5 Days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga
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5 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga
Trips For Morocco offers you the 5 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga so you can escape from busy cities and immerse yourself in the quiet atmosphere of the Sahara desert and discover the authentic Berber villages of the Southeast of Morocco and their way of living. 5 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga allows you explore nomad’s lifestyle in the desert and share a cup of tea with them.
- 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 5 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga :
Day 1: Marrakech to the Atlas mountains, Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, and Dades gorges
Our 5 days trip from Marrakech to Merzouga starts from Marrakech, where we pick you up from your accommodation. We take the road through the high pass of Tizi nTichka 2260m high. We stop there to enjoy the landscapes and a panoramic view of High Atlas Mountains. We go directly to a UNESCO world heritage site called kasbah Ait Ben Haddou and a location where many parts of movies and series were filmed like Gladiator, Game of thrones. We discover its history and its old buildings.
After lunch we head to Boumaln dades crossing by the capital of roses Kalaat Magouna, we will have a stop there. As soon as we arrive Boumalne visit a rocks formation as the monkey fingers. Then go to the hotel/riad for your overnight.
Day 2: Dades gorge towards Todgha gorge, Ziz valley, and Merzouga desert
After shower and breakfast, the 5 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga drives us to the biggest valley of palm trees Draa valley. Then go to Todgha gorge, walk under this canyon of 400m high. After lunch, we drive towards Merzouga village, where your camels are waiting for you. You ride them with a local camel man. In your way to your camp, you will have a unique stop to enjoy the shinning sunset from a high dune. Then go to your camp, a peaceful place. After dinner and some rest. The locals will make the fire, they will play drums, Twareg music, and tell stories for you in a starry night.
Day 3: 4×4 Merzouga desert excursion and Khamlia
This new day in our 5 days trip from Marrakech starts early in order to catch up the sunrise in a high dune. After breakfast, we will do the desert tour by a 4×4 vehicle. In which we will visit first the nomads who still live in old tents, we will have a cup of tea with them and exploit the chance to know about their harsh life more. Then we visit Mifis an abandoned village where the French used to live during the colonial period.
Next we drive few minutes to Khamlia village, listen to Gnawa music played by the locals, which are originally were brought from Mali and Sudan, later on they became the locals of the village. Finally, drive back to your riad or hotel.
Day 4: Merzouga towards Rissani, Nkob and Ouarzazate
After breakfast we drive about 45 kilometers to Rissani (Sijlmassa before) the ancient capital of Tafilalet region, it was an important commercial place of the caravans a long time ago. Discover its traditional market, where the locals offer their local products. Next we take the road crossing by Alnif, Tazarine, and Nkoub. After lunch, we will cross the anti Atlas via Tizi n Tnifift port of 1660m, and head to Ouarzazte city, the Hollywood of Africa where you will spend your night.
Day 5: Ouarzazate towards, Taourirt kasbah, high Atlas mountains and Marrakech
- 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.
- 4×4 desert excusion.
- Lunches and soft drinks.
- Entrance fees to monuments.
- Other personal expenses.
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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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