The Wonders of Drâa

Tour Information

Max Guests

50

Min Age

Languages : Flexible

Overview

The Draa Valley, located in Morocco, is a region known for its natural beauty and historical significance. It is often referred to as the “Wonders of Draa” due to its remarkable features. Here’s a short description of the wonders of Draa, Morocco:

  1. Palm Groves: The Draa Valley is famous for its extensive palm groves, which are among the largest in Morocco. These lush oases provide a stark contrast to the arid desert surroundings and support a variety of plant and bird species.
  2. Kasbahs and Villages: Along the Draa Valley, you’ll find numerous ancient kasbahs (fortified mud-brick buildings) and picturesque Berber villages. These historic structures and settlements offer a glimpse into Morocco’s rich architectural and cultural heritage.
  3. Draa River: The Draa River flows through the valley, creating a green corridor that sustains agriculture and life in the region. The riverbanks are dotted with date palm trees and are a hub for various water-related activities.
  4. Dunes and Desert Landscapes: As you venture southward in the Draa Valley, you’ll encounter the beginnings of the Sahara Desert. The transition from the fertile valley to the arid desert is a sight to behold, with towering sand dunes, such as those at Tinfou, marking the boundary.
  5. Draa Valley Kasbahs: Some of the most famous kasbahs in the Draa Valley include Kasbah Taourirt in Ouarzazate, Kasbah Amridil in Skoura, and Kasbah Tamnougalt in Tamnougalt. These kasbahs are architectural marvels and provide a glimpse into Morocco’s historical past.
  6. Draa Valley Trekking: The Draa Valley is a popular destination for trekking and hiking enthusiasts. You can explore the valley on foot, passing through its various landscapes, villages, and oases while enjoying the tranquility of the desert environment.
  7. Cultural Experiences: The Draa Valley is home to indigenous Berber communities, and visitors can engage in cultural experiences, such as learning about traditional Berber lifestyles, partaking in local cuisine, and attending festivals and events.
  8. Historical Caravan Route: Historically, the Draa Valley was an important part of the trans-Saharan trade routes, with caravans carrying goods between North Africa and West Africa. This rich history is still evident in the valley’s architecture and culture.

The “Wonders of Draa” in Morocco offer a blend of natural beauty, history, and cultural richness, making it a captivating destination for travelers seeking an authentic Moroccan experience.

 

Included/Exclude

  • Airport/hotel/airport transfers.
  • Transport during the tour by minibus & 4×4 with driver, mules during the tour.
  • Service of a qualified mountain and desert guide throughout the circuit. Service of an experienced chef during the tour.
  • Accommodation in a double room or double tent during the tour.
  • Airplane, individual insurance (cancellation, baggage, repatriation), drinks, personal expenses, Tips (45€; 60€)
  • Hotel in Marrakech

Tour Plan

Reception at the airport and transfer by minibus to the hotel.
Departure in 4×4 towards Taznakht, renowned for the cultivation of saffron and the manufacture of wawzguit carpets with shimmering colors, we reach Foum Zguid, the last small town before the immensity of the desert. Continuation to the tabular formations of Djebel Mdouer then towards Lake Iriki, a particular territory for its ecosystem, then magnificent stretches of sand, populated here and there with tamarisk and a few calotropis. It's a very beautiful varied day and a good immersion in what will become our territory for a few days.
We continue our progress with our caravan in this world of sand climbing the dunes of a beautiful pink color, like real nomads for whom the desert has no secrets. We can come across nomadic camps recognizable from afar thanks to their brown tents made of goat or camel hair. At the end of the day, we reach the center of the Ergs successions and set up our bivouac near Erg Chegaga.
We cross the Dayat Chegagga, which in winter transforms into a place of grazing for camels because the water from the rare rains which stagnates in this area encourages the growth of grass over several hectares whose greenery forms a magnificent contrast of colors with the sand dunes. After the Bouguern dunes, installation of our bivouac near Oued Laâtach.
We continue our journey in the middle of the sands, then continue towards the dunes bordering the Drâa wadi after crossing the palm grove at Rass N’Khel. The landscape is gradually changing.
The dunes become more dispersed and in the background we see Jebel Bani. This region remains more frequented because the presence of a well often attracts nomads with their dromedaries and their herds of goats.
We take the road in the morning towards Ouarzazate, along the magnificent Drâa valley, its oases and kasbahs and passing through Agdz and Jebel Kissane to enter the slightly more urban world.
Transfer to the airport for our return flight.

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