This desert tour takes long journeys and long drive but is ideal for the people who are in Marrakech and desire to explore the Sahara desert but don’t have much time. As Morocco is a big country with lot of things and places to see, this tour can’t cover everything but still nice for the Sahara desert. We recommend 3days and 4days desert tour to explore many things, and enjoy so much your trip.
If you are in Marrakech and desire to explore the vast Sahara desert, please feel free to contact us and we will be glad to plan your best itinerary, and please know that the itineraries can be edited according to your needs and requirements.
Overview & Highlights:
- Cross the high Atlas Mountains and Tizi-N-Tichka pass (2260m of Altitude).
- Enjoy the views of the beautiful Berber villages, valleys and mountains.
- See Aït Ben Haddou Ksar; UNESCO world heritage site and home for many films.
- Pass by Ouarzazate city, Dades valley, Tinghir, Tinjdad and Erfoud
- Experience camel riding in the Sahara desert.
- Enjoy spectacular sunset in the Erg-chebbi golden dunes.
- Spend an unforgettable night in an authentic Berber camp.
Day 1: Marrakech – High Atlas Mountains – Ouarzazate – Merzouga desert.
We will start our long journey toward Merzouga in the early morning. We will pick you up from your accommodation in Marrakech then we will cross the high Atlas Mountains through Tizi-N-Tichka pass with an altitude of 2260m. Where you will enjoy stunning views of the lush valleys and beautiful Berber villages along the way, make a short stop by the UNESCO world heritage of Aït Ben-Haddou Ksar, then pass by Ouarzazate city, the gate of the Sahara desert. Continue driving besides the rose valley before Dades valley, and then to the old town of Tinjdad where you will have lunch.
After a quiet stay for your midday meal we will head down to Erfoud city, known by its palm trees plantation and fossils expositions, not far from it we will enter Merzouga desert to the Erg chebbi where you will be welcomed by Berber mint tea and homemade Moroccan cookies before meeting your camels for trek into your desert camp, on the way you will enjoy an amazing sunset in the desert before getting to the camp where you will take some time to relax before enjoying a delicious dinner and live Berber music around camp fire under an incredible sky with billions of chining stars.
Overnight in the Sahara desert.
Day 2: Merzouga – Rissani – Anti Atlas Mountains – Ouarzazate – Marrakech.
In the morning it is recommended to wake up early to watch the sunrise over the dunes before taking time to enjoy a traditional Moroccan breakfast in the camp. And then ride back your camels to the village or maybe embark on the SUV if one camel is enough.
We will start our way back to Marrakech. Visit nearby Rissani and pass by Alnif, a Berber village on the way, then continue through Aït Saouen enjoying the vast deserted views in the Anti Atlas Mountains to Ouarzazate where you will make stop for lunch. From there we will drive through the breathtaking landscapes of the High Atlas to Marrakech where our tour will end.