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sooooo worth it. this tour made the whole trip for me. so much fun from all the stops to the camel rides to the camp . everything is just so organized and fun. highly recommend
It was an amazing experience. Very well organised and was a highlight of my week in morocco
Great experience to contrast the hustle and bustle of Marrakesh with a trip into a Berber region of Morocco! It is a long minibus ride 8-9 hours to get to the Zagora desert, but our driver ensured there were stops along the way to split up the journey the stop at the UNESCO world heritage site was definitely the best. Going in a group with other travellers made it more fun and music for the roadtrip is recommended. When you get to the Berber camp you'll soon realise it was worth the ride the desert setting, accommodation beds and blankets in tents, atmosphere and entertainment.
Get in touch beforehand to confirm your pick-up point as you may not have mobile data when out and about Omar trip coordinator confirmed with me via whatsapp. You'll need extra cash to pay the UNESCO heritage sight guide 30 MAD, camel trip leader and then for lunch on each day 100 MAD each. Our driver was great on the journey, got us to the locations on time and even accommodated stopping people off at different return points.
We were a party of four - two parents and two daughters in their 20s. This has to have been the highlight of our trip to Morocco. It was a long journey over stunning mountain passes and a visit to Ait Ben Haddou, which was well worth seeing but we arrived in time to be on our camels and trekking over the sand when the sun set. One tip is not to try to sit on the camel seat as if you're riding a horse because you'll be sitting on the hump - ouch! Sit at the very back of the seat and you'll be comfortable and not worrying about whether you'll be able to walk the next day. I loved the camel ride to the camp and back.
After a very tasty meal, the evening entertainment was great fun, dancing round a camp fire and keeping warm. The beds in the tents were quite hard and we had pillows of varying sizes. Mine was the size of a biscuit but I wrapped my clothes in my jacket and put that under the pillow to give myself a bit of height. Despite this, I slept like a log waking at 6am for the walk up the hill to watch the sunrise. We didn't see the sunrise due to cloud cover, but it was well worth the climb to see the view.
Back down to the camp for a good Moroccan breakfast before setting off on our return camel trek to the minibus.
There are toilets and showers near the tents but if you want a shower, take a towel as there were three hung up for communal use as you would expect in the toilets. There is a plug in the tent so we took a twin adapter and two phone chargers, so were able to charge our phones.
The men who led the camels, chatted to us, kept us entertained and looked after us, were very pleasant and seemed to be multi-skilled.
Everything was extremely well organised from pick up in the morning to drop off in the evening.
We loved it!!
What a great experience! Staff are great from beginning to end. Please ensure that you dress appropriately for the time of year that you go as the tents aren't heated at night. Try to pack as light as possible as you have to bring everything with you on the camel. Highly recommend!
I had an amazing experience on this tour. All of the guides were amazing and so helpful. An individual from my group fell off of their camel while we were riding them through the desert because she wiggled too far back. The guides immediately ran to her attention and made sure she was okay.
This tour was everything we were hoping for and more.
The tour operator Ando Travel SARL was excellant, the van was spacious, clean and it had airconditioning.
Their driver spoke english and was very informative.
The journey to get there was worth the long drive as there were frequent stops along the was that made it easier.
The desert camp and camel trek was an unforgetable experience. Once we arrived to get our camels we were greeted by the Berbers that took over the tour from there. They were gentle amazing men that looked after us while were there. When we arrived at the camp they greated us with mint tea and snaks and showed us around the camp and to our large spacious tent. The tent had 4 beds, a light and an electrical plug. We were fortunate the group was small and we didn't have to share the tent. The showers and toilets were divided, men and women. The toilets flushed and they provided us with a towel and the showers were large it couldn't have been better. The dinner offered was amazing and filling and if you wanted a cold drink like Coke and Fanta they have it for just a small price.
Later on the Berbers entertained us with their music and they even got the guests to beat the drums and joined in on the fun.
When it was time for bed we asked if could bring the bed out of the tent and without hesitation they took our beds out so we could sleep under the stars. Then the rest of the group did same and they also had the most memorable experience of a life time. I would definitely recommend this tour.
This trip was definitely one of our highlights during our time in Morocco. Our driver, Yessine, as well as the rest of the staff during our trip were simply amazing! Like many of the other reviews pointed out, although the drive is long, there is a lot of activities packed into this tour that make the whole experience and price worth it. My only complaint would be going during the summer when the heat was at its worst. I think it would have been more enjoyable if we had gone during a different time of year maybe during the Spring or Fall. Nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed this trip and would recommend this to anyone.
Loved this tour. Our driver and guide, Yessin, was awesome. We ironically had 5 English speaking people on our tour, two from England, two from Australia, and myself from the United States. I thought our driver was awesome and great to talk to during the long drive. I especially enjoyed the company as I was traveling by myself. Yessin took us to lunch, and local shops where we got to learn a lot about the culture which I thought was priceless. The car was air conditioned and comfortable, he really knew his way around the areas. Yes, it IS a very long drive but that's what you're signing up for. We were certainly tired the next day as we came back and opted to not spend to much time in Ben Haddou. I would highly recommend if you want to get to know the culture and want a safe fun, way to do so.
The trip was great! The Atlas mountains are beautiful with their landscapes and Berber villages, the camel ride and the camping in the desert were a lot of fun and we had an excellent driver/guide. This is a considerable amount of driving for two days, but very much worth it. If I had had more time on my hands I would have opted for taking it slower, but for me this trip was a perfect fit at this time.
Such a great trip! Of course it involves a lot of travelling because you and #39;re going a long way! But the route through the Atlas Mountains is so beautiful, it more than makes up for it.
You get two hour-long camel rides (to and from the Berber camp) and the food, tents, scenery, and staff are lovely.
As many other reviews point out, the drive is long but definitely worth it! We loved our trip. It was cold at night in the dessert both in and out of the tent so please bundle up if you're coming in the winter. The camel ride is fun for a little bit, but then it gets tiring so it's good that it's not too long. The true highlights of the trip, for me, were watching the starry night sky, gorgeous, and the sunrise!
Kenneth U Canada
Great trip. Hussein the driver/guide was wonderful. There were fifteen in the group. Got along great. Camel ride was the highlight. Evening at the camp was wonderful. A great meal was provided by the Berbers. Everyone in the group enjoyed the evening. Wonderful sunrise the next morning short walk up a sand hill. Recommend this trip to others.
This is a long but worthy trip when you have only a couple of days for the Atlas mountains and the Zagora desert. There are numerous stops to keep you comfortable and spend meaningful time with locals, who are warm and welcoming without pressure. The scenery is beautiful and Mohamed, the driver and guide, is a class act and much fun to be with. He works extremely hard to make this experience a wonderful thing for all who go. It does take your heart and mind and turn them a little in the best way.
The camp is very comfortable and set up to do all that you want, and you can take a hot shower in privacy. The food is delicious the beds are comfortable. There are nice mattresses for lying down and taking in the amazing experience of the Milky Way and shooting stars. Also a nice fire pit for enjoying the music of drums and singing by your hosts. The camel tenders, Hasan and Mohamed, are excellent and make sure you enjoy your trip to and stay at the camp.
After the people in your group settle into riding the camels and chat a bit, everyone tends to get quiet and just take in the beauty and serenity of the area. It is a bit of magic to be remembered for a life time. Just do it! Or take a longer tour, if you have the time. Viator makes this a very easy thing to do no problems at all.
This was the highlight of my trip to Marrakesh. Although the ride to get to Zagora was about 8 hours, it was worth it. Spending the night in the Sahara was absolutely magnificent and awe-inspiring!
This tour is the high point of our group tour to Makkarech,Morocco. The ride over the Atlas Mountain and the views of the valley below is spectacular. The tour brings us also to Kasbah Ait ben Haddou and the Movie studio museum in Zagora...nevertheless the highlight is the over one hour camel ride to the desert camp, the camp pre-dinner gathering and the early morning sunrise over the hill and sand dunes...truly scenic and memorable.
Overall we had a good time on our tour and the accommodations once we arrived at the camp were great. I highly recommend the upgrade as the real bed after a full day of travel was much needed. It would have been good to know a bit more in advance of how long we'd be in the car it was a full 8 hour journey, and would have liked more cultural insight but the stop on the way back at Ksar Of Ait Ben Haddou, camel ride and sunset/sunrise in the desert were amazing! A quick warning to anyone with food allergies though, despite notifying in advance, my food allergy while accommodated at the last minute could have put me at major risk so I'd advise to bring your own food if you do have a severe allergy.
Fantastic tour, the driver Hossein was a superb host - he was full of interesting information about the country, the people, the history and geology of Morocco which made it all come alive. The tents were very comfortable, we felt we ewe treated very well, the evening meal was delicious and the Sahara was mind blowing - especially the stars at night. The drive over the Atlas Mountains was wonderful despite the rain! The only negative was that we were very rushed in the morning by the camp Berbers - had to jump on the camel within minutes of finishing breakfast which felt very rushed.
Overall a great experience, particular thanks to Hossein for making it special.
Its was amazing experience in Zagora Desert. Worth to book it!!!
Excellent value for money. I was concerned that the camels were mistreated but they look quite happy and they have a lot of time to rest.
The unit is comfortable, Be aware that this is a trip where you spend a lot of time in the van. I really enjoyed the journey and I reckon most of us did.
Would recommend this tour to anyone! The staff on the tour are very friendly and helpful! We really enjoyed our time camping in the desert and riding the camels. The time riding camels was just enough without being too much. The dinner in the desert was very good and the accommodation was simple but clean and great for one night. The tour includes quite a bit of driving time but it was well worth it to get into the desert and see the incredible views best stargazing there is. The Atlas Mountains are very beautiful and the Ouarzazate visit was great for getting a feel for the culture of the area. Great tour!
LOVED THIS TOUR!! Wish I had stayed for longer such a great experience that I wont forget.
it was a really good experience. if you dont have enough time to do 3 days at the sahara, this is a good alternative. Omar was very attentive and asked us if we needed anything.
This tour is recommended for those who don't have a lot of time in Marrakech, but would like to see the Sahara. The tour picks up at most riads in the Medina. You travel with a group. It's a 4h drive to Ait bin Haddou and then straight to the Zagora where you ride a camel for 1h to the berber camp. Each tent is for 4ppl, so if your party is less than 4ppl, you'll be sharing a tent with others. Mattress is comfortable and there is a restroom with toilets as well pretty good for the desert. They serve traditional couscous, tangine for dinner. Next day, another 1h camel ride to the pickup spot where you ride another 5h back to Marrakech, with a stop at Ourzazate, and another for lunch. Overall, it's a good, quick trip to the desert and a great deal for anyone with limited time.
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