Private Marrakech Desert Tour – 3 Days

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3 Days Desert Tour from Marrakech

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.

3 Days Desert Tour from Marrakech to Merzouga 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.

    Accomodation Details:
    Hotel Panorama
    Hotel Babylon

  • 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.

    Accomodation Details:
    Comfortable camp
    Luxury camp
  • 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.

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: 575€ 325€ 245€ 215€ 185€ 165€ 155€ 145€ 125€
Number of Participants: Price per person:
1 575€
2 325€
3 245€
4 215€
5 185€
6 165€
7-9 155€
10-13 145€
14-17 125€


  • 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:

  • Beverages
  • Entrance fees if any
  • Local guides if any
  • Lunches on the way

Tour Map

3 Days desert tour from Marrakech itinerary map

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.
  • If you are a solo traveler, you can join our shared 3 days desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the distence between Marrakech and 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 4×4 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 4×4 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.

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Natalie Brooks

Group Traveller

We opted for a private tour for our group of 4, and we had a great time. The long hours in the car were made much more comfortable by having the minivan exclusively for us. Our driver, Abdel, was not only cautious on the road but also exceptionally kind to us (thank you, Adbel!). The tour itself was quite enjoyable, with the desert arrival being a highlight. The camp accommodation was also excellent. Despite a misunderstanding, Marrakech Desert Trips handled it remarkably well. Their assistance is top-notch, so you can trust them without any concerns.

August 28, 2023

Oliver Reed

Couple Traveller

We had an incredible three-day adventure exploring the southeastern region of Morocco. This tour goes beyond just the Sahara and the desert camp – we encountered numerous breathtaking places and experiences that will leave lasting memories. Choosing a favorite among them is impossible. Our skilled driver and guide, Hassan, remained composed, friendly, and helpful throughout. He not only ensured our safety while taking us to these impressive locations but also generously shared insights and patiently answered our questions. We highly recommend this tour (we opted for a private one) and Hassan as a driver and guide without any hesitation. In short, it was a flawless experience – we only wish we could’ve extended our stay at the desert camp in the erg-chebbi dunes for another day and night.

August 25, 2023

Chloe Sullivan

Couple Traveller

The experience was truly incredible. We made several stops at various places during the journey – villages, gorges, oases – and spent the night in a lovely auberge. Everything was flawless.

August 24, 2023

Caleb Foster

Family Traveller

This tour is an absolute must! The stunning landscapes of the Atlas valleys are beautifully interspersed with historic Kasbahs and Ksars. Our gratitude towards our exceptional driver, Hakim, knows no bounds – he was attentive to our every need and incredibly kind. We’re also grateful to our guide, who introduced us to the Toudgha valley. All of this culminated in the desert experience, a truly fantastic adventure that we highly recommend upgrading to a luxury camp for. This is an experience we’d eagerly repeat!

August 23, 2023

Emily Hayes

Couple Traveller

A great road trip through breathtaking landscapes. Our driver, Abdelilah, provided us with plentiful explanations and introduced us to his country’s wonders. It’s advisable to embark on this journey via a private car due to the numerous roads to explore.

August 20, 2023
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