PLACES, TIME AND WEATHER
What is Dades and Ait Ben Haddou?
Aït Benhaddou is a fortified village (ksar in Arabic), along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech in present-day Morocco. Most citizens are attracted by the tourist trade live in more modern dwellings in a village on the other side of the river, although there are four families still living in the ancient village. Inside the walls of the ksar are half a dozen (Kasbahs) of merchants houses and other individual dwellings. It is a great example of Moroccan earthen clay architecture.
Aït Benhaddou has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987 and several films have been shot there, including Gladiator, Game of Thrones, The mummy etc.
Boumalne Dades is a village in Tinghir Province, Drâa-Tafilalet, Morocco. Located at the outlet of the upper Dadès Valley (more than 1500 m high), Boulmane Dades is between the Roses Valley and Toudra gorgues. It is found between Marrakech and Kam Kam Dunes and it's a very good option to stop and rest from the long road trip from Marrakech to Merzouga, that's why some of our itineraries stop at Dades.
How much time from Marrakech and Fez to Kam Kam Dunes?
Ait Ben Haddou - Merzouga (Kam Kam Dunes): 5/7 hours.
Marrakech - Merzouga (Kam Kam Dunes): 8/10 hours
Fez - Mergouga (Kam Kam Dunes): 6/8 hours.
Is it cold at night?
Yes specially in winter is very cold. On winter time you will require heavy winter jacket and winter pyjama.
On June and September is very hot at the desert, we recommend to bring fresh cloths with organic fabrics, sun cream, swiming suit, sunglasses and cap/hat. There is a lot of flies.
- On winter (Nov-December-Jan-Feb) during the night, the desert can become very cold, we advise that all clients should bring: Some warm clothes, warm jumper, jacket, winter pyjama & scarf.
Please note this is an adventure trip in the middle of a remote place at the Sahara Desert. We ready for wind storms, sand storms, heavy raining, hot temperatures and very cold temperatures. The tents does not have heater or air conditioning and neither windows to prevent the spontaneous sand storms.
What should we wear?
It is important to remember that the differences in temperature between day and night in the desert are extreme. So, bring warm clothes for the night and cooler clothes for the day.
Boots or sensible walking shoes are also recommended.
A torch will be useful.