Morocco - Zagora
They say the first people to settle
on the Moroccan lands were Les Maures, is this the way that
they arrived? With 52 days from the last major Waddi and Timbuktu
you will find the capital of the Draa Valley; Zagora. 360 km
to Marrakech. 615 km to Casablanca.
550 km to Agadir
There are other ways of getting
to Zagora apart from the traditional trade route to Timbuktu. Airport
and taxi are easy. Otherwise its the 5 hr drive from Marrakech which will give you the impressions of the Draa
Valley that you will keep for a life time as the Waddi snakes
its way into the approaching Sahara sands.
This town of Zagora gives an ideal opening
into Sahara travel. The hotels,
camping and products needed for a comfortable holiday are
The town gives the impression of an economy based
on the trade which passes through her gates. They all offer guides, who will show you around.
If its a trip to M'hamid by Camel, 4x4, VTT, Quad or motorbike
you will have no problems finding a professional guide to
show you about.
You can discover the waddi
and the desert on the back of a camel (dromedary- fast one-
humped brother.) and spend the evenings camped under the "hotel
of 1000 stars" as you talk about the days happenings from
your nomade tent. You will have eaten "home
made bread" from the local ovens with your tarjine
cooked on an open fire.
these caravans were led by nomadic desert tribes (Sanhaga, Zagoua,
Toubou and Tuareg) these nomadic men's knowledge of the land
and ownership of their camels "the ship of the desert"
has now opened up a new market for them. Or you can leave from Marrakech in a 4x4 for a superb off and on
road tour taking in the main parts of this beautiful countryside
form the security of a Land Rover.
This is a top end general garage of Zagora.
I had the back end of the camper rebuilt after the hard Moroccan
pistes had shaken the back end.....Tel: Zaouit Elbaraka on 066
66 30 83 when you are in the region with a mechanical problem.
If you are doing a tour and need a mechanic on the trip, you
will be able to take one of the team with you for the duration.
This Bazaar in Zagora has a good collection
of meteorites which have been found in the Sahara.
Great doors which have been collected from the surrounding villages
and many other intresting items...Tea for everybody who opens
the door. Centre of the town in front of the
(market) souk. Which is open on Wednesdays and Sundays. Here
you will find the best prices. Watch out they know how to