Sahara Experience agency organizes New Year Tours that depart Marrakech, (depart Agadir, Ouarzazate or directly from Mhamid on request). Cross the High Atlas to celebrate New Year Eve around a camp fire in the erg chigaga desert camp and dance under the stars to the rhythms of Touareg musicians. Wake early to watch the sunrise over the dunes. All of our New Year Desert tours include (optional) an Erg Chigaga camel trek.
This Sahara Services new Years Eve party is being constructed under an exceptional framework … focusing on discovery.
You will experience the undulating of the sand dunes and the varying habitat of the desert – from rocky flat areas, to the beautiful oasis, to the spectacular 300m Chegaga dunes – we continue our focus on the discovery of the desert and the tranquillity it offers.
Dec 29: Marrakech – Ait Benhaddou – Draa Valley – Mhamid
Desert tours from Marrakech : Departing early in the morning from your riad/hotel in Marrakech, we drive through the High Atlas Mountains over the Tizin’Tichka Pass (2260 m), the highest road pass in Morocco, offering spectacular panoramic views of mountains, valleys and colorful Berber villages.
Travelling southwards,we stop on the way to visit the kasbahs of Tamnougalte and AitBenhaddou. With its UNESCO listed spectacular Kasbah, Ait Benhaddou is a famous site for Hollywood movies shooting such as Gladiator. The trip continues through the palm-lined Draa valley with a stop in Zagora for a tea break before heading towards the desert of Mhamid, where you can spend the night in our guest house in M’hamid, Kasbah Sahara Services. Where you’ll have dinner in a typical Moroccan restaurant.
Dec 30: Mhamid – Erg Lihoudi
Enjoy breakfast near poole , before the journey continues east through the Erg lihoudi Sand dunes , starting early in the afternoon, experience nomadic life by riding camels through the desert and appreciate its various landscapes (Erg, Reg, Hammada, etc). Enjoy dinner and overnight stay in nomad tents or under the stars in the midst of the Erg Lihoudi sand dunes.
Dec 31: Erg Lihoudi – Sacred Oasis – Chegaga sand dunes
After breakfast at the dunes, take a two hours camel ride in the Sahara desert towards M’hamid, where lunch will be served. From M’hamid, we travel by 4×4 vehicle through the beautiful desert landscape and stop for tea break in the Sacred Oasis before reaching the sand dunes of Chegaga – the largest group of dunes in the region reaching a height of 300 m and a span of40 km. Overnight stay at the nomad camp where you can enjoy dinner and entertainment.
A night that comes alive to the rhythms and chants of the drums, castanets and guitars played by nomads; Sahara traditional music. Inspired by the African spirit of dance combined with Arabic rhythm …
In the core of the Berber campsite we will have a big fire, where we gather to share food, laughter, celebration and friendship.
Jan 1: Chegaga sand dunes – Foum Zguid – Taznakht – Marrakech
Admire the sunrise over the dunes and enjoy breakfast before departing with 4×4 vehicles to Foum Zguid via the old Paris-Dakar road that crosses Iriqui lake. We will stop in the Berber village of Taznakht for lunch before taking the route back to Marrakech, where arrival is expected at 6:30 p.m.
What is included:
- 4 Days jeep & driver, including fuel
- 1 Night in Mhamid at hotel
- 1 Overnight in tent at Erg Lihoudi
- 1 Overnight in tent at Erg Chegaga
- 3 Diners & 3 breakfasts
- 2 Hours camel ride
- 4 Lunches
What is excluded:
- Personal Spending