South Morocco Discovery

11 Days | From the Atlas Mountains to the deep Sahara, explore the best of Morocco’s south

4.9 out of 5 based on 423 reviews submitted.
ZAR  12,086
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Venture into the best of south Morocco on this 11-day adventure, where you’ll get to stay in a family gite in the Atlas Mountains, camp under the stars in the deep Sahara and experience a traditional riad in Essaouira. Visit the grand Ait Benhaddou kasbah, go on a camel safari at sunset in the desert, hike in the oasis of the palm groves and feast on tagine, couscous and fragrant Moroccan tea. This is the perfect trip to get off the beaten track and discover the charm of southern Morocco.

Trip overview

Map of South Morocco Discovery including Morocco
Marrakech, Morocco
Marrakech, Morocco
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Min 15
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Min 1 - Max 16
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This trip generates 31 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Take a guided hike through the High Atlas Mountains and spend a night with an Amazigh family’s gite.
  • Travel in a camel convoy and a 4WD to Erg Chigaga in the deep Sahara – the most majestic place to watch the sunset – and spend a night in an Amazigh camp under the North African stars, away from any sound or light pollution.
  • Veer off the beaten track to Tata and Tafraoute, deep in the Anti Atlas Mountain Range. Check out giant blue rocks, visit the traditional granary, meet the women at a local women’s coop producing Argan oil and duck in and out of souqs.
  • Recharge with two days in seaside Essaouira where Jimi Hendrix spent time in the 60s, and explore the whitewashed houses, lively port and tiny, picturesque alleyways.
  • Explore Ait Benhaddou – a UNESCO World Heritage site with a grand history and a long list of film and TV credits, on a walking tour with a local guide who knows all the local insights.

Is this trip right for you?
  • In 2025, Ramadan will take place from 1 March to 30 March. Travelling during this holy month can be a rewarding cultural experience, however some regular services may not be available during the daytime, such as restaurants or coffee bars, and occasionally travel can be disrupted by events. Your leader will adjust the itinerary accordingly, but please consider your travel arrangements carefully before booking travel for this period.
  • Some of the accommodation on this trip is more basic, like the desert camp and the homestays, but these will be great opportunities to gain a deeper insight into local life.
  • When travelling in Morocco, temperatures can get very hot in the summer while in the desert, so ensure you bring appropriate sun protection. At night and in the mountains, temperatures can drop to freezing, so ensure you also bring layers. Please refer to our Essential Trip Information for more details.
  • There are a couple of days with long driving hours, particularly getting to the Sahara and to Essaouira, but a, but you’ll make plenty of stops along the way for sightseeing, photo ops and to stretch your legs.
  • This trip doesn’t spend a lot of time in Marrakech, so it’s highly recommended that you spend more time in this bustling city before or after the trip. Please consult with your booking agent on booking additional accommodation.


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2025 to 31 December 2025.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2024 - 31 December 2024

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10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners


4x4, Private vehicle, Public bus, Taxi


Camp site (1 night), Gite (1 night), Hotel (6 nights), Riad (2 nights)

  • Aroumd - High Atlas Mountains guided hike
  • Ait Benhaddou - Leader-led ksar walk
  • Tamegroute - Ancient Library
  • Tamegroute - Underground kasbah guided tour
  • Sahara Desert - Sunset Camel Ride
  • Tata - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Tissint – Waterfall of Attiq
  • Tleta Tagmoute – Amazigh village and collective granary visit
  • Tafraoute – village walk and souk visit
  • Tafraoute - Pierres Bleues Boulders (Painted Rocks)
  • Tafraoute - Ameln Valley hike with tea and picnic
  • Taghazoute – Argan oil women coop visit
  • Essaouira - Guided walking tour
  • Essaouira – Local fisherman visit
Add on activities
  • Marrakech - Marjorelle Gardens - MAD165
  • Marrakech - Palais Bahia - MAD70
  • Marrakech - Palais Badi - MAD70
  • Marrakech - Saadian Tombs - MAD70
  • Marrakech - Medersa Ben Youssef - MAD40
  • Marrakech - Museum of Marrakech - MAD40
  • Marrakech - Hamam (public baths) - MAD250
  • Marrakech - Photography Museum - MAD40
  • Ait Benhaddou - Cooking Demonstration & Dinner - MAD313
  • Ait Benhaddou - Henna Tattoo - MAD50
  • Essaouira - Hamam (public baths) - MAD200
  • Essaouira - Amazigh Massage - MAD400
  • Essaouira - Horse Riding - MAD300
  • Essaouira - Seafood Market Lunch - MAD100
  • Marrakech - A Taste Of Marrakech: Inside the Medina Urban Adventure - MAD605
  • Marrakech - Tajine Cookery Class Urban Adventure. - MAD640
  • Marrakech - Luxury Spa Hammam & Massage - MAD750

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement exclude Day 2 (Gite) and Day 4 (Desert Camp) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

Essential Trip Information

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4.9 out of 5 based on 423 reviews submitted.
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Gillian · Traveled June 2024
The South Morocco Discovery trip is one that everyone should do! It covers everything from cities to mountains to desert to the sea! There are some lengthy travel days, which are to be expected when covering such a distance, but the experiences along the way are superb! From camel rides to driving in the dunes, finding yourself in a film location in practically every town you go thru, to immersing yourself in local crafts and culture... and food! Couldn't have loved this trip more (although maybe an extra day in Essaouira to chill would've been lush!) Our Intrepid leader Ayoub was the loveliest guy, full of local knowledge and an enthusiasm for his countries culture. Thoroughly recommend this trip for anyone wanting to get a taste of all things Morocco!
Review submitted 23 Jun 2024

David · Traveled June 2024
Review submitted 27 Jun 2024

Marie-Ève · Traveled June 2024
This trip was amazing. There is a gratuitement diversity when it comes to the landscape, the food is amazing and are guide was really kind and knowleadgable. Be prepared for the first day. The hikes can be hard.
Review submitted 20 Jun 2024

Selene · Traveled June 2024
This trip has been the highlight of my year. Hamza, our tour guide made it fun and memorable, along with our driver Abdoo. They both took great care in providing the best experience for all of us. As a solo traveler, I felt welcomed and made a lot of new friendships that I will never forget. The group dynamic was wonderful and we enjoyed the activities that were included with this tour! Could not recommend it enough!
Review submitted 14 Jun 2024

Gillian and Michael · Traveled June 2024
A memorable experience that we would recommend to any other people wanting to travel to North Africa. Exceeded our expectations and the friendliness of the local people and guides made us feel very welcome. Would highly recommend.
Review submitted 16 Jun 2024
South Morocco Discovery
ZAR  12,086