Day trip to Agafay Desert from Marrakech




1 days

Go on a private tour from Marrakech to Agafay desert and experience the beguiling desert beauty located an hour drive from Marrakech. Navigate through the desert of Agafay  pristine desert landscapes, accompanied with your skillful driver / guide to enjoy an electrifying ride through vast desert tracks with high and deep lows.

Marrakech to Agafay Desert day tour highlights:

  • Journey through the dramatic landscapes of Agafay Desert on a 4x4
  • Ride camels across Agafay desert
  • Enjoy a delicious Moroccan Tagine lunch under Bedouin tents
  • Learn about the Berbers culture and traditions
  • Follow the path of dry rivers to Lalla Takerkous lake

Tour Plan

Marrakech – Agafay Desert

If you can only spare a day to get the feeling of the Moroccan desert landscapes and lifestyle, Agafay Desert day trip will be your best choice.

Meet your driver / guide at your hotel and drive Southeast past orange, olive and peach farms until you reach the moon-like arid hills of Agafay Desert.

From here, you will drive off the beaten track across. As you proceed further, you find yourself surrounded by the rugged dunes and rocky scene of Agafay desert. Cross dry rivers, canyons and oases. Drive past Berber villages and watch flocks of sheep passing by.

After a cup of Mint tea, get ready for an hour camel trek followed by a delicious Moroccan Tagine lunch served under a nomad tent.  In the afternoon, you continue you continue to Lalla Takerkoust Lake located at the other end of Agafay desert. This lake is served as a water reservoir supplying Marrakech with drinking water. On the horizon, you will witness the majesty of the High Atlas Mountains full of snow most of the year.

Late in the afternoon, we return back to Marrakech and your Agafay day trip will come to an end with drop off at your hotel.


  • Pick up from your Marrakech hotel
  • A/C modern 4x4 driven by an English speaking driver / guide.
  • 1 hour camel ride
  • Mint tea
  • 3 course lunch with mineral water

Know Before You Go:

  • Children under 12 are advised to ride a camel with an adult.
  • Please dress comfortably, jeans or long shorts are recommended.
  • Avoid skirts while ride a camel in Marrakech, it will not help you have a smooth camel trek experience
  • Do not forget your hats, sunscreen and sunglasses
  • This camel ride experience is not recommended for pregnant women, people with back and neck pain

Questions & Answers

Are there any sand dunes in Agafay Desert?

Agafay Desert is plain rock desert with dunes-like hills; there are absolutely no sand dunes in Agafay desert

Can I add a quad biking or buggies ride to my day trip to Agafay desert?

Yes you can combine your day trip to Agafay desert with a quad biking or dunes buggy activities. Just drop us a line, and we will be delighted to assist.

How far is Agafay desert from Marrakech?

Agafay Desert is about 40km from Marrakech Via R 212.It can take up to 40 minutes to reach

What to do in Agafay Desert?

In Agafay desert, you can enjoy the sunset, can do quad biking and Camel riding, see the Berber villages and experience their lifestyle first hand.

What is the Difference between Agafay and Sahara Desert?

It is often Considered as an alternative to the Sahara Desert because you can explore the Agafay Desert in One day but for Sahara you need minimum of 3 days. Also, Agafay is not Sandy like Sahara. It is Rockier and more barren but you may find white Sand dunes-like hills which may remind you of Sahara Desert.

Are camels friendly?

Camels are social and usually do not attack humans. You can ride on it without any fear. But if you force it to do something then it can retaliate and can cause you harm.

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