Route des Amhamid B.P. 8, Zagora, Morocco
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Zagora camel trek
My friend and I are trying to plan a trip to zagora to take a camel trek. However, money is limited and we only can stay one night, and trek for two days.
Any tips on finding the best deal would be much appreciated.
RE: Zagora camel trek
if its anything like travelling to merzouga which i prefer personally, then you should be able to travel there independently ie grande taxi, which are pretty cheap, and then find a company to take you out into the dunes.
there is an over abundance of moroccans who are in the 'tourist industry' looking for an income so there will always be an ease to find someone - they will otherwise find you - such as a tout, a hotel or any shop can direct you to where to go to find a camel trip.
at merzouga any of the auberges will arrange a trip for you and even for overnight stay in a bedouin tent in the desert with guide and meal shouldnt cost more than 250-300 dirham.
try www.bivouactours.com - there are 4 guys on it and the one called mohammed we know as moha( not the one on the site called moha) is a friend of ours so could help you come up with a tour or something within your price maybe.
otherwise it can be quite time effective and with two of you not really that expensive to get a rental car for 270-300 dhm a day, for say 3-5 days from marrakech or 3 days from ouarzazate and do the dades valley to merzouga back via agdz and zagora up draa valley circuit back to ouarzazate. and just pack a lot more sights into your time.
RE: Zagora camel trek
I wonder, did you find a trip to Zagora for 2 days/1 night from Marrakech? Could you recommend a company to travel with? Thanks
Travel Tips for Zagora
The most photographed sign of Zagora
Zagora was once a confluence of trade routes, in the times of the long distance travel overland. Camel caravans from the south broke their journey here before going further to the north or the east. Or from here started the crossing of the desert.
The signpost declares that Timbuktu is 52 days from here by camel.
I'm used to travel long distances in Africa.
I like it to ride a camel for several days.
But 52 days with a camel to Timbuctu, that is even beyond my borders.
On tour with the king 2
We were four days in the same area as the king. At the last day on our way back from Zagora to Agadir the king was very nearby.
We got permission to continue our route, just before the king should arrive and pass by. We were only urged to drive very fast.
Passing by in our three landrovers,we were feeling like the king, with so many people along the road.
It was a pity, we not allowed to drive slowly or to stop to have a closer look at the beautifully dressed, singing and dancing women.
visit a ksar
Walk through the ksar behind the Riad Ksar Malal which is part of the ksar but newly restored to create a lovely hotel and place to stay and see the area. 17 km north of Zagora on the Draa Valley road it makes a good base to see the surrounds and travel into Zagora and further south to other attractions such as Tamgroute, Tinfou, Mhamid and the desert of Chigaga.
There are many ksar villages around the Draa Valley - a set up where a community live together with the protection of strong walls around the village, seemingly making everyone live very close together but once inside you find that families have their own homes and living areas separate from one another including their livestock.
I was told the ksar behind has not been lived in for 20 years now and is in a dilapidated condition but still safe for walking through and visiting up onto some of the upper floors and the main passageways are still used as thoroughfares.
Its an interesting insight into how people lived in these ksars whereas many that are available for visiting these days are still lived in and so you are restricted to just how much you can see.
the famed '52 days by camel to Timbuktu' sign
This sign has moved from its perch several times, the latest - from in front of the huge Prefecture or Administraition building to the other side of the road - apparently as they are building a new road from Zagora to Foum Zguid.
From the days of trans-saharan travel when camel caravans travelled between Timbuktu and the ancient city of Sijillmassa - (Rissani) - Zagora with its oasis and plentiful supply of the staple food of dates - has been an important stopping centre. Hence the 52 days by camel in the direction of Timbuktu!
Camel riding in the sunset, Zagora
Nice sunset and even nicer knowing that the lions that lived in the area as little as 20 to 30 years ago no longer exist. Human habitation has wiped out many of the main carnivores that used to live here, including lion and leopard, and in the dim and distant past, cheetah. About the largest carnivore is a small fox with large herbivores (and a few Barbary Apes) much diminished in number.
Popular Hotels in Zagora
Douar Ksar Bounou - BP. 35, M'hamid El Guezlane, Zagora
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We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- Reda Hotel Zagora
Address: Route des Amhamid B.P. 8, Zagora, Morocco