South & Sahara Holidays

For many travellers the real Moroccan experience starts in the deep south: an ancient land of fortified villages (ksour), crumbling castles (kasbahs) and sun-baked oases. Read more..

South & Sahara
Featured Hotels
Holidays in Oualidia in Private luxury house Lagoon Lodge hire Morocco
7 nights from £ 813 per person Based on 18 adults including Half-board with flights from London and transfers   info

Stunning private house for hire, overlooking the lagoon of Oualidia. Total privicy and relaxation in a luxurious home with full staff.

Berber Palace Hotel Ouarzazate Morocco
3 nights from £ 406 per person Based on 2 adults including Half-board as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included)   info

The Berber Palace is built in the Kasbah style, with a mix of Berber and traditional crafts.

Dar Ahlam Skoura
3 nights from £ 1,629 per person Based on 2 adults including All inclusive as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included)   info

A traditional Kasbah surrounded by a Garden of Eden, on two hectares of land. The property is located at the gateway to the Southern Moroccan desert, 40km east of Ouarzazate, in a palm grove named Skoura.

Dar Azawad Zagora Morocco
2 nights from £ 148 per person Based on 2 adults including Half-board as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included)   info

A truly lovely little place to stay in the desert.

4 nights from £ 548 per person Based on 2 adults including Room Only with flights from London and transfers   info

Stunning earth guest house with massive charm and views to die for...

Spend a night or two at a real desert camp in the giant dunes of Merzouga near E
1 nights from £ 97 per person Based on 2 adults including Half-board as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included)   info

Spend a night or two at a real desert camp in the giant dunes of Merzouga, near Erfoud, in the Sahara desert of Morocco.

3 nights from £ 161 per person Based on 2 adults including Half-board as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included)   info

A 12-room hotel set on a hill overlooking the palmeraie, with views of the Atlas mountains and desert.

Hotel Tomboctou Tinghrir Morocco
2 nights from £ 105 per person Based on 2 adults including Half-board as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included)   info

Small kasbah hotel in the town of Tinghir. Lots of charm and very friendly staff. A real 'earth experience'.

Camel trekking and walking holidays in Morocco

4 day camel trek

This 4-day Sahara adventure will show you stunning desert areas and experience sleeping out in the desert.

Trekking holidays in the Ait Bougmez valley in Morocco

4-Day trek in Ait Bougmez valley - Sleeping in small auberge (no tents!)

Trekking without the camping!  All nights are spent in mountain auberge (inn's).

Hot Air Balloon Ride, Marrakech

Experience the thrill of flying gently over beautiful rural landscapes surrounding Marrakech.

Camel trek and Picnic in the Sahara

Picnic in the Dunes

A trip into the dunes with a camel-ride and picnic

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The road south from Marrakech winds up through the oleander and pine forests of the Atlas mountains to the 7,400-foot Col de Tichka. From here you can make side-trips to Telouet, to visit the kasbah of the Glaoui (immortalized in Gavin Maxwells’s Lords of the Atlas) and to the even more picturesque Kasbah Aït Benhaddou, famous from the film Gladiator. Finally the road descends onto the plain of Ouarzazate - the gateway to the south.

The difference in landscape, vegetation and architecture is immediately apparent. To the north, the Dades river follows a ribbon of walnut, silver birch, fig and almond trees, past mud-brick fortresses and eerie rock formations, to the Dades Gorge. Near Tineghir, the even higher Todra Gorge has opportunities for birdwatching, trekking, rock-climbing and wildlife-spotting. The road peters out at Merzouga and the spectacular sand dunes of Erg Chebbi.

South-east of Ouarzazate is the Draa Valley, dotted with watchtowers, forbidding gorges and lush oases. For centuries, the valley was a stopping place for caravans returning with gold, slaves and salt from the great trading capitals of the Sahara. After several miles of scrubby landscape the road takes you to M'hamid and the isolated dunes of Erg Chigaga.

A desert expedition can be the trip of a lifetime. Many people opt for a camel trek: romantic, but guaranteed to result in a sore bottom. An alternative is a 4x4 safari. You don’t have to rough it, either. Sleeping under the desert stars is now available as a 5-star experience, complete with bed-linen and showers.

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The real Moroccan experience starts in the deep south.