Experience the 3 days Marrakech to Merzouga Sahara Desert tour, beginning with a scenic drive through Morocco’s highest pass, Tizi N’Tichka (2260 m), to reach the iconic Ait Ben Haddou kasbah, often referred to as the Hollywood of North Africa in Ouarzazate. Explore the diverse Sahara Desert landscape, featuring palm groves, fertile valleys, rugged terrains, the impressive Dades and Todra canyons, and the fragrant Rose fields in Kalaat M’gouna. Venture into the majestic Sahara Desert of Merzouga, embarking on a one-hour Camel trek into the Erg Chebbi dunes, where you’ll witness a mesmerizing sunset and spend an unforgettable night in a Berber nomadic tent beneath the endless expanse of Saharan stars. This comprehensive 3-day travel itinerary encapsulates the essence of Morocco‘s desert beauty.
In the morning, you’ll rendezvous with your private driver/guide and commence your journey towards Ait Ben Haddou, traversing Morocco’s highest pass, Tizi N’Tichka (at an altitude of 2260 meters). Along the way, you’ll be treated to breathtaking vistas of the High Atlas Mountains and have the opportunity to admire the charming Berber villages before reaching the famed Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah. This historical marvel has been featured in numerous blockbuster movies, such as ‘The Lion in Winter’, ‘Babel’, ‘Kingdom of Heaven’, ‘Prince of Persia’, and more. Also, it is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You may opt for a delightful lunch near the kasbah before continuing your journey into the Sahara, passing by enchanting landscapes adorned with palm trees and rose fields in Kalaat M’gouna. This town is renowned for its annual Rose Festival, a May celebration of the rose harvest in the region.
Additionally, you have the option to make a stop in Skoura before proceeding to your hotel. Skoura is home to several privately owned kasbahs, including the exquisite Amridil Kasbah, with its ornate embellishments and mud-brick fortifications. This historic site has also made appearances in renowned films, from ‘Ali Baba’ and ‘The Sheltering Sky’ to ‘The 40 thieves’. Finally, you’ll check into your hotel in the spectacular Boumalne Dades canyon, where you can revel in the awe-inspiring natural beauty and gain a captivating insight into the country’s rich cultural heritage.
◈ Overnight: Boumalne Dades
◈ Meals: Dinner
Following breakfast, continue your journey to Tissadrine, where you’ll be treated to a breathtaking panoramic vista of the Dades Valley and the striking rock formation known as the “Monkey Fingers”. Following this, depart from Boumlane Dades and embark on a journey along the famed Road of a Thousand Kasbahs to reach the Todra Gorge, often referred to as Morocco’s Grand Canyon. This natural wonder is encircled by towering vertical limestone cliffs that reach staggering heights of 300 meters. It’s a beloved destination for hikers, climbers, and nature enthusiasts who come to explore the rugged terrain and relish the stunning vistas. Take your time to marvel at this awe-inspiring spectacle before you continue your expedition to the Erg Chebbi dunes in Merzouga. En route, make a stop in the town of Tinejdad for a lunch break.
Upon your arrival at the renowned Erg Chebbi dunes, featuring towering dunes that can reach heights of up to 150 meters, embark on a camel trek through the desert to reach your campsite. Nestled in the heart of the Sahara, this campsite offers a remarkable escape from the modern world, providing you with an authentic experience of desert life. Be sure not to miss the captivating desert sunset in the heart of the sand dunes. Additionally, indulge in a delightful dinner, followed by live Berber music around an open fire, and spend an incredible night under the starry desert sky, cherishing the beauty of the desert that will leave you with lasting memories of your desert adventure.
◈ Overnight: Merzouga Desert
◈ Meals: Dinner & Breakfast
After breakfast, depart from Merzouga and commence your return journey to Marrakech. Delight in a picturesque drive that will take you through the Draa Valley via Alnif, Tazarine oasis, and N’kob. Throughout the journey, you’ll have ample opportunities to soak in the stunning scenery, revel in the magnificent vistas of ancient fortified kasbahs, palm groves (lush valleys adorned with palm trees, fields, and acacia trees), and the peaks of the Anti-Atlas Mountains (reaching an altitude of 1660 meters).
You’ll have the freedom to enjoy lunch at your convenience. Afterward, hit the road once more, heading to Ouarzazate, often referred to as the Hollywood of North Africa, renowned for its role as the filming location for numerous Hollywood blockbusters and famous TV shows, including “Gladiator” and “Jewel of the Nile”. Furthermore, continue your journey with panoramic views of the Atlas Mountains as you make your way back to Marrakech. Upon your arrival in Marrakech, you’ll be dropped off at your preferred location in the city, marking the conclusion of your 3-day Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour adventure with us. We hope you’ve enjoyed every moment of it.
⟐ Meals: Breakfast
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It takes around 9–10 hours drive to get to Merzouga desert from Marrakech, approximately 563 kilometers (350 miles). But it’s possible to break up this long journey with overnight stops, either in Ouarzazate or Dades Gorge along the way.
Booking a private tour offers a unique and personalized experience tailored to your interests. You enjoy privacy, comfort, and the freedom to customize the itinerary and pace. With exclusive access and an expert guide dedicated to your group, you gain a deeper understanding of the destinations. While private tours can be more expensive, the benefits outweigh the cost for those seeking an exceptional and unforgettable travel experience.
It’s recommended to pack comfortable clothing suitable for warm weather during the day and cooler temperatures at night. Essentials include sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, a scarf for protection from the desert wind, comfortable shoes for walking, and a small backpack for personal items. It’s also advisable to bring a camera to capture the stunning landscapes and memorable moments.
You don’t need a sleeping bag since there are well-equipped Desert camps provides all the bedding you need including pillows, blankets and even a private bathroom in the tent if you need to take a shower (Luxury camp).
The camel trek is about an hour, with a break in the heart of the desert in order to witness the sunset. If you prefer to walk, then you can walk alongside our camel caravan, but bear in mind that walking in the sand can be tiring.
Whether you choose to embrace the adventure of a camel ride or opt for the convenience of a 4×4 transfer, the choice is yours. Erg Chebbi’s enchanting desert camp awaits, promising an unforgettable getaway amidst the breathtaking dunes.
Wi-Fi availability in the desert camps can vary depending on the specific camp you choose. Some desert camps may offer Wi-Fi access to their guests, while others may not have this facility available.
Truly remarkable 3-day Sahara Desert Tour to Merzouga from Marrakech
Moha played a pivotal role in curating this exceptional private tour of the Moroccan desert. With the guidance of our dedicated tour leader, Hami, we had the privilege of discovering numerous unique and hidden gems that would have remained undiscovered without a local expert. Hami’s expertise ensured a seamless and stress-free journey, making it possible for us to relish an array of incredible experiences. Both Moha and Hami contributed significantly to making our trip an unforgettable adventure. We wholeheartedly recommend their services.
Fantastic 3-day tour from Marrakech to Merzouga with the finest Morocco Tour Operator
As we traveled through the Atlas Mountains, we were treated to breathtaking landscapes and enjoyed the enchanting tunes of Berber music, skillfully played by our guide. The camel ride was an unforgettable highlight of our trip. Our desert experience was truly remarkable, filled with lively dancing and singing to the rhythms of Berber instruments. The accommodations in Dades and Merzouga were not only comfortable, but also showcased incredible hospitality. Our guide, Hmad, proved to be an invaluable source of knowledge about Morocco and the Berber culture, making him one of the best guides we’ve ever had. We wholeheartedly recommend booking their Marrakech Desert tours for an unforgettable adventure.
Exceptional 3-Day Desert Excursion From Marrakech to Merzouga
Morocco Tabiarte Tours offers a flawless, responsible, and reasonably priced 3-day tour to the Sahara Desert. The comfortable vehicle and reliable driver ensured a worry-free experience. We were truly impressed by Mr. Moha, who responded promptly to our messages and provided valuable information. I’d like to extend my gratitude to Hmad, our dedicated companion throughout the journey. His kindness and amiability made our trip all the more enjoyable. Hmad took excellent care of us, ensuring everyone’s comfort and safety during the expedition.