Marrakech to Merzouga Desert

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Tour Highlights

This 3 nights / 2 day tour in the Merzouga Sahara desert tour to Erg Chebbi dunes and back to Marrakech is highly recommended if you are seeking an adrenaline adventure filled with trekking in Kasbah’s, camel rides and overnight stay at the Sahara desert camp.

The route takes us through the high altitude pass of Tizi-n-Tichka in the Atlas Mountains along lush green river valleys, which extend into the desert, fortified by Berber villages and Kasbahs that once belong to the sultans. We will visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ait Benhaddou, famously known for its features in Hollywood blockbusters.

Furthermore, we will visit Dades valley and Todra Gorges to trek along the 300 meter canyons before arriving at the Merzouga desert.

Upon arrival, you will experience the sunset with a camel ride to our desert camp for an overnight stay at our tents, where dinner will be served under the stars. Local desert nomads will light a bonfire and play Moroccan drums in middle of the Sahara desert for us.

On our drive back, we will visit Ouarzazate and Draa valley before arriving at your hotel in Marrakech.

Tour Guides

Adil Maliki
Adil Maliki
Adventure Guide & Event Planner

Discover the hidden secrets of Moroccan & Berber culture driving off-road with me in the breathtaking Sahara Desert and the High Atlas Mountains.

Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1: MARRAKECH - AIT BENHADDOU - DADES GORGES

    Your driver will meet you after breakfast at your Riad / Hotel. We will depart from Marrakech to Dades valley, through the high altitude Tizi- N-Tichka pass in the High Atlas Mountains. Enjoy the scenic road, picturesque landscapes and the Berber villages along the way.

    We will have time to visit the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, a 1987 UNESCO World Heritage site that has been used as a Hollywood set for major blockbusters including “Gladiator” “Indiana Jones” and “Lawrence of Arabia”.

    Explore the traditional Moroccan architecture and hidden secrets of the Kasbahs. After lunch, we will head further south east to the Dades valley and the city of roses.

    We will have dinner and stay overnight at Dades valley.

  • DAY 2: DADES GORGES - TODRA GORGES - MERZOUGA DESERT

    We will depart from your hotel in Dades valley after breakfast, driving towards Todra Gorges through a special off-road route around the colorful Berber villages, where we will have free time to trek along the 300 meter canyons, a favourite spot for rock climbers.

    Afterwards, we will continue our journey to Erg Chebbi dunes in Merzouga Sahara desert. Upon arrival, our camels will be waiting for us to start our sunset camel ride in the evening. Our camels, will arrive at the desert camp for a typical dinner while enjoying a bonfire with drums and music in the middle of the Sahara.

    We will spend the night in nomad tents. This is a perfect opportunity to click pictures!

  • DAY 3: MERZOUGA DESERT - DRAA VALLEY -OUARZAZATE - MARRAKECH

    Next day, we will wake up early to enjoy the sunrise over the dunes of Erg Chebbi, followed by typical breakfast in the desert camp. After breakfast, we will ride our camels to trek back to a hotel for a quick shower.

    Furthermore, on our way to the Kasbah of Ouarzazate we will drive past the Sahara town of Rissani, Tazarine, Draa valley, and Agdez.

    Before, we continue to Marrakech we will cross again the Tizi N’Tichka pass and the Berber villages between Ouarzazate and Marrakech.

    Upon arrival in Marrakech, we will drop you at your hotel.

Pricing

Prices vary according to group numbers.

Please enquire for a custom pricing. 

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  • BERBER BREAKFAST & DINNER
  • SUNSET CAMEL RIDE
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR GUIDES
  • LUXURY DESERT TENTS
  • UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES
  • EXPLORE SAHARA DESERT

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