4-Day Desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga

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Marrakech to Merzouga Desert Tour - 4 Days

Take a 4 days 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 sand dunes. As a closure to a wonderful day, head to your Sahara desert camp nestled in the middle of nowhere.

4 Days Marrakech to Merzouga Sahara Desert Tour Highlights:

  • Explore Ouarzazate, Dades Valley and Todgha Canyons
  • Stand before the stunning Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou and take great photos
  • Relax amid the surroundings of Erg Chebbi dunes and its crystal clear skies at night
  • Enjoy a life changing camel ride in Merzouga desert
  • Stay at hand picked lodges and Sahara desert camp

Marrakech to Erg Chebbi 4-Day Desert Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Marrakech - Ouarzazate - Boumalne Dades

    (6 Hours Drive)

    Your exciting 4 days Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour will take an early start. 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 Sahara desert, and famous for its perfectly restored Kasbah Amridil, which is really worth a visit.
    Follow the local Casbah guide for a visit of the premises and learn about the Sahara architecture, as well as 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, as well as local ladies cooperatives distilling rose water and making some local rose based cosmetic goods.
    Before we reach our lodge, drive all the way to the top of Dades canyons for a quick visit.
    Dinner an overnight at your Dades Valley lodge.

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  • Day 2: 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 ruminate upon the antique, yet, peculiar lifestyle of the Berber Villages and Kasbahs, until you find yourself facing the overwhelming landscapes of huge 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, as well as fossilized marble production.
    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 set back and allow yourself to be blown away by the color changing sand 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 awaiting 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.

    Accomodation Details:
  • 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 an other day full of sightseeing and adventure.
    Drive acorss 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 village scattered along the Valley. In the mid afternoon, we will arrive at Agdz, which means a rest place in Berber, as it used to be the rest 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.

    Accomodation Details:
  • Day 4: Ouarzazate - Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou - 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 war lord “Elgloui” in the late 19th century. From here we will cross the High Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. End of services.

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 lodge in Merzouga including dinner and breakfast.

Sunset camel rides in Erg Chebbi.

Third 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 )

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

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
  • Day 3 driving back from Erg Chebbi to Marrakech is pretty long. Please be prepared for it
  • 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

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€
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Reviews
Amy S – Nov 2021:

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.

Jane D – Apr 2021:

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.

Daniele L – Feb 2021:

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!

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