3-Day Sahara Desert Tour From Marrakech

SAHARA-DESERT-TOUR-FROM-MARRAKECH
Daily Tour 3 day Available From: 2019-01-22
Marrakesh, Marokko Marrakech Tours, Merzouga Tours

The three-day desert trip is one of the popular tours from Marrakech. During this tour, you will discover the real Moroccan Sahara desert with its orange sand dunes, the valley of 1000 Kasbahs, Todgha gorges and experience a camel ride while enjoying the sunset. You will also spend one night under stars in a desert camp.

Overview

Our three-day desert tour from Marrakech into the desert starts early after breakfast. We leave Marrakech at 7.30 am to Ouarzazate throughout the large Atlas Mountains. On the way, we visit the UNESCO World Heritage site Aït Ben Haddou, renowned for several Hollywood movies filmed here. We continue to Ouarzazate where we’ll see the Kasbah of Taourirt, following lunch. In the afternoon, we drive into Boumalne Dades throughout the Valley of Roses. We reach our accommodation in Dades Valley prior to sunset.

On the next day, we drive along the road of 1000 Kasbahs to the oasis of Tinghir, where we will deviate from a small road along the river and Berber villages to Todgha canyons. After lunch in a local restaurant in Tinghir, we continue our trip to Rissani and Erg Chebbi. After a short stop in Riassani, we continue to Merzouga, where our camel caravan is waiting for us. We drive camels to our desert camp and enjoy the sunset. We will keep the dinner next to the campfire under thousands of stars. On the third day, we return to Marrakech via the Draa Valley.


DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION
Marrakech (Please send us the name of your accommodation for pickup).

DEPARTURE TIME
07:30

INCLUDED
  • Driver/Guide
  • Vehicle
  • Fuel
  • Accommodation with half-board
  • Desert Camp
  • Camel Trek

NOT INCLUDED
  • Lunch
  • Drinks

What to Expect

Merzouga is one of the best Berber villages in the Moroccan desert. This tour takes you to the magnificent sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. Embark on an exciting trip across the dunes by camels, enjoy a delicious Moroccan dinner in the middle of the desert in a traditional camp among the desert stars.

Our driver /guide will pick you up at your accommodation at 07.30 and drive to Ait Ben Haddou through the High Atlas Mountains. After visiting Ait Ben Haddou, we drive through the rose valley to Ouarzazate and Boumalne Dades. You will spend the first night in a hotel in the Dades gorge. On the next day, in the morning you take a short walk through the gorges of Dades and the Todgha Gorges. Later we drive to Rissani and visit its traditional souk. In Merzouga, you will ride your camel to the desert camp where you will spend your second night. On the third day, we drive back to Marrakech via the Draa Valley and visit the cinema studios in Ouarzazate.

What You’ll Do

  • Enjoy a beautiful view over the high Atlas Mountains
  • Visit the UNESCO heritage site Kasbah of Ait Haddou
  • A short walk along oasis to the canyons of Dades.
  • Visit Todgha canyons with its splendid oasis.
  • Experience a camel ride in the Sahar desert with beautiful sunsets
  • Spend a night under the stars in a desert camp with fire camp and Berber music.
  • Visit Ouarzazate and its Atlas film studios

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this tour available in May?
Yes, it is available all year round and you can book it at any time.

Can I join a group?
We are sorry, we do not organize shared tours. We organize currently only private tours.

Can you customize this trip?
Yes, this trip can be adapted to your needs.
DAY 1: MARRAKECH – DADES VALLEY
Our 3-day desert tour from Marrakech to Sahara desert begins early, after breakfast. We leave Marrakech at 07.30 and drive to Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou via the Tizi N’tichka pass along the high Atlas Mountains. Quite a few stops will be made on the way. On the way, we visit the UNESCO World Heritage site Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, which also served as a backdrop for various Hollywood blockbusters. After lunch in Ait Ben Haddou, drive to Ouarzazate and visit Kasbah Taourirt. In the afternoon we leave for Boumalne Dades through the Valley of the Roses. We reach our hotel in the Dades valley before sunset. Dinner and overnight in a typical hotel.

DAY 2: DADES VALLEY – SAHARA DESERT

After breakfast in your accommodation in the Dades Valley, begins our journey with a drive through the road of 1000 Kasbahs to the oasis of Tinghir, where we take a small road that crosses the river to the canyons of Todgha. After lunch at a local restaurant, we continue our trip to Risani, which is famous for its dates markets, and as a starting point for old commercial convoys that cross the desert to Timbuktu in Mali. Following a quick stop, we’ll continue to Merzouga driving through a rocky desert landscape.

Upon arrival at the edge of Erg Chebbi dunes, we’ll ride our camels through the wonderful color-changing sand dunes with the sunset in the horizon as a backdrop to our Sahara desert camp.
We reach our desert camp, which is located in the middle of the sand dunes before sunset. Later, we will have a Moroccan dinner served under the thousands of stars next to the campfire. After dinner, the local nomad hosts will be entertaining you with their own drums.

DAY 3: Merzouga – MARRAKECH

After a shower and breakfast, we drive back to Marrakech through the Draa Valley. On the way, in Agdez, we will have lunch. Later in the afternoon, we go to Marrakech via the High Atlas Mountains. Your three-day desert trip will end in Marrakech around 7 pm.

Following is some of the quiet locations that you will discover during the 3-day Sahara Desert from Marrakech:
  • Ait Ben Haddou
  • Dades Valley
  • Dades Gorges
  • Todra Gorges
  • Rissani
  • Merzouga
  • Draa Valley
  • Ouarzazate
  • Ait Ben Haddou

    Ait Ben Haddou is a Berber village and a series of old Kasbahs lies on the edge of the High Atlas mountains near Ouarzazate (32 km). This Kasbahs has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1987 and has appeared in many films, including Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator and the famous Game of Thrones series.

    Dades Valley

    The Dades Valley is the main route between the desert and Marrakech. The Dades valley stretches between the peaks of the High Atlas and the Jbel Sarhro Mountains. This valley is nicknamed " Valley of Thousand Kasbahs" and also "Valley of Roses". In May, an annual rose festival takes place in the town of Kelaat M'gouna.

    Dades Gorge

    Gorge is a gorge in the Dades River between the Anti-Atlas Mountains. The gorge starts from the town of Boumalne du Dades and is well known for its the beautiful rock formation along with the Kasbahs and small Berber villages along the road.

    Merzouga

    Merzouga is a small Berber town in the Sahara, near the Algerian border. It is known as a gateway to Erg Chebbi, a vast expanse of sand dunes north of the city.

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