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  • Jbel Tistouit en route to Tizi n’Tichka
  • Approaching Tizi n’Tichka
  • Barren landscapes south of the Atlas
  • Palm groves in the Draa Valley
  • Driving across the dried Lake Iriqui
  • Piste through the stony desert near Foum Zguid

Transport options to the camp

Half the fun is getting there!

There are 3 ways of getting to the desert:

Firstly, the most popular method is by 4WD with one of our drivers.
See Getting to the camp by 4WD below.

Secondly, there is now a new commercial flight from Marrakech and Fez via Casablanca to Zagora. From Zagora it is 3 hours to the camp.
See Commercial flights below.

Thirdly, by helicopter or light aircraft.
See By helicopter or light aircraft below.

Getting to the camp by 4WD

It’s a spectacular trip—the drive is a reason in itself for visiting the desert. It’s an eclectic mix of mountain passes, lush valleys, Berber villages clinging to the mountain side, dilapidated kasbahs, palm groves and awe inspiring rock formations. It is simply an exciting voyage, as one travels through a myriad of landscapes from the frenetic activity of Marrakech to the calm and open vistas of the desert.

The trip to the desert is quite long, about 9 hours, but it should not be rushed. There’s a timelesness about the desert, and the trip should not be governed by the need to arrive anywhere at a specific time. For sure, one wants to arrive at the camp near sunset, but you don’t want to hurry either.

Ideally, the preferred itinerary, provided you have time, is to spend one night at a maison d’hôtes en route to the desert, three nights in the desert and then return to Marrakech in one day via Foum Zguid (this being a circular route). However, if you don’t have so much time available, you can either drive direct to the desert, or reduce the length of stay at the camp to two nights.

So, if you are going directly to the camp from Marrakech we suggest you depart as early as possible, about 07:00. If staying en route a departure sometime after breakfast is fine.

Most of our guests take a 4WD with driver, not only because it is more relaxing and informative, but also because the camp is difficult to find and the drive in the desert quite technical. However, it is also possible to self-drive as far as M’Hamid and rent from there a 4WD with driver. For those seeking adventure you can rent a 4WD in Marrakech and drive to the camp, although you will require a guide from M’Hamid.

There is no specific itinerary, because everyone has different interests and wants to do things at a different pace. But, to give you some idea of the itinerary and sights, click the link below. Bon voyage!

The trip to the desert

Commercial flights within Morocco

There are an increasing number of flights, although the infrastructure is still limited.

Marrakech to Fez (and vice versa)

There are flights operated by Air Arabia 3 times per week (Sunday, Tuesday and Friday) and from November, also on Wednesday. The flights all depart in the afternoon and take 1 hour.

Driving takes 6 hours and the train 7 hours. The drive is not inspiring. The train journey is more fun, but takes a long time.

The flight is about 25 euro per person plus luggage.

Zagora to Casablanca

The drive from the camp to Casablanca is about 12 hours, so the flight option is particularly attractive if you need to get to Casablanca.

There are flights 4 times per week until the end of October and then twice per week from 1 November.

Zagora to Fez

The drive from the camp to Fez is 15 hours via Todra Gorge. It´s a magnificent trip, provided you have the time available.

There is an evening flight on Wednesday and Friday that connects well in Casablanca. From November there is only a service on Friday. It is also possible to fly to Casablanca on Monday and transfer by road (4 hours).

Fez to Zagora

There is an horrendously early morning flight at 0525 on Monday and Thursday (and from November on Monday only) that arrives in Zagora at 1045.

The best available options are below:

Air Arabia
Marrakech to Fez

September 2019 to 25 October 2019:
Sunday: dep 1440 arr 1540
Tuesday: dep 1520 arr 1620
Friday: dep 1610 arr 1710
27 October 2019 to 27 March 2020:
Sunday: dep 1150 arr 1250
Tuesday: dep 1530 arr 1630
Wednesday: dep 1600 arr 1700
Friday: dep 1415 arr 1515

Air Arabia
Fez to Marrakech

September 2019 to 25 October 2019:
Sunday: dep 1620 arr 1720
Tuesday: dep 1330 arr 1430
Friday: dep 1425 arr 1525
27 October 2019 to 27 March 2020:
Sunday: dep 1330 arr 1430
Tuesday: dep 1350 arr 1450
Wednesday: dep 1420 arr 1520
Friday: dep 1235 arr 1335

Royal Air Maroc
Zagora - Casablanca

27 October 2019 to 27 March 2020:
Monday: dep 1125 arr 1300
Wednesday: dep 1840 arr 2135
Thursday: dep 1125 arr 1300
Friday: dep 1840 arr 2135

Royal Air Maroc
Casablanca - Zagora

27 October 2019 to 27 March 2020:
Monday: dep 0800 arr 1045
Wednesday: dep 1610 arr 1800
Thursday: dep 0800 arr 1045
Friday: dep 1610 arr 1800

Royal Air Maroc
Zagora - Casablanca - Fez

1 November 2019 to 27 March 2020:
  dep ZAG arr CASA arr FEZ  
Wednesday: 1840 2130 2325  
Friday: 1840 2130 2325  

Royal Air Maroc
Fez - Casablanca - Zagora

1 November 2019 to 27 March 2020:
  dep FEZ arr CASA arr ZAG  
Monday: 0535 0635 1045  
Thursday: 0535 0635 1045  

Royal Air Maroc
Zagora - Casablanca - Marrakech

1 November 2019 to 27 March 2020:
  dep ZAG arr CASA arr RAK  
Monday: 1125 1300 1730  
Wednesday: 1840 2135 2345  
Thursday: 1125 1300 1705  
Friday: 1840 2135 2345  

Royal Air Maroc
Zagora - Casablanca - Marrakech

1 November 2019 to 27 March 2020:
  dep RAK arr ZAG arr CASA  
Monday: 0605 0800 1045  
Wednesday: 1340 1430 1800  
Thursday: 0605 0800 1045  
Friday: 1340 1430 1800  

Royal Air Maroc
Marrakech - Ouarzazate

1 November 2019 to 27 March 2020:
Tuesday: dep 1745 arr 1825
Thursday: dep 1745 arr 1825
Saturday: dep 1745 arr 1825

Royal Air Maroc
Marrakech - Ouarzazate

1 November 2019 to 27 March 2020:
Tuesday: dep 1905 arr 1945
Thursday: dep 1905 arr 1945
Saturday: dep 1905 arr 1945

By helicopter or light aircraft

An alternative way of getting to the camp is to charter a helicopter or light aircraft. The nearest airport that the light aircraft can land is at Zagora. The helicopter can land adjacent to the camp.

The trips in both the helicopter and the light aircraft are amazing, with wonderful views of the Atlas Mountains, the lush valleys and the desert. The helicopter though, can only fly over the mountains in fine weather, which is about 80% of the time.

The helicopter can take up to 5 passengers. The journey from Marrakech to the camp takes one-and-a-half hours.

There are various light aircraft now available, ranging from twin-engined 7-, 10- or 18-seaters to single engine 4-seaters.

The twin-engined light aircraft can fly over the Atlas Mountains in any weather. The single engine, like the helicopter, can only fly in fine weather, about 80% of the time.

The helicopter costs about 7200 euro from Marrakech to the camp for a one-way trip. The cost of a return trip with an overnight stop, and provided the trip is completed within 24 hours, is 8500 euro. To park the helicopter at the camp costs approximately 3000 euro per day.

The single engine light aircraft is the cheapest option. A return flight with a one-night layover costs 3300 euro. A one-way flight is about 3000 euro. A one-way flight from Fez is about 4500 euro.

The twin-engine flights costs approximately 5200 euro for a one-way trip and 8000 euro for a return flight with a one-night layover.

Please note that these prices are for indication purposes only.

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If outside Morocco, call:

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