Star gazing is not one of the things that immediately springs to mind when you are visiting Morocco. However, it is an ideal destination because although most of us live in areas with high population density and light pollution which obstruct the natural starry sky, there are areas in Morocco where there are no city lights .Merzouga Erg Chebbi sand dunes is one of the fabulous And unique paradises for stargazing in Morocco.Try Camel trek into the Sahara for an unforgettable night of stargazing at one of the spectacular desert sky . The stars in the Sahara are fantastic , and the sky is dark.
Morocco’s latitude is also important. At +30 degrees it’s just close enough to the equator to observe southern hemisphere constellations you won’t find in central Europe , Time your journey right and you can see passing meteor showers, the rings of Saturn and distant galaxies like Andromeda, 2.5 million light years away.
5 Days Morocco Astronomy Tour with exploring Moroccan geology and culture. Welcome to the unique and exclusive chance to discover the skies of Southern Morocco at night! :
DAY 1 : MARRAKECH - OUARZAZATE - DADES VALLEY
We pick up you from your hotel in Marrakech. Our professional driver will drive across Tizi n'Tichka pass in Atlas mountains. We visit Ait Benhaddou ,old Unesco Kasbah. We explore also Ouarzazate ,and we continue driving to Skoura, and valley of Roses. We spend the evening at Dades valey in riad/ hotel with half board.
DAY 2 : DADES VALLEY - ERFOUD - MERZOUGA DESERT
Today we departure from Dades valley towards TAFILALET OASIS. We pass Jorf , and we explore Erfoud as fossil town. We drive to Merzouga sand dunes where we enjoy a camel ride for 1 hour to reach desert camp. We enjoy beautiful desert sunset, we stay overnight in desert tents. After dinner we enjoy astronomy session and sky observation with our 200 mm telescope.
DAY 3 : MERZOUGA DESERT - ALNIF
Today we drive to Devonian beds to collect goniatites ,trilobites and pyritised ammonites. In the afternoon we continue with Ordovician trilobites. In the evening we stay at hotel meteorite Alnif .
DAY 4 : ALNIF - OUARZAZATE
Today after breakfast we collect orthoceras cones Ordovician at serradrar quarry. Then we drive along Draa valley stop to collect Precambrian Stromatolites ,then haed to ouarzazate , Moroccan Hollywood . evening at Kasbah les jardins de ouarzazate 3 stars in half board .
DAY 5 : OUARZAZATE - MARRAKECH
Today we drive to Marrakech crossing the High Atlas mountains ,passing Tichka pass. End of Merzouga astronomy tour.
5 DAYS ASTRONOMY TRIP FROM MARRAKECH
Popular Morocco stargazing and geological trip
Morocco stargazing tours in Morocco in the edge of the Sahara desert :
If you love astronomy you should experience stargazing in Merzouga desert. Astronomy in Morocco is not very popular but very interesting especially in Merzouga where the sky meets the desert.
WHAT IS INCLUDED :
Private transfer in A/C vehicle with Marrakech pick up