If you like, you can watch as the sun wakes the day from over the dunes. After a relaxing breakfast, the journey continues back through the hammada, or rocky desert, past more than 300 ksours to Rissani, home to the Zawiya Moulay Ali ash-Cherif Mausoleum, the founder of the Alawi family dynasty, from which the current king of Morocco has descended. Rissani is also famous for the 3-day weekly market complete with donkey parking for the visiting villagers. If you visit on a market day, you’ll find yourself surrounded by bustling activity. Other days are rather easy going and leisurely.
Before the sun climbs too high in the sky, you’ll find yourself back in the 4×4 and driving toward Alnif, one of Morocco’s richest seams of fossils. Soon after you’ll find yourself entering one of Morocco’s best-kept secrets, N’Kob. Here you’ll have lunch and relax beside the pool. In the late afternoon, you’ll reach the Draa Valley, a fertile oasis with date palms and ksours and arrive in the small village of Tamnogualt. The ksar is home to mostly abandoned kasbahs built of pisé. Tamnougalte served as the 16th century central meeting point for caravans entering and leaving the desert. Here you will have the opportunity to visit the Tamnougalte Kasbah, that served as the regional government seat as well as the aristocratic residence of the Caïd. Atop the Kasbah, you’ll have an unobstructed view of ruins, date palms, and the Draa River Valley. You may be introduced to a descendant of the former village Cäid when you tour the kasbah. The night will be spent in Tamnogault.