Group 2 Days Desert Tour from Marrakech

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Best overnight Sahara Desert Safari from Marrakech

Travel from Marrakech to Zagora on a 2-day desert trip. Visit Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou en route to Ouarzazate. Hop on your camel for an hour camel trek, and spend a night at Sahara desert camp in Zagora.
To fit everyone’s tight schedule, we organize our Marrakech to Zagora desert safaris everyday. Further, our small groups are consisted of up to 16 like-minded young travelers from all over the world.

2-Day Marrakech Desert Trip Highlights:

  • Cross the High Atlas Mountains and Tizi N'tichka pass.
  • Visit the UNESCO world heritage site of Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou
  • Drive along Draa Valley, famous for its date palm tree plantations
  • Enjoy a spectacular Zagora desert sunset camel ride
  • Spend the night in a Berber desert camp in Zagora
  • Visit Ouarzazate the Gate to Morocco Sahara desert

Itinerary of the 2 Days Desert Tour from Marrakech to Zagora:

  • Day 1: Marrakech - Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou - Agdz - Zagora

    (8 Hours Drive)

    Your shared 2 days desert tour from Marrakech to Zagora departs around 07h30 AM driving through Tizi Ntichka pass ( 2260 m. alt ) past different adobe Berber villages, and locals herding their goats. Stop in the middle of the High Atlas Mountains to take some pictures, stretch your legs or have a cup of coffee.

    Upon arrival at Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou, you will have some free time to explore the UNESCO world heritage village, and its famous fortified village, that has been used as a set for various Biblical epics as well as a backdrop for commercial and modeling photo shoots. Should you wish to join the group on a guided tour, there is an extra fee of €3.00 euros per person for your local guide. After the visit of the Kasbah, you will have an hour lunch break at leisure.

    From here, we will continue driving past Ouarzazate and cross the North-eastern parts of the Anti Atlas Mountains to the oasis of Agdz. After a quick stop in the village centre (time permitting), get ready to admire one amazing scenery after another driving along Draa Valley with its fortified Kasbahs and oases dotted with hundreds of thousands of dates palm trees. Draa Valley hosts the largest palm tree plantation in Morocco.

    Upon arrival at Zagora desert late in the afternoon, you meet your camel caravan, and your camel trekking adventure will begin through Zagora desert while assisting to an amazing sunset for about an hour. Please kindly note that there are barely any sand dunes in Zagora.

    Just before it gets dark, you drive your camels to our Berber desert camp nestled in the middle of nowhere. A delicious Moroccan dinner will be served tonight at your bedouin camp. Right after dinner, get ready for a fantastic drums show next to the campfire. Your local desert nomads hosts will be playing drums and singing local folklore music until around midnight. Feel free to learn about the stars constellation or just enjoy the silence of the desert under the crystal clear skies.

    Accomodation Details:
  • Day 2: Zagora - Ouarzazate - Marrakech

    (8 Hours Drive)

    Early in the morning, your camp hosts will wake you up to watch the sunrise.

    After breakfast, ride your camels again to meet your vehicle and driver on the main road.

    From here, we depart to Ouarzazate, where we will stop for lunch at a local café, and visit Taourirt Kasbah (optional – depending on timing, entrance fees apply).

    Early in the afternoon, you drive back to Marrakech crossing the High Atlas Mountains.

    Your overnight desert tour from Marrakech to Zagora will end around 19h00 in the summer and 20h00 in the winter.

Pick up from your hotel / Riad on the tour day ( or the nearest accessible point )

A/C modern minibus driven by an English / French driver

Overnight at Zagora dunes desert camp including camel trekking, dinner and breakfast. ( Private tents can only be guaranteed if you upgrade to the comfortable camp ).

Not included

Lunches on the way

Optional local guide in Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou - €3 per person

Personal expenses

Know Before You Go:
  • Please note the above driving times do not include time for sightseeing, lunches, drinks, and photos
  • This shared Marrakech desert tour is perfect for easy-going travelers with limited expectations. Otherwise a private tour would suit you much better
  • Your luggage is welcome on this Marrakech to Zagora trip. It will be safely stored at the van while camping in the desert
  • Please make sure you prepare a small backpack / rucksack for the camel ride and overnight in the camp
  • Please bring your own bathroom condiments and towel for the camp
  • Hat, sunglasses, good walking shoes and wet napkins are of good use during this tour.
  • Please wear jeans, trousers or long shorts for the camel ride to have a comfortable trek in Zagora desert
Frequently Asked Questions
Simran A – Mar 2021:

Very lovely experience, totally unusual and with stunning scenery! The dromedaries, camp fire, the melodies, the starry night... There were so many memorable moments. Our driver, Lahcen, was a huge help on this trip. The small dissatisfaction stemmed from the fact that we were not in the middle of the desert. Nonetheless, this is an experience that we can only recommend!

Paolo K – Nov 2020:

The overnight desert tour from Marrakech was just wonderful! Thanks to our great driver, who took us to some of the most gorgeous spots! We also asked to snap a photo at a poppy field along in the middle of nowhere, and the driver accommodated our request without hesitation! The camp was really pleasant, and the meal was delicious - tagine is now my favourite dish. The sunsets on the sand dunes deserve special mention; they were breath taking. And at night, we witnessed the most spectacular starry sky of our lives. The guides, the driver, and the Merry Bedouins for their drumming around the fire are all appreciated. And there are native Moroccans to keep you company. Certainly one of the most memorable vacation experiences!

Mehmet A – Oct 2019:

Long drive for a 2-day trip, compensated for by breath-taking views of the countryside. Our guide, Said Najimi, made us feel protected. He was able to answer all of our queries due to his extensive knowledge of the country's culture and history.

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