Morocco Photography Tour
Our Morocco photography tour is for photographers of all levels. Join us if you’re looking to hone your creative photography skills and travel to Morocco’s most compelling landscapes, from desert to coast.
Experience the contrast of the iconic cityscapes of Marrakech and Essaouira with the remote Saharan dunes and Anti-Atlas mountains near Tafraoute.
We run our photography tour around the period of the new moon to maximize opportunities for night photography.
We organize for you to camp under the milky way for 3 nights, with one wilderness camp next to the canyon mountains of Iriqui national park, and two nights at Erg Chigaga dunes.
Your tutor will make sure that you reach the proper place at the right time to capture beautiful landscape and cityscape photos, and offer expert guidance throughout the tour.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE Morocco Photography Tour:
Day 1: Arrival at Marrakech
Day 2: Marrakech to the High Atlas
Day 3: Head to Chigaga and Berber desert camp
Day 4: Erg Chigaga exploration
Day 5: Travel to the Canyon landscapes
Day 6: Travel from the Sahara desert to Tafraoute
Day 7: Explore the Amlen valley and Tafraoute
Day 8: Travel to Essaouira
Day 9: Travel back to Marrakech
1-night Marrakech riad
1-night hotel nr. Ait Ben Haddou
2 nights Berber desert camp
1-night wilderness camp
2-nights Tafraoute hotel
1-night Essaouira riad
NB: high standard, boutique 3* hotels/riads, and a comfortable desert glampsite.
DAY 1: ARRIVE TO MARRAKECH - OVERNIGHT IN THE MEDINA
Meet at our Riad in the Medina of Marrakech at 3 pm. We head straight out to explore the various areas of the colorful Medina. Through the narrow alleyways, we make our way to the Museum of Photography to get some inspiration for our trip. Then we head up to the rooftop to photograph the Marrakech skyline with the atlas mountains in the distance.
At sunset, we spend time round the Jemaa el Fna square. Then we return to our Riad for a typical Moroccan dinner and debrief before tomorrow’s journey.
DAY 2: TRAVEL FROM MARRAKECH ACROSS THE HIGH ATLAS TO TAMDAGHT[VIA TELAOUET KASBAH]
Aim to depart from Marrakech by 08:30 am. Driving hours approx. 4.5 hours (excluding visits en route).
We drive from Marrakech over the High Atlas mountains towards the Ounila Valley. on the way we make stops to photograph the different views of the mountains. A telephoto lens is helpful in capturing the layers of the mountains as they’re lit by the sun.
Around noon we visit the Telouet Kasbah and explore its interior. We photograph the various architectural styles intermixed in this Kasbah.
Afterward, we head down the unspoiled Ounila Valley to Tamdaght where we’ll stay in a very beautiful Riad just outside the historic walls of the Kasbah. This Kasbah will also be our photo subject for the evening.
DAY 3: TRAVEL TO ERG CHIGAGA AND BERBER DESERT CAMP
After heading to the UNESCO site of Ait Ben Haddou to photograph sunrise we have a long drive ahead of us (approx. 6.5 hours excluding stops en-route) to achieve the highlight of our tour, the Erg Chigaga dunes.
We stay for 2 nights in a remote Berber desert camp in the midst of the erg. This location offers endless opportunities to photograph the Erg Chigaga. We climb different dunes to get great views of the surrounding sea of sand.
On the first evening, we head to the highest dune in the area. Here we are able to photograph altogether directions as the sun sets behind the horizon and the colors of the desert transform from gold to red, to blue.
DAY 4: DAY AT LEISURE IN THE DUNES OF ERG CHIGAGA, WITH AN OPTION TO VISIT A NOMAD FAMILY
We head out 2.5 hours before sunrise to photograph the milky way rising over the dunes, then watch as the morning light slowly transforms the desert. A wide-angle lens is going to be our tool of choice to capture as many stars as possible.
During the day we’ve got the choice to go to a nomad family and find out about their way of life in the desert. in the afternoon, we start to organize our second sunset shoot in the Sahara Desert.
We will have the possibility to photograph dromedaries in the dunes before riding back on them for our final dinner at the desert camp.
DAY 5: TRAVEL TO THE CANYON LANDSCAPE NEAR FOUM ZGUID
With time allocated for photographing the mountains near Lake Iriqui, Jebel Bani, and Madouar, driving hours are going to be approx. 2.5 hours from the Erg Chigaga dunes.
Another morning shoot concludes our unforgettable stay in the Erg Chigaga dunes. Afterward, we’ve got some extra time to enjoy the silence of the desert until we head towards the mountainous landscape near Foum Zguid. These spectacular cliffs and mountains have rarely been photographed. By wild camping nearby, we are going to have the chance to get some unique photos during both sunset and sunrise.
DAY 6: TRAVEL FROM THE SAHARA DESERT TO TAFRAOUTE
Our drive West today towards the Anti-Atlas mountains takes approx. 5.5 hours.
After photographing the sunrise near our wild camp, and having breakfast, the journey continues as we drive towards the Anti-Atlas to Tafraoute. After checking in to our hotel in the Ameln Valley (outlying Tafraoute) we explore the mountainous landscapes, attempting to find subjects in the hills filled with fascinating rock formations and huge boulders.
This is another area of Morocco that has not been photographed fairly often, so we’ll again have lots of opportunities to come away with original photos.
Our goal for the afternoon is to seek out subjects to return early the subsequent morning to photograph under the nice and cozy light of dawn.
DAY 7: EXPLORING ROUND THE AMLEN VALLEY AND TAFRAOUTE
After an early photo shoot in the hills near Tafraoute, we head back to our hotel for breakfast and to plan out the rest of the day.
The area around Tafraoute provides many beautiful hikes, of which we are able to do some shorter ones, visiting some of the spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and/or the local villages. The drivers are available to take us a touch further afield which is optional (e.g. to the Ait Mansour Gorge with its palm oasis). If you wish to explore and discover new compositions, then this day will be perfect for you.
The views we just like the most will be our destination for sunset, but not before having lunch in the hotel or in Tafraoute town and enjoying your time to relax.
DAY 8: TRAVEL TO ESSAOUIRA
Driving hours to Essaouira are approx. 6.5 hours (excluding stops en route).
After an early breakfast, we have a long, yet varied drive ahead of us to reach the Atlantic Coast. Descending from the Anti-Atlas mountains we drive towards Agadir, from there continue northwards along the coast road, then through the Argan Biosphere to reach Essaouira.
Here we spend the evening, exploring the Medina and the ramparts. There we photograph the beautiful coastline in the blue hour.
A final dinner concludes our unforgettable adventure through Morocco.
DAY 9: TRAVEL TO MARRAKECH AIRPORT OR MEDINA
Driving hours approx. 3 hours.
We conclude our trip with a final breakfast before we head back to Marrakech airport.
We drop participants off at the Marrakech airport, or in the Medina (for those not departing today) where it’s the end of our Morocco photography tour.