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Erg Chebbi desert

Erg Chebbi is one of Morocco's several ergs – large seas of dunes formed by wind-blown sand. There are several other ergs such as Erg Chigaga near M'hamid. Technically all these ergs are within an area of semi-arid Pre-Saharan Steppes and not part of the Sahara desert which lies some distance to the south. In places, the dunes of Erg Chebbi rise up to 150 meters from the surrounding hamada (rocky desert) and altogether it spans an area of 28 kilometers from north to south and up to 5–7 kilometers from east to west lining the Algerian border. The nearest sizable town is Erfoud, about 60 kilometers further north. One other city is Rissani, around 40 kilometers from Merzouga. Rissani was the site of a kingdom known as Sijilmassa, which became prosperous from the 8th to the 14th century due to its control of the caravan routes. Although rainfall is not very common, in 2006 flooding adjacent to the dunes destroyed many buildings and killed three people. Merzouga, the local tourist center, is located on the western lee of the dunes, together with some 70 or more hotels and auberges running north-south along the dunes. Many companies offer camel trips into the dunes, taking tourists on overnight trips to permanent campsites several kilometers into the erg, and out of sight of the hotels. Erg Chebbi's proximity to the tourist center has led to the erg sometimes being referred to as "dunes of Merzouga. During the warmest part of the year, Moroccans come to Erg Chebbi to be buried neck-deep in the hot sand for a few minutes at a time. This is considered to be a treatment for rheumatism.

Marrakech Tour Company

Marrakech Tour Company is a professional morocco travel agency that organizes trips around morocco we make sure to offer our customers touristic tours in Morocco, therefore we have a well-experienced team of guides who are ready to serve you. If you are planning a vacation Morocco is the perfect place to spend an unforgettable experience. If you have an idea of exploring the historic imperial cities, hiking the atlas mountains, camel trekking the golden sand dunes of the Sahara desert. and sleeping under the Berber tent, exploring Berber villages, and visiting the Atlantic coast, old centuries kasbahs, feel free to contact us anytime. Marrakech Tour Company always provides you camel trek to admire the sunset, sunrise. the dunes of morocco is a fascinating experience that you will ever have .it is full of fun, joy, discoveries, and wonderful souvenirs, especially when you ride on camels in the middle of the golden sand and spend the great night under the sky and stars, in addition, listening traditional music under the light of the stars. We have about 6 years of experience in this domain of travel. We use the best new comfortable A/C vehicles for all our private Morocco tours. We have a team of local drivers who have the best knowledge of driving in remote areas and busy cities. We will always take care of Our clients from the beginning until the end of the tour. this is our responsibility and the main goal to provide excellent transport services for our clients and provide fantastic Morocco tours.

Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah

The ksar, a group of earthen buildings surrounded by high walls, is a traditional pre-Saharan habitat. The houses crowd together within the defensive walls, which are reinforced by corner towers. Ait-Ben-Haddou, in Ouarzazate province, is a striking example of the architecture of southern Morocco. Located in the foothills on the southern slopes of the High Atlas in the Province of Ouarzazate, the site of Ait-Ben-Haddou is the most famous ksar in the Ounila Valley. The Ksar of Aït-Ben-Haddou is a striking example of southern Moroccan architecture. The ksar is a mainly collective grouping of dwellings. Inside the defensive walls which are reinforced by angle towers and pierced with a baffle gate, houses crowd together - some modest, others resembling small urban castles with their high angle towers and upper sections decorated with motifs in clay brick - but there are also buildings and community areas. It is an extraordinary ensemble of buildings offering a complete panorama of pre-Saharan earthen construction techniques. The oldest constructions do not appear to be earlier than the 17th century, although their structure and technique were propagated from a very early period in the valleys of southern Morocco. The site was also one of the many trading posts on the commercial route linking ancient Sudan to Marrakesh by the Dra Valley and the Tizi-n'Telouet Pass. Architecturally, the living quarters form a compact grouping, closed and suspended. The community areas of the ksar include a mosque, a public square, grain threshing areas outside the ramparts, a fortification and a loft at the top of the village, an caravanserai, two cemeteries (Muslim and Jewish) and the Sanctuary of the Saint Sidi Ali or Amer. The Ksar of Ait- Ben-Haddou is a perfect synthesis of earthen architecture of the pre-Saharan regions of Morocco. Criterion (iv): The Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou is an eminent example of a ksar in southern Morocco illustrating the main types of earthen constructions that may be observed dating from the 17th century in the valleys of Dra, Todgha, Dadès and Souss. Criterion (v): The Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou illustrates the traditional earthen habitat, representing the culture of southern Morocco, which has become vulnerable as a result of irreversible socio-economic and cultural changes Integrity (2009) All the structures comprising the ksar are located within the boundaries of the property and the buffer zone protects its environment. The earthen buildings are very vulnerable due to lack of maintenance and regular repair resulting from the abandonment of the ksar by its inhabitants. The CERKAS (Centre for the conservation and rehabilitation of the architectural heritage of atlas and sub-atlas zones) monitors, with difficulty, respect for the visual integrity of the property.

3 days from Marrakech to Fes desert Tour

Discover authentic Morocco and contemplate the infinite spaces of the Sahara Desert during a 3 days tour of Marrakech to Fes sleep under the stars in a desert camp and spend a night in a traditional riad. Travel through the valleys of Dades and Dades gorges, see the fortified village of Ait Benhaddou, On a 3 Days Tour from Marrakech to Fes, you can experience the beauty of southern Morocco, such as the beautiful high mountains of Atlas, which you will enjoy the stunning scenery and ethnic Berber villages, your 3-day desert tour Marrakech to Fes, continues to see and visit the ksar of Ait ben Haddou the famous Kasbah was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986 and Many films have been filmed at this spectacular site. We will continue to Ouarzazate to see Oscar Atlas film studio the biggest film studio in Morocco and Taourirt kasbah afterward our best Marrakech to Fes desert tour continues through the palm grove of Skoura, Rose valley known for its yearly rose festival and cosmetic products, the green Dades valley and fascinating Todra Gorge a famous place for rock climbing, Finally we’ll arrive at our favorite destination Merzouga – Erg Chebbi desert where we’ll experience the Camel ride to watch the sunset and spend a magical night out at Berber camp. ][The following day we’ll travel to Fes and stopped on our way to admire the panoramic view, A breakthrough photo of the Ziz-valley a beautiful view in the middle atlas mountains-Cedar forest of Azrou, and Ifrane and then to Fes. https://youtu.be/QIf6bwfmsvU