Keep your eyes open for the Berber villages tucked away in the mountainside and you will also visit Ait Ben Haddou, one of the world’s most magnificent Kasbahs. These authentic Berber villages have considerable world heritage where many movies has been filmed such as Lawrence of Arabia, Hidalgo, The Black Stallion Returns, Babel, Cleopatra.
The trip goes through Ouarzazate the south pearl with its’ beautiful cinema studios, the Kasbah Taourirt, the old Galoui Palace, the river through the Draa Valley with many Kasbahs, the long palm tree oasis which produces famous dates, the village of Agdz, and then Tamegroute theology school and it’s famous 13th Century library that contains many rare books and documents. The massive adobe structures we see along the route are divided into houses that serve as habitations for families of these Kasbah villages where life has continued unchanged over many centuries.
Zagora and M’ Hamid are also known as "the doors of the desert” because they are the last towns before The palm oases where the road dissolve into nothing but sand and rocks as we drive through the sand dunes. About 80km from Zagora is the small village of Mhamid; here we can get a more intimate view of the sand dunes rising like mirages to enchant your eyes.
Day 1: We leave at 7:00 am toward the Ouarzazate, 200 km through the Atlas Mountains (beautiful landscapes and Berber authentic villages). First Big stop is to visit ‘Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah’ a 16th century fortress classified by UNESCO as a human international patrimony big movies were turned there (Gladiator, Laurence of Arabia, kingdom of heaven, Sand Brothers). We stop for Lunch in a nice restaurant at the edge of the Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah. After Lunch we drive to Ouarzazate (the capital city of cinema in Africa), after this we drive toward Agdz and Zagora, visit of the Draa Valley and its Palmeraie. We arrive to Mhamid around 4 PM. We ride camels for an hour and half in the middle of the dunes; we stop in the middle of the dunes for pictures.
We arrive to the camp half hour before the sunset, we have a mint tea with the nomads in the camp we go over the dunes to watch the sunset. After this we go for a walk to discover the desert, you will have the opportunity to see the most amazing sky you have ever seen in your life. Back to the camp for dinner, after dinner the nomads play music for us around a fire. We sleep under nomads tents; we awake you half an hour before sunrise, magical lights before sunrise.
Day 2: After breakfast we get into the vans drive toward Tamegroute a 13th century school, we visit the school and it’s famous Library. We stop for lunch in Ouarzazate. After lunch we drive back to Marrakech.
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