Morocco : Zagora
The majority of southern Morocco is the Western Sahara, this area of desert is relatively unexplored and a self-drive holiday with a four-wheel drive vehicle is necessary if you wish to visit this area properly. However in northern and central Morocco you can visit the desert from either Zagora or Erfoud where accommodation can be arranged in Berber tents, guests houses or hotels and you can visit the dunes from the back of a camel or horse or explore on foot.
At the end of the Draa Valley is the small town of Zagora, once inhabited by the French as an administrative post and now it is a large town on the edge of the great Sahara Desert. Although Zagora itself has little to keep you there for more than a few days, it makes a practical starting point to base your trips into the desert. Desert treks are available from just an overnight stay to the ultimate desert excursion of five nights, either with a camel or a four-wheel drive. Zagora does have a number of good hotels and traditional Moroccan restaurants, during your stay here do not miss the underground Kasbah or a climb to the top of Jebel Zagora for the stunning views. However you arrive at Zagora you will pass through the Draa Valley, a long winding river valley scattered with lush green palmeries and busy villages, this area of Morocco is famous for growing dates, figs and olives.
Kasbah Asmaa lies to the south of Zagora alongside the river and a palmery. The owners believe in treating their guests to a true authentic Moroccan stay, due to popular demand they have recently doubled the number of rooms. All of the rooms are decorated with a number of carpets (the owner of the hotel having one of Zagora's carpet stalls) and other Moroccan handicrafts. In the warmer months you may prefer to sleep under the stars on the roof terrace or in one of the Berber tents at a beautiful spot near the Draa River. There is a small pool and a beautiful garden with some of Morocco's stunning flowers and palm trees.