Located about an hour from the Dades Valley is the Todra Gorge, recognized around the world as one of the most spectacular canyons. Wedged between massive cliff walls that have been carved by the Todra River, the gorge is filled with a green oasis of palm trees. This serene spot is great for hiking, relaxing on the edge of the river or sampling some local Berber delicacies.
If you are more adventurous and the words rock climbing or Via Ferrata catch your attention, this is also an option here. The Todra Gorge cuts through a mountain, getting as thin as thirty feet at some points, while you can look up the sides of sheer rock faces that reach almost 1,000 feet high. Several of these cliffs are limestone, and there are many climbing routes.
This afternoon, our journey towards the Sahara continues as we make our way to Merzouga, known as the gateway to Erg Chebbi, a huge expanse of sand dunes north of the small Moroccan town. Here, we will leave our big bags, taking only our day packs with us for the evening and we’ll ride a camel to our desert camp deep in the sand dunes. We’ll learn how to mount and dismount the camel as well as other safety-related tips. Our guide will also teach us how to tie a turban to keep the desert sun off our face and add a little flare to your photos.
From your first cup of mint tea, you’ll enjoy a warm welcome at our desert camp. A traditional dinner under the stars, cooked by our hosts awaits. In the evening, there will be time to hear stories about life in this region, and perhaps, if we’re lucky, we might be treated to some traditional music on the drums.
Half-Day Rock Climbing (Top Rope – minimum 4 people)
Half-Day Via Ferrata (minimum 4 people)
— Free time in Todra Gorge
— Sahara Camel Trek (1 hour)
— Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Estimated Travel Time: 1 hour (Dades Valley to Todra Gorge); 3 hours (Todra Gorge to Merzouga)
Overnight at Sahara Berber Camp