The Sahara Desert is Morocco’s crown jewel! This 3 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga takes in the finest of the country’s eastern sights and ensures that you have a memorable experience in the Moroccan desert.
When you’re in the Merzouga desert, you can’t beat the desert stillness. In comparison to the bustle of Marrakech’s souks, Moroccan Sahara is peaceful and serene. Enormous desert dunes as far as the eye can see surround you, and when the sun begins to rise, the granules of the sand shimmer like nothing you’ve ever seen! Make sure to spend a night in a Morocco desert camp on your next vacation to the country!
This 3-day tour from Marrakech to the Merzouga desert features stops at the Rose Valley, Dades Valley, and Toudra Oasis, as well as a night spent in a Berber tent.
The Highlights Tour:
Ascend the High Atlas Mountains via the Tizi Ntichka Pass.
Discover the famous Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
On your itinerary, you will see Todra Gorges and Tinghir Oasis.
In Erg Chebbi, ride a camel to see the changing colors of the sunset and the sunrise.
Camp out in the Berber Desert for the night.
- Accommodation in a beautiful riad
- Accommodation in the desert camp in Merzouga
- Camel ride in the sunset and sunrise
- Transport by air-conditioned minibus.
- Lunches and drinks
- Tips and gratuities
- Monument fees
Your 3 day desert tour on a budget from Marrakech to Merzouga will begin early in the morning with a drive east of Marrakech via tiny suburbs to the High Atlas Mountains. Several stops will be made for taking photographs, appreciating the view, stretching your legs, and drinking coffee.
Drive upward on winding roads to the renowned Tizi N'tichka pass before reaching Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, the day's first significant tourist attraction. The UNESCO-listed Berber walled town of Ait Ben Haddou is also well-known as a filming location for major Hollywood epics, like the Kingdom of Heaven, Lawrence of Arabia, and Gladiator, to mention a few. Explore the town at your leisure after crossing the river dividing the Kasbah from the main road. If you desire to hire a local guide, you can do so on-site.
After a leisurely lunch at one of the local cafés, proceed to Dades valley via Ouarzazate, Skoura Oasis, and Klaa Mgouna, the capital of the valley of the roses and renowned for its rosewater distilleries.
Upon arrival at Boumalne Dades, take a narrow route along the Dades River, passing several fortified Kasbahs on the way to Dades Canyons. You will check into your hotel in the late afternoon. Dinner and lodging at your hotel in Dades.
Our adventure today will begin with a drive along the route of 1001 Kasbahs to the oasis of Tighir, where we will diverge to a secondary road driving down the river to Todgha, where you will pause for a walk in the oasis under the shade of palm trees and continue to Todgha Gorges.
After some free time to take in the vastness of the cliffs and lunch at a local café (At leisure), we depart early in the afternoon for Rissani, known for its dates market and as the starting point for historic commercial caravans traversing the Sahara desert to Tomboctou. We will proceed to Merzouga after a little pause, travelling across some rocky desert countryside.
When you arrive to Des Dunes Lodge, feel free to cool off in their refreshing pool before beginning your twilight desert stroll to the camp.
The beautiful color-changing sand dunes may be experienced while riding camels through our camel caravan, with the setting sun serving as a backdrop. We arrive at our Sahara desert tent before it becomes dark.
After taking in the sand dunes and surrounding scenery, prepare for a Moroccan meal served beneath the stars close to the bonfire. Late at night, your native nomad hosts will entertain you with traditional music and drumming.
After an early morning camel walk across the Erg Chebbi dunes, check into the camp operator's lodge for breakfast, a shower, and if time permits, a dip in the resort pool.
Rejoin your driver and car, then return to Ouarzazate. After a leisurely lunch, we continue over the High Atlas Mountains to Marrakech in the afternoon.
Your 3 day desert tour will conclude in Marrakech at around 20:00.
- This tour is ideal for those with low expectations and a laid-back attitude. Perhaps a personalized tour will better suit your needs.
On this excursion from Marrakech to Merzouga, your bags are welcome. It will be stored safely in the vehicle during desert camping.
- Please arrange a modest backpack or rucksack for the overnight camel ride and camp stay.
- Please bring your own toiletries and towels to the campsite.
- Throughout this journey, a hat, sunglasses, decent walking shoes, and a wet bag are useful.
- Try wearing jeans, pants, or long shorts for a comfy camel ride on the Erg Chebbi dunes.