Private Marrakech Desert Tour – 3 Days

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Marrakech 3 Day Desert Tour

Take a private 3 Days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga Desert and explore the Magic of Morocco. Enjoy breath-taking scenery ranging from the snow-topped Atlas Mountains to the color-changing sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. Visit the mud-brick fortified Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, and explore the lush green Tinghir oasis and the nearby limestone Todgha canyons. Our 3-Day Marrakech Desert Tour includes an-hour long camel ride to watch the sunset and an overnight sleep under the stars at your Morocco Sahara Desert Camp tucked between Erg Chebbi dunes.

Marrakech 3 Day Desert Tour Highlights:

  • Traverse the High Atlas Mountains and Tizi N'tichka pass.
  • Walk to Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou and explore the Berber village.
  • Take a promenade along the stream in Todra oasis to the majestic gorges.
  • Ride your camel and enjoy the views of Erg Chebbi dunes with its dramatic sunset.
  • Enjoy a Berber dinner under the stars and spend the night at your Merzouga desert camp.

Marrakech Desert Tour 3 Days Itinerary:

Day 1: Marrakech - Atlas Mountains - Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou - Dades Valley

Your 3 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga desert will start at around 07h30 in the morning from your riad or hotel.
We will begin our 3-day Morocco desert tour with a drive to Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou. First, we will need to drive through Tizi Ntichka pass and the High Atlas Mountains. You will make numerous stops along the way. Visit the UNESCO world heritage Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. This fantastic village was also served as a set for various Hollywood blockbusters.
We continue to Ouarzazate for lunch ( At leisure ). In the afternoon, we drive to the oasis of Skoura, known for its Kasbah of Amridil, which is worth a visit.
We continue our journey via the Valley of the Roses and the village of Kalaa Mgouna. This area of Morocco is famous for its Damascus rose distillation factories. Behind your car window, you will witness some fantastic fortified adobe Berber settlements called Ksours. We reach our hotel located in Dades Valley.
Dinner and overnight.

(6 Hours Drive)
Accomodation Details:

Day 2: Boumalne Dades - Tinghir - Merzouga - Sahara Desert

After breakfast, drive through the 1001 Kasbahs road to Tinghir. Upon arrival at this wonderful oasis, you can enjoy a walk along the Todgha River Banks. Visit Berber Villages and Ksours. When you reach the amazing huge cliffs of Todgha canyons, you will realize your morning adventure was worth it!
Treat yourself to a delicious Berber lunch at leisure in the Gorges before you continue to Merzouga.
Upon arrival at Erg Chebbi, meet your camel caravan where the road end. Ride your camel and drive over the color-changing dunes to watch one of the most dramatic sunsets.
Arrive at your Sahara desert camp just before it gets dark. After you settle in your tent, Enjoy climbing one of the nearby dunes to marvel at the tranquility of the desert. A well-deserved Moroccan dinner will be served under the stars. Now, you will get ready to test your drumming skills with the nomads. Around the campfire, your camp hosts will entertain you with their Tamtam drums. Take advantage of the nearby dunes exposing a great display of shooting stars and crystal clear constellations.
Overnight at your Sahara desert camp.

(4 Hours Drive)
Accomodation Details:

Day 3: Merzouga - Ouarzazate - Atlas Mountains - Marrakech

Today, get ready for an early Erg Chebbi sunrise camel ride before you meet your guide.
Drive back to Marrakech through the Volcanic landscapes of the Anti Atlas Mountains to the village of Nkob. Once in Ouarzazate, feel free to ask your driver to stop at the film Studios if you wish. You can have lunch at leisure in the city center. Early in the afternoon, continue your drive crossing the High Atlas Mountains and Tizi Ntichka pass.
Your private 3-day desert trip from Marrakech to Merzouga will end at your hotel or riad mid-afternoon.

(9 Hours Drive)

Marrakech to Merzouga 3-Day Tour Price:

Number of Participants: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7-9 10-13 14-17
Price per person: 515€ 295€ 225€ 185€ 165€ 155€ 149€ 145€ 125€
Number of Participants: Price per person:
1 515€
2 295€
3 225€
4 185€
5 165€
6 155€
7-9 149€
10-13 145€
14-17 125€

Tour Map

Map of Private Marrakech Desert Tour – 3 Days
Map of Private Marrakech Desert Tour – 3 Days

What is included in this Private Marrakech 3-Day Desert Tour:

A/C modern 4×4 or van driven by an English speaking driver/guide.

Pick up from your Marrakech hotel/Riad.

First night at Auberge Panorama or Hotel Babylon (Private A/C ensuite room) with dinner & breakfast.

Sunset and sunrise camel rides in Erg Chebbi.

Overnight at a Sahara desert camp in Erg Chebbi ( Private tent ).

Dinner and breakfast at your Sahara Desert Camp.

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

Not included


Entrance fees if any

local guides if any

Know Before You Go:

  • The tour price per person varies depending on the number of people in your party.
  • This tour can be tailored to a 4 days Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour if you wish.
  • The driving times listed do not include any stops for sightseeing, taking photos, or grabbing lunch or coffee.
  • Please be prepared for a long day of driving on Day 3 as we head back from Merzouga to Marrakech.
  • A 4x4 can seat up to four adult passengers comfortably. If there are five participants or more, a van will be used for your tour.
  • The best time to start your desert tour on the first day is between 07h30 and 08h00 AM.
  • If you're interested in sandboarding during your stay in Merzouga, we have a few boards available at the lodge that you can take with you to camp. Just let us know and we'll be happy to give you one if it's available.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How far is it from Marrakech to Merzouga?

    The distance from Marrakech to Merzouga is 560 kilometers (348 Miles), but it will be split into two days with a stopover in Dades Valley. On the way back, you'll spend the day driving back to Marrakech.

  • How long does the camel ride from Merzouga to Erg Chebbi desert camp take?

    It all depends on the time of year, daylight savings time, and when sunset and sunrise are. But generally, it's about an hour for sunset and another hour for sunrise camel rides the next day.

  • what type of vehicle is used in this Marrakech to Merzouga 3 Day tour?

    For smaller groups of up to 4 people, we use modern A/C Toyota Land Cruisers. But for larger parties, we suggest 7 or 16 seated vans so that everyone has more legroom and space for luggage. Please note that the road from Marrakech to Merzouga is paved all the way.

  • Are bathrooms in Merzouga desert camp private?

    Merzouga desert camp bathrooms are private inside your tent if you're staying in the luxury camp. Otherwise, the bathrooms are shared and located outside your tent.

  • Can i skip the camel ride in Erg chebbi to the desert camp?

    You can choose to skip the camel ride and take a 4x4 vehicle to the desert camp instead. There is an additional fee of 30 Euros for the return transfer. If you upgrade to the luxury desert camp, there are no additional fees for the 4x4 return transfer.

  • can i hire quad bikes in Merzouga?

    Yes, you can rent quad bikes in Merzouga. There are many companies that provide good quality quad bikes and dunes buggies for exploring the Erg Chebbi dunes. Your guide will be able to help you with this, and you will pay the supplier directly in Merzouga. They usually cost 50 Euros per quad per hour.

  • Are there any electrical outlets in the comfortable Merzouga camp?

    Yes, there are electrical outlets in the public areas, restaurants, and camp courtyard of your Merzouga Sahara desert camp. However, the electric generators get turned down around midnight.

  • Are there any electricity outlets in Mezouga luxury camp?

    Merzouga luxury camp has electric outlets in the restaurant and inside your tents. However, the camp's electric generators are turned off around midnight.

  • Can i skip the camel ride in Erg chebbi to the luxury desert camp?

    You have the option to skip the camel ride and take a jeep transfer to your luxury desert camp instead. This return transfer is included in your package.

  • Are there showers in Merzouga desert camp?

    If you upgrade to the luxury camp, your tent will have an ensuite bathroom with hot showers. However, if you choose to stay in the comfortable camp, showers are available at the camp operator’s lodge in Merzouga the following day.

  • Is riding a camel is comfortable?

    Riding a camel is not as uncomfortable as it may seem at first. With a little practice, you'll be able to ride one quite comfortably in no time.

  • What do i wear for the camel ride?

    When embarking on a camel ride in Merzouga, be sure to wear full and loose clothes. This is especially important in hot desert climates. If you prefer to wear shorts, choose ones that are long. Additionally, don't forget to pack a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and comfortable shoes to make your ride more enjoyable.


Private 3 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga

Alex A – Sep 2019:

My friends and I had an amazing time on the 3-day Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour. The website accurately described the activities we would be doing. Our guides in Ben Ait Haddou and the oasis Berber village (Ali) were fantastic. They were humorous and extremely pleasant. The people we met in the different areas were not pushy like they can be in Marrakech. The accommodations were also far better than we had imagined. Both the hotel and the desert tent were lovely. And the cuisine was excellent. I've gone on many of these kinds of trips and never had a driver as polite as Ibrahim. He made such a strong connection with us. He knows all there is to know and is always willing to assist. His English is excellent, and he enjoys joking around. Also, his driving is fantastic. My partner suffers from carsickness, but she never felt dizzy because he makes corners like an expert and stops gently. I guarantee you'll have a great time if Ibrahim is your driver.

Memorable private tour from Marrakech to Merzouga

Ben R – Mar 2020:

There are a lot of tour operators out there, and determining which one is the best might be difficult when you're sitting at your computer before even arriving to Morocco. Marrakech Desert Trips, on the other hand, promised and provided all we wanted for based just on the description. We were assigned a private driver - Hachim - with a pleasant and large minivan (pleeenty of space for 4 of us Plus the driver) to pick us up from our Riad. Hachim was extremely polite, professional, knowledgeable, and experienced behind the wheel from the start. The journey would not have been the same without him. He was definitely aware of all the best places to take us, including restaurants, sights, and stores. He was constantly attentive to our requirements and provided us with a wealth of information about Morocco. There are a lot of tour operators to choose from when planning a Morocco desert trip, which can make it difficult to decide which one is the best. Marrakech Desert Trips, however, lived up to its promises based on the description alone. We were assigned a private driver, Hachim, who was extremely polite, professional, and knowledgeable. He was also experienced behind the wheel, which made the journey much more enjoyable. He was aware of all the best places to take us and made sure we had a great experience. He was constantly attentive to our needs and provided us with a wealth of information about Morocco. The lodging for both nights was top-notch. Starting with the hotel, which had a stunning view and comfortable rooms on the first night. And then there was the desert tent, which was modest but beautiful in the middle of nowhere. The camel ride was also quite nice (after hearing so many people say it was uncomfortable). The views at sunset and sunrise are not to be missed. They are not hurried, and the camels appear to have been properly cared after. There is a lot of driving involved, and yes, some of the roads are rough and bumpy... but it was honestly the best way to get to know Morocco; all of its diversity in scenery; the people; and some wonderful villages. A sure guarantee for a fantastic tour.

3-Day private desert tour from Marrakech

Michelle N – April 2018:

My husband and I did a three-day private excursion from Marrakech to Merzouga, and we found it to be the perfect length of time. We felt quite safe with our guide Reda, who was polite, knowledgeable, and accommodating. Over the course of three days, you will see and experience a lot. The journeys are long, but there are plenty of opportunities to stretch your legs and have a closer look at your surroundings.

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