! These natural ramparts rise above a picturesque landscape of great escarpments, oasis-like pastures, groves of willow and poplar, and the small villages of Berber farmers and shepherds. We leave the hotel early in the morning for a scenic overland drive to Ouarzazate, crossing the High Atlas by the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass. Shortly after leaving the hotel, we’ll visit a large and colorful rural souk in the village of Ait Ourir. Here we’ll see locals arriving by donkey-back, filling their saddle baskets with their weekly supplies. Other items besides fruits and vegetables are for sale, including furniture, tools, clothing, donkeys, and sheep.

    After the market, we’ll stop for delicious local fare (try the tagine!) en route to Telouet, where we explore an old Glaoui palace, now abandoned and half-destroyed. We’ll take a dirt road down the Salt River Valley, which was the original caravan route to the Sahara, passing through villages where Berbers farm their crops on the fertile land and finding crumbling kasbahs perched on rocky promontories above the river. We also stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou, the best-preserved and most exotic kasbah (mostly rebuilt as it was used for film sets in the past, including Lawrence of Arabia).


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    LODGING: Riad Ksar Ighnda - Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco
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    Day 4 : Dadès Valley

    This is “kasbah” day (we’ll see perhaps a hundred of them!). We head east along the fantastic Dadès Valley, visiting the Skoura oasis and its kasbahs, and hike in the Berber region of Toundout in the Atlas Mountains foothills. We’ll meet local villagers and children as we hike along the valley and enjoy a picnic lunch along the river (this is about a two-hour hike). We return to the Skoura oasis valley and take another short hike to explore more kasbahs hidden in the date palms and almond and olive trees.


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    LODGING: Chez Talout - Skoura, Morocco
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    Day 5 : Zagora

    We'll head south along the Drâa Valley, first visiting a small desert souk in the village of Agdz, whose turbaned vendors are descendants from the slave trade. After checking out the carefully displayed produce, we’ll continue our exploration of the valley as we drive along dirt roads through Berber villages. We’ll stop for a two-hour hike through the villages and date palm oases, where we have our picnic lunch. As we continue through the valley, we’ll note the distinctive dress of the local women, who wrap themselves in long black sheets of cloth decorated with shiny silver sequins and beautiful embroidery; red woolen woven belts are worn tied around their waists. We'll arrive in Zagora, a former French colonial outpost, in the late afternoon.


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    LODGING: Hotel Palais Asmaa - Zagora, Morocco OR Riad Lamane - Zagora, Morocco
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    Day 6 : Remlia

    We'll head east into the Sahara on basic 4-wheel-drive roads, passing first through rocky terrain then progressively entering sandier landscapes after we pass the desert villages of Tissmoumine and Oum Jrane. At Maider, an area nomads use to graze their herds of camels, we may have the opportunity to visit one of the families who live in hand-woven goat and camel hair tents. We'll continue deep into the desert to Tafraout and have great fun 4-wheeling through the sandy river basin of Oued Rheris ("Mud River"), where we meet our camels and guides at our camp in the sand dunes near Remlia.


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    LODGING: MTS Private Camp
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    Day 7 : On trek in the Sahara

    We’ll start the day with camel riding lessons (including the very challenging mounting and dismounting techniques!). Our camels are all trustworthy, friendly, and handpicked for their ground-covering stride. Their saddles are cushioned with traditional blankets to make our safari a comfortable experience over the magical seas of orange dunes and contrasting spaces of shiny black volcanic rock. We’ll rotate hikers and camel riders periodically, hiking and riding about seven hours over this incredibly variable desert terrain. We’ll cross alluvial fans, ridges, dry river basins, and sandy areas en route to our camp in the sand dunes of Ouzina. Along the way we may find some Orthoceras, trilobite,and ammonite fossils from the Devonian geological era.


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    LODGING: MTS Private Camp
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    Day 8 : Erg Znigui

    We continue by camel and on foot for about four hours along the north side of the Ouzina dunes, and meet our vehicles around lunchtime. Boarding the Land Rovers, we’ll drive to Erg Znigui, a remote erg just south of Erg Chebbi. Here we experience the isolation and silence of the desert and watch a magnificent sunset and sunrise over the great dunes. (We drive instead of walk to Erg Znigui so we can have more time at this special place. Our camels and camel guides will meet us here in the early evening.) In the afternoon you can take an optional hike up the high dunes, or just relax in camp.


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    LODGING: MTS Private Camp
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    Day 9 : Erg Chebbi

    On foot again with our camels, we head north from Erg Znigui to the remote eastern side of Erg Chebbi, whose spectacular range of dunes—the largest in Morocco—runs north to south. Occasionally we’ll pass nomads tending to their herds. The terrain is mostly sandy, but sometimes interspersed with shiny fields of volcanic rock. Erg Chebbi is set amid miles of mountains of pumpkin- and squash-colored sand, and our camp is at the base of one of the largest dunes, situated amid the great sand sea (no wonder the Arabs called the Sahara bahr bila maa, an “ocean without water”). (7-7½ hours hiking)


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    LODGING: MTS Private Camp
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    Day 10 : End Trek – Erfoud

    We'll spend the day exploring the dune “mountains” (some of them up to 800 feet tall). From the top we’ll have spectacular views and can often see the snow-capped mountains of the High Atlas. We'll hike down to a small oasis where we meet our camels and guides and continue through the dunes. After lunch we’ll stop for a cold drink or coffee at a desert café and finish up our trek at the northern end of the erg in the mid-afternoon. In the late afternoon, we'll drive to Erfoud, the main town of the Ziz Valley. After looking at sand for days, the lushness, vitality, and variety of the green Ziz Valley is stunning. (4-5 hours hiking)


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    LODGING: Hotel Xaluca - Erfoud, Morocco
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    Day 11 : Fès

    Today we'll drive through the Ziz Valley (another caravan route to the Sahara from Fès), stopping for a walk through the Berber village of Aoufouss where we can visit a walled ksar (fortified stronghold). Then we'll continue through the Atlas Mountains to cedar forests where we are likely to see groups of Barbary Macaques—stub-tailed monkeys that roam freely here. Finally, we'll arrive in the imperial city of Fès, considered the most “complete” medieval city in the Arab world.


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    LODGING: Hotel Les Merinides - Fès, Morocco
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    Day 12 : Fès

    Today we'll enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Fès. This medieval city, surrounded by walls of marvelous old masonry, is like no other place in the Arab world—it really has the flavor of another age. An important religious center, Fès contains a huge and ancient medina in which thousands of craftsmen ply their trades. We’ll observe the magnificent medina from north and south scenic viewpoints and then visit the King’s palace, Fes el-Jedid with its old Jewish quarter, and Fes el-Bali (the oldest section with original old walls), where we’ll wander through some of the best and most authentic souks in the world, including the henna, brass, and leather tanners' souks. We’ll marvel at the fabulous architecture, passing by Bab Bou Jeloud (the main entrance to Fes el-Bali), Zawiyya Moulay Idriss II, and the great Kairaouine Mosque. We’ll take lunch at a palace right in the center of the action, and enjoy a festive farewell celebration dinner in the medina, where we’ll experience traditional Moroccan entertainment.


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    LODGING: Hotel Les Merinides - Fès, Morocco
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    Day 13 : Meknes and Volubilis

    We tour some of the lovely and interesting sites near Fès, including the hill town of Moulay Idriss, the holiest Muslim town in Morocco, and spectacular Volubilis, once capital of the Berber kingdom of Mauritania and one of the most important Roman ruins in Africa. After lunch at a palace in the medina of the walled fortress city of Meknès, we’ll continue sightseeing in this magnificent city of the tyrant sultan Moulay Ismail. He built more than 50 palaces, 20 gates, and 15 miles of exterior walls (and perhaps fathered as many as a thousand children!). (If you wish, you may spend today on your own in Fès.) Return to Fès for a final dinner together. 


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    LODGING: Hotel Les Merinides - Fès, Morocco
  • Day 14 : Fly home

    We typically have to rise early today to get to the airport and depart Fes on early morning flights.  We can also arrange car or van transportation back to Casablanca for an additional cost (4 hour drive).  Our trip ends in Fes this morning.


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
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DATES: Best time to go: January - March, October - December Departures: Nov 2 - 15, 2014 Dec 21, 2014 - Jan 3, 2015 Feb 22, 2015 - Mar 7, 2015 Mar 19, 2015 - Apr 1, 2015 Oct 11 - 24, 2015 Nov 4 - 17, 2015 Dec 20, 2015 - Jan 2, 2016

PRICING:

2014 Prices, per person

$4,795 (6-14 members)
$5,195 (4-5 members)

$1,000 single supplement
$200 Holiday Surcharge for December trips

2015 Prices, per person

$4,895 (5-14 members)
$5,895 (3-4 members)

$1,050 single supplement
$100 Holiday Surcharge for December trips

  • Es Saadi Hotel
    Marrakesh, Morocco

    Located in the heart of Marrakesh on 8 hectares of flowering parkland, this resort is comprised of the hotel, the palace, and 10 individually themed villas. Next to the Casino de Marrakesh, and walking distance from the old city, the hotel offers spectacular views of the High Atlas peaks.

  • Riad Ksar Ighnda
    Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco

    The Riad Ksar Ighnda is located close to Ait Benhaddou and Ouarzazate, overlooking the Atlas Mountains and the edge of the Sahara desert. In an authentic yet modern setting, the hotel blends in with the environment.

    Traditional bedrooms are spacious with modern comforts including private bathroom, air conditioning, satellite TV, DVD/CD player, minibar. A refreshing swimming pool offers a place to cool off after a day sightseeing, the hotel is also equipped with a spa, hammam and Jacuzzi.

  • Chez Talout
    Skoura, Morocco

    A very pleasant and family-run auberge that sits on a hill overlooking the palm grove of Skoura and the Dades valley with views of the Atlas Mountains and the desert.

  • Hotel Palais Asmaa
    Zagora, Morocco

    Situated in the lush green palm grove of Zagora, the mystic charm of the Palais Asmaa will transport you to a completely different time and place. After a day trip to the desert or marketplace, guests can enjoy a swim in the palm-shaded pool before retiring to comfortably furnished rooms.

  • Hotel Xaluca
    Erfoud, Morocco

    Built with adobe bricks, this distinctive hotel is situated among palms and dunes at the door to the desert. Spacious rooms blend traditional decor with modern comforts, and 2 in-house restaurants, a 20-meter swimming pool, and a salon bar offer a variety of recreational options.

  • Hotel Les Merinides
    Fès, Morocco

    Perched atop a hillside overlooking The Imperial City of Fès, this 4-star hotel boasts an excellent reputation. The rooftop restaurant serves up traditional Moroccan fare and the guest rooms are beautifully designed with decorative carpets and contemporary furniture.
     

  • Riad Lamane
    Zagora, Morocco

    Riad Lamane is a well-run earthy hotel in Zagora which provides a cosy and comfortable atmosphere before we head into the desert.  There are 20 rooms, a swimming pool, and meals are served in the dining room, in tents or out on the terraces.

Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.

Expert leadership is the key to an exciting, unforgettable experience. Our trips feature gifted leaders for whom leading trips is a true vocation. Besides showing you wonders you’d never find on your own, they make sure everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of your trip, and take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. More than just guides, they positively elevate your experience by being teachers, companions, and the best of friends. You’ll be in good hands with them every step of the way.

photo credits: ©Tara Starr-Keddle, MTS Photo File



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