4 or 5-day trip from Marrakech to Fez including Todra Gorge
Or vice versa
The trip from Marrakech to Fez (or vice versa) via the camp is a wonderful insight into rural Morocco. Much of the route is off the beaten track, showcasing the best of bucolic rural Morocco.
In an ideal world, 5 days is required for the trip, although it can be done in 4 days (in which case the trip from Marrakech to the camp is done in one day).
The 5-day trip includes:
- 1 night at Riad Caravane or Kasbah Ellouze near Ait Benhaddou. Breakfast and dinner are included. Drinks are extra.
- 2 nights at the Main Camp. All meals (including lunch), all drinks, camel treks, and activities such as evening sundowners and sandboarding are included.
- 1 night at Eco Auberge Le Festival in Todra Gorge. Breakfast and dinner are included. Drinks are extra.
- Private transport in a 4WD Land Cruiser with an English-speaking driver.
The trip is private in a 4WD Land Cruiser with an English-speaking driver.
You may stop as often as you like en route for sightseeing, photography and refreshments. Whilst your driver is not an official guide, he will be informative, flexible and fun. He will also advise on suitable places to stop - but the trip is private, so any decisions are completely flexible.
The cost of the 5-day trip is 2050 euro for 2 people.
The cost of the 4-day trip is 1790 euro for 2 people.
Days 2 - 3
Erg Chigaga Luxury Desert Camp. The route from Ait Benhaddou to the camp is via the Berber carpet-making town of Taznakht and Foum Zguid. This is where the paved road ends. The trip takes 5h30 plus stops.
Depart the camp after breakfast. Overnight at a guesthouse called Eco Auberge Le Festival in Todra Gorge, although you can also choose to stay at Dar Bab Todra. The route is via M'Hamid el Ghizlane, the pottery-making town of Tamegroute (there is also an ancient koranic library here), Zagora, the lower reaches of the Draa valley and skirting the Jbel Saghro massif via Alnif. The trip takes about 7 hours plus stops.
To Fez. North of Todra the route is magnificent and you encounter virtually no other tourists. There is a wonderful gorge on this route, which is not identified on most maps. You rejoin the main road at Er-Rich. En route to Fez, you will pass through Ifrane National park at Azrou, home to Barbary Macaque monkeys and cedar forests. The trip is 8 hours plus stops.
In Fez, my favourite place to stay is Riad Laaroussa, a wonderfully restored mansion in the heart of the ancient medina. For what it offers, it is superb value.