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Spend seven days discovering the villages and villas of Southern Morocco as you follow 'The Memory Road', travelling from Marrakesh to Ouarzazate. This exclusive four-wheel drive journey takes visitors through a range of stunning landscapes, from the green Valley of Argan to the sand dunes of the Sahara desert.
Designed for a maximum of six guests this private journey truly diverges from the bustling tourist trail, offering visitors an authentic immersion in local communities. The first stop is in Azrarag, where guests will stay at the white stone house of La Maison des Arganiers. Perched on a hillside and built over two levels with terraces, this quaint house commands striking views over the surrounding Argan Valley. Close to the Atlantic coastline, visitors can explore the area's picturesque beaches, before heading into the Souss-Massa-Draa region for a spot of lunch.
Travelling onwards, you will arrive in central Tighmert where La Maison de L'Oasis awaits, situated amidst a lush palm grove. From here, it is a short walk or mule ride to Amtoudi, where lunch will be served in an ancient grain store, set on a hill overlooking the village below. This fascinating building is one of the oldest and most well preserved grain stores in North Africa, providing an insight into the history of Morocco. From this vantage point, visitors can admire the surrounding desert mountain landscape and the green fields of Amtoudi's farmland. Refuelled and refreshed, it is time to wander the winding footpaths of the Akka palm grove.
Discover La Maison Rouge and its surrounding villages, before enjoying a scenic picnic, and journeying onwards to the remote Foum Zguid. Dotted with trees and local ksours (castles), this town is the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely few hours. From here, head through the desert sand dunes to the Nomadic Camp, nestled at the edge of the flats of Lake Iriki. This secluded camp offers a range of activities, from desert hikes to camel treks, and as evening falls, the large dune overlooking camp is the perfect spot to sit and admire a colourful sunset.
The adventure culminates in a stay at the luxurious Dar Ahlam, resting at the gateway to the Southern Morocco desert and surrounded by the Palmeraie of Skoura. Spend the morning relaxing under the shade of palm trees, before enjoying a mule ride through the Valley of Roses and sipping aperitifs at sunset. Weary from your fascinating journey, make time to relax in the hotel's Hamman, take a dip in the heated swimming pool, and indulge in a complimentary massage.
The culinary journey along ‘The Memory Road’ is as vibrant as the tour itself, using the local products of each region to make creative dishes, with flavours reflecting the Southern Moroccan settings.
Isabel, Original Traveller