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Celebrating New Year’s Eve in the Moroccan Sahara Desert in 2024, located in the southern reaches of Morocco, offers an exclusive and exceptional experience. Private residences staffed with dedicated butlers and exceptional dar accommodations make it an extraordinary choice.
Embarking on this adventure, you’ll find yourself immersed in the heart of the Moroccan desert, promising an unparalleled and memorable journey. The day’s highlights include strolling through the mesmerizing dunes and embarking on a camel ride before rendezvousing at your campsite for the New Year’s Eve festivities. After a day filled with exciting discoveries, gather around a blazing campfire for a warm and convivial evening beneath the starlit Moroccan skies.
The culinary experience on New Year’s Eve will be nothing short of unique, featuring bread baked in the desert sands, succulent tajine infused with prunes, and an array of traditional Moroccan tea and pastries, all for an immersive change of pace.
Subsequently, you’ll revel in a lively New Year’s Eve celebration amidst the tranquil desert dunes, promising an unforgettable way to usher in the new year within the Moroccan desert’s confines.
Opt for Morocco to ring in the new year, far removed from the winter’s monotony, and anticipate festive feasts infused with local flavors, cultural excursions, and vibrant nights as you embark on your Moroccan New Year’s Eve adventure.
Following your morning repast, leave Marrakech in your rearview mirror and embrace the Atlas Mountains, winding your way through its dense forests via one of Morocco’s most serpentine and dramatic routes. Ascend to the lofty heights of the Tizi n Tichka pass, perched at a commanding 2200 meters, marking your passage into the Great South. Pause and explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ait Benhaddou before skirting past Ouarzazate and navigating through picturesque gorges, ascending to an elevation of 1700 meters. Here, the panoramic vista of the legendary Draa Valley unfurls before your eyes.
Beyond Agdz, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the village inhabited by the Black people and the ancient ksar of Tamnougalt. Before arriving in Zagora, an unpaved and dusty off-road trail will lead you to local prehistoric rock engravings. Your day concludes as you reach Zagora in the early evening, where you’ll relish dinner and restful accommodation in a splendid Kasbah nestled at the heart of the Draa Valley.
Following breakfast, set out to explore the nearby village of Amezrou, known for its Jewish heritage, which includes the ancient adobe synagogue and the intricate craft of silver jewelry. Continuing your journey, the kilns of Tamegroute create the distinctive emerald glaze found on mosque tiles, dishes, and pots throughout Morocco. Nearby, the Nassiria library houses treasures such as a gold-engraved Quran dating back to the 10th century and various treatises encompassing astronomy, medicine, and Arab poetry, among other gems.
Before departing from paved roads and venturing into the Sahara, consider visiting a traditional ksour and partake in a locally hosted lunch. From Mhamid, your path leads across a diverse desert landscape until you arrive at the Erg Chigaga dunes, with the final stretch of your journey undertaken on camelback. For the evening, indulge in dinner and relax in luxurious tents equipped with ensuite showers and toilets.
Today promises a day brimming with Sahara Desert exploration. Depart from your camp after breakfast and embark on a journey to discover the tallest dunes and various terrains within the Sahara desert. A delightful lunch awaits in a serene and picturesque oasis amidst the Sahara. As the early evening unfolds, exchange your 4WD vehicles for camels and ascend to the pinnacle of the dunes to witness a mesmerizing sunset. Conclude the day with a fireside dinner and captivating musical performances, returning to your Sahara desert camp for another night’s stay.
Wake up early to marvel at the sunrise over the dunes and take a leisurely stroll amidst the sands. Later in the day, you’ll navigate the hamada, or rocky desert, and traverse the dry lake of Iriki. Pause for tea with nomads, unearth fossils, and rejoin the paved road at Foum Zguid. Enjoy a delectable poolside lunch at Bab Rimal, or opt for a more formal dining experience featuring kefta in the village. Travel westward, soon arriving in Tazenakht, renowned for its extensive collection of Berber rugs and a hub for merchants who distribute these rugs to various Moroccan cities. Your day culminates in Taroudant, where you’ll savor dinner and reside in a splendid hotel set within a palm grove.
After a hearty breakfast, embark on a caleche ride around the city walls or peruse the bustling souks in search of the finest argan oil or honey that Morocco has to offer. Alternatively, arrive early in Essaouira to make the most of your time in this enchanting coastal city. The day’s activities can be decided upon spontaneously. Follow the scenic Atlantic coastline, marveling at the spectacle of goats perched in trees as you approach the breezy city of Essaouira. You’ll relish dinner and relax in a beautiful riad located within the Medina.
After a satisfying breakfast, devote the day to leisurely exploration of the stunning medina, characterized by its whitewashed structures, art galleries, bustling fishing port, enticing food stalls, European fortifications, and an overall ambiance of relaxation. In the afternoon, return to Marrakech, bringing your New Year’s Eve Tour to a close.
$920 USD per person, based on a group of four adults, accompanied by an English-speaking driver in a modern, air-conditioned Toyota LandCruiser. The entire group will not exceed 16 individuals, with four Toyota Land Cruisers shared among participants.