3 Days Tour from Marrakech to Merzouga Desert

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Group 3-Day Merzouga Tour from Marrakech

The group 3-Day Tour from Marrakech to Merzouga desert is the most popular Moroccan Desert trip. It involves 3 days of amazing scenery and a guided visit of the legendary Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a walk at Todgha oasis, and canyons. The drive is long as the distance from Marrakech to Merzouga is 536 km (350 Miles). However, you will be busy admiring one view after another. You will drive along the road of 1001 Kasbahs, Dades Valley, lush green oases, and mud-brick Berber villages. The moment you reach Merzouga Desert, you will realize the journey is worth the long drive: Ride camels while admiring a spectacular color-changing sunset, and spend the night at your Sahara desert camp hidden in the middle of Erg Chebbi dunes. After dinner under the stars, join your local nomad hosts to play tam-tam drums and sing around the fire camp.
This Marrakech to Merzouga 3-day desert safari is ideal for those who want to discover the deep Morocco Sahara desert and don’t mind sharing the tour cost with young international travelers.

Price per person: Days of operation: Number of participants:
95 € Daily 17 Max

Marrakech to Merzouga 3-Day Desert Tour Highlights:

  • Cross the High Atlas Mountains with its pass of Tizi Ntichka.
  • Walk to the world heritage site of Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou.
  • Climb up to the snaky road of Dades Canyons.
  • Visit Todra gorges and Tinghir oasis.
  • Ride a camel in Erg Chebbi to watch the color-changing sunset.
  • Spend the night at a Berber desert camp in Merzouga Sahara desert.

3 Days Marrakech to Merzouga Desert Tour Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Marrakech - Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou - Dades Valley

    (07H00 DRIVE)

    Your 3 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga will start early in the morning with a drive east of Marrakech past small suburban towns to the High Atlas Mountains. You will make a few stops to take photos, enjoy the scenery, stretch your legs and drink a cup of coffee.
    Drive uphill on curvy roads to the famous Tizi Ntichka pass before reaching Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, the first major stop today for sightseeing. The Berber fortified village of Ait Ben Haddou is a UNESCO-listed landmark known as a set for major Hollywood epics. To name a few movies that used the village for shooting: the Kingdom of Heaven, Lawrence of Arabia, and Gladiator. Cross the river separating the Kasbah from the main road and leisurely explore the village. Should you wish to hire a local guide, they are available onsite.
    After lunch at leisure at one of the local cafes, continue to Dades valley, driving past Ouarzazate, Skoura Oasis, and Klaa Mgouna, the capital of the valley of the roses and famous for its rosewater artisanal distillation factories.
    Upon arrival at Boumalne Dades, Follow Dades River on a tiny road passing by different fortified Kasbahs on the side of the road to Dades Canyons. You will arrive at your hotel late in the afternoon.
    Dinner and overnight at your Dades hotel.

    Accomodation Details:
  • Day 2: Dades Valley - Tinghir Oasis - Merzouga Desert

    (5H00 DRIVE)

    After breakfast at your hotel in Dades Valley, your Merzouga tour will start today with a drive along the road of 1001 Kasbahs to the oasis of Tinghir, where we will deviate to a minor road driving along the river to Todgha, where you will stop for a walk in the oasis under the shade of palm trees and continue to Todgha Gorges.
    After some time at leisure to enjoy the immensity of the huge cliffs and lunch at a local café (At leisure), we continue early in the afternoon to Rissani, famous for its dates market and being a starting point of the ancient trading caravans crossing the Sahara desert to Tombouctou. After a quick stop, we will continue to Merzouga, driving through some rocky desert landscape.
    Upon arrival at Palais Des dunes lodge, feel free to take a swim at their freshening pool before getting ready for your sunset desert trek to the camp.

    Meet our camel caravan, and ride your camels through the amazing color-changing dunes with the sunset on the horizon as a backdrop. We reach our Sahara desert camp before darkness.
    After some time to admire the sand dunes and the surrounding landscapes, get ready for a Moroccan dinner served under the stars next to the campfire. Late at night, your local nomad hosts will be entertaining you with their drums.

    Accomodation Details:
  • Day 3: Merzouga - Ouarzazate - Marrakech

    (8H00 DRIVE)

    After an early sunrise camel trek through Erg Chebbi dunes, arrive at the desert camp operator's lodge for breakfast, shower, and maybe a quick swim at the lodge pool if time permits.
    Meet your driver and vehicle and drive back to Ouarzazate. After some time at leisure for lunch, we carry on in the afternoon to Marrakech through the High Atlas Mountains.
    Your 3-day Merzouga desert tour will end in Marrakech at about 19h00.

Tour Map

Map of 3 Days Tour from Marrakech to Merzouga Desert
Map of 3 Days Tour from Marrakech to Merzouga Desert

What is included in this group 3 Day Marrakech to Merzouga Desert Trip:

Pick up from your Marrakech riad / hotel on the tour day (or the closest accessible point to your riad).

A/C modern minibus driven by an English / French speaking driver / guide ( Maximum of 17 passengers ).

First night in Dades Valley hotel including dinner and breakfast.

sunrise camel ride in Erg chebbi.

Comfortable tent at a our Sahara desert camp.

Sandboarding.

Sunrise camel ride in Erg Chebbi.

Breakfast, shower and swimming pool at the camp operator's lodge in Merzouga.

Not included

Beverages.

Lunches on the way.

Optional local guide in Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou - €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 3-Day Merzouga Tour from Marrakech is perfect for easy-going travelers with limited expectations. Otherwise, a private 3-day desert tour from Marrakech would suit you better.
  • Your luggage is welcome on this Marrakech to Merzouga trip. It will be safely stored in the van while camping in the desert.
  • Please prepare a small backpack or rucksack for the camel ride and overnight in the camp.
  • Please bring your bathroom condiments and towel for the Merzouga Sahara desert camp.
  • Warm blankets are supplied during the winter. However, warm sleeping clothes are necessary as temperatures can reach 0°C.
  • Hat, sunglasses, good walking shoes, and wet napping are of good use during this tour.
  • Please wear jeans, trousers, or long shorts for the camel ride to have a comfortable trek in Erg Chebbi dunes.
  • If you wish to experience sand boarding in the dunes of Erg Chebbi, there are a few sand boards in the lodge to take with you to the camp. Just ask for it; if available, you will be given one.

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Reviews

Amazing 3 Days tour from Mrrakesh to Merzouga

Carla F – Nov 2021:

The activities they provide during this group 3-day desert tour are enjoyable, and I wouldn't consider my vacation to Marrakesh complete without taking this trip. The only thing to remember is that it is a lengthy journey (it took us 10 hours to return from Merzouga to Marrakesh), so I would not suggest it to anybody. However, when weighing the cost vs. the reward, it is well worth it.

Outstanding 3-day trip to Merzouga from Marrakech

Hans H – Sep 2021:

I can't believe such a terrific trip is available at such a low price. We visited many towns, were shown about by fantastic local guides in Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou and Tinghir oasis, rode camels, and spent the night dancing around a fire in a desert camp. Throughout the trip, we felt safe and well cared for. This is a must-do tour!

Best value for money Mezouga tour from Marrakech

Natasha L – July 2021:

Wow, just WOW. This journey is a must-do if you want to learn more about Morocco, particularly the Sahara. For what you receive, the pricing is unbeatable. It wasn't simply the performance that wowed me. Also, the individuals you've met. My heartfelt gratitude goes to Mohamed, our driver. A wonderful individual who was there for you from beginning to end. The group felt comfortable and secure with him. Thanks also to our on-site guides, Ali and Hassan. The gentlemen from the camp who accommodated our group should not go unmentioned—they were extraordinary individuals who were always willing to be excellent hosts.

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