- 3 Days
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Take a 4-day journey from Marrakech into the restless heart of Merzouga, a thrilling Sahara desert range enveloped by large golden sand dunes offering a heavenly view. Experience the fun of Dune bashing and camel trekking, drive along Casbahs, step into oases and canyons, and meet the nomads.
The highlight of your Marrakech to Merzouga 4 days desert trip will be the moment you absorb the sights and sounds of Erg Chebbi while you go on a camel trek to enjoy the sun sets behind Erg Chebbi dunes. As a closure to a beautiful day, head to your Sahara desert camp nestled in the middle of nowhere.
Your exciting 4 days Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour will start early. We will be picking you up at around 08h00 AM from your hotel or Riad.
Our first destination will be Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou, but to get there, we will be driving through Tizi Ntichka pass and the High Atlas Mountains past adobe Berber villages. We will be arranging several stops along the way to take scenery photos, stretch your legs, or have a cup of coffee.
After a quick stop in Ouarzazate for lunch, we continue to the oasis of Skoura, one of the largest in Morocco's Sahara desert and famous for its perfectly restored Kasbah Amridil, which is worth a visit.
Follow the local Casbah guide for a visit to the premises and learn about the Sahara architecture and the techniques of irrigation used in the nearby oases since the medieval ages.
From there, drive to Boumalne Dades through the valley of the Roses, famous for its Damascus Rose plantations and local ladies cooperatives distilling rose water and making some local rose-based cosmetic goods.
Before we reach our lodge, drive to the top of Dades canyons for a quick visit.
Dinner and overnight at your Dades Valley lodge.
After an exquisite breakfast, we start our journey with a drive through the 1001 Kasbahs road to the oasis village of Tinghir, where you will rejoice in the mesmerizing ambiance of the Todgha River and feel the urge to take a walk along the River Banks, and meditate upon the antique, yet, the peculiar lifestyle of the Berber Villages and Kasbahs, until you find yourself facing the overwhelming landscapes of massive cliffs of Todgha Gorges.
After a prosperous morning, we head to Gorges, where we will have lunch.
In the afternoon, we continue our journey to Erfoud, famous for its date market and fossilized marble production.
The next stop will visit the holy town of Rissani, the birthplace of the dynasty of Alaouites who still rule Morocco to date.
From here, we continue to Merzouga.
Prepare yourselves for an exciting camel ride while you sit back and allow yourself to be blown away by the color-changing dunes and an exhilarating sunset.
Spin back to your Sahara Desert camp where a magical Moroccan dinner under the stars and next to the campfire is waiting for you.
Relax and enjoy your dinner while local nomads play their music using drums which sounds penetrate and entertain your soul.
After this captivating scenery, make yourself comfortable for a glamorous overnight.
After an early wake up to watch the sunset and a camel ride (or jeep ride) back to the village of Merzouga, meet your driver, and get ready for another day full of sightseeing and adventure.
Drive across the volcanic massifs of the north-eastern slopes of the Anti Atlas Mountains to the village of Nkob. This is where the drive along the legendary Draa Valley will begin.
Drive past various mud-brick villages scattered along the Valley. In the mid-afternoon, we will arrive at Agdz, which means a resting place in Berber, as it used to be the resting place for ancient camel caravans crossing North Africa’s Sahara desert from Marrakech to Timboctou.
From here, drive to Ouarzazate and spend the night at your hotel.
After breakfast, We will head west for a short drive to discover the charm of Berber villages in Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, which is one of the most visited sites in Morocco. It is considered a great example of Moroccan earthen clay architecture and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. It was also the production site of several Hollywood epics, such as Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia.
Enjoy a guided walk to the village before we continue to Telouet, another Kasbah located in the former route of the caravans crossing the High Atlas Mountains from Marrakech to the Sahara desert.
It was built by the former warlord “Elgloui” in the late 19th century. From here, we will cross the High Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. End of services.
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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.
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.
Not in the comfortable Merzouga desert camp. Showers will be available at the camp operator’s lodge in Merzouga the following day before departure to Fes. Only shared toilets are public at the comfortable camp. If you choose to upgrade to a luxury desert camp, you will have a private shower and toilet inside your deluxe tent.
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.
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.
Yes, you can. There are plenty of ATV rental companies in Merzouga that 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.
There will be electric outlets in your Merzouga Sahara Desert camp public areas. However, they shut the electric generators around midnight.
Marrakech Desert Trips provided us with an excellent 4-day tour to Merzouga from Marrakech. From the time we booked our tour to the time we paid and had frequent information from the personnel, everything went well. We had a wonderful driver, Ahmed, who showed us around the fabulous Moroccan desert. The Sahara desert camp and camel ride experiences were remarkable.
I can't say enough good things about Marrakech Desert Trips. We started arranging our Marrakech to Merzouga trip in advance, and Nidal was very helpful, friendly, and hardworking every step of the way. She was wonderful at adapting our itinerary to spend an extra night in Skoura oasis. We wanted to construct an unique 4-day adventure in Morocco Sahara desert. and the result was a unique and unforgettable desert experience for us.
Our trip from Marrakech to the Sahara desert was fantastic. It was a wonderful joy to deal with Marrakech Desert Trips, and the driver, Ali was extremely courteous and a great driver. The local tour guides in Ait Ben Haddou and Tinghir were fantastic!! During the month of August, we just struggled a little owing to the heat. I would suggest this tour company to anybody considering a trip to Morocco. It was a fantastic adventure!