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Private Marrakech to Zagora 2-Day Desert Trip

Your private 2 days desert tour from Marrakech to Zagora is your best chance to discover Morocco’s Sahara desert at a glance. This is the best overnight desert trip from Marrakech: It will introduce you to the Saharan landscapes of Draa Valley and Zagora desert. Drive across the High Atlas Mountains and walk to Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou. At the end of the day, Ride your camel while watching a spectacular sunset. At night, join the Berber nomads playing Tam-Tam drums around the camp fire. That would be the highlight of your Marrakech 2-day desert tour.

2 days Marrakech to Zagora desert safari Highlights :

  • Drive across the High Atlas Mountains and Tizi Ntichka pass
  • Visit the Berber village of Ait Ben Hadou, famous for its world heritage Kasbah
  • Drive along Draa Valley with its fortified villages, palm trees dotted rivers and oases
  • Ride your camel watching the sunset at Zagora desert
  • Sleep under the stars at your Berber desert camp
  • Visit Ouarzazate with its Taourirt Kasbah and Atlas Film Studios

Marrakech to Zagora Overnight Desert Tour Itinerary:

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

    (7 Hours Drive)

    You depart your 2 days desert tour from Marrakech to Zagora from your hotel or riad early in the morning (Around 07h30) to Zagora through Tizi N'tichka pass ( 2260 m. alt ) and cross various Berber villages on the way. Different stops will be made along the way to enjoy the scenery, take photos or just sip a cup of mint tea and stretch your legs.
    Upon arrival to Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou, enjoy a short visit of this world heritage site used previously a set for various Hollywood epics like Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia. An hour visit of the Village will be organized at leisure with a local guide.
    After lunch at leisure in either Kasbah Air Ben Hadou, or further in Ourrzazate, you’ll drive past the Anti Atlas Mountains, the Berber Village of Agdez, and Draa Valley with its hundreds of thousands of date palm trees. Draa Valley is considered the largest date palm plantation in Morocco.
    We arrive Zagora late in the afternoon to get ready for a camel trek over the Zagora desert and watch a spectacular sunset before driving your camel back to your Zagora desert camp for a Moroccan dinner with drums entertainment under the stars.

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

    (7 Hours Drive)

    After an early wake up for a camel ride and sunrise watch over the horizon, and a Moroccan breakfast, depart to Ouarzazate, where you can visit Taourirte Kasbah before lunch at leisure, and then continue back to Marrakech via Tizi Ntichka pass.
    You should arrive back to your hotel or riad in Marrakech by late afternoon.
    Your 2 days Marrakech to Zagora desert tour will end by a drop off at your hotel.

What is included in this Private 2-Day Desert tour from Marrakech to Zagora:
A/C modern 4×4 or van driven by an English speaking river /guide

Pick up from your Marrakaech hotel / Riad

Sunset camel ride

Overnight at a Sahara desert camp in Zagora ( Private tent ) with shared bathrooms and showers. Dinner and breakfast are included.

Upgrade to a deluxe camp with an ensuite tent available upon booking your desert tour (€70 per person)

Sunrise camel ride

Drop off at your Marrakech hotel or the closest accessible location to your Marrakech riad if not car accessible.

Not included

Entrance fees if any

Optional local guide in Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou

Lunches on the way

Know Before You Go:
  • Please kindly note that Zagora is flat rock desert, there are barely any sand dunes
  • Driving time from Marrakech to Zagora ( not including stops for sightseeing, drinks, lunch …. ) is 7 hours
  • Winter season is very clod in Zagora desert, please make sure you bring warm sleeping clothes
  • Roughly 1 hour sunset and morning sunrise camel rides is included
  • Please make sure you wear jeans or long shorts with for your Zagora desert camel trek to avoid skin contact with the camel saddle
  • Your Zagora desert camp has electricity to charge your cameras and phone in the public areas, but not inside your tent.
  • Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses and good walking shoes are essential for this tour
  • If you choose the comfortable camp ( included in the Zagora tour price ), please bring your bathroom condiments and a towel. If you choose to upgrade to the luxury camp, they are supplied within your ensuite bathroom.

2-Day Marrakech Desert Tour Price:

Number of Participants 1 2 3 4 5 6 7-9 10-13 14-17
Price per person 335€ 189€ 149€ 129€ 115€ 105€ 95€ 90€ 79€
Number of Participants Price per person
1 335€
2 189€
3 149€
4 129€
5 115€
6 105€
7-9 95€
10-13 90€
14-17 79€
Frequently Asked Questions
Billy F – Nov 2021:

The tour from Marrakech to Zagora desert was fantastic, but it was far too short! The drive is spectacular since it takes you through the Atlas Mountains with breath-taking views, but it's 360 kilometres from Marrakesh and the route isn't straight, so it takes about 7 hours. It's enjoyable since you can stop a few times along the trip to see different sights, but I wish we had more time in the desert. We just stayed one night with supper and breakfast and rode camels to see the sunset and dawn, so it's really evocative and beautiful, but for such a long journey, I would recommend at least two nights. The desert camp was well equipped, and the people and food were also fantastic. We liked him right away; he's really helpful and speaks good English, so you won't have any difficulty communicating with him. He took us to the nicest restaurants and looked after us even at the desert camp, making sure we had everything we needed. I highly suggest this trip, and the organization was really simple to work with and provided an honest price/service for a private tour. Thank you, Ali, and Marrakech Desert Trips.

Karen A – Oct 2020:

Our desert tour from Marrakech to Zagora was just amazing. Reda was not only a fantastic driver, but also a thoughtful guide and a nice companion on our journey. He was able to provide us with a wealth of information on all of the places we visited, as well as making the ride simple and fun by pausing for spectacular picture opportunities and well-timed coffee breaks. Thank you very much, Reda!

Carlos F – Sep 2019:

My wife and I booked this excursion with Marrakech Desert Trips on our honeymoon. Hicham, our driver/guide, was fantastic! We were met in front of our Riad. And took us on a pleasant journey that included lunch and a visit to a Kasbah. Our host Ahmed went above and above after we arrived at the camp (via camel!!)!! He did, however, deceive me into believing the tea was "Berber Whiskey"!! In any case, it was a lovely cup of tea. This tour is highly recommended for all adventurers!!!

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