2 Day Marrakech Excursion
Quit the mayhem of Marrakech for the cool of the mountains on our two day Atlas Escape. This excursion is the perfect combination of tranquil mountain valleys, water based activities and glamping in the mystical stone desert of Agafay. After a day of exploration, you will camp overnight in a luxury Moroccan desert camp in true nomadic style.
Day 1: Marrakech – Lalla Takerkoust – Ourika Valley – Agafay
We will collect you from your Marrakech accommodation after breakfast and head out of the city, up into the surrounding mountain range. The beautiful lake of Lalla Takerkoust lies less than an hour from Marrakech, yet you will feel as though you are a world away.
Enjoy a relaxing swim in the cool, clear water followed by a picnic or, if you’re feeling more energetic, there are a number of activities to choose from including pedalos, quad bikes, fishing and more.
We will follow the river past small Berber villages, while the snowy peaks of the High Atlas take shape in the background. Before climbing higher into the Mountains, we recommend a break in the village of Tafza, to visit a typical Berber house which provides a glimpse into everyday life in these ancient mountains communities.
Amongst the small red adobe Berber villages clinging to the slopes in Ourika Valley, there is the option to hike the lower tiers of the seven waterfalls of Setti Fatma. However, with a number of unbridged water crossings, it’s not for the faint-hearted and should only be attempted in the summer months. There are a smattering of small cafés sitting at the base of these breath-taking cascades where you can catch your breath and enjoy a refreshing mint tea.
Later in the afternoon, we will reach the remote stone desert of Agafay and the warm welcome of your luxury nomadic encampment. Consisting of a dozen Bedouin tents with small but perfect en-suites and stylishly simple bedrooms. As the sun sinks in the sky, a candlelit dinner is served before you sit out under a thousand twinkling stars with the subdued sounds of Tuareg music in the background.
Distance: 111 km / 69 Miles/ Approximate drive time: 3 hour (excluding stops and time for activities)
Day 2: Agafay – Marrakech
This morning you will wake in your luxury tent as the sun rises over the horizon and after a refreshing shower and lazy breakfast in the shade, there is a selection of activities to choose from whilst here in the wide open space of this stark environment. As well as the quintessential camel trek you can enjoy yoga and massage, quad-biking, horse-riding and mountain biking.
At the end of the day, we will make our way back to Marrakech and take you back to your hotel.
Activities available – Jet Ski, Mountain Bike, Paddle Boat, Hiking, Fishing, Trekking, Camel Trek, Yoga, Stargazing, Picnic, Horse riding, Massage.
Distance: 44 km / 28 Miles / Approximate drive time: 1 hour (excluding stops)
This desert excursion is to the stone desert near Marrakech, not the high sand dunes of the Saharan Desert. That amazing experience requires a minimum of 3 days – check out one of our examples 3+ Day Desert Tour from Marrakech, or contact us to discuss.
Please note all our Marrakech Excursions are in a private car with driver and prices are dependent on the number of passengers and selected activities. Contact us for full details.