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Highlights of our tour:
Unique Desert Tour will take you on an unforgettable 2 days desert tour from Fes to Marrakech. The drive from Fes to Merzouga is full of breathtaking scenery. As a result, we can make some stops along the way. For example, we can’t avoid Ifrane, Morocco’s cleanest town. There, we can take you to see the statue of the extinct Atlas lion as well as a panoramic view of the Atlas Mountains’ forests.
The second region where we can forestall is within the cedar tree forest, which is home to many wild animals. The monkey, for example, is a brave animal that is no longer afraid to cross the road to fulfill human needs. It is one of the atlas and African animals that can still be found within Azrou’s woodland. Here, our primary driver will halt in order to recognize them, feed them, and photograph them.
As soon as lunch is over, we can make a stop at any other forestall close to the dam of Hassan Addakhil in Errachidia, where the Sahara receives its supply of water.
We’ll get to Merzouga. There, you can go camel trekking and stay in Berber tents all in one day.
The trip concludes on the second day when we drive to Marrakech via the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou.
Day 1: Fes - Merzouga:
We will start our 2 days tour from Fes to Marrakech desolate tract from your hotel. Once you send us your location, our driver will come to meet you at your Riad/motel. Then we can power through the Atlas Mountains, with our first stop at Imouzar for a breathtaking view of the mountains and possibly breakfast. After that, we’ll be able to power our way to Ifrane, Morocco’s cleanest city and the world’s second cleanest after Calgary, Canada. Here, we can stop going to the Atlas Lion statue, which was sculpted by a German prisoner during World War II to gain his freedom from the French.
Following that, we can focus on the Cedar bushes forest, Azrou forest. There, you’ll have some free time to get to know the Barbary Macaque monkeys, one of the alive animals contained within the atlas. We’ll feed them and take some photos before heading to Midelt and Errachidia.
At Errachidia, you’re free to stop at a breathtaking view of the Dam, which supplies water to Merzouga and the surrounding towns.
Our next stop will be in the charming town of Merzouga. On the tip of the dune, our camels’ leaders can be prepared and set up with the camels, ready to go. Then you’ll start hiking at the Erg Chebbi sand dunes, with a stop for sundown in case you don’t arrive at the camp early.
When you arrive at the camp, you will find your bags in the tents. After dinner, our Berbers will play drums and build a fire pit for a spectacular view beneath the starry sky.
Day 2: Fes - Marrakech:
We will leave Merzouga early in the morning, and the drive to Marrakech will take approximately 9 hours, including stops.
We’ll go to the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, the Glaoui Berber fortress, and eat lunch there. Later, we’ll drive through the Atlas Mountains, stopping briefly for panoramic views. If you have time, we could take you to one of the argan oil cooperatives if you want to buy some.
Our 2 days tour from Fes to Marrakech concludes when we drop you off at your hotel.
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Overview of the Highlights:
As you make your way from Fes to Merzouga, you’ll come across a wealth of fascinating and beautiful sights. The following is a 2 days tour itinerary from Fes to Marrakech via the Sahara desert, Merzouga, that we hope you will find enjoyable.
As part of our 2 days Sahara wasteland tour from Fes to Marrakech, you’ll visit Morocco’s “Little Switzerland,”.
We can’t talk about Ifrane without mentioning Tizguit, the valley of the cave, which is about 7 kilometers from the center of Ifrane. There are a number of caves in Berber called ifrane or yfrane.
Most of the time, when we go on excursions to Morocco from Fes, we stop at the statue of the extinct Atlas Lion. During World War II, a German prisoner sacrificed his life in order to be freed from the French captors. As a result, they asked him to carve a statue of the extinct lion. Ifrane is a modern city with European architecture. Aside from that, it’s by far the cleanest and most expensive city in the country.
Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane attracts a large number of students from around the world. The University of Al Akhawayn in other words, is one of the best universities we have in Morocco. Aside from that, Morocco’s current king has 12 palaces, one of which is located in Ifrane and is devoted to the university.
Because of the favorable weather, the Moroccan soccer team (The Atlas Lion) receives its training in Ifrane. As a result, Ifrane has become an expensive place to live or visit for a vacation.
Azrou forest is one of Morocco’s largest forests, home to numerous wild animals. As a result, we can postpone our 2 days excursion from Fes in order to see the Barbary Macaque monkeys.
These creators are known as the magots and the barbary apes, and they live in Morocco, Algeria, and a few of them in Gibraltar. Once we arrive, we will be able to observe how they live in families, how they manage to care for their toddlers, and we will also be able to feed and photograph them.
Around the cedar woodland is a snowboarding station where Moroccans come because it snows a lot there.
The Atlas Mountains:
If you’re driving from Fes to the Sahara desert, you should avoid the High and Middle Atlas Mountains. This range of mountains separates the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts from the Sahara desert. Furthermore, they cover approximately 1,600 miles/2,500 kilometers through Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. The highest point of this range of Mountains is located in Toubkal, at approximately 4,165 meters (13,665 feet). They’re also about 180 kilometers away from the pink metropolis of Marrakech.
Errachidia and Ziz valley:
Errachidia is located on the outskirts of the Atlas Mountains and serves as the gateway to the Sahara desert. Errachidia is named after Mohammed V’s brother, Prince Moulay Rachid. The starting point names, on the other hand, are Imtghern in Berber and Ksar Souk in Arabic.
The Hassan Addakhil dam is Errachidia’s largest source of water, as well as the surrounding areas such as Merzouga. The Alaouiet dynasty had a good idea and saved the water that came from the mountains by building a dam. Now, the towns around could have water 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as opposed to earlier when fountains were only used once a week.
The valley of Ziz:
The Ziz valley stretches for 282 kilometers from the south of Morocco to Algeria. It is unquestionably one of Morocco’s largest valleys, flowing from the Atlas Mountains. As a result, many locals in the area saw the valley as a threat to agriculture, resulting in approximately 30km of agriculture, particularly dates palm trees.
Erfoud, also spelled Arfoud, is the second closest city to Merzouga, wilderness. It was built in 1912 by the French and named Erfoud after the plant that grows within the river, Ounfoud. Not to mention, there’s another story about the name; they say that two Berbers were given into the river to see how deep it is, and the other one asked him, and he said Ar Afoud, which means to the knee in Berber.
Erfoud is well-known for hosting a global celebration of dates every October for a three-day carnival. Erfoud is also well-known for its mineral fossils, such as Trilobites…
If you are interested, we should stop by one of the fossil museums during our 2-days Sahara wilderness tour from Fes to Marrakech. Furthermore, we will stop at the Souk of dates fruits, where you can try the flavor of various kinds as well as its cereal.
For the Jewish, there is one of the Jewish cemeteries, to which many people from Israel travel. As a result, if you are Jewish, you must pass through there.
Merzouga, the Sahara desert, is now not only the highlight of our 2 days desert tour from Fes to Marrakech, but also of all of our Morocco desert tours. To begin with, there are rumors that it was named Merzouga. First, some people claim that the Erg Chebbi sand dunes made it wealthy, and many visitors from all over the world come to find out. As a result, it was given the name Merzouqa because he was wealthy. Second, various people claim that the distinct call is derived from the own circle of relatives call of an Arab who changed into Merzouq. This particular family is still living right here in the heart of Merzouga.
Merzouga is a massive city with numerous tribes and roots. Arabs, Berbers, and Gnaoua people, for example, can all be found (darkish pores and skin humans). The Gnaoua, on the other hand, live primarily in the village of Khamlia, while the Berbers and Arabs live in the center of Merzouga and the small villages that surround it, such as Hassi Labied and Takojt.
Merzouga is well-known for Erg Chebbi, massive golden sand dunes that can reach 150 meters in height, are 22 kilometers long, and 5 kilometers wide. Furthermore, the shade of those dunes changes depending on the weather. For example, in the winter, it will turn yellow to white, and in the summer, it will turn reddish to orange. Not to mention that the shapes of the dunes change at some point during the summer season due to wind.
Merzouga is located in southeast Morocco, approximately 50 kilometers from the Algerian border. Erfoud, Rissani, and Tafilalet are the closest towns. Many visitors from the region and around the world visit Merzouga to partake in its enthralling activities.
Camel trekking: You should not visit Merzouga without taking a camel ride through the Erg Chebbi dunes. There are numerous ways to go about it. To begin, you could ee-e book a camel for the sunset; camels can be prepared and set up next to the dunes if you reserve them with locals. Second, you could ee-e book the camels for the sunrise; this option works best for people staying in Erfoud or Rissani inns. Third, the nice thing to do is to completely enjoy them. That is, you reserve the camels to spend the night in Berber tents. Then, for the sunset and sunrise, you’ll have camels with you.
Camping in Berber tents:
Many visitors come to Merzouga to experience the nomadic lifestyle. In other words, they must remain as Berber nomads who live within the mountains, with tents and herds, and who travel from one location to another in search of better living conditions. This amusement is also included in our two-day Fes desolate tract excursion. However, you have the option of spending the night in fashionable or expensive tents or bivouacs.
A view of the Milky Way and capturing stars from Erg Chebbi dunes, as seen at nighttime: Erg Chebbi dunes, as seen at nighttime. Also, the quiet dunes are a great place to practice Yoga for non-religious reasons.
Skiing is another amusing and comfortable activity to do at the dunes. We provide that revel in at Berber camps, we have forums, and close to the camp is a first-rate sand dune where you can try this revel in.
Other sports are no longer safe within the experience:
Nomadic tribes: if you have more than two days from Fes, we recommend staying in Merzouga for two days to get the full experience. As a result, you’ll be able to take a trip across the dunes to meet the Berber nomads.
There, you’ll see how the Berbers genuinely manage to stay alive despite their difficult circumstances. You’ll also be living with this family, and they’ll show us how they prepare dinner, sleep inside the tent, and manage their herd. Even better, we might want to live with them, and they’ll prepare dinner dinner for us so that we can eat like them and stay the same way they do.
The lake of Srij: Hopefully it’s finished, but another fascinating location to look around Merzouga is the lake where camels move herding. At some point during the day, you’ll see all of the camels in the area, as well as immigrant flamingo birds.
Oasis of Hassi Labied: To round out your Merzouga experience, we’d like to take you to learn about the locals’ agriculture, what they plant, and where they get their water.
Gnawa Khmalia: the people of Khamlia, Gnawa are originally from Sahelian, and it is widely assumed that Berbers added them so that they could be used as slaves. Most of our journeys from Fes, which start at three days, include a visit to this village, Khamlia. Here, we can take you to one of the families, where they will perform a song for you using Krakebs and unique drums. Also, depending on the time, we might want to set up a meeting with one of the vintage guys there to hear their stories.
The Mifis mine: During the French energy, this Mifis mine was used to extract slat and mascara. It is now a popular tourist destination for those looking to unravel its mystery.
Our 2 days desert tour from Fes to Marrakech via Merzouga takes you to a variety of locations. However, if you have more days to visit the Sahara desert tract, we recommend that you do so because the journey from Fes to Merzouga takes nearly 7 hours. As a result, the journey may be more useful than exploring.
Outstanding Universal Value
The site of Ait-Ben-Haddou is the most well-known ksar within the Ounila Valley, located within the foothills on the southern slopes of the High Atlas within the Province of Ouarzazate. The Ksar of At-Ben-Haddou is a dangling example of southern Moroccan architecture.
The ksar is a particularly densely packed neighborhood. Homes crowd together inside the shielding partitions, which are strengthened with attitude towers and pierced with a baffle gate – some modest, others resembling small city castles with their excessive attitude towers and higher sections adorned with clay brick motifs – but there are also homes and network regions.
Despite the fact that their shape and method were propagated from a very early length within the valleys of southern Morocco, the oldest structures no longer appear to be earlier than the seventeenth century. The site also became one of many buying and selling points on the commercial route that linked historical Sudan to Marrakesh via the Dra Valley and the Tizi-n’Telouet Pass. Architecturally, the living quarters form a compact, closed and suspended grouping.
A mosque, a public square, grain threshing regions outside the ramparts, a fortification and a loft on the village’s pinnacle, a caravanserai, cemeteries (Muslim and Jewish), and the Sanctuary of Saint Sidi Ali or Amer are among the network regions of the ksar. The Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou is an ideal synthesis of pre-Saharan earthen structures from Morocco.
Criterion (iv): The Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou is a prime example of a ksar in southern Morocco, demonstrating the main types of earthen structures that can be found dating back to the seventeenth century in the valleys of Dra, Todgha, Dadès, and Souss.
Criterion (v): The Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou represents southern Morocco’s traditional earthen habitat, which has become vulnerable as a result of irreversible socioeconomic and cultural changes.
The ksar’s systems are all contained within the confines of the belongings, and the buffer zone protects the environment. The earthen houses are extremely vulnerable as a result of the ksar’s abandonment by its inhabitants, which has resulted in a loss of preservation and regular restoration. With difficulty, the CERKAS (Centre for the conservation and rehabilitation of the architectural history of atlas and sub-atlas zones) monitors the visible integrity of the belongings.
In contrast to other ksour in the region, the Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou has maintained its architectural authenticity in terms of configuration and materials. The architectural style has been properly preserved, and the earthen structures have been flawlessly tailored to the climatic conditions and are in harmony with the herbal and social environment.
The large houses in the lower part of the village, with well-preserved ornamental motifs, are frequently preserved. Nonetheless, mad and wood are still used in the manufacturing process. The desire to introduce cement has thus far been unsuccessful, owing to the ongoing surveillance of the «Comité de contrôle des infractions» (Rural Community, Town Planning Division, Urban Agency, CERKAS). Only a few lintels and reinforced concrete escaped its scrutiny, but they were concealed by earthen rendering. Particular attention is also paid to doorways and windows that lead directly to the lanes, to ensure that the wood isn’t always changed.
Control and protection requirements (2009)
Protection measures are primarily related to the exceptional legal guidelines for the list of ancient monuments and sites, specifically the Moroccan history Law 22-80. The Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou currently has a five-year control plan in place (2007-2012). This management strategy is the result of years of reflection and workshops involving all of the individuals and organizations concerned with the future of the site, particularly the local populations. This plan’s recommendations are being implemented. Furthermore, control committees (a local committee and a national committee) have been established in which all events are represented and collaborate in decision-making. CERKAS ensures coordination within the implementation of this control plan in addition to dealing with the belongings.