Desert Adventure from Fez

Sahara at Erg Chebbi

About Desert Adventure from Fez

Summary

Once in a lifetime journey from Fez across the Mid & High Atlas Mountains to the Sahara - includes 1 night in a Bedouin camp at Erg Chebbi dunes.

Activity code: ITCLFESktAS03m

Duration: 3 Days

START / FINISH - Fez.

The Sahara feels like such a distant image that it would not seem possible to get there and back in just three days from Fez. With Rediscover the World a visit to the real desert of Morocco's deep south is a reality and the nearest (and best) section of the Sahara is just a little south of Erfoud, near Merzouga, and it is in this region that we offer this wonderful experience.

What's the journey like?

All travel from Fez is by comfortable air-conditioned vehicle to Erfoud and then by 4WD across the piste routes to Merzouga to the very edge of the dunes of Erg Chebbi.

Where will you stay?

You will spend the first night at a friendly small hotel on the edge of Erfoud after a long day's travelling; the second night will be out in the desert, in a Bedouin camp at the stunning dunes of Erg Chebbi. The sunsets and sunrises in the rarefied air of the desert can simply take your breath away, this second night may be spent in our carpetted, nomadic tents or out in the open under an awesome canopy of the starlit heavens.

Why Book with Rediscover Morocco ?

All travel is by air-conditioned vehicle, there is an extended camel ride into the desert with an overnight stay at an oasis in a traditional Bedouin tent in a beautiful and peaceful setting; all meals and sightseeing are also included.

NO hidden extras. NO groups. FULLY Insured.

Standard Desert Adventure includes:

  • transport throughout by air-conditioned vehicle (Fez to Erfoud round trip)
  • comfortable air conditioned Land Cruiser for piste route trip to Merzouga;
  • experienced chamellier & trained dromedary for ride between Auberge & desert camp at Erg Chebbi;
  • desert guide and cook
  • overnight stay at friendly Kasbah Tizimi on HB basis (dinner & breakfast)
  • lunch en route through the mountains on days 1 & 3
  • Bedouin tents (carpeted accommodation sleeping on raised mattresses)

Deluxe Desert Adventure also includes:

  • lanterns and candles;
  • "portaloo"; shower with mini shampoo & shower gel and towels
  • extra dinner includes hors d’oeuvres and wine
  • Live Moroccan folklore musicians around camp fire
  • Bar service.

WE RECOMMENDED YOU BRING: day pack (for camera, water bottles, hat, etc.); windcheater (seasonal), broad-brimmed hat (or you may purchase a 'Cheche' before you set out from Zagora); personal toiletries and towel; hygienic wipes (or gel); small First Aid kit; torch with batteries (non-essential); filled water bottle(s); sunscreen, sunglasses; nibbles and/or dried fruit. Drinking chocolate if preferred. Extra toilet rolls could come in handy! For those who wear contact lenses, perhaps it would be a good idea to bring along a spare pair of glasses.

CLOTHING: Comfortable clothes for travelling, loose clothing for the camel ride and warmer layers for the colder desert nights.

Contact us now to book this Desert Trip for any date.

Itinerary

  • DAY 1: FES - ERFOUD.

    Departing from your riad or hotel in Fes at 7:30am your driver will take you through the dramatic scenery of both the mid and high Atlas mountains on your way to the small desert town of Erfoud. Along the way your driver will stop in the Cedar Forest near Azrou for you to watch the incredible Barbary Apes and depending upon the time of year will make a lunch break at Midelt or Er Rachidia. On arrival at Erfoud you see a mix of peach, red and golden brown sand dunes rising up from the horizon - this is the destination for tomorrow - the dunes of Erg Chebbi. You will stay at the friendly Kasbah Tizimi for dinner and your overnight stay.

    • Overnight at friendly Kasbah Tizimi Hotel
    • Meals: Lunch, Dinner.

  • DAY 2: ERFOUD - MERZOUGA - ERG CHEBBI.

    Following yesterday's long journey you will have the opportunity to relax by the pool at the Kasbah Tizimi or to stroll around Erfoud. A light lunch of your choice can be purchased at the hotel prior to your early afternoon departure to Merzouga by 4WD vehicle. On arrival at the Auberge du Sud you will be offered a refreshing mint tea and meet your desert guide.

    After your baggage has been loaded on to the pack animals, at around 4pm in winter (5pm summer) you are ready to set off, one person per dromedary, for some 2 hours across a sea of golden dunes. This is the only 'true' desert area of the kingdom of Morocco and an area where meteorites continue to be found, as are crocodile teeth, shark, pterosaur and spinosaurus fossils. Your guide will stop in the "middle of nowhere" to witness, from the high dunes, Nature's incredible light show of sunset over ever-changing colours of dunes, then continue on under the star-filled heavens to your bivouac site of a carpeted Berber tent in a small oasis. First things first, a glass of mint tea once your packs are being unloaded. A tagine dinner is prepared and, after dessert, tea or coffee, you can sing and chat to your heart’s content.

    • Overnight at authentic Erg Chebbi Bedouin Camp
    • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

  • DAY 3: ERG CHEBBI - MERZOUGA - FES

    Our last brilliant sunrise*, equal almost to last night's unforgettable sunset, a Bedouin breakfast of tea, 'sand' bread, jam and cheese tucked away, dromedaries having been saddled up for the return stage, it is time to set off back across the plain around 8:30am for your final Meharee of some 2 hours to the Auberge Du Sud, where you'll have the opportunity to take a shower. At around 11:30am your driver will be waiting to return you to your original starting point of Fes.

    * Please ask if you wish to be woken for sunrise; as your guide will not automatically wake you. Alternatively, your guide will confirm the local sunrise time for you to set your alarm.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

  • Holiday version - Summary of Full Itinerary:

    Day 1 - arrival into Fez; private transfer to your accommodation.

    Stay at e.g. Riad Myra - 2nts BB

    Day 2 - private guided city tour (am)

    Days 3 to 5 - on desert adventure as per itinerary above.

    stay at e.g. Riad Myra - 1nt BB.

    Day 6 - private transfer to Fez Airport.

Prices

Desert Adventure from Fez

Fully-inclusive Sahara excursion by 4WD & camel meharee from Fez. Overnight at Erfoud & Desert camp; all meals, sightseeing, accommodation & activities included.

Classic Desert Adventure from Fez

2 people3 people4 to 5 people6 people
£ 500£ 365£ 323£ 243

Deluxe Desert Adventure from Fez

2 people3 people4 to 5 people6 people
£ 549£ 415£ 373£ 293

Full holiday version

2 people4 people
£ 826£ 665

All prices are per person

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