From Marrakech, we’ll get to the High Atlas mountain range and after crossing the Tizi n’Tichka pass, we’ll go down towards Ouarzazate. Built by the French in the 1920s as a French Foreign Legion’s outpost toward the Sahara desert, on the crossroads of the Draa and Dadès valleys, Ouarzazate is a privileged entrance door to the Sahara desert and the Southern Oasis. It will be possible to visit the kasbah of Taourirt and the Atlas Studios; Ouarzazate and its surroundings are often used as film locations for movies set not only in Morocco but in other places as well.
After Ourzazate, we’ll stop nearby Agdz to visit the ksar of Tamnougalt, considered by many, one of the most beautiful in Morocco. It is a proper fortress with a defensive function located in a strategic point along the caravan route from Marrakech to Timbuktu. Tamnougalt is where Bernardo Bertolucci filmed most of the interior scenes of his film “The Sheltering Sky.”
The trip will continue South; we’ll reach Merzouga, a small town on the edge of Erg Chebbi, a stretch of high dunes where you’ll finally meet the sand of the Sahara desert, on the edge of which we’ll leave the car to reach by dromedary riding the campsite where you’ll spend the night, after relishing the sunset on the desert.