Rediscover true adventure on this 5-day Sahara Desert Trek which covers over 100km of breath-taking African landscape taking you through valleys, sand dunes and oases.

The Moroccan Sahara offers truly beautiful scenery and star strewn night skies.

Join us on an invigorating journey through Morocco where you will experience the challenge of a life time.

Dates: 23rd – 30th March 2019

Participation Fee: R8,000

Minimum Fundraising Target: R15,000

Deadline for Registration: 27th February 2019

Cause: Water Projects

To register email: challenges@islamic-relief.org.za

Queries: Zahida Mahomed – 0800 111 898

The participation fees include:

  • In-Country Transport
  • English speaking guide
  • Hotels
  • Meals
  • Support Vehicle


Not included:

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance

ITINERARY:

DAY 1: Arrival to Marrakech

It doesn’t matter at what time you arrive, we will be waiting for you at the airport in Marrakech. We then transfer to the hotel in the centre of the city. While all the participants arrive, you can spend the afternoon visiting Marrakech. Dinner & Overnight in hotel 4*

DAY 2: Marrakech – Faija

We take a scenic drive across the High Atlas Mountains to Ouarzazate and then Zagora. It takes almost 8 hours driving, passing along date-palm oases, Berber villages, and incredible landscapes. In Zagora we leave the minibus and take a more appropriate vehicle that will take us to Faija. There we meet the camels and their cameleers.

DAY 3: Faija – Camping

Today we start our trek. In the morning we load the camels and head to Hamada. We have good views of the Saghro Mountains, with little vegetation, and maybe some Bedouin nomads. After lunch in an oasis, we walk along dried riverbeds and arrive at the campsite at sunset.

DAY 4: Camping – Dunes of Chegaga

We climb to the Abbes pass, from where we can observe the vastness of the desert. Far away we can already spot the dunes of Chegaga. We get to them later in the afternoon.

DAY 5: Dunes of Chegaga – Dunes of Bougarne

After walking the multitude of small sand dunes of Chegaga, we continue towards M’hamid. We eat under the trees of Tamares, and in the evening we arrive at dunes of Bougarne, a site rarely frequented by the tourists.

DAY 6: Dunes of Bougarne – Dunes of Oued Naam

We wake up early in order to contemplate the dawn on the dunes of Bougarne. The rest of the day we walk on a huge rocky plateau, and we reach the dunes of Oued Naam late in the afternoon.

DAY 7: Dunes of Oued Naam – Dunes of Mhamid – Marrakesh

This last stage of the trek takes place along beautiful desert landscapes, and an immense plateau of small dunes. Without realizing it, we reach the Regaga dunes and then Mhamid. Here the trek reaches an end. Later, we continue by car along the Draa valley to Zagora. Transfer to Marrakech.

DAY 8:

Transfer to the airport of Marrakech, where we bid farewell until our next adventure together.

*Flight Information:*

You will need to book your flight to Marrakesh Menara Airport to land at any time on Saturday 23rd March 2019 in order to join the team and be transferred.

The airport transfer on Saturday 30th March will be from Marrakesh Menara Aiport as well – please book return flights from this airport.

Useful Tips:

Clothing:
Good walking boots and socks, Comfortable shoes/slippers for camp/guesthouse, Trekking pants, Lightweight waterproof, over-trousers / rain-pants, Long johns, T-shirts, Fleece jacket or warm jumper, Lightweight windproof/waterproof jacket, Hat, sunglasses, Lightweight thermal or fleece, gloves.

Equipment:

3 to 4 season sleeping bag, walking stick, Day sack/backpack, Headtorch / headlamp, Water bottle or camel back (recommended), Penknife (useful)

Other:
Personal items (e.g. towel, sunscreen, wipes, toilet tissues, antibacterial hand wash), Small First Aid Kit including insect repellent, plasters, meds, Zip- Up bags for camera, Repair kit (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

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