Should you visit Zagora or Ait Ben Haddou?
Should I visit Zagora or Ait Ben Haddou? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.
A small town in southern Morocco, Zagora is a popular base camp for excursions on foot, by camel, or four wheel drive vehicles into the surrounding desert. One of the most famous and historic treks is the ancient caravan route to Timbuktu, marked by a famous sign at the end of town - indicating a journey of "52 days" by camel.
Ait Ben Haddou
Think of a time when you've seen Jerusalem in a movie. Chances are what you're really looking at is the traditional, mud brick city of Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco. This city on the edge of the High Atlas Mountains has been an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987, and has also been seen in movies like Lawrence of Arabia, Orson Welles' Sodom and Gomorrah, Jesus of Nazareth, the French version of Cleopatra, Bertolucci's Sheltering Sky, Scorsese's Kundun, Gillies MacKannon's Hideous Kinky, Ridley Scott's Gladiator, Oliver Stone's Alexander the Great, and in some scenes from Game of Thrones.
Which city is cheaper, Ait Ben Haddou or Zagora?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Zagora is $45, while the average daily cost in Ait Ben Haddou is $63. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Zagora and Ait Ben Haddou in more detail.
If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $32. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Zagora the cost is $64 on average.
Ait Ben Haddou's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $46. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $23.
The price of a meal in Zagora can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $12 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $4.80 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.
Ait Ben Haddou food costs typically run travelers around $21 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.
Meals for one day
Ait Ben Haddou $21
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $1.28 per day to get around in Zagora.
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $26 per day to get around in Ait Ben Haddou.
Is it cheaper to fly into Zagora or Ait Ben Haddou?
Prices for flights to both Ait Ben Haddou and Zagora change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.
Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $2.56 per person, per day in Zagora. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.
Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $25 per person, per day in Ait Ben Haddou. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.
Tours and Activities in Zagora
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Zagora are as follows:
Sea Kayaking Tour 'East Coaster':
Shared group desert tour from Marrakech 2 days:
Marrakech To Zagora 2 Days Desert Tour:
2 Days Sahara Desert Tour From Marrakech to Zagora desert - Back to Marrakech:
2 Days Zagora Shared Desert Tour From Marrakech:
Private Day Camel Trekking Tour in Draa Valley from Zagora:
2 Days Tour: Atlas Mountains with Desert Camp from Marrakech:
2 days- Desert camp experience from Marrakech:
Fes To Fes Desert Tour – 3 Days / 2 Nights Via Erg Chebbi Dunes:
Erg Chigaga Desert Experience 3 days 2 night From Zagora:
Morocco desert tour from Marrakech 3 days to Sahara Merzouga and camel ride:
Tour Desde Marrakech Al Desierto 3 Dias:
Tours and Activities in Ait Ben Haddou
Here are a few actual costs in Ait Ben Haddou for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou Half-Day Tour:
Day tour to Ouarzazate and Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou from Marrakech:
Desert Experience Tour:
Morocco desert tour from Marrakech to Fes 4 days:
Overnight Desert Tour from Marrakech to Zagora:
Morocco Desert Tour from Marrakech 3 Days:
3-Days Tour from Marrakech to Zagora including a trekking in imlil:
3 Days - Desert Experience Merzouga from Marrakech:
3 days Private Tour Sahara and Atlas Chegaga Desert Experience Camel Ride and Desert Camp:
3 Days Guided tour from Marrakech to Fes via desert:
Marrakech Desert Tour To Casablanca:
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Ait Ben Haddou may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $5.50 per day on alcoholic beverages.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Zagora and Ait Ben Haddou, we can see that Ait Ben Haddou is more expensive. And not only is Zagora much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Zagora would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Zagora and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Ait Ben Haddou would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Ait Ben Haddou than you might in Zagora.
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