2 Days Tour from Errachidia to Merzouga Desert

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2 Days Desert Tour from Errachidia to Merzouga


Our two-day trip from Errachidia to the Merzouga Desert, which also includes stops in the Sahara Desert, Rissani, and Erfoud, three interesting places in southeast Morocco, is one of the best tours. A chance like that should not be missed. In addition, you will enjoy yourself and capture beautiful images in the Sahara Desert. In Erfoud, there are beautiful palm trees and scenery, as well as incredible fossil shops.

Tour highlights:

  • Ziz Valley and Erfoud city
  • Trip from Errachidia to Merzouga Desert
  • Visit the traditional Rassani Souk.
  • Camel Trek across the Merzouga dunes
  • Discover golden sunset, sunrise in the desert
  • Enjoy Berber and Ganawa music

Itinerary of 2 days tour from Errachidia to Merzouga Desert:

Day 1: from Errachidia to Merzouga Desert via the Ziz Valley and Erfoud city

We will start our 2 days tour from Errachidia to Merzouga by  picking you up from your hotel or airport and drive you to Errachidia, a charming city with a Saharan climate and a breathtaking view of palm trees and mountains. After that, we will visit the breathtaking Saharan desert dunes. Along the way, we will stop in the town of Erfoud, which is also referred to as the “Gateway to the Sahara Desert” because of its proximity to the Erg Chebbi dunes and its profusion of stores selling fossils and Saharan clothing. 

We will arrive to Merzouga, in where you start your camel ride towards the camp. During the way will stop at the highest dune on our camel ride through the Sahara Desert to observe the amazing sunset. This is also a fantastic chance for you to take pictures of yourself with the priceless golden dunes in the background.

In the camp the locals will welcome you with a Berber mint tea. After dinner the party will start and the locals will play their Drums music for you around a bonfire in a starry night. You will take the chance to listen, dance and even to learn how to play drums.  

Day 2: from Merzouga Desert to Errachidia through Rissani and the Ziz Valley

We will have a sumptuous breakfast after a stunning sunrise in the desert to start the second day of our 2 days tour  from Errachidia to Merzouga, and then we will ride camels back to Merzouga. We will embark on a daylong expedition through the Merzouga desert by driving behind the dunes in a 4WD vehicle. Later on we will be visiting a village of people with heavy black skin who were once slaves from Sudan and listen to their Gnawa music and have lunch their which will be the Berber pizza. We will have the chance to meet and learn about a nomadic family close to the Algerian-Moroccan borders.

After this desert tour will drive few miles to Erissani or Sujlmassa, that is famous of its traditional market or souk. We will have a walk in this old Souk. We will finish our tour by driving towards Errachidia city passing by one of the longest valleys in Morocco that is called Ziz valley.  Drop you off  in the hotel or the airport in  Errachidia.

Tour includes:

  • Pick up/drop off at the airport of Errachidia.
  • Private A/C transport during the tour.
  • Camel ride per each in Merzouga desert.
  • Overnight stay in the Merzouga desert camp.
  • Dinner and breakfast.

Not included:

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

Important note

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Gallery of the Tour

Frequent Asked Questions

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.

We have extensive knowledge of the destination you’re visiting. We can provide valuable insights, recommendations, and access to hidden gems that you might not discover on your own. Our expertise can enhance your travel experience and help you make the most of your trip.

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Our Tours are well-planned by a professional local team to provide you with a memorable experience in Morocco. But all of our Tours are just suggested itineraries, so, you can customize your tour by contacting us if this tour doesn’t match your interests, needs, and budget.

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