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Taroudant

An authentic Berber market town little frequented by tourists with a backdrop of the High Atlas Mountains and complete town walls. A wonderful traditional Berber town worth visiting.

Sahara & Sea trek 7 nights/8 days

The Plage Blanche is a wild desert area located on the Atlantic Coast between Guelmim and Tantan, some 6 hours drive south of Agadir. It offers a fascinating combination of beaches, cliffs, estuaries, gorges, desert areas including dunes, French forts, wild camels, oases, fishermen and wilderness.

Tamraght, near Agadir

A modern Berber village, is known for its abundance of fresh fish, calamari & shrimp, banana plantations and native argan harvests. 2kms to the south lies the village of Aourir, the gateway to the Honey Route.

18 Sahara & Sea Trekking Adventure

For those seeking a trek into the remote areas of Morocco, this 10 night itinerary includes an exploration of some of the wild natural beauty of the southern region in Morocco that includes a fascinating combination of beaches, cliffs, estuaries, gorges and desert areas.

This journey begins in the traditional Berber town of Taroudant with an overnight stay, 7 nights on the Sahara & Sea trekking adventure and ending in a traditional village overlooking the Atlantic near the coastal city of Agadir.

 

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Overview

Our recommendations

Season: Late September to early June (this region is very hot during peak summer months).

Length: 10 nights recommended but longer itineraries make a more leisurely trip and allow time for a little relaxation at the end of your trek or can include other places.

Flights: Agadir is best for this southern region. Flying into Marrakech requires a 3.5 hour motorway journey after your arrival.

Pricing: See Details tab - from £1,060 pp for 10 nights based on 2 persons sharing (B&B in Taroudant & Dar Haven, FULL board on the 7 night trek and all transportation), excl. flights. Price varies by room, season and exchange rate.

Transport options: Taxi transfer option is best suited for this itinerary. All travel times are approximate.

Extension options: Taroudant, with a variety of cultural experiences, Agadir, coastal city close to the airport or Essaouira, the pretty Atlantic Coastal town 3 hour north of Agadir.

Weather: Please have a look at our 'Weather' page with further details and an average temperature guideline in various locations throughout the year.

 

Details

Sahara & Sea Trekking Adventure Suggestion

A trekking adventure to this beautiful wild natural region is certainly an experience to remember. For this exciting itinerary to work with various trek logisitics/travel times, we suggest a minimum of 10 nights, for example:.

Prices from per £1,060 per person (10 nights) excluding flights*

Day Nights' Stay Typical itinerary for illustration
1 1 Taxi transfer Agadir airport to Taroudant. Evening meal at your riad. Time to prepare yourself for the trek set off the following morning.
2 1 Trek day 1: Trekker to meet you at your accommodation at 9am for the drive & overnight stay in the beautiful traditional guesthouse in Afensou (1 hour north of Taroudant) Les Terrasses de l'Atlas.
3 1

Trek Day 2: Warm up activities in the High Atlas:

A choice of walking or mountain biking or mule riding. Overnight at  “Les Terrasses de l’Atlas”.

4 1

Trek Day 3: Afensou - Tiznit - Fort Noun

In the tracks of the Goums The Goums were the army composed of French chiefs and Berber soldiers that built and occupied the forts in the area.Transfer from Afensou to Tiznit for lunch (if start time allows) in a simple local restaurant in the medina and walls of the city (about  4 hours’ drive). Drive on the Guelmim Road and 4x4 mountain track to an isolated oasis down the old French fort called Fort Noun (about 3 hours’drive ). Wild camping by the old fort in the oasis, under the palm trees. Camels may be seen drinking there. Camp fire.

5 1

Trek Day 4: Fort Noun - Aoreora Estuary

The day begins with a 1 hour’s drive by 4x4 track and road into the Anti-Atlas Mountains to the beginning of the White Beach (Plage Blanche).

Morning : 28 km walk and drive on the beach (many birds to see, especially from autumn to spring), between the ocean and the sandy cliffs that become progressively dunes. 

Afternoon: choice of walks; along a gorge, in the dunes, on the cliffs, on the beach, to an old French fort or the fishermen’s huts. Wild camping in the dunes in Aoreora.  Aperitif on the crests of the dunes at sunset. Fish barbecue. Desert activities.

6 1

Trek Day 5: Cape Aoreora

Trekkers continue on the beach while the 4x4 drives on the cliff (12 kms) and meet at the Cape on the cliff. Drive, passing isolated crescent-shaped barchan dunes. Search for mussels and other seafoods.  Wild camping close to a fishermens’ camp to meet and take dinner with them.

7 1

Trek Day 6: Drâa Estuary  

Take a 4x4 track to viewpoint over the Drâa estuary. Picnic and walk on the beach. Trekking for as far as desired, up to 15 km, on the very wild, vast desert plateau, with isolated dunes, wild camels and sandy mountains, stopping where you wish for wild camping.

8 1

Trek Day 7: Legzira Arches

Track to old French fort Tafnidilt, then main road from Tan Tan to Sidi Ifni and coastal road to Legzira. Accommodation (half board) in a simple hotel in Legzira on the beach itself (some of the rooms have a bathroom and view of the ocean). Walk on the beach at Legzira to see spectacular natural arches.  4 hour drive with an option of a easy 2 hour walk about 10 kms. Dinner on the terrace.  

9 1

Trek Day 8: Return to Tamraght, near Agadir

Drive from trek end to Agadir where you will meet your driver for a transfer to Dar Haven, Tamraght (approx 15km north of Agadir).

10-11 2 Spend your last few days relaxing in this wonderfully peaceful accommodation alongside the beach with the option of a range of independently run activities including surfing, camel rides, excursions and a local hammam. Arranged and payable locally.
11   Short drive to Agadir airport for your return flight.

 

Pricing: *Based on 2 persons sharing (B&B in Taroudant & Dar Haven, full board/transport on the 7 night trek), airport and internal transfers, excl. flights. Price varies by room, season and exchange rate.

Staying at Palais Oumensour (Taroudant), wild camping/beach side B&B on the trek, one night at Les Terreasses de l'Atlas (Afensou) and Dar Haven (Tamraght, near Agadir). Naturally Morocco can offer a range of alternatives if required.

Trek notes:

  1. Occasionally the army does not allow access to the beach on day 4; it happened twice in 2006 but never since then. This shortens the trip along the White Beach, but the most interesting is Aoreora and there are always good alternatives which may be adapted to the clients’ interests.  
  2. For this trek, which goes through desert areas which lack either cafes or shops, a pick up vehicle is required for supplies and this increases costs compared with other treks.
  3. The length and difficulty of walks chosen is highly flexible, due to varied terrain and 4x4 support, but in general gradients are relatively low in this region
  4. Season - late Sept to late June. Note that night time temperatures in winter can be low.
  5. It should be noted that due to the high costs of transport and logistics for smaller groups there are substantial savings for groups of 4 or more

What’s included

Transportation from Afensou to Taroudant/Agadir at the start or end of the trip; accommodation in Afensou, accommodation in Legzira; full camping gear rental including sleeping bags and sheet liners; full board including non alcoholic drinks and snacks (beers and wines available on request); preparation of meals, guiding and activities as described with no other third party client (unless agreed otherwise); taxes and tips. This 10 night itinerary is an example of trip with fits well with flights arriving into Agadir on 2/3 days per week: it could be shorter (not advised) or longer on request.

Location

Taroudant

An authentic Berber market town little frequented by tourists with a backdrop of the High Atlas Mountains and complete town walls. Often known as “Little Marrakech” due to the backdrop of the High Atlas Mountains and its red town walls.

Sahara & Sea trek 7 nights/8 days

The Plage Blanche is a wild desert area located on the Atlantic Coast between Guelmim and Tantan, some 6 hours drive south of Agadir. It offers a fascinating combination of beaches, cliffs, estuaries, gorges, desert areas including dunes, French forts, wild camels, oases, fishermen and wilderness.

Tamraght, near Agadir

A modern Berber village, is known for its abundance of fresh fish, calamari & shrimp, banana plantations and native argan harvests. 2kms to the south lies the village of Aourir, the gateway to the Honey Route.

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Itineraries

Duration
7-10 Nights