How to plan your Morocco Sahara Desert Trip

There is no doubt that most of the people travel to morocco to see the beautiful SAHARA Desert. We are writing this detailed article on the Sahara Desert because we found that the correct and authentic information about the Sahara Desert is not available on the internet, so we decided to pen down the authoritative SAHARA TOUR Guide For you.


Many travelers thought that the Sahara Desert would be full of rocks and Orange Sand, and there is nothing much to do in the Sahara Desert. Let us tell you that those people probably never step in the Sahara Desert because there is an entirely different story. Once you enter in the Desert, you would find Sand there is not just sand but so many other things to do like wildlife of Sahara, Unique Plants, trees and hubs which you would discover Only in the Sahara Desert and most importantly the culture of Sahara Desert. There are numerous tribes in the Sahara Desert, and you can see how they live, eat, and drink in the most robust surroundings.

The Sahara Desert is also the favorite place for photographers. The best thing to do in SAHARA DESERT is to see the sky full of stars at night outside of your Luxury desert Camp. You will find out that the sky is very different in SAHARA because no pollution, full of stars and bright moonlight will make your night memorable.

There are two central deserts in Morocco, which tourists love to visit for their Sahara Desert adventure. One is Merzouga Desert, known as the Gate to the Sahara Desert, and the other is Zagora Desert.


Travel to Merzouga is the most famous Sahara Desert tour. Merzouga is the closest to the famous ERG CHEBBI Dunes. You can find the biggest dunes in ERG Chebbi and can-do Sand surfing on them. The biggest dune in this area can reach up to 150 meters.

So, if you are in a hurry and want to reach ERG Chebbi than you should stay in a Merzouga village because you can find plenty of good hotels there and the distance from Merzouga town to ERG CHEEBI is only 30 minutes.Only drawback of Merzouga is that often you will find it very busy with full advance So, booking in advance would be a good option.

How to Reach MERZOUGA

The best way to reach Merzouga is by Marrakech or by Fes. The distance of Merzouga from Marrakech is around 570km, and from fes it is about 485 Km. We recommend you to go to Merzouga by road and enjoy the sceneries and landscapes. Now, although Marrakech and fes are the most popular places from where most of the tourists book their itinerary to Merzouga but it is desert shortest way to Desert. If you have little time, then the Shortest City to Merzouga is by city Errachidia. The distance from Errachidia to Merzouga is only 123km. If you want to save your time, then just book your Sahara Desert tour from some reliable company. We also provide Desert tour From Marrakech to Fes at very best rates, and most importantly, we are Most reviewed and Licensed Desert tour Company. Always book your tour from a Licensed and regulated tour company.

Things to do in Merzouga

The Sahara Desert provides you an ample opportunity for multiple activities, and Like campings, photographing, sandboarding, and most popular is Camel trekking. If you do not like Camel riding, then you should consider Biking in the desert. Check out our Half Day Quad Biking Adventure in Marrakech desert. Drive automatic self-drive quad bike to have a lifetime adventure. In Merzouga desert, you would find the biggest dunes that cannot be found otherwise in the entire Sahara Desert. As we explained above that in ERG Chebbi, you will find tallest dunes over 50 to 100 meters. You can do Sand boating on these dunes even with your kids. One of the other activities famous in this area is the Hot air balloon ride, which can be arranged on request. This Air Balloon ride in Sahara is a bit expensive, but the view from the top of Sahara is the best thing you could ask for.


We explained earlier that Sahara is not just a collection of Sand and Camels, but it is a home of many living creatures, including the wildlife of Sahara. You can see the variety of Lizards in dunes just look attentively around in your desert trip, and you will find plenty of lizards roaming in the Sahara during the day. Most of the wild animals like Fox and other mammals most come out at night for hunt. Due to hot conditions and temperature swings of the Sahara, most mammals are small, and they require less water for living. Despite the conditions, Sahara is the home of 75 species of Mammals, around 88 species of birds, and almost 100 species of reptiles. You can find cobras, baboons, sheep, oryx, Scorpions, Ants, beetles and many more animals in Sahara. You can also see the crocodiles in SAHARA, where the water is sufficient. In the Lakes and mostly on damp water pools, you can also find algae and brine shrimp. Wild hogs are also present in the area, but now they are considered endangered species mainly because of Hunting, disease outbreak, and less rainfall. Only about 5000 adult wild hogs are managed to survive in Sahara, and their number is decreasing very fast. Another endangered species is Addax Antelope. They are incredibly adaptive to the desert environment of the desert, and their primary source of food and water is Grass.

Plants in Merzouga

You may think how it is possible for the trees and plant to even grow and survive in harsh desert conditions. Still, in reality, just like animals, there are many plants and trees in the Sahara desert, particularly in Merzouga, where you will find both wild and Eatable plants and shrubs like prickly pears cactus high sugar and fiber with more than 80% of water. Another popular edible plant is chia sage, which will boost your energy for a short period like coffee or tea. The poisonous shrub known as Nerium Oleander is also present in the desert. Red Acacia tree can also be found in this region, which is famous for reducing cholesterol levels. Finger palm tree is also present in Merzouga, which is favorite of the locals because its leaves help make different juices and can also be eaten.


Zagora Desert is located at the south part of the Morocco. The desert is very close to the Popular Erg Chigaga Sand dunes. Before we talk more about Zagora Desert, let us tell you Zagora Desert, not the typical Desert Sand Desert but desert more like a rocky desert. Probably, that’s the only reason this one is less popular than Merzouga Desert.

How to Reach Zagora

If you are in Marrakech and want to visit Zagora Desert, then you cannot fly to Zagora directly, but you have to hire a taxi or drive through yourself by national highway N9. Zagora is intersected by two national highways N9 and N12. From N9, it takes around six and a half hours to reach Zagora desert, and the distance from Marrakech to Zagora via N9 is about 353 Km.

Many tour operators offer their service to the Zagora desert from Marrakech. Again, we offer Zagora desert tour service from where you will drive across the High Atlas Mountains and walk to Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. So, if you want to have 2 DAYS Private Marrakech to Zagora desert trip, than Click here to know more about the Itinerary. We Also offer Shared desert trips for those who wanted to enjoy the journey with friends and family or even if you’re going to save the money than you can book our group tours and travel and meet with new people and make some new travel friends. If you’re going to have Group 2 days desert tour from Marrakech to Zagora, click the link to know more details. It is best for those who are short on time and. The best part is that we organize our Marrakech to Zagora desert safaris every day.

Things to do in Zagora

Most tourists come to Zagora as a part of their tour to Erg chigaga. Trip to Erg chigaga is a very popular tour package in Morocco. We also offer Private 4 days Marrakech to ERG chigaga desert tour, which can be tailored into 5 days on request. This package is only for serious tourists who want to admire the silence of the desert.

Now, when you visit Zagora town, then do not forget to visit Amezrou village and see the historic Jewish quarters made up of mud. Also, if you are a fan of wandering in the shadow of the trees, then in Zagora, you will find out many private and public gardens filled with Palm trees. If you ask us what you could particularly do in Zagora desert, then the things and activities you do include Camping, Quad biking, and Camel riding. The best one is the Draa River, which is around 1200 kilometers long and considered the longest river in Morocco. In summer, you will find this river in full swing, and you can swim in it with your kids or enjoy the evening in the Draa valley. When you book you tour with Marrakech-Desert-Trips than we provide a Drive along Draa Valley with its fortified villages, palm trees dotted rivers and oases. Also, visit the Berber village of Ait Ben Hadou and visit its famous heritage Kasbah. If you are a nature lover, then we recommend doing Camping in Zagora just like in Merzouga. The sky in the Zagora desert is very bright and clear, and you could easily see the thousands of stars at night while camping in Zagora. Do not forget to tell your guide on your way back to Zagora desert that stops on an oasis because there is plenty of oasis throughout the desert, and you can take photos for your Instagram and jealous your friends!

Wild Life & Plants in Zagora

Like Merzouga, you can find plenty of Wildlife and plant in Zagora like silver Ants, which only active about 10 minutes a day, and in those 10 minutes, they have to find their food; otherwise, they will have to find their food they will die. The other notorious animal of Zagora is black Scorpio, which can be found in wall crack and under the rocks or stones, so be very careful in those places. Other animals include crocodiles, monitor lizards, and hyraxes. You can find so many different kinds of Lizards in Sahara Desert but Monitor lizards go to hibernation from September to April. There are also many birds like Black finch, ostriches, and silver bills that can be found in Zagora. All of these are extremely adaptive to the harsh conditions of Sahara deserts, especially the Silver bills and black finches, which can take water from Grass and eat seeds from different plants & Shrubs.

Now, Zagora is the home of different plants and trees, just like Merzouga. You can find Bronze trees in the harsh condition of Zagora also you will also be able to find a desert Christmas cactus tree which can grow up to 3 feet and produce little red barriers which taste resembles strawberries. Another edible plant is Yucca, which has spiky leaves and can be eaten by peeling the outer layer of the leave. They can be eaten raw, but it is recommended that you should boil the leaves before eating Yucca.

If we have to sum this up, then wildlife and plants in Zagora and Merzouga are nearly the same because both are a part of the Sahara Desert.


Most of the people ask us how many days it requires to enjoy the Sahara Desert on its fullest? Our simple answer would be minimum 3 days because it is not possible to enjoy the landscapes of Sahara in just a single day. Whether you visit Merzouga or Zagora and no matter whether you travel from Marrakech or from fes you should be ready for a lot of driving, expect at least 20 hours of driving from Marrakech as well as Fes.

Most of the people ask us how many days it requires to enjoy the Sahara Desert on its fullest? Our simple answer would be minimum 3 days because it is not possible to enjoy the landscapes of Sahara in just a single day. Whether you visit Merzouga or Zagora and no matter whether you travel from Marrakech or from fes you should be ready for a lot of driving, expect at least 20 hours of driving from Marrakech as well as Fes.

You can, although make overnight Sahara Desert trip from Marrakech or Fes, but we recommend to book more than 3 day desert tour. Because otherwise, you will miss the desert camping. Check out our 3 Day Fes to Marrakech desert tour in which you will explore Atlas mountains, the ski resort of Ifran, the Atlas Mountains with Cedar Forests, skoura oasis, Sunset camel ride in Erg Chebbi, Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou and many more.

Now, if you are staying in Marrakech and do not have time to visit Merzouga, then your best option would be Zagora Desert, which you can explore in 1 day.


Marrakech and Fes, in our opinion, are the best Gateways to Sahara. Many tourist companies offer you their services, and many of them may sound good, but you will not know what you would be getting once you book your tour. So, it is wise to book your Advance desert tour in Advance with a company you know and, most importantly, transparent. Always go for the tour company, which is reliable and licensed. Marrakech Desert Trips is a brand of a licensed and fully bonded Moroccan travel company under the Moroccan tourism authority license number: 46P/17.

Finally, we have the best deals for those who have time and want to Explore Sahara Desert to its fullest than join our 4 days desert tour from Marrakech. Atlas Mountains, Draa Valley dotted with the date palm, riding a camel in Erg Chebbi, Star Gazing under your Desert camp, and much more.


In Case, you Don’t know DIY Stands for doing it yourself, and you can go to Sahara all by yourself. You can take a bus or even drive there all by yourself, and it is entirely safe for men and women. But if you want to stay in the desert for multiple days and want to do Camping, then we recommend to go with Guided Sahara trip. If you book your desert tour with us, you will get the following benefits which you otherwise missed.

We will take responsibility for your whole desert trip. Whether you want to come from Marrakech or Fes, we will provide full pick and drop service with transportation with AC modern 4×4 van driven by an English-speaking Driver which can act your guide as well.

We also provide a private tent if you wish to spend a night in Sahara, which you can even upgrade to a luxury camp if you want to.

There is a very small to no chance of getting lost in our guided tour because we are not operated by some foreign company, we are locals and know each place quite well. We also know the Gems of the Sahara Desert and understand what the best places to stop for capturing the best Photographs are.

Best part is Safety. You will be very safe with us because we are a Regulated and Licensed tour Company in Marrakech.


Before commencing on your Morocco desert trip, ask your tour company a couple of questions, and if they answer them correctly, then you should book the tour with them. So, here are the questions which you should ask them:

  • What are the things included in the given price? We in Marrakech-desert-trips have quoted very clearly what is included and what is not included in our Morocco desert tour. We have a seperate landing page for every tour. We discussed the trip’s specifications very clearly.
  • Do they operate in Summers? Many tour companies do not provide their service in summer, so you should ask them whether you provide the trip on summers. This question should be asked by the people who intend to visit Sahara in Summer.
  • Apart from a private trip, do they provide a Shared or Group desert tour? How many people in each group are allowed?
  • What is the cost of the meals you should pay on average? Because Launches and dinners are not included in the trip. You have to pay for it separately.
  • Do they provide the desert camp in Sahara? Do they provide luxury Desert Camp?
  • Do they provide first Aid Kit in case of Emergency?
  • Do they have an English-speaking guide?

There is a term that is now a day viral on Google, which is Budget Sahara Tours. But once you see the results, then you will find many unhappy customers. There are three classes of the tours Low range (Also known as Budget tours) Mid-Range Sahara Tour and Luxury tour. In budget tours following things are included

  • Transportation for only one side
  • Sahara Desert Camel trekking for 10 -20 min
  • Mediocre meals or best meals at your own expense
  • No toilets so you have relieved yourself on sand or in Shared public bath.
  • Inadequate sleeping Arrangements inside of a Tent.
  • More than 20 people on your tour with very little facility and Poor Communication.

We are not saying that budget tours are utterly bad. Some people like robust experience during travel, and its perfectly fine. But we are here to tell you what you can expect in the price range. You cannot expect a luxury tour at Cheap price.

In MID-RANGE, desert camping lies somewhere in between Low Range to Luxury. You will get a little extra from the budget tour but less than Luxury. The best way to find out what is Mid-range is simple just compare the things offered in Low and high range tours. Mid -Range offers in between.

Now Luxury tour is the tour which you should opt-in if you Offord because you will feel like a king in the luxury Desert tour. After all, there is so much in luxury tour like Best meals, Private sitting area, Heated tents which is necessary when you visit the Sahara in Winters, the bed on Luxury tents are so good that you will forget your home bed. The best part which We like about Luxury Desert is there Private Washrooms, which are very clean and can be used effortlessly. See our Private Marrakech to Fes desert tour package, where you can upgrade your deluxe camp with an ensuite tent in just €70 per person.


Most people say that there are certain times in a year, like December to March, which is the best time to visit the Sahara Desert because the temperature during the day is mild. But at that night temperature is very high at that time. And in summer from June to September the day temperature is very high. People From around the most still visit Sahara in Summer, but most of the Tour Operator companies shut in Summer typically in August.


We have written a detailed guide on what to Pack for your Sahara Desert tour. Do check it out because we have included 20 top things that you should pack on your Morocco desert tour. We recommend you do not pack hundreds of items in your suitcase just pack necessary things. Ask your self-following questions before packing

What kind of Sleeping arrangements is provided by your tour operator? Because if you book a luxury tour, then you should not worry about Blankets or comforters. Also, if you book a budget tour, then bring other things like Heater and thermos can help you a lot.

Food is the most important thing to consider asking your tour operator about what kind of meals you would be having on your trip. So, you can pack snacks and food beforehand.

Ask them if there is a private bathroom facility available because you have to use public baths in the Budget tour and that you have to pack your clothes and toiletries accordingly. Also, if you book a budget tour, then bring things like solar shower and dry towel is a good option to pack in.

IF you are visiting the SAHARA DESERT in winter than Gloves, Jackets, wool socks and mufflers would be the excellent option. Contrary to winter, if you visit the Sahara-desert in Summers, we recommend Pack Shorts, lots of water, sunscreen to protect your skin, and a Portable mini fan.

Finally, you need to be very prepared for a budget tour because you will not be given a lot of basic stuff like Toilet paper. As mentioned above, we recommend packing primary first aid kid, Hand Sanitizers, which is a must after this Covid 19 pandemic. Fever cooling gel also helps you could catch fever due to desert conditions. Sperate pairs of Sandals and Blankets are also a good option to pack because they do not wash the blankets quite often, so it is better to bring your Blankets.


Many parents ask us that can they bring their Kids to the Sahara Desert? And we tell them it is entirely safe to bring your kids in the Sahara Desert let them expose to the Landscape of Desert they will learn a lot in the Desert and hopefully enjoy too.

But All parents know the nature of their Kids very well. Before bringing them to Sahara, you should consider the following things:

  • Can your Kid/kids do lots of traveling? Are they accustomed to it or not? Because you have to drive a lot to reach Sahara. If not, then order a private tour in which you have to drive far less, and you can reach to Sahara quickly.
  • Can your kid ride the camel alone and even enjoy camel riding? Camel riding is the best part of Sahara, and if they do not like it, then they will miss a huge thing in Sahara.

Consider bringing some books and Ipad on your Sahara Trip because children often feel bored in Desert Camp. They do not show interest in Stargazing, so it is better to bring some stuff to keep them busy.

Finally, you will be served with some good traditional Moroccan food in your desert camp. So, if your kid does not like Moroccan food, then bring some other reasonable alternative.


Well, throughout this article, we explained in much detail what you can expect from your Sahara Desert tour now, let’s talk about what you will get when you partner with us? First, we do not make false promises we already written down in our product pages that you will expect from our Sahara Desert tour see Marrakech to fes desert tour 4 days. But still, we try to explain what you can expect in your 4-day Journey to the Sahara Desert from Marrakech to Fes.
Our Marrakech to Fes Morocco Desert Trip will depart from your hotel or riad at 07h30 AM to Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou through Tizi Ntichka pass and the high Atlas Mountains. The architecture of Ait Benhaddou is out of this world. Ait Benhaddou is a ksar which is declared as a World Heritage by UNESCO. The houses are protected within the protected walls. After that, we will rest in Ouarzazate for lunchJourneyen continue our journey to the beautiful oasis of Morocco named Oasis of Skoura. We will stop at the Amridil. It is the best-preserved Kasbah of Morocco, which you should see. Finally, bypassing the valley of roses, we will reach to Kalaat M’Gouna. From Kalaat, there is only a 50 min drive to Dades Valley, where our boutique guest house is located. Rest and have some delicious dinner to prepare yourself for the next day.

Next morning, we will commence our trip to Tinghir oasis and see the beautiful landscapes over there. Tinghir is famous for its greenery and door to Todra Gorge. Tinghir oasis has some excellent tracking path, and you will know more about the Agriculture land of this area. After some rest and lunch we will continue our to Rissani City which is the last city before the Merzouga desert. Rissani was the place where the Alawite dynasty has started, and they continue to this day as the current royal Moroccan family. You would see beautiful specimens of the early Moroccan era. The founder of the Alawite dynasty sharif ibn Ali, is also buried there. Rissani is also known for its leather products. They produce some best quality leather from animal skins (Typically goat skins). The entrance of the City is known as Bab and there several Gates of the city, which are beautifully decorated with colors and lights.

By Mid-afternoon, we will reach to Merzouga, where the caravan of camels will wait for you. Ride camels over Erg Chebbi dunes and enjoy the stunning sunset view. Let us tell you beforehand that Sunset Camel Ride is the best experience you will have in your desert trip. After Camel Riding, you will return to you, Sahara Desert Camp, where you will enjoy dinner under the stars and listen to Nomads’ stories. They will also play drums and guitars to make your night memorable. Your tent would be private with shared Bathroom. Showers are available in the operator’s lodge, and dinner and breakfast would also be provided. If you wish to upgrade your tent to a luxury tent, it would cost you €70 per person.

On the 3rd and last day after breakfast, which would be served in operator’s lodge, if you are signed up for luxury camp, then the shower and breakfast are available at your tent. After seeing the beautiful sunrise and breakfast, you will drive to Fes crossing the Ziz Valley through Errachidia, the capital of the Tafilalt region. The first stop would be Midelt, where we had lunch in the center of High Atlas mountain. Speaking of High Atlas, let us discuss some facts about High Atlas. The Atlas Mountains have the highest peak in Morocco and second in Africa after Kilimanjaro. The highest peak of Atlas is Toubkal, which is around 4600 meters. When you Enter the High Atlas area, you would be amazed to see the place’s landscapes and greenery. You will see plenty of Berber villages and their small stoned houses. The best part for most of the first-timers is the Call to prayer in that region. The beauty of Call to prayers from the speakers of the Mosques and the smoke from the chimneys makes the beauty of the Atlas Mountains eternal.

The driver will stop at the best places where you will be able to take plenty of pictures with Barbary apes. Finally, in the late afternoon you will be dropped at your hotel at Fes.


Sahara Desert tour is the tour of a lifetime that you will never forget and to the planning of the trip, which is so essential is a must. Plan your trip according to your time, cost, and resources, and you should know ahead of what you will get from the money you spend. You may ask yourself by reading this whole article that why Choose us for your Sahara desert trip, although we explain this above briefly but let us tell you that you may find hundreds of tour operators and Agents online, but they will not give you the equal value of money. You can go to a discussion forum like on TripAdvisor. You will find more bad reviews than a good one. The reason for this dissatisfaction is simple “You will Not Get what they Promise to Deliver.” The tour companies usually give you non- English and rude guides and charge like $1000/night for your luxury Camp. That is why it is essential to read reviews before booking your Sahara Desert trip.

Another most important thing is the days. Many travel companies promise to take you to Sahara in 2 Days, but they take you to Zagora desert which is the part of Sahara desert but to enjoy the trip to the Sahara Desert you have to book a 3 Day desert tour and a trip to Merzouga which is the door to the Sahara Desert. You cannot see Sahara in less than three days. Also, if you are a true dessert lover, we can make it up to 4 days if you want. Finally, one of the essential things is the starting and finishing points of Your trip. Most of the companies start their tour from Marrakech but did not end up in Fes. That is why we have a tour which starts from Marrakech, and the final destination of our trip is Fes. Also, we provide 4 day Fes to Marrakech desert tour to save you time and effort for finding the relevant tour. Now we do not just offer Trips to Merzouga or Fes. We provide a wide range of Tours in Morocco, along with activities like Quad Biking and Camel riding. As we have said earlier that Sahara Desert trip would be the trip of your lifetime and you should plan and book your tour wisely. See and compare the packages wisely and ask your tour operator beforehand what you will get in the price you pay.

When we say we are top reviewed Morocco tour Agency then we are not just saying it out of the blue but instead we have proof for. Just see our Excellent reviews on the world’s largest Travel platform TripAdvisor. Moreover, if you want to come with a Friend or even alone, then we have a wide range of desert trips designed just for you, see the list of our shared Marrakech desert tours to know more.