3 Days desert tour from Marrakech

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3 Days desert tour from Marrakech


3 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga desert is recommended for travelers who are passionate to visit the desert and experience camel trekking. This 3 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga offers you opportunities to explore Berber villages, high Atlas mountains, camel ride in Merzouga desert and spend a starry night in the middle of the desert. 

Tour highlights:

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

Itinerary of 3 days desert tour from Marrakech :

Day 1: Marrakech to the Atlas mountains, Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, and Dades gorges

This journey of 3 days desert tour from Marrakech  starts in the early morning from Marrakech in where we pick up you. we take the road through Tizi nTichka pass, a pass of 2260m in its altitude. In which you will have a stop to gratify the panoramic landscapes and the beauty of High Atlas mountains. The way will be surrounded by old Berber villages which increase the aesthetics of the road. 

We arrive to Kabah Ait Benhaddou, which is listed as UNESCO heritage site, Where many movies and series were filmed. We enter  the kasbah to discover the beauty and shapeliness of Moroccan architecture. After finishing our visit to this historical site, we have lunch in Ouarzazte city and we continue our 3 days desert tour from Marrakech to Dades gorges through Skoura, and Kela’at M’gouna, which is more known by valley of roses. Then, we drive to Boumalen Dades, where you will spend your night in a hotel/riad with a panoramic view.

Day 2: Dades gorges towards Todgha gorge, Ziz valley, and Merzouga desert

This second day of the 3 days desert tour from Marrakech starts with a yummy breakfast, we take our way passing by Tinghir then go to Toudgha gorge, having a walk in the highest gorges in Morocco about 300m high. After having lunch, we head to Merzouga crossing by Erfoud, the city of fossils and dates. Then, we arrive to Merzouga village, where you will have a night in a camp in the heart of the desert, we get there and be ready for our camel ride with a local camel man or a 4×4 vehicle for those who don’t want a camel ride. 

On our way to the camp we will stop inside the dunes of Erg Chebbi to enjoy the shinning sunset and the golden sand, then we go to the camp, where you will be welcomed with a cup of tea. The magic night of this 3 days desert tour starts with a yummy dinner, next the locals start to play drums and tell stories around the campfire. And you will enjoy the calm of the place.

Day 3: Merzouga desert towards Rissani, Agdez, Ouarzazate and Marrakech

We wake up you early to catch up the sunrise, then come back to the camp to have breakfast and take a shower. We ride back our camels or 4×4 vehicle to our transportation to take the road to Rissani, which is known as Sijlmassa. We discover its tradional markets, then we drive to Marrakech crossing Agedz valley, Tazarin, and Ouarzazate, where we will have lunch and head to Marrakech. Our final stop will be in the evening in your accommodation in Marrakech (airport, hotel, riad…).  Our 3 days desert tour from Marrakech ends.

Tour includes:

  • Pick up/drop off at your accommodation in Marrakech.
  • English speaking driver/guide.
  • Private A/C transport during the tour.
  • Camel ride per each in Merzouga desert.
  • Overnight stay in Merzouga desert camp.
  • Overnight stay in Dades gorges.
  • Diners and breakfasts during the tour.

Not included:

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

Important note

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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.

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