4-Day Desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga

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Marrakech to Merzouga Desert Tour - 4 Days

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.

Highlights of the 4-Day Marrakech to Merzouga Sahara Desert Tour:

  • Discover the wonders of Ouarzazate, Dades Valley, and the breathtaking Todgha Canyons.
  • Experience the beauty of Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a perfect backdrop for memorable photographs.
  • Immerse yourself in the serene ambiance of the Erg Chebbi dunes under crystal-clear night skies.
  • Embark on a transformative camel ride across the Merzouga desert.
  • Enjoy comfortable stays at carefully selected lodges and a traditional Sahara desert camp."

Itinerary of 4 Day Marrakech to Merzouga Tour:

  • Day 1 : Marrakech → Ouarzazate → Boumalne Dades

    6 HOURS DRIVE

    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.

    Accommodation Details:
    Hotel Panorama
    Hotel Babylon

  • Day 2 : Boumalne Dades → Tinghir → Merzouga

    4 HOURS DRIVE

    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.

    Accommodation Details:
    Comfortable camp
    Luxury camp

  • Day 3 : Merzouga → Nkob → Agdz → Ouarzazate

    6 HOURS DRIVE

    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.

    Accommodation Details:
    Hotel Kenzi
    Dar Chamaa

  • Day 4 : Ouarzazate → Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou → Telouet → Marrakech

    5 HOURS DRIVE

    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.

4-Day Desert Trip from Marrakech to Merzouga Prices

Number of Participants: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7-9 10-13 14-17
Price per person: 725€ 430€ 350€ 290€ 260€ 240€ 210€ 190€ 175€
Number of Participants: Price per person:
1 725€
2 430€
3 350€
4 290€
5 260€
6 240€
7-9 210€
10-13 190€
14-17 175€

Included

  • A/C modern 4×4 or van driven by an English speaking river/guide.
  • Pick up from your Marrakech hotel/Riad.
  • First night at Auberge Panorama or Hotel Babylon (Private A/C ensuite room) with dinner & breakfast.
  • Second night at a Sahara desert camp located at the edge of 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 (€70 per person ).
  • Sunset camel rides in Erg Chebbi.Third night at Ouarzazate Hotel with dinner and breakfast.
  • Third night at Ouarzazate Hotel with dinner and breakfast.
  • Drop off at your Marrakech hotel or the closest accessible location to your riad if not car accessible.

Not included

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

Tour Map

Map outlining the route for a private 3-day tour from Marrakech to Merzouga, passing through Ait Benhaddou, Ouarzazate, Dades, Tinghir, and Tazarine.

Know Before You Go

  • Tour price per person depends on how many participants there are in your party.
  • Driving times above do not include stops for sightseeing, photos, lunch, and cafe.
  • A 4x4 can seat up to 4 adult passengers comfortably if there are 5 participants and up, a van will be used for your tour.
  • Local guides and entrance fees (if any) are not included. You pay for those directly to the suppliers.
  • Pick-up time for your desert tour can be flexible. Between 07h30 and 08h00 AM is highly recommended.
  • If you wish to experience sand boarding in the dunes of Erg Chebbi, there are a few sand boards in the lodge to take with you to the camp. Just ask for it and if available, you will be given one.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the distance between Marrakech and Merzouga?

The distance between Marrakech and Merzouga is approximately 560 kilometers (about 348 miles). The journey typically takes around 9 to 12 hours by road, depending on the mode of transportation and the number of stops made along the way.

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.

Are there showers at your Sahara desert camp?

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 upgrade to a luxury desert camp, you will have a private shower and toilet inside your deluxe tent.

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.

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.

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 electrical outlets in Merzouga camp?

There will be electrical outlets in your Merzouga Sahara desert camp public areas, restaurants, and camp courtyard. However, the electric generators are turned off around midnight.

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Zoe Thompson

Couple Traveller

Choosing Marrakech Desert Trips for our trip to the Merzouga desert was a fantastic decision! Every moment was worthwhile: a skilled driver, seamless arrangements, comfortable accommodations in hotels or luxurious tents, delightful cuisine, and the enchantment of camel rides under the sunset and sunrise. We had the chance to meet and connect with local people, adding to the authenticity of our experience. The selection of tents was impeccable—spotlessly clean and modern, creating a cozy atmosphere akin to home. The choice of the restaurant introduced us to new culinary delights, including the berber pizza. Our itinerary included a captivating music show with traditional drums, enhancing the already rich experience at the luxurious tent. Stargazing was a highlight—the sky turned into a magnificent thousand stars hotel. A heartfelt thank you to Abdel for curating this tour, showcasing his dedication to preserving local culture. Our journey was so fulfilling that we’re already planning to return!

August 28, 2023

Caleb Miller

Family Traveller

I’m incredibly thankful that I followed my friend’s recommendation for this trip. Traveling through Morocco with my parents during the sweltering August heat, I aimed for their comfort and enjoyment. Hassan, our exceptional guide and driver, turned out to be the ultimate guide we could have asked for! He not only ensured our well-being and proper hydration, but also went above and beyond by taking photos for us. I couldn’t have wished for a better guide to accompany us. Hassan crafted an itinerary tailored to our preferences, ensuring we visited the places we wanted to explore. The comfortable van he drove us in was a welcome respite during our journeys. He also secured the best riads in each town we visited, further elevating our experience. Our journey was marked by unforgettable moments and cherished memories that we brought back home. Among them, the Sahara experience stands out as a favorite. This company truly lives up to its reputation – you can’t go wrong with them. Without a doubt, they are the best!

August 26, 2023

Nathan Roberts

Couple Traveller

Our experience in Morocco was truly amazing. The route was impressively well-organized, taking us through breathtaking landscapes and unique locations. Our driver was exceptional, ensuring our comfort and guiding us seamlessly. The accommodations at each hotel were comfortable, and the meals were delicious. The journey to Merzouga felt like a scene from a movie, with vast valleys, captivating kasbahs, and charming villages along the way. Morocco’s surprises were endless, prompting us to capture numerous photos. Who would have thought I’d ride a camel in the Sahara desert one day, or spend time in a Bedouin camp? It was an incredible trip that exceeded our expectations. A big thanks to Marrakech Desert Trips for making it all possible!

August 23, 2023

Scarlett Anderson

Couple Traveller

Our journey has been a whirlwind of unexpected discoveries, heartfelt moments, rich history, wonderful individuals, and delicious cuisine. Exploring numerous intriguing Berber sites, embarking on camel rides (a first for us), and staying in remarkable accommodations, including the campsite, made our nights truly special. Ali, a heartfelt thank you for transforming our desert adventure into an unforgettable experience.

August 22, 2023

Max Turner

Couple Traveller

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.

August 19, 2023
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