There is so much to discover and see in this region of the Sahara Desert in Morocco. If you have an interest in archaeology, ancient civilisations, hidden villages, tumulus and petroglyphs, then we have something special for you.
With this 2 day 1 night trek and camp, you will be visiting some amazing locations that are only accessible on foot.
As you journey along the great Draa Valley from Ouarzazate, you will see evidence of a vast civilisation; huge cemeteries and ruined ksour indicate that a much larger population used to inhabit this valley when water flowed in the river all the way to the ocean. Long before that, it was a savanna, and hundreds of millions of years prior to that, it was all under the sea. Morocco is rich in archaeological and geological wonders and the Sahara hides many treasures.
This 2 day 1 night adventure is just a taste of what you can see, if you are interested in a longer expedition, get in touch.
If you are a teacher with a student body who would be excited to take this trip, send us an email.
2 Day Archaeological Sahara Desert Trek
If you are arriving from Marrakech, you will spend the night either at a desert guesthouse in Bounou, or there is a possibility to stay with a family if the group is small. There will be a welcome meeting with dinner and time to relax.
Day 1: Regabi - Tidri
After a leisurely breakfast in your accommodation, the driver can take you to Mhamid el Ghizlane, for last minute shopping if required. You then have the option to visit the ancient Kasbah in Bounou if you are staying nearby, or visit an ecological desert garden, you could also visit with a family and see bread being made and perhaps have lunch with them.
After lunch, the camels will be packed and you will all leave together from Regabi for the four hour trek to the camp at Tidri.
Camp will be set up, tea made and dinner prepared while you rest and enjoy watching the stars come out.
Tidri was the first Jewish City, its inhabitants are thought to have been massacred by the 12th Century Almohads, although this has not be substantiated. The region is of significant archaeological interest.
This is a wild camp, you will sleep in personal two man tents and facilities are in nature. Water is carried by the camels and is to be used with care. Drinking water should be consumed as required.
Day 2; After breakfast, pack up and start the trek. You will each carry a packed lunch and at least 2 litres of water. The camels will go a different way as their path has to be without large stones and canals. We will be visiting the archaeological sites with ancient fortress kasbahs, villages, burial mounds and rock art sites. Our walk will be around 8 hours till we reach the village of Regabi. Overnight is in a guesthouse in the village of Bounou. Dinner will be prepared for you.
Day 3; From Bounou, you can choose to return to Marrakech via the same route, or if you have some more days, take a 4x4 off road tour across the desert to discover the other desert region with its rock art and fossils, visit the Todra Gorge, take a drive through the valley of roses and discover the many Kasbahs as you return to Marrakech. You could also combine it with a tour along the Atlantic coast and the charming medina of Essaouira. Just email us as there are many options around this trek.
If you have a particular interest in archaeology, there are other options that can be added to this trek for one or two more days.