Sights in Zagora

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"Timbuktu - 52 Days by Camel" signpost in Zagora

"Timbuktu - 52 Days by Camel" signpost in Zagora

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Islamic library in Tamegroute

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Tamegroute is a fascinating little village. Take a guide (there will be plenty) to the Zaouia Naciri - a marabout (a tomb), a theological school and a library. This library houses manuscripts dating from the 14th century, incredible to find so far out in the desert. The area has a tradition of being a refuge for the mentally ill and sick, who come hoping for miraculous cures or charity from visitors.

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Jbel Zagora

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There is good hiking across the valley on Jbel Zagora, a beautiful place to watch the sunset. The view is spectacular.

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M'hamid

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Small genuin village at the edge of Sahara. Population 4.000. Nomads - Sharawi people. A startingpoint for cameltrekking and 4x4 into the desert. Visiting the dunes Erg Chagaga at sunset is just fantastic.

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Chegaga

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60 km to west of M'Hamid is the big sand dunes area of Chegaga. This is a great place with same very high dunes! You can get there by jeep, some 2-4 hours from M'Hamid or by walking with camel, 3 days one way. The local companies can arrange such trip, also so that you walk one way and return with a jeep. Walking in the desert is something quite different from driving with jeep. There were about 5 camps on the eastern edge, so you can spend the night in a permanent berber tent, unless you want to watch the stars like us..

Close to Chegaga is Oasis Sacre, an oasis with a more..

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Foum Chenna rock carvings

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7 km west of Tinzouline is the Foum Chenna valley with ancient rock carvings - camels, snakes, berber texts. Few tourists find their way here, but definitely it is an magic place.

There is a piste from Tinzouline to Foum Chenna, but the turning is not marked. Though if you find the right beginning, then later the road is easy to follow. You are in the right place, when you see 2 trees and a well.

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