Group 2-day desert tour from Marrakech to Zagora




2 days

The group shared 2 days desert tour from Marrakech to Zagora is perfect for those who are short on time. In fact,  Zagora desert tour is the ideal opportunity to introduce you to Morocco Sahara desert in a condensed 2 day trip.
To fit everyone’s tight schedule, we organize our Marrakech to Zagora desert safaris everyday in small groups of up to 17 like-minded young travelers from all over the world.

2-Day Marrakech to Zagora Desert Tour - Highlights:

  • Cross the High Atlas Mountains & Tizi Ntichka pass.
  • Visit the UNESCO world heritage site of Casbah 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's Sahara desert

Tour Plan

Day 1: Marrakech – Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou – Agdz – Zagora

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 to 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 to 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, 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:

Comfortable camp Luxury camp

Day 2: Zagora – Ouarzazate – Atlas Mountains – Marrakech

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 shared budget 2 days desert tour from Marrakech to Zagora will end in Jamaa Elfna Square at about 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 ).
  • Beverage
  • 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

Questions & Answers

How far is Zagora desert from Marrakech?

Distance between Marrakech and Zagora is 355 Km (220 Miles). It takes about 7 hours to drive from Marrakech to Zagora via the High Atlas Mountains, Ouarzazate, and Agdz Village. It will take more time if you include sightseeing stops, lunch and coffee breaks.

Are there any sand dunes in Zagora?

There are not. Only next to the comfortable camp, there is one sand dune. Mainly Zagora is flat rock desert.

Are tents private in Zagora desert camp?

Yes tents in Zagora desert camp are private.

Are there showers in Zagora desert camp?

There are shared showers and toilets outside your tent in the comfortable camp.

Do we need to bring our own towels for the first and second night accommodations?

We highly recommend to bring your own shower condiments and towels for both nights. The camp operator in Merzouga doesn’t supply any unless you upgrade to the luxury Sahara desert camp.

Can we bring our suitcases with us on the Sahara desert tour?

Yes you can, it will be kept safe in the van while camping. However, please prepare your small backpack to take with you on the camel ride to the Sahara desert camp.

Are there any electricity outlets in Zagora desert camp?

There will be electric outlets in your Zagora camp restaurant. However, they shut the electric generators around midnight

Are bathrooms in Zagora desert camp tent private?

If you opt for the comfortable desert camp, bathrooms are shared. If you choose to upgrade to the luxury camp, bathrooms are located inside your tent.

Can we bring our suitcases with us on the tour?

Yes you can. Please make sure you prepare a small backpack to take on the camel ride to the camp. The rest of your luggage will stay safe in your vehicle for the night.

How long is the camel ride in Zagora Desert?

Your camel ride in Zagora desert will be consisted of one hour sunset camel ride and roughly 40 minutes sunrise camel ride in the morning. Time depends on the season, sunset and sunrise time.

Can we hire quad bikes in Zagora desert?

Unfortunately there is no quad biking operator in Zagora desert.

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