Taking a 4-day Sahara Desert Trip to the big, red, Erg Chebbi dunes in Merzouga gives you a little extra time to enjoy stops along the way to and from the desert, rather than driving straight back to Marrakech on the 3rd day as you would with a shorter desert trip.
On the 4 day Sahara Desert Trip from Marrakech you will take a break on each leg of the journey and have time to see the sites along the route.
There are just so many things to see and do on your way to the magical desert for camel trekking and a night stay in a Sahara desert camp. On the first day you can stop and visit at Ait Benhaddou Kasbah after traveling over the High Atlas Mountains. Both are spectacular activities and it’s only the first day!
Enjoy time in some of the magical valleys and oasis along the way. Enjoy date tasting at the source and learn about fossils taken from the desert which used to be covered in ocean, millions of years ago.
On your Sahara desert tour you will spend time in Roses Valley and don’t forget about the impressive Todra Gorge. Walk along the riverbed there with the gorge walls extending 350 m straight up on either side of you.
When you arrive at the desert you will be treated to a refreshing cup of tea before you meet your camel for a ride into the dunes on your Sahara Desert Trip. Spend the night under the stars and enjoy a fresh meal of tagine and fruit prepared for you by the nomads in your camp.
Destination: South of Morocco
Duration: 3 or 4 days
Period: all year round
Group size: min. 2 – max. 16 persons
Top 5 sights
- Tizi n Tichka Pass
- Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou
- Todra Gorge
- Night in the Sahara Desert
- Filmstudios in Ouarzazate
Highlights of the Tour
- Experience the magic of the nights in desert camps under the stars
- Discover the berber traditions and culture
- Enjoy delicious meals prepared by the locals in Sahara
- Ideal trip for a discovery of the desert life in all its aspects
- Explore the real desert and discover the beautiful life of the nomads
- Ride camels and hike to experience the desert Sand dunes
- Discover the Unesco site of Ait Benhaddou village
- Discovery of the culture and life of the nomads of southern Morocco
- Marrakech/High Atlas/Ait Benhaddou/Dades Valley
- Dades Valley/Todra Gorge/Erg Chebbi (Sahara Camp)
- Ouarzazate/Tichka Pass/Marrakech
- Private vehicle with air conditioner (4X4, or minibus)
- English speaking driver
- Pick up & drop off at your Marrakech hotel or riad
- Night in ensuite bedrooms with A/C – dinner & breakfast (vegetarian meals possible)
- Sunset or sunrise camel trek
- Night in desert camp (private tents) with dinner & breakfast.
- Free time to explore attractions such as Ait Benhaddou, Cinema Studios, Taourirt Kasbah etc.
Day 1: Marrakech/High Atlas/Ait Benhaddou/Dades Valley
Your driver will pick you after breakfast at your riad in Marrakech.
Travel over the High Atlas Mountains to Tizi n Tichka pass at 2260m above sea level. Down the other side you will travel past Berber villages and homes set on the hillsides. Watch out for goats and sheep on the roadside as you make your way towards Ait Benhaddou Kasbah.
Take a walk across the river bed and explore this amazing kasbah. Still home to a few families and used a set for Game of Thrones, Ait Benhaddou is great living example of kasbah architecture.
After Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, we drive through Ouarzazate city known as Qdrican Hollywood. Then heading deep South you will spend the first night in Dades Valley in an Auberge Like MIGUIRNE. Dinner is included tonight.
Meals included: breakfast, dinner
Day 2: Dades Valley/Todra Gorge/Erg Chebbi (Sahara Camp)
After breakfast you will pass through the deep south of Morocco where Berber life remains virtually unchanged from centuries ago. You will pass through Dades Gorge and on to Todra Gorge for a walk on the riverbed. Pass the Roses Valley and Tinghir and on through Tinjedad to Merzouga.
Head off the main roads and in to the desert to meet your camels. After some refreshing mint tea, you will amble into the dunes on your camel. Watch the sunset from the top of the nearest dune once you get to camp and then settle in for a night of great food and fireside drum music. Share stories of your Moroccan adventure with other travellers and make memories that will last a lifetime.
Accommodation: comfortable camp
Meals included: breakfast, dinner
Day 3: Sahara/Nkob/Agdez/Ouarzazate
After enjoying the amazing sunrise among the sand dunes and breakfast, you ride back your camels to the Auberge. Take a shower if you wish, then we leave for Agdez on a different road via Rissani. We pass through Alnif, N’kob, where we will stop for lunch. As far we will cross the Draa Valley one of the biggest valleys in Morocco, big with its huge member of palm trees. We arrive at Ouarzazate city where we have an overnight at the hotel or Kasbah. Dinner is included.
Accommodation: 3-star hotel or riad
Meals included: breakfast, dinner
Day 4: Ouarzazate/Tichka Pass/Marrakech
After breakfast, we can visit the studio of Cinema where we travel along with the huge history of the filmmaking industry in Hollywood of Africa. Later we drive towards Marrakech via Tizi N’Tichka pass throughout the High Atlas Mountains and enjoy impressive landscapes and many stops. Arrive to Marrakech and end of the trip.
Meals included: breakfast
Notes for the Tour
3-day trip is also available
This trip is available in a 3-day version too. In a 3-day trip the drive from Merzouga (Sahara) to Marrakech is done in one day without an overnight stop in Ouarzazate.
We travel by private minibus or 4×4 drive (depending on the size of the groupe) and camels in the Sahara
Morocco is a developing country and as such, the accommodation standards are not equivalent to those in Europe and can be more simple.
We choose our properties because of their location, cleanliness, traditional style or for their welcoming atmosphere, as we endeavour to provide an authentic Moroccan experience. However, some of the properties might have some outdated or simple furniture and the level of service may vary depending on the location.
Hot water is variable or limited in certain locations, and many of the older buildings have been built to protect from the summer heat, however, this can result in rooms being cold during the winter. Hotels will always provide more blankets but not all offer heating facilities so please bear this in mind when packing if travelling through the winter months.
Breakfasts are generally plentiful and in a continental style but can have a limited selection. A swimming pool is often available, especially in the cities.
Night in the desert
During this trip we stay in the desert in a simple camp with communal tents. Mattresses, blankets and pillows are all provided.
In the winter months, the nights and early mornings can be cold in the desert, please pack warm clothes to wear.
Simple washing facilities are available, including showers and flushing toilets, however, hot water and strong water pressure cannot be guaranteed.
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