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Morocco Camels & Casbahs Hiking

A Legendary Saharan Journey & Dazzling Marrakech

 

On this extraordinary adventure through Morocco, discover the kingdom of blueberry skies and peach-hued dunes, lush oases and volcanic mountains. Catch the buzz of Marrakech's ancient medina and then head out to discover dreamy oases, age-old kasbahs, and traditional Berber villages. Spend the next five days on a scenic camel trek through the legendary Sahara, crossing majestic sand dunes and sleeping in desert camps under star-kissed African night skies. Journey to medieval Fes with its throbbing medina and wrap up in Casablanca, Morocco's largest city.

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  • Marvel at the mesmerizing old medinas of Marrakech and Fes, with their bustling ancient souks

  • Trek the spectacular sand dunes of the Sahara on camelback, camping under star-strewn desert skies

  • Hike through Berber villages to lush oases and follow trails past ancient kasbahs in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains

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Arrive:

Marrakech, Morocco

Depart:

Casablanca, Morocco

Price: from $6,295

Duration:

14 Days

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Group Size:

5-15 Guests

Min Age:

15 yrs

Activity:

Level 3

You will be walking up to 2-3 hours on several days on dirt trails and uneven pavement to tour cities and markets. There will be a day spent riding a camel for up to five hours through sand dunes and on somewhat hilly terrain. No previous experience is required.
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  • Arrive in Marrakech, Morocco

    Day 1

    Arrive in Marrakech this morning and meet your MT Sobek representative outside the customs and immigration area at the airport. After transfer to the hotel, briefing with your guide and lunch, enjoy the afternoon to either rest or explore the spellbinding city of Marrakech on your own. This evening, have a welcome dinner with your trip leader at a local restaurant.

    Accommodation: Es Saadi Hotel

    With a prime location in the verdant neighborhood of Hivernage, this luxury compound features a five-star hotel, palace accommodations and private villas. Steps from the walled old city and the Menara gardens, the dreamy hideaway offers no less than eight restaurants and bars, two swimming pools and the largest spa in Marrakech - all that paired with spectacular views of the Atlas Mountains.

    Transportation: 30-minute private van transfer

    Meals: Lunch, Dinner

  • Discover Mesmerizing Marrakech

    Day 2

    Today head out to explore the "pearl of the south." Founded in the 11th century, Marrakech is one of Morocco's oldest cities, replete with gorgeous gardens and pink Moorish-style buildings. Wander the walled maze of its medina and enjoy the famed buzz of Djemma El Fna square, with its snake-charmers and fire-eaters. Have lunch in the medina and return to the hotel mid-afternoon, to either rest or explore on your own. In the evening, enjoy dinner paired with a musical performance at a traditional restaurant inside a 19th-century family home.

    Accommodation: Es Saadi Hotel

    With a prime location in the verdant neighborhood of Hivernage, this luxury compound features a five-star hotel, palace accommodations and private villas. Steps from the walled old city and the Menara gardens, the dreamy hideaway offers no less than eight restaurants and bars, two swimming pools and the largest spa in Marrakech - all that paired with spectacular views of the Atlas Mountains.

    Activity: 5.5 hours guided city touring

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Drive to Kasbah Ait Benhaddou

    Day 3

    After an early breakfast, set out for a scenic drive by 4x4 over the dramatic passes of the High Atlas Mountains, rising above a landscape of oasis pastures, willow and poplar groves, and fairy-tale villages. Marvel at this UNESCO World Heritage Site with its earthen houses stacked one on top of the other, protected by a defensive wall, and learn about the distinctive Berber culture. Spend the night in a modern kasbah nearby.

    Accommodation: Riad Ksar Ighnda Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco

    Overlooking the Atlas Mountains and the edge of the desert, this luxury hotel sits surrounded by gorgeous private gardens and striking views. Traditional rooms come equipped with a full array of modern comforts, including a minibar. The outdoor swimming pool is a great spot to refresh on a hot desert day, while the hammam and spa offer black soap scrubs and massages.

    Transportation: 6-hour private 4x4 transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike the Foothills of the Atlas & the Skoura Oasis

    Day 4

    Today head east along the fantastic Dadès Valley, visiting the lush Skoura oasis and its kasbahs. Take a 1-hour walk along Ounila Valley to Aît Benhaddou village. Then drive to Ouarzazate and visit the old Taourirt Glaoui Kasbah and cinema museum. Enjoy lunch in Auberge Chez Talout in Skoura. In the afternoon meet local villagers on the scenic 2-hour walk through Skoura palmeraie and Ameridili Kasbah to Toundout.

    Accommodation: Auberge Chez Talout

    A charming guesthouse atop a hill overlooking the palm grove of Skoura, Chez Talout offers Berber-inspired guestrooms with contemporary perks like air-con and Wi-Fi access in the lounge. Guests can unwind at the outdoor swimming pool and the traditional hammam and take in panoramic views from the terrace overlooking the High Atlas Mountains and the desert.

    Activity: 3 hours/3 miles hiking

    Transportation: 2-hour private 4x4 transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Discover Draa Valley & Hike Berber Villages

    Day 5

    Head south along the Draa Valley, first visiting a small desert souk in the village of Agdz. After checking out the carefully displayed produce, continue exploring the valley on the drive along dirt roads through Berber villages. Stop for a 2-hour hike through the villages and date palm oases, then enjoy lunch in a charming local restaurant before moving on through the valley. Arrive in Zagora, a former French colonial outpost, in the late afternoon.

    Accommodation: Riad Lamane

    A delightfully verdant hideaway in the town of Zagora, this riad showcases traditional rooms and suites as well as cosy Berber-style tents. Surrounded by palm groves, the outdoor swimming pool is an ideal spot for unwinding. The restaurant serves tasty Moroccan specialties.

    Activity: 2 hours/3 miles hiking

    Transportation: 5-hour private 4x4 transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Journey into the Sahara

    Day 6

    Set out east into the Sahara by 4x4, on rocky terrain first and then sandier landscapes after passing the desert villages of Tissmoumine and Oum Jrane. At Maider, where nomads graze their camels, visit one of the families who live in tents hand-woven from goat and camel hair. After a picnic lunch, continue deep into the desert to Tafraout and have great fun 4-wheeling through the sandy river basin of Oued Rheris ("Mud River"). Meet the camels and guides at the MT Sobek camp in the sand dunes near Remlia.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Morocco Camel Trek

    Your Morocco Camel Trek experience includes four nights of traditional desert camping in canvas expedition-style safari tents with comfortable bedding (including a mattress, pillow, sleeping bag and sheet). Meals will be served in a Berber-style dining tent and refreshing bucket showers will be available most evenings, plus basins of warm water for the mornings.

    Transportation: 5-hour private 4x4 transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • See the Sahara by Camel

    Day 7

    Today cross alluvial fans, ridges, dry river basins, and sandy areas en route to the camp in the red sand dunes of Ouzina along Ziz Valley. Hikers and camel riders rotate periodically, hiking and riding about six hours over this incredibly variable desert terrain. Along the way look out for orthoceras, trilobite and ammonite fossils from the Devonian geological era. Bed down this evening under the stars.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Morocco Camel Trek

    Your Morocco Camel Trek experience includes four nights of traditional desert camping in canvas expedition-style safari tents with comfortable bedding (including a mattress, pillow, sleeping bag and sheet). Meals will be served in a Berber-style dining tent and refreshing bucket showers will be available most evenings, plus basins of warm water for the mornings.

    Activity: 6 hours camel trekking

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Ride Camels, Drive to Erg Znigui & Hike Dunes

    Day 8

    Today continue by camel and on foot for about four hours along the north side of the Ouzina dunes. Meet the vehicles around lunchtime and set out for a scenic drive to Erg Znigui, a remote sea of sand dunes formed by winds. At this stunning spot, experience the magic and silence of the desert and marvel at the magnificent sunset over the dunes. In the afternoon take an optional hike up the high dunes or just relax in camp.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Morocco Camel Trek

    Your Morocco Camel Trek experience includes four nights of traditional desert camping in canvas expedition-style safari tents with comfortable bedding (including a mattress, pillow, sleeping bag and sheet). Meals will be served in a Berber-style dining tent and refreshing bucket showers will be available most evenings, plus basins of warm water for the mornings.

    Activity: 3.5 hours camel trekking and scenic drive by 4x4

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Trek by Camel to Erg Chebbi

    Day 9

    With camels and on foot again, 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 pass nomads tending to their herds. Erg Chebbi is set amid miles of mountains of pumpkin- and squash-colored sand. This evening camp 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."

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Morocco Camel Trek

    Your Morocco Camel Trek experience includes four nights of traditional desert camping in canvas expedition-style safari tents with comfortable bedding (including a mattress, pillow, sleeping bag and sheet). Meals will be served in a Berber-style dining tent and refreshing bucket showers will be available most evenings, plus basins of warm water for the mornings.

    Activity: 5 hours camel trekking

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Last Camel Trek & Drive to Ziz Valley

    Day 10

    Spend the day exploring the dune "mountains," some of them up to 800-feet tall. From the top enjoy spectacular views, often stretching to the snow-capped mountains of the High Atlas. Hike down to a small oasis to meet the camels and guides and continue through the dunes. After lunch, stop for a cold drink at a desert café and finish up the trek at the northern end of the erg. In the late afternoon, drive to Erfoud, the main town of the Ziz Valley.

    Accommodation: Hotel Xaluca

    Built with adobe bricks, this distinctive hotel is situated among palms and dunes at the door to the desert in Erfoud. Spacious en-suite rooms blend traditional decor with modern comforts, including air-conditioning and Wi-Fi. Guests sample Moroccan cuisine at the two in-house restaurants, unwind in the two pools, a spa and hammam, and play a round at a mini-golf course.

    Activity: 3-hour walking with 400' elevation gain

    Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Journey to the Medieval City of Fes

    Day 11

    Depart early this morning to make the journey to Fes. Drive through the Ziz Valley (another caravan route to the Sahara from Fes). Continue through the Atlas Mountains and explore cedar forests where there are good chances of seeing groups of Barbary macaques - stub-tailed monkeys that roam freely here. Finally, arrive in the imperial city of Fes, Morocco's spiritual and cultural heart.

    Accommodation: Hotel Les Merinides

    Perched atop a hillside overlooking the city, this 4-star hotel boasts a dramatic lobby and a rooftop restaurant that serves up traditional Moroccan fare. Guestrooms are beautifully designed with decorative carpets and contemporary furniture. What steals the show at this property are breathtaking views of the city, particularly during sunset.

    Transportation: 7-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore the Wonders of Fes

    Day 12

    Today dive right into its medieval walled city of Fes, where thousands of craftsmen ply their trades. Observe the magnificent medina from scenic viewpoints and then visit the King's Palace, Fes el-Jedid with its old Jewish quarter, and Fes el-Bali (the oldest section). Here wander through some of the best souks in the world, including the henna, brass, and leather tanners' souks. Marvel at the fabulous architecture, taking in the great Kairaouine Mosque, the largest in Morocco. Break up the day with a hearty lunch right in the center of the action.

    Accommodation: Hotel Les Merinides

    Perched atop a hillside overlooking the city, this 4-star hotel boasts a dramatic lobby and a rooftop restaurant that serves up traditional Moroccan fare. Guestrooms are beautifully designed with decorative carpets and contemporary furniture. What steals the show at this property are breathtaking views of the city, particularly during sunset.

    Activity: Full day city touring

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Visit Moulay Idriss, Volubilis & Meknes

    Day 13

    Set out for Casablanca today. Along the way visit 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 Meknes, explore this magnificent city of the tyrant sultan Moulay Ismail. He built more than 50 palaces, 20 gates, and 15 miles of exterior walls. Continue on to Casablanca for a final dinner together.

    Accommodation: Novotel, Casablanca

    In the heart of Casablanca's business district, the Novotel Casablanca City Center is the perfect base for exploring the city's attractions. Featuring spacious contemporary rooms (many offering views of the stunning Hassan II Mosque), free Wi-Fi access throughout the building, a fitness room, bar and a restaurant that serves international favorites, this stellar hotel is a great home away from home.

    Transportation: 6-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Visit Hassan II Mosque & Depart from Casablanca

    Day 14

    This morning visit Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in Morocco with reportedly the tallest minaret in the world - a stunning display of Moroccan-Andalusian architecture. Stop at the Scala coffee shop and then transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

    Meals: Breakfast

Morocco Camels & Casbahs Hiking

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek has been exploring Morocco since 1975 so you're in perfect hands on this unique journey.

Reason #02

You'll discover Morocco's ancient cities, cultural hubs and Saharan dunes with professional guides who offer rich insights.

Reason #03

The camel trekking adventure takes in some of Morocco's most remote and spectacular desert landscapes.

Meet your guides

Jabir Brahim

Jabir Brahim

Brahim was born and raised in the high Atlas Mountains in Morocco and has over 15 years of experience guiding trips in Morocco. He passionately shares a deep love and appreciation for his country, and the Atlas Mountains hold a special place in his heart. In his spare time, he gives lectures about the Tamazight (Berber) culture around Europe. He is outgoing, knowledgeable, and has a keen eye for foreign cultures, ethnology and geology.

Abdellah Allali

Abdellah Allali

Abdellah was born in the High Atlas Mountains in the Berber village of Ait Bougumez and mountain adventure has always been his true passion. He has over 20 years of experience in travel & tourism, and formally earned his mountain guide degree in certification in 2005. He is fluent in English, French, Berber, and Arabic. Abdellah is very knowledgeable, personal, and enjoys sharing his wondrous country with MT Sobek travelers.

Activities

Hikes and camel treks paired with scenic desert drives, traditional market visits, and rich history and culture tours.

Lodging

Upscale city hotels, enchanting riad retreats, charming guesthouses, and MT Sobek mobile camps in the desert.

Climate

The climate is moderate and subtropical, cooled by breezes off the Atlantic and Mediterranean. In the interior the temperatures are more extreme, with cold winters and hot summers.

FAQ

What clothing is appropriate in Morocco?

Plan to dress conservatively. We suggest covering shoulders, knees, and wearing loose fitting clothing.

What's the best time of year for this adventure?

Because the desert can get quite warm in summer, the best time for a camel trek is from October to November and March. The weather is pleasant and there are fewer crowds.

What is food like in Morocco?

Moroccan cuisines is often a fusion of berber, Arabic, Mediterranean, and French influences. You can expect a variety of dishes including both meat and vegetarian options like nicoise salad, squash, root vegetables, beef or lamb with prunes, chicken with preserved lemon and olives, paprika with french fries, and more.

What's is the camel trek like?

The walking is fairly easy from 1 to 6 miles on a mixture of sandy terrain and hard-packed desert floor with vehicle support. The camels will walk very slowly and will be tied together. The seats will be padded with blankets and you will have have the chance to hop off to stretch your legs

Can I extend my trip?

Yes! We offer pre-set extensions in Marrakesh, Fes, Casablanca, and Essaouira. We can also help you book extra pre-post hotel nights.

Do I need a visa for Morocco?

Visas are not required for US citizens for visits lasting less than 90 days. You must have a valid passport with at least one blank page.

2021

Scheduled Dates

  • Oct 03 - 16, 2021
    $6,295 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,000 single supplement
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  • Nov 07 - 20, 2021
    $6,295 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,000 single supplement
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Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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2022

Scheduled Dates

  • Feb 05 - 18, 2022
    $5,895 price per person dbl occ
    +$70 internal airfare+$1,300 single supplement
    Available
  • Mar 05 - 18, 2022
    $5,895 price per person dbl occ
    +$70 internal airfare+$1,300 single supplement
    Available
  • Oct 01 - 14, 2022
    $5,895 price per person dbl occ
    +$70 internal airfare+$1,300 single supplement
    Available
  • Nov 19 - Dec 02, 2022
    $5,895 price per person dbl occ
    +$70 internal airfare+$1,300 single supplement
    Available
  • Dec 22 2022 - Jan 04, 2023
    $5,895 price per person dbl occ
    +$70 internal airfare+$1,300 single supplement
    Available

Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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