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Jan 30, 2018 - Off To The Desert

Day 16 - Tuesday 30th January It rained a lot during the night & we decided to head straight down the Draa Valley towards the Southern border with Algeria & the old camel train route to the Sahara desert. Hopefully it would be warmer down there. Initially the plan was to stop the night at Zagora & return back up the valley to Ouarzazate the following day but, as usual, we changed the plan & decided to head on down to the very end of the road to the last little village. The road through the valley was so good with very little traffic, apart...

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Nov 1, 2016 - Desert Camping

After breakfast, we drove to Ouarzazate stopping for ATM access. Then it was on across the rocky plain to Zagora for lunch. There we climbed into 4X4's to race across the desert. We stopped to buy supplies at the last city Tagounite, before the open desert. We had driven on one-track paved highway for 95 kms. At this point we left the pavement behind to race separate roads that crossed, joined and separated for an hour and a half to Erg Chigaga. We passed a Qatari prince's private reserve complete with guards--others are forbidden to hunt...

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Nov 1, 2016 - Zagora

Up at 6a, we climbed a solid sand dune to the soft top and went along several meters. We sat watching the sun rise above the edge of the desert. We watched a scarab making tracks across the dune. At 6.45a with the sun rising higher, we went back to wash for breakfast. After, with packs stowed in the 4X4, we retraced our steps to Zagora. Scenery was spectacular. We stopped for coffee at a beautiful riad. A bicycle riding Belgian has just bought it as a retirement project. He plans to refurbish the rooms. He has already leaned up the gardens....

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Dec 2, 2014 - Going Souther: Draa Valley

What a wonderful valley, that Draa valley which is 1200km long second longest in Africa. Many palmtrees with fruits and so green when everything around is burnt by the sun. This is the miracle of water and here more than everywhere else. They did not see any rain since 2 years.So all along the Draa, the landskapes are splendid and varying between valley, mountains (this is anti-atlas) and villages some very olds. I love this place Now I have a night in desert after a walk on a dromadaire camel. I have no word to describe I guess the...

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Sep 29, 2014 - En route vers le désert

Une belle longue journée à vélo le long de la vallée du Draa, quelle différence que de pédaler avec des palmiers, de la verdure et des jardins-potager le long de la route. On a franchi 92km aujourd'hui le long de cette vallée et on y a croisé plusieurs villages fortifiées (Ksar our ksour), des villages qui se retrouvent à l'intérieur de hauts murs de pisé (genre de terre-sable mélangé), et plusieurs Kasbahs (maison pour une famille également dans des murs fortifiés). Les enfants ont majoritairement accouru vers nous, en nous demandant des...

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Oct 11, 2011 - Zagora, Morocco

October 11 This morning we did a quick tour around the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou and by 10:30, we were off again. We journeyed southwards directly towards the mighty Sahara and stopped en route in Ourzazate, home of Morocco's largest movie studios, to visit Project Horizon. This is an Intrepid Foundation Project which works with disabled adults and children in the area and also trains them in artisan skills such as pottery, metal work, and jewellery. We travelled through the lush Draa Valley to Zagora, home to the famous 'Tombouctou 52...

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Apr 4, 2010 - Sleeping in a bedouine tent (and sand ;-)

Greetings from the desert........and it's hot......40'C we're happy to have some wind today..... The trip with the jeeps into the desert, to the bedouine tents was so nice. The dromdaris (camels) brought all the food and water, and we had a diner with campfire, studied the stars (and the full moon). We had some entertainement from the drivers, who played the drums and tried to sing ;-) ..... so we decided to do the singing, and revived all the songs from our youth camps.....lots of laughter ;-) Then we tried to sleep on the sandy matrasses...

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May 17, 2008 - Zagora

Today we hired a grand taxi to take us along the route to Zagora to see all the sites. This is where we wanted to rent a car because this is the road of a thousand kasbahs. But rentals proved too pricey, so Mohammed took us instead. Many of these kasbahs have been used as movie sets...Gladiator, Babel etc... Ouarzazate is the Hollywood of Morocco. Every shop keeper ans tout can list off the movies and actors they have met. It was a long hot ride but well worth it. We have taken all these pictures of these kasbahs, but in reality they are...

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Morocco 2008

Jan 4, 2008 - Zagora, a nuestro pesar

A las 6 de la madrugada, aún de noche, desayunamos y al alba nos trasladan al principio (o final, según se mire) de la carretera del valle del Draa, el puesto fronterizo de N'Hamid. Hay poco más de cuatro manzanas con una calle principal y una plaza con dos restaurantes y algunas agencias de "aventura" por el desierto en 4x4 o dromedario. También hay algunos campamentos cutres en los alrededores, como los de Erg Chegaga pero en un entorno menos bello y sin el menor romanticismo. Debemos tomar aquí un "microbús" a Zagora, principal ciudad...

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Sep 19, 2007 - Day one of Sahara Experience

Seven am start to our tour. We met our driver, Mubarak, and the two other girls from Paris, Audrey and Paullina. We like what we see when we are told to get into a 4x4 Land Rover with just the 4 of us. We drove out of Marrakech in silence with Al in the front seat, me in the middle seat and the girls in the back. Lots of space! Bit of a language barrier was evident with our driver only able to speak Arabic, bits of French and smaller bits of English. The girls spoke French and English that proved to be invaluable as the trip progressed....

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Jul 28, 2006 - Saharah Side Trip - 3 day expedition

Back on our own again, just like the old days... So we get up bright and early to set out for the most foreign of lands. The Sahara desert. The harshest of harsh... no life survives here unscathed by its sandy scourge... Yah, so we hop in the collectivo full of tourists and head our on our 13 hour 2 day drive. It's a really nice road out there and the countryside is stunning. It was good to have an interesting mix of travelers with us too. The first day we pulled into a little gas station to grab a coke and whatever when on the TV comes on...

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May 10, 2006 - Zagora

HI Everyone, We visited these old towns and Kasbahs and it was wonderful: The main Kasbah was used to film Gladiator. We feel like we would have to rent the movie again. The souds, smells, colors and ambiance of Morocco are amazing. We love all the old Medinas and narrow streets oozing with life and color. The food is amazing the cous cous divine! More entries from Fez Assalamou Alaikoum (Peace be with you) Love, Steve and Inge

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