Draa Valley & Zagora

The Draa Valley is located to the south of the towns of Ouarzazate and Skoura in Morocco. The valley leads to the town of Zagora. Around here, you find the Erg Chigaga. This is a vast sand sea that is far larger than the Erg Chebbi located to the east around Merzouga. The Draa Valley is a delight to drive through. There are palm plantations aplenty, dramatic valley-hugging Kasbahs, and villages made from crumbling pisé (mud-brick) walls.

There are some superb lodges within Zagora from where you can explore the desert beyond. From here, you can head off to a remote desert camp for the night.

Tinzouline is known for its wonderful dates (especially good from September to November). Also of note in the Draa Valley is Timidarte, where you’ll stop at Timarine Tijara. This is an artisan producer of wonderful date jam and syrup. You can also stop in Agdz for lunch, a classic caravanserai oasis. Here you can see the Caid’s Kasbah and Glaoui Kasbah before having lunch at Kasbah Azul. 


Desert, Dates & Roses: Southern Morocco

Casablanca - Erg Chigaga Desert - Zagora - Skoura  

This itinerary is designed around visiting the Festival of Roses in Kalaat M’Gouna, usually held each year in mid-May. Your journey begins in Casablanca so that you can get the flight to Zagora the next day. The only direct flight is on a Friday, but you can get flights that stop en route in Ouarzazate on …

8 days from £2150 p. p.

Morocco in Style: A Luxury Adventure

Atlas Mountains - Sahara Desert - Skoura - Marrakech  

Morocco in Style: A Luxury Adventure is quite simply the most stylish way to see this incredible country. You’ll stay at the most iconic hotels, and by taking a private helicopter, delve deep into Morocco’s hidden interior.

11 days from £10550 p. p.

The Memory Road – Morocco’s Secret South

Marrakech - Azrarag - Tighmert - Aojou - Iriki - Skoura  

Memory Road is an exclusive four-wheel drive luxury adventure through the off-the-beaten-track delights of southern Morocco, which quite simply takes the experience of Morocco to a whole new level.

7 days from £4795 p. p.

A Desert Adventure in Morocco – Souks to the Sahara

Casablanca - Erg Chigaga - Zagora - Skoura - Ourika - Marrakech  

There is something impossibly romantic in delving into the great dunes of the Saharan Desert. Nights under canvas, sunsets and camel rides; experiences that undoubtedly make you feel like you have escaped.

11 days from £2495 p. p.

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Azalai Camp

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The Azalai Desert Camp is located in the Chigaga Dunes, about a three-hour drive away from the desert outpost of Zagora in southern Morocco.  

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Azalai Lodge

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Azalai Lodge is located in the picturesque Draa Valley, close to the small desert outpost of Zagora, deep in the south of Morocco.  

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Les Jardins De Skoura - Pool

Les Jardins De Skoura

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Les Jardins De Skoura is a beautiful boutique bolthole located in the pretty village of Skoura, about 45 minutes from Ouarzazate. You generally stop here for a couple of nights on the way back from a stay in the Sahara Desert.  

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Dar Ahlam Nomadic Desert Camp

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The Dar Ahlam Nomadic Camp in the Iriqui National Park is a beautiful place to experience the majesty of the Sahara Desert in style.

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Dar Ahlam

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Dar Ahlam is one of Morocco’s hidden gems. It is a luxury Kasbah located in the off-the-beaten-track village of Skoura.  

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