6 Days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga

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6 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga

Overview:

Interested to spend some more time exploring the Sahara desert? Trips For Morocco team organise the 6 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga, where you will be staying for few days visiting around the Erg Chebbi sand dunes, its Berber villages, its nomadic people, and lifestyles. Our 6 days trip from Marrakech to Merzouga allows you to be with locals of the Sahara desert, share some tea with them, cook and taste local Berber meals. Join our 6 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga and feel a unique and authentic Morocco.

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 6 days trip from Marrakech to Merzouga :

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

Our 6 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga begins in the morning from Marrakech, where we meet you in your location and start driving through the famous high pass of Tizi nTichka (about 2260m high in its altitude). We will make a pause there to enjoy the landscapes, an impressive panoramic view of the high Atlas mountains and Berber villages from above. 

After that, we carry on driving to a UNESCO world heritage site called kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, the most exotic and preserved Kasbah in the country, it was taken as a location where many parts of international movies and series were filmed for example Gladiator, Game of Thrones, and many others. After lunch there,  we drive to Boumaln Dades crossing Ouarzazate city and the valley of roses Kalaat Magouna, we will have a stop there, and visit a workshop of roses. As soon as we arrive to Boumalne we will drive via the Dades valley to see rock formations  called Monkey Fingers. Then go to the hotel/riad for your dinner and overnight.

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

After breakfast, we drive to the biggest valley of palm trees Draa valley, then go to Todra Gorge, the highest gorge in the country about (300meters high). We walk under this impressive canyon. After lunch, we will go to a cooperative of Berber clothes and jewelry to try them and take pictures for free, and even make Moroccan Henna for free. 

Next we drive towards Merzouga village crossing the city of dates and fossils, Erfoud. Once we are at Merzouga, we will  ride our lovely camels towards the camp with a well experienced  camel man. In your way you will have a unique stop to enjoy the most shinning sunset from a high dune. 

After dinner, you will gather with the locals around a bonfire, and they will play drums for you and teach you how to play as well, and they will tell you some funny stories or riddles. Overnight in your camp in a starry night and peaceful place.

Day 3: 4×4 Merzouga desert excursion and Khamlia

This new day of our 6 days trip from Marrakech to Merzouga begins early in order not to miss the sunrise in a high dune, and to enjoy the golden dunes of Erg Chebbi. 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 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. drive few minutes to Khamlia village, listen to Gnawa music played by the locals, who are originally from Sudan and Mali, then drive to your riad/hotel to renew the energy and get ready for the adventure of tomorrow. 
Dinner and overnight there.
 

Day 4:  Merzouga to Taous, Ouzina, Ramlia and Tafraout Sidi Ali

New day new adventure, after breakfast, we take the road and we will pass by many Berber villages along the way (Taous, Lbiaa, Jdaid, Ouzina…), then next we reach Ramlia village. We will have lunch in this fabulous village with its old buildings. 

Next we drive the road in the middle of wilderness and cross the Ghris Valley full of Acacia trees, if we are lucky we may find some nomadic families grazing their sheep or camels on the road. Next we pass by Lmziouda, where you can see both mountains and sand in one view. 

We cross its black mountains. Later on, we reach Tafraout Sidi Ali village, not far away from Algeria borders, and it is considered as the administrative site of all the surrounding villages. We will have dinner in a local guesthouse (Auberge) and enjoy the night with the locals.

Day 5:  Tafraout Sidi Ali to, Lahfira and Rissani, Touroug and Tinghir

After breakfast, we carry on our 6 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga passing by Ighef Nighir, Lahfira, Fezzou then reach Rissani, which was known as Sijlmassa along time. We will discover its traditional market (Souk), where sellers are active, selling vegetables, spices, clothes and so on. After lunch there, We take the road passing by several villages such as El Jorf, Touroug, and Tinghir for dinner and overnight in your hotel/riad. 

Day 6:  Tinghir, Dades, Ouarzazate, Ait Ben Haddou and Marrakech

After breakfast we drive crossing the impressive valley of Dades. Then we proceed our tour via the road of Thousand Kasbahs towards Ourzazate city, called the Hollywood of Africa, we will have lunch there, and visit both Atlas Studio, the biggest studio in all Africa and Kasbah of Taourirt. Then drive towards Marrakech via the high Atlas mountains crossing by Telouate, and Kasbah of Amridil. Our 6 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga will end in Marrakech in your accommodation(airport, hotel, riad…).
 
 
 

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 stays during the tour.
  • Diners and breakfasts during the tour.
  • 4×4 desert excusion.

Not included:

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

Important note

Other tours from Marrakech

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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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