4 Days Morocco Desert Tour from Marrakech

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Private Marrakech to Zagora & Merzouga Desert Tour

The 4 days Morocco desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga dunes & Zagora will make you explore the majestic Morocco Sahara desert. Follow the paths of the old caravan roads while driving past Draa Valley with its oases dotted with palm trees and fortified Kasbahs. Next, cross the volcanic massif of the Anti Atlas Mountains. Ride camels in Erg Chebbi. Sleep under the stars at your Morocco Sahara desert camp in Merzouga. Cross the Valley of the roses and the road of 1001 Kasbahs. Finally, admire the splendid Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou!

4 Days Marrakech Desert Tour Highlights

  • Cross the High Atlas Mountains and its Tizi Ntichka pass.
  • Visit the UNESCO world heritage site of Ait Ben Haddou.
  • Drive to Zagora desert along Draa Valley.
  • Enjoy a scenic drive past the volcanic massifs of Saghro.
  • Ride a camel in Merzouga while assisting to a dramatic sunset.
  • Sleep under the stars in Erg Chebbi Sahara camp.
  • Visit Todgha Gorges and drive across the Valley of the Roses.

Itinerary of 4 Days Morocco Desert Tour from Marrakech:

  • Day 1 : Marrakech → Ouarzazate → Zagora

    7 HOURS DRIVE

    Your 4 days Morocco desert tour from Marrakech Departs from your hotel or riad at 07h30; by winding up through the Atlas Mountains over the Tizi N’ Tichka Pass, the pass rises to 2260 meters above sea level, so the views are pretty splendid. Plenty of stops are made for taking in the scenery and photography.
    We arrive in ouarzazate and visit Taourirte Kasbahs. Lunch (At leisure) before we continue to Zagora through Draa Valley.
    This amazing river has given life to a huge oasis about 200 Km at the foothill of the anti-Atlas mountains. Draa Valley has been, for many years, covered by the Sahara desert nomads.
    All along, several palm groves will bring their shades between Kasbahs and Ksours dotted with fields of corn, barley, Vegetables, and henna plantations.
    Dinner and Overnight in Zagora.

    Accomodation Details:
    Hotel La Fibule
    Riad Lamane

  • Day 2 : Zagora → Tazarine → Merzouga

    6 HOURS DRIVE

    Today, you will cross the volcanic peaks of the Anti Atlas Mountains, driving southeast across lunatic landscapes past oases located in the middle of nowhere.
    You will stop for lunch at the oasis of Alnif, where you’ll have lunch before you carry on to Merzouga, then to Erg Chebbi, where your Sahara desert camp is located.
    Upon arrival, switch your mean of transportation into camels and enjoy an Erg Chebbi dunes camel trek to witness one of the most sought views on the planet: Erg Chebbi’s dramatic sunset over the color changing sand dunes!
    Drive back to your camp and get ready for a delicious Moroccan dinner under the stars while entertained by the local nomads playing their drums. Don’t miss the clear sky stars constellation before you go to bed.

    Accomodation Details:
    Comfortable camp
    Luxury camp

  • Day 3 : Merzouga → Tinghir → Boumalne Dades

    4 HOURS DRIVE

    After breakfast at your desert camp, drive along the 1001 Kasbahs past rivers, oases, and fortified Kasbahs to Tinghir, where you can enjoy a walk in the oasis along the Todgha river bank to Todrha canyons, where you will have lunch.
    Early afternoon, drive along the Dades Valley, where you’ll drive past some magnificent fortified Kasbahs and Berber Villages, with the sunset as a backdrop to Dades Gorges to marvel at the scenery and take some photos.
    Dinner and overnight at your Dads Valley hotel.

    Accomodation Details:
    Hotel Panorama
    Hotel Babylon

  • Day 4 : Boumalne Dades → Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou → Marrakech

    6 HOURS DRIVE

    After breakfast, you’ll drive alongside the Valley of the Roses to Kalaa Mgouna. You can visit the rose water ladies cooperative and learn how locals manufacture rose water perfume essences.
    We continue to Skoura oasis, considered one of the largest oases in the South, and visit one of the Kasbahs there (time permitting) before we carry on to Ouarzazate and the UNESCO world heritage site of Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou.
    The fortified village is one of the most visited landmarks in Morocco, and it has been known as the shooting location of various Hollywood blockbusters.
    After lunch at leisure in the Kasbah, we drive to Marrakech via Tizi Ntichka pass and the high Atlas Mountains.
    Your 4 days Morocco desert tour from Marrakech will come to an end with a drop off at your hotel or Riad.

4-Day Sahara Desert Tour from Marrakech Price

Number of Participants: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7-9 10-13 14-17
Price per person: 740€ 425€ 325€ 275€ 245€ 225€ 220€ 205€ 195€
Number of Participants: Price per person:
1 740€
2 425€
3 325€
4 275€
5 245€
6 225€
7-9 220€
10-13 205€
14-17 195€

Included

  • A/C modern 4×4 or van driven by an English speaking driver/guide
  • Pick up from your Marrakech hotel or Riad
  • First night at hotel La Fibule de Draa including dinner and breakfast (Private A/C ensuite room)
  • Sunset camel rides in Erg Chebbi
  • Overnight at a Sahara desert camp in Erg Chebbi (Private tent) with shared bathrooms – Showers available in the morning at the camp operator’s lodge – Dinner and breakfast are included.
  • Upgrade to a deluxe camp with an ensuite tent available upon booking your desert tour for (€70 per person)
  • Third night at Hotel Panorama or similar in Dades Valley (Private A/C ensuite room) with dinner & breakfast
  • Drop off at your Marrakech hotel or the closest car accessible location to your riad.

Not included

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

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Know Before You Go

  • A/C modern 4×4 or van driven by an English speaking driver/guide
  • Pick up from your Marrakech hotel or Riad
  • First night at hotel La Fibule de Draa including dinner and breakfast (Private A/C ensuite room)
  • Sunset camel rides in Erg Chebbi
  • Overnight at a Sahara desert camp in Erg Chebbi (Private tent) with shared bathrooms – Showers available in the morning at the camp operator’s lodge – Dinner and breakfast are included.
  • Upgrade to a deluxe camp with an ensuite tent available upon booking your desert tour for (€70 per person)
  • Third night at Hotel Panorama or similar in Dades Valley (Private A/C ensuite room) with dinner & breakfast
  • Drop off at your Marrakech hotel or the closest car accessible location to your riad.

Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Merzouga from Marrakech?

Marrakech to Merzouga distance is 560 Km. However, it will be split into two days on the way in, with a night in Dades Valley. Then, you will spend the day driving back to Marrakech on the way back.

How long is the camel ride in Erg Chebbi?

It is roughly 1 hour for sunset and another hour for sunrise the following day. So time depends on the season, Daylight saving time, and sunset/sunrise time.

How far is Zagora desert from Marrakech?

The distance between Marrakech and Zagora is 355 Km (220 Miles). It takes about 7 hours to drive from Marrakech to Zagora via the High Atlas Mountains, Ouarzazate, and Agdz Village. It will take more time if you include sightseeing stops and lunch and coffee breaks.

Are there any sand dunes in Zagora?

There are not. Only next to the comfortable camp is there one sand dune. Mainly Zagora is a flat rock desert.

Are bathrooms in Merzouga desert camp private?

Bathrooms are shared and located outside your tent in the comfortable desert camp ( already included in the tour price ). Luxury camp bathrooms are private inside your tent.

Can we skip the camel ride in Erg Chebbi to the desert camp?

Yes, you can. A separate 4×4 can take you to the desert camp if you choose to skip the camel ride (An extra fee of 30 Euros/return transfer will apply). If you decide to upgrade to the luxury desert camp, no additional fees apply to a 4×4 return transfer.

Can we hire quad bikes in Merzouga?

Yes, you can—many ATV rental companies in Merzouga supply good quality quad bikes and dunes buggies in Erg Chebbi dunes. Your guide will assist you with that, and you will directly pay the supplier in Merzouga. They cost 50 Euros per quad per hour.

Are there any electricity outlets in Mezouga luxury camp?

Your luxury Sahara desert camp in Merzouga has electric outlets in the restaurant and your tents. However, the camp’s electric generators are turned off around midnight.

Are there showers in the desert camp in Merzouga?

No, Showers are available at the camp operator’s lodge in Merzouga the following day. However, if you choose to upgrade to the luxury camp, your tent will have an ensuite bathroom with hot showers.

We are a couple and we want to join a small group of up to 6 participants. Is that possible?

Unfortunately, that is not possible. Our private desert tours are solely reserved for the party booking one. The price per person depends on how many participants are in your private party.

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Grace Davis

Family Traveller

My family, consisting of two adults and three children aged 6, 12, and 15, embarked on a truly unforgettable vacation. We opted for Marrakech Desert Trips 3-night, 4-day desert tour (covering Marrakech, Ouarzazate, Zagora, Merzouga, Todra, and Ait Ben Haddou). Although we’ve explored various places around the world, this Moroccan holiday stands out as the most remarkable journey we’ve experienced. Apart from a minor hiccup regarding our Pick up from Marrakech, which was quickly resolved, we were thoroughly impressed by the well-organized tour. Our driver, Mohamed, played a pivotal role in making this trip exceptional. He’s truly a remarkable individual who introduced us to the authentic essence of Morocco. His enthusiasm and guidance led us to some incredible off-the-beaten-path destinations within this captivating country. Our fondness for Morocco can be largely attributed to him and MDT. Mohamed, thank you for being a consummate professional and for being so considerate, affable, and attentive to me and my family. You’re an exceptional individual, and we’ll always hold a special place in our hearts for you and your beautiful country!

August 30, 2023

Chloe Walker

Couple Traveller

Fantastic tour!!! We had an incredible time. Our guide Hakim was absolutely fantastic. The desert accommodations were superb and luxurious. The entire trip was well-planned, with excellent stops along the way. I highly recommend it, 100%!

August 29, 2023

Leela Patel

Couple Traveller

It was a fascinating journey that allowed us to learn about cultures and explore various places, including the famous desert Merzouga, as well as Ait Ben Haddou and Ait Sedrate. I highly recommend these destinations for anyone to visit.

August 25, 2023

Lily Turner

Family Traveller

Exceeded our expectations! Our private driver, Abdel, was incredibly polite and made our journey so enjoyable. He took us to numerous fascinating sites, including some extra ones not even mentioned in the description. I highly recommend the tour itself. Having 4 days instead of 3 makes the trip less hectic and more enjoyable. The quality of breakfasts, dinners, and accommodations was also outstanding. You truly get amazing value for the price you pay.

August 24, 2023

Ryota Tanaka

Family Traveller

This experience will forever stay in my memories. We were graciously picked up and dropped off in Agadir for our journey. Our driver, Mohamed, was not only kind but also patient and ensured our safety on the road. The car was incredibly comfortable as well. Our adventure took us to numerous places, including an unforgettable desert trip. Along the way, we made stops at delightful cafes. A standout was the Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah—an incredible ancient structure where we not only marveled at the architecture but also witnessed artists in action. The initial desert camp at Merzouga stole my heart; its simplicity and tranquility, along with the warm hospitality of the hosts, were remarkable. The starlit sky was a sight to behold. The subsequent desert journey, deeper into the dunes, included a camel ride at sunset and witnessing the sunrise—a truly unforgettable experience.

August 19, 2023
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