4 Days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga

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4 Days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga


Trips For Morocco recommends this 4 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga to anyone who is passionate about Moroccan culture and to anyone who would like to spend some more time discovering the Southeast of Morocco. Our 4 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga allows you to discover places, kasbahs and Berber villages faraway of the usual touristic route.

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 4 days desert tour from Marrakech :

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

Our 4 days desert tour from Marrakech journey starts in the early morning from Marrakech in where we pick up you from your accommodation. We take the road through Tizi nTichka pass, a pass of 2260m in its altitude, where you will have a stop to gratify the panoramic view and landscapes. We conitinue driving to Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO world heritage site, and a location for filming movies and series. After lunch, we cross by Ouarzazate city, the valley of roses, then Dades valley, where you will spend your night.

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

The day starts with a yummy breakfast, then we take the road to Todgha gorges, a deep Canyon, and the highest gorge in Morocco about 300m high. After lunch, we take the road again to the south-east of Morocco, passing through Tinjdad city, then Erfoud, famous for its dates and fossils. Later on, our 4 days desert tour from Marrakech proceeds till we reach the village of Merzouga, where your camels and a local camel man will be  waiting for you. you ride your camel towards the heart of the desert.

 You will have a unique stop in a high dune to watch the best sunset ever, then arrive at the camp, a calm place which is surrounded only   by golden sand and a sky full of stars. After some rest, and dinner. Locals will make fire and gather around it  to play Berber music, drums, and tell you stories. Also they will teach you how to play drums like them. 

Day 3: Merzouga desert towards Rissani, Nkob, Tazarin and Ouarzazate

This new day stars early in order to catch up the sunrise in a high dune. After breakfast and a shower. We ride camels back or a 4×4 vehicle for those who don’t want to ride  camels . We take the road few miles to Rissani or Sijlmassa before. We walk in its tradional markets or SOUK. Later on, we take the road passing by Tazarin and Nkob. After lunch in Nkoub,  we drive  again enjoying the kasbahs and palm trees everywhere in the road.  Next we reach  Ouarzazte city where you will have your night.

Day 4:  Ouarzazate towards Ait Ben Haddou, high Atlas mountains and Marrakech

Our last day of the 4 days desert tour from Marrakech will start with a shower and a breakfast. You will have the chance to visit the city, which is known as the Hollywood of Africa, we will visit Atlas Studio, the largest studio in Africa. Another visit will be in Taourirt Kasbah.  After lunch we take the road towards Marrakech crossing the high Atlas mountains. Enjoying the old villages and landscapes from the top of Tizi nTichka pass. Our final destination will be on the evening in Marrakesh exactly in your accommodation(airport, hotel, riad…). Our 4 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga finishes.

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.
  • Overnight stay in Ouarzazate.
  • 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.

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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