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. The route we take is not mainstream, and some of it passes through scenery that is well away form normal tourist routes. It is quintessentially rural Morocco at its best.
In the ideal world 5-day is required for the trip, although it can be done in 4 days.
The 5-day trip includes:
- 2 nights at the desert camp. All meals (including lunch), all drinks, camel treks, and activities such as evening sundowners, and sandboardingare included.
- 1 night at Riad Caravane near Ait Benhaddou. Breakfast and dinner are included. Drinks are extra.
- 1 night at Eco Auberge Le Festival in Todra Gorge. Breakfast and dinner are included. Drinks are extra.
- Private transport in a 4x4 Land Cruiser with an English-speaking driver.
The 5 day trip is private in a 4x4 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 and flexible. He will also advise on suitable places to stop - but ultimately the decision regarding stops is yours.
The cost of the 5-day trip is 1870 euro for 2 people.
The 5-day trip is as follows:
|Day 1||Depart from Marrakech. Overnight at either Riad Caravane or Kasbah Ellouze near Ait Benhaddou. This is a trip of about 4 hours plus stops via the Tiz n'Tichka mountain pass, Telouet Kasbah and the beautiful Ounila valley.|
|Days 2 and 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.|
|Day 4||Depart the camp after breakfast. Overnight at a guest house 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 Sahro massif via Alnif. The trip takes about 7 hours plus stops.|
|Days 5||To Fez. North of Todra, the route is magnificent and you counter 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.|
If you only have 4 days available, you can travel from Marrakech to the camp in one day. This takes about 8h30 plus stops. The cost of the 4-day trip is 1730 euro for 2 people.
There are limited flight options. Depending on the time of year, there are flights twice per week from Marrakech to Zagora, which is 3 hours from the camp.
It is also possible to reach Fez in one day. On Friday there is a flight that departs Zagora at 1840 and arrives at 2325 in Fez (via Casablanca). There is also a flight on Monday, and depending on the time of year Thursday, that departs at 1125 to Casablanca, and from here it's 4 hours by car to Fez. There are conversely flights frim Fez to Zagora, although they depart on Monday at the heinous time of 0525.
In Fez, my favourite place to stay is Riad Laaroussa, a wonderfully restored mansion in the heart of the ancient medina. For what is offers, it's superb value.