After our Sahara Desert camping experience, we began our next adventure – a road trip through the Atlas Mountains to our final destination in Morocco – Marrakech. The trip to the Sahara is not for the faint of heart (it is nearly a ten-hour drive from Marrakech), but is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that is so very worth the trip! Scroll down to see more photos from our drive through the stunning Atlas Mountains including light-filled olive groves, a gorgeous kasbah, and a UNESCO site that was a filming location of the ever-popular series, Game of Thrones.
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After a beautiful, relaxing breakfast in at our Sahara Desert luxury camp we began the long and somewhat arduous drive to Marrakech. First up? A four-hour long trip through the Sahara Desert in which we drove over sand dunes and rock plains, never once seeing a road or a sign (this is why hiring a private driver is an absolute must)! I have a sensitive stomach but was prepared with a motion sickness patch which allowed me to enjoy the stunning landscapes and not worry too much about the giant dunes that we were driving over. It was an adventure in every way shape and form, and when we finally reached the paved road (and a working bathroom!) we both breathed a big sigh of relief.
We first passed through the Anti-Atlas range, the lowest area of the mountain system that was filled with rock facings, rolling hills, and the occasional town. We drove by several shops selling traditional Berber rugs, made on-site by local women, and I highly recommend stopping if you have time (though in that case, you might want to split the drive to Marrakech into two days).
By that point, we were quite hungry, and lovely Lalie from Azalai had organized us the perfect lunch at a gorgeous kasbah – Ksar Ighnda. After nearly six hours in the car, stretching our legs and enjoying a long, leisurely lunch poolside was such a treat. Before getting back on the road we visited UNESCO World Heritage Site, Aït Benhaddou, a traditional Pre-Saharan settlement built in the 17th century and made entirely of organic materials (Fun fact: Game of Thrones was recently filmed there).
Finally, we headed off for the final leg of our journey – a long but stunning drive through Morocco’s famed High Atlas Mountains. Surprisingly lush and verdant, this area is famous for its Argan Oil and we passed countless farming communities perched precariously on the cliffs. As the light began to wane we descended down to our final destination – Marrakech. More to come!