Circuit Marrakech -> Middle Atlas -> High Eastern Atlas -> Desert
1st day: Marrakech Cascades d’ Ouzoud – Lake Ouiwane
Departure from Marrakech at 7:30 am to the Ouzoud waterfalls. We will make a nice stop to visit the waterfalls, then we will take the road back to Beni mellal where we will have lunch. In Aine Aserdoune we will make a stop to admire the panoramic view of the city and the plain of Tadla. We will take the national 8 which passes through Khénifra (capital of the Middle Atlas). Then we will leave it to enter the Middle Atlas through Khenifra National Park to Lake Ouiwane for the first night at the inhabitant’s house. The park is home to mammals such as the panther, striped hyena, monkey and birds such as the golden eagle, reptiles and amphibians. The family Habibi, is a Berber family of great traditions; they will welcome us in a beautiful house typically Moroccan built on the west bank of the lake offering a superb view on this lake surrounded by mountains covered with cedar forests of the atlas. The Aguelmame is a small swamp rich in vegetation, fed by small limnocrenic springs at the bottom of a depression, semi-artificial 16 ha, shallow (14 m). The waters are eutrophic and rich in aquatic vegetation: Potamogeton pectinatus, Myriophyllum spicatum. The crossing of this superb park will allow us to make several stops and see the lakes, Aguelmame Azegza, Ajdir and discover the sources of Oum Rbiaa.
Day 2: Lake Ouiwane – Imilchil
Departure at 8:30 am, we will take the track of the monkeys: this small road crosses beautiful forests of cedars, the largest of which of the kingdom to join the national park of Ifrane until Azrou and then the city of Ifrane. Located in the middle of the karstic causse, this park is one of the jewels of the Middle Atlas. We will reach the national 13 by way of the ski resort “Michlifen”. Then we will leave it at kilometre 70 to continue the crossing of the Middle Atlas and reach the High Atlas Oriental by a superb little road offering beautiful contrasting landscapes up to the village Imilchil in the heart of the mountains and finish our stage in a beautiful inn. Situated at an altitude of 2,200 metres in the heart of the High Eastern Atlas, this village represents the symbol of the Berber culture of all Imazighens and is known by its festival, officially called the engagement festival, traditionally known as Agdoud N’ Oulmghen.
Day 3: Imilchil – Gorges du Todgha
Departure at 8:30 am, we will visit Lake Tislite (Lakes Isli and Tislite, lakes Roméo and Juliette Berber). We continue our way along a beautiful road that will cross beautiful arid landscapes and beautiful valleys populated by two large Berber tribes (Ait Yafelmen and Ait Hdidou). We will go deep into the gorges of the Todgha (walls up to 300 meters) where we will make a stopover. Then we will visit the city of Tineghir.
Day 4: Gorges de Todgha – Erg Chebbi (Merzouga)
We will take the road through several villages and palm groves including Tinejdad to the former Sijilmassa, now the town of Rissani. This former large caravan port, a major trading centre in northern Africa, is the cradle of the current dynasty. We will stop to visit his local market. After this beautiful stopover we will follow the road to the great Erg, Erg Chebbi in Merzouga “sand desert where are located the largest and tallest sand dunes in Morocco and it is one of the most famous desert in the north of Africa”, then you will settle in the hotel. You will then have the choice between: take a room and go for a camel ride in the dunes to admire the sunset or go on a camel ride to the bivouac to spend the night under a tent in the middle of an ocean of dunes. The day will be punctuated by a visit to the Eco Museum of the Oases and a stop at a Nomad family. Please provide local residents with medicines for diarrhea, colds, flu, headaches and antibiotics that are easy to use, whatever you can carry as clothes or shoes you no longer use to give them.
Day 5: Merzouga – Agdz
Departure by taking a road that passes through very arid plateaus on the Anti Atlas passing by the last small oasis and a whole series of Berber villages. Beautiful contrasting landscapes will lead us to the Draa Valley, the longest valley and palm grove in Morocco, which we will follow to the centre of Agdz where we will stop in a fossil field.
Day 6: Agdz – Marrakech
We will leave the Draa valley by the state road 9, we will cross very beautiful desert landscapes, among others Mount Saghro by the Tizi pass n’ Tinifift 1660 m of altitude. We will go down towards the Pearl Rare of Morocco “ancient and exceptional ksar, to visit the Kasbah of the Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site” then we will continue by a small road that passes through two beautiful valleys, the valley Ounilla and the valleyTelouète to go out directly to the pass of Tichka and resume the road to Marrakech.