Group 2 Days Desert Tour from Marrakech

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Marrakech to Zagora 2 Days Desert Tour

Experience the wonders of Morocco Sahara Desert on a 2-day desert tour from Marrakech to Zagora. This budget-friendly adventure is perfect for those who have limited time but still want to explore the desert beyond Marrakech. You will join a small group of up to 17 like-minded individuals and enjoy private lodging at a cozy campsite in Zagora. Explore the desert on camelback and indulge in delicious meals under the starry skies for an unforgettable overnight desert safari.

2-Day Marrakech Marrakech to Zagora Desert Tour - 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.

2 Days Marrakech to Zagora Desert Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Marrakech → Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou → Agdz → Zagora


    You will be picked up from your hotel in Marrakech around 07h30 AM for your shared 2-day desert tour to Zagora. Sit back and enjoy the ride as you pass through the Tizi Ntichka pass (2260 m. alt) and different adobe Berber villages. You may even see locals herding their goats! There will be a stop in the High Atlas Mountains, so you can take pictures, stretch your legs or have a cup of coffee.
    Upon arrival at Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, you will have free time to explore this UNESCO world heritage site and its famous fortified village. This village was used as a set for various Biblical epics and a backdrop for commercial and modeling photoshoots. If you wish to join the group on a guided tour, there is an extra fee of €3.00 per person. After the visit to the Kasbah, you will have an hour’s lunch break at leisure. From here, we will continue driving past Ouarzazate and cross the Northeastern parts of the Anti-Atlas Mountains to the oasis of Agdz.
    After a quick stop in the village center, you’ll be ready to admire one amazing scenery after another. Next, drive along Draa Valley, where you’ll see fortified Kasbahs and oases dotted with hundreds of thousands of date palm trees. Draa Valley is home to the largest palm tree plantation in Morocco.
    You’ll arrive at the Zagora desert late in the afternoon and meet your camel caravan. Your camel trekking adventure will begin through the Zagora desert. First, you’ll experience a fantastic sunset camel ride for about an hour. Please note that there are barely any sand dunes in Zagora. Then, just before it gets dark, you’ll drive your camels to our Berber desert camp in the middle of nowhere.
    You’re in for a treat tonight! A delicious Moroccan dinner will be served at your Bedouin camp, followed by an incredible drums performance next to the campfire. Your local desert nomad hosts will play and sing traditional folklore music until midnight. Feel free to learn about the stars and constellations or enjoy the quiet of the desert under the crystal-clear night sky.

    Accomodation Details:
    Comfortable camp
    Luxury camp

  • Day 2 : Zagora → Ouarzazate → Marrakech


    Your camp hosts will wake you up early in the morning to watch the sunrise. After breakfast, you’ll ride your camels again to meet your vehicle and driver on the main road. From there, you will depart for Ouarzazate, where we’ll stop for lunch at a local café and visit Taourirt Kasbah (optional – depending on timing, entrance fees apply).
    Early in the afternoon, you’ll drive back to Marrakech crossing the High Atlas Mountains. Your 2 day desert tour from Marrakech to Zagora will end around 19h00 in the summer and 20h00 in the winter.

2-Day Marrakech Marrakech to Zagora Desert Tour price

Price per person: Days of operation: Number of participants:
69 € Daily 17 Max


  • 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

  • Beverages.
  • Lunches on the way.
  • Optional local guide in Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou - €3 per person.
  • Personal expenses

Tour Map

Shared Marrakech to Zagora desert tour itinerary map

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 easygoing travelers with limited expectations. Otherwise, a private Marrakech to Zagora tour would suit you much better.
  • Your luggage is welcome on this Marrakech to Zagora trip. It will be safely stored in 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

How far is Zagora desert from Marrakech?

The 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 and lunch and coffee breaks.

Are there any sand dunes in Zagora?

There are barely any sand dunes in the Zagora Desert. Only next to the comfortable camp is there one small sand dune. Mainly Zagora is a 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 bringing your shower condiments and towels for both nights. Unfortunately, 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 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. However, 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 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 the Zagora desert will consist of a 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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Eamon T.

Couple Traveller

We had an incredible trip to Zagora that stands out as one of the most memorable parts of my entire journey. Our driver, Ali, was an absolute gem. He wore a constant smile, enthusiastically accommodated our wishes, even joining in group activities and posing for photos with us. Ali truly went above and beyond! Our host, Nidal, was equally fantastic. She provided invaluable assistance, even arranging transport for us on two separate occasions after our tour had ended. Despite no longer being under his direct care, Nidal remained responsive and eager to answer all of our queries. One area that could be improved upon was the lack of information provided before the tour. Although we received an email the day before the tour, having a detailed itinerary with a timeline and all planned activities for the first day would have been very beneficial. Another aspect we encountered was a bit of pressure from our guide, Hassan, at Ait Benhaddou, urging us to make purchases from his family’s store at inflated prices. Nonetheless, our experience at Zagora campsite was wonderful. The hosts there were delightful to chat with, the accommodations were excellent, and the food was top-notch.

August 27, 2023

Nyssa B.

Couple Traveller

The experience is truly remarkable and something that everyone should try at least once in their lifetime. The guides are incredibly friendly, the food is delicious, and the location is stunning. While the van driver seemed solely focused on driving, it would have been nice if he shared some insights about the places we were passing by. In the back of the van, there was only ventilation, and with temperatures reaching 40 degrees, it was quite challenging. Admittedly, they do take you to eat at relatively expensive places, but the meals are all very tasty. The camel ride was a bit less enjoyable due to the heat, but the campsite made up for it. We were fortunate enough to sleep outside under the stars, which turned out to be a beautiful experience. Given the intense heat, staying inside the tents wasn’t an option. Despite some downsides, I believe this experience is truly unmissable. If you have the chance, consider going for the 3-day trip as this one felt a bit rushed due to its length.

August 25, 2023

Theron S.

Couple Traveller

The activities were enjoyable, but the bus ride turned out to be much longer than expected (they should make this clearer beforehand). Not all expenses are covered as it seems you need to pay separately to visit the village (Aït-Ben-Haddou), which might not be worth it. Additionally, you’re expected to tip the guide. On a positive note, the camel guides were friendly and didn’t demand tips. The night in the desert is incredibly hot, and having air conditioning would definitely be a valuable addition.

August 20, 2023

Isolde F.

Group Traveller

This overnight trip is a fantastic way to truly feel the desert experience! Along the journey to the desert, you’ll be treated to stunning views of various mountain ranges in Morocco. The sunsets and sunrises are absolutely breathtaking. Be aware that the food quality might not meet high expectations, and be prepared for the bus ride. Our Berber camel guide and the camp experience were delightful. This is definitely a must-do when you’re in Marrakech.

August 20, 2023

Xander K.

Couple Traveller

It was a positive experience overall. The only issues were that the drive from Marrakesh is quite lengthy (over 8 hours of travel), and our driver seemed inexperienced, lacking knowledge about our planned itinerary. I highly recommend those who are about to embark on this experience to pack a backpack, as suitcases can’t be taken into the desert (if you bring one, the van driver will store it). Keep in mind that the bathrooms and showers are shared with other guests in the desert camp.

August 18, 2023
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