|Ouarzazate Day Tour|
Draa Valley Oasis, Sahara desert and Tamegroute pottery
Private day tour in 4x4 vehicle from Ouarzazate south through the magnificent Draa Valley Oasis, visiting kasbahs, museums and small villages that line the route of Morocco’s longest river, the River Draa. Includes visiting the famous artisan potters of Tamegroute village, its Koranic library housing manuscripts dating to 14th century and a short camel ride to the Sahara dunes of Erg Nakhil near Zagora for a simple lunch. Alternatively you can opt for a delicious three-course lunch in the resplendant gardens of a boutique riad near Zagora, or at a luxurious retreat with swimming pool near ksar Tissergate. This is a stunning road trip from Ouarzazate for those who want a taste of the Sahara, the oases and the historic kasbahs of the great southern caravan route. Group size from 2 - 5 people sharing. All ages and fitness levels. Approx 4 hours drive in each direction on and off-road. English-speaking tour driver/guide.
Please note: All our Morocco tours can be customised to allow extra days for shorter daily car journeys, extra activities, relaxation days, exploration days etc. We can also adapt tours to connect with different start/end locations in Morocco. Let us know your wishes and we will build your perfect Morocco tour itinerary.
Price: Contact us for a personalised quotation.
Prices will vary according to number of people travelling in vehicle, number of days, time of year, category of accommodation chosen and activities requested.
NB Our Morocco tours are private tours organised upon request.
Day tour itinerary
Ouarzazate - Agdz- Draa Valley - Zagora - Sahara dunes - Tamegroute
Starting early from your hotel in Ouarzazate we drive through rocky gorges of the Jbel Saghro mountain range and the twisting pass of Tizi n Tinififft to the market town of Agdz famous for its dates and dominated by the Jbel Kissane mountain. We take off-road along the banks of the Draa River passing through Berber hamlets with their villagers tending the their goats and tiny terraced fields or washing clothes along its river banks. The Draa River is the longest in Morocco at 1,100 km. It flows from the High Atlas Mountains and disappears in the sands of the Sahara. The Draa Valley is a magnificent and important oasis of palm trees, date farming and groves of fruit trees and agricultural produce. Kasbahs and settlements line the valley which was the main sub-Saharan caravan trade route for gold and spices. The Kasbah des Caids at Tamnougalte is a 16th century Kasbah on the ancient spice route to Marrakech and was once a thriving trade centre. Visit the museum with architectural remains, artifacts and utensils used by Berber, Arab, African and Jewish inhabitants. N.B. For those opting for the luxury lunch option, we will visit the museum at ksar Tissergate instead. We reach Zagora by lunchtime and you have a choice of your lunch venue and sty;e - in the gardens of a boutique riad in the nearby palm groves, at a luxury oasis boutique guest-house with swimming pool near Tissergate (7kms north of Zagora) or take a camel-ride into the desert dunes of nearby Erg Nakhil and enjoy a simple lunch at a typical Sahara desert camp. After lunch we travel for another 20 minutes south for a brief visit the Tamegroute pottery with its green-glazed ceramics and 13th century Zaouia with Koranic library open to non believers. We depart at around 3pm to return directly to Ouarzazate via the Draa Valley arriving at approx 6/7pm. You return having experienced one of the most beautiful road trips in all Morocco and having learned a little about the local culture and traditions.
Meal plan: Lunch included (according to your choice)