2 days Marrakech to Zagora tour

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2 days Marrakech to Zagora tour

Overview:

2 days from Marrakech to Zagora tour is recommended for travelers who are passionate to visit the desert but they have no enough time to head down to the Sahara desert of Merzouga. This 2 days tour from Marrakech to Zagora offers you opportunities to explore Berber villages, high Atlas mountains, camel ride in the Zagora desert and overnight stay.

Tour highlights:

  • Passing by the Atlas mountains.
  • Discover the Unesco world heritage site of Ait Ben-Haddou kasbah.
  • Visit Draa valley.
  • Camel ride in Zagora desert.
  • Overnight in the desert camp.
  • Visit the Atlas studio in Ouarzazate.

Itinerary of 2 days Marrakech to Zagora tour:

Day 1: Marrakech to Zagora desert via the Atlas mountains, Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, and Draa valley

The journey of 2 days Marrakech to Zagora tour starts from Marrakesh and head to kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou; the famous and the largest kasbah in Morocco, through Tizi nTichka pass, where you will have a stop to enjoy the panoramic landscapes and take photos. On our way you will enjoy the beauty of High Atlas mountains and old Berber villages.

 After having lunch at Ait Ben Haddou, we continue our 2 days Marrakech to Zagora tour to the desert of  Zagora, where you will have a glass of tea and take some rest. Then, we ride camels with a local camel man to the sand dunes, where you will have a starry night and drums music in a Berber camp.

Day 2: Zagora towards Draa valley, Ouarzazate, Berber villages, and Marrakech

On the second day of our 2 days Marrakech to Zagora tour we will wake up early to catch up the sunrise over dunes. After having breakfast and shower, we come back by camels. Then we take the road back to Marrakech and making stops to enjoy the views or to buy your needs. The lunch will be in Ouarzazate city. Then our final stop will be in the evening in your accommodation in Marrakech (airport, hotel, riad…). And our 2 days Marrakech to Zagora tour ends.

Tour includes:

  • Pick up/drop off at your accommodation in Marrakech.
  • Private A/C transport during the tour.
  • Camel ride per each in Zagora desert.
  • Overnight stay in the Zagora desert camp.
  • Diner and breakfast.

Not included:

  • Lunches and soft drinks.
  • Entrance fees to monuments.
  • Other personal expenses.

Important note

Other tours from Marrakech

Both Zagora and Merzouga are popular tourist destinations in Morocco, known for their desert landscapes and opportunities for camel trekking and experiencing the Sahara Desert. However, determining which one is better depends on your personal preferences and what you are looking for in your desert experience.

Zagora is located in the Draa Valley region and offers a more accessible desert experience compared to Merzouga. It is closer to major cities like Marrakech, making it a convenient option for travelers with limited time. The desert in Zagora is still impressive, with beautiful dunes and picturesque sunsets. However, the dunes in Zagora are smaller compared to those in Merzouga.

On the other hand, Merzouga is renowned for its stunningly large dunes, including the famous Erg Chebbi. These dunes are among the highest in Morocco and offer a more dramatic and immersive desert experience. Merzouga is located in southeastern Morocco, close to the Algerian border, and a bit farther from major cities. This can make it a slightly longer journey to reach, but many travelers consider it worth the effort for the breathtaking dunes.

Can you do a day trip to the Sahara Desert from Marrakech?

Yes, it is possible to do a day trip to the Sahara Desert from Marrakech, but it is a long journey and involves a significant amount of travel time. The Sahara Desert is located quite far from Marrakech, so keep in mind that it will be a long day with limited time to spend in the desert itself.

Yes, Merzouga Desert is indeed part of the Sahara Desert. The Sahara Desert is the largest hot desert in the world, covering a vast expanse of North Africa.

Merzouga is a small village located in southeastern Morocco, near the border with Algeria. It is renowned for its towering sand dunes, including the famous Erg Chebbi dunes. These dunes are part of the larger Sahara Desert, which extends beyond Merzouga into other parts of Morocco, Algeria, and neighboring countries.

The desert landscape in Merzouga showcases the typical characteristics of the Sahara, with its golden sand dunes, vast open spaces, and arid climate. It offers visitors an opportunity to experience the beauty and tranquility of the Sahara Desert in Morocco.

Can you camp in the Sahara desert?

Yes, camping in the Sahara Desert is a popular and memorable experience for many travelers. There are several options available for camping in the Sahara, including both organized camps and independent camping.

Whether you choose an organized camp or independent camping, spending a night under the starry desert sky is a unique and enchanting experience. The silence, vastness, and beauty of the desert make it a memorable part of any journey to Morocco. Just remember to follow guidelines and respect the environment to minimize your impact on the delicate desert ecosystem.

The Merzouga Desert, located in Morocco, is generally considered safe for visitors. 

It’s recommended to hire a local guide or join a reputable tour company when exploring the desert. They are familiar with the terrain and can provide valuable guidance. Or travel in groups: If possible, travel in a group, especially when venturing into remote areas of the desert. This can enhance safety if any issues arise.

The desert environment can be challenging, with extreme temperatures during the day and potentially cold nights. Be prepared with appropriate clothing, sun protection, and sufficient water supplies.

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