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5 Day Dakar Track and Merzouga Desert Trip

  • 52 reviews | 434 travellers
    We chose this tour to get to know the desert. Given the distance from the city of Marrakesh, many hours of travel are spent in the car and stops are made in places of little interest (such as the night in Mharech). Although we really enjoyed what we visited, some visits could take longer, since most days we arrived at the hotel at 3:00 p.m. with nothing else to do. Our driver, Hassan, was very kind and attentive to us.
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Immerse yourself in the depths of the Sahara Desert as you drive along the Dakar Rally track on a 5-day private trip from Marrakech.

Immerse yourself in the depths of the Sahara Desert as you drive along the Dakar Rally track on a 5-day private trip from Marrakech.

5-Day Dakar Track and Merzouga Desert Trip

Day 1: Marrakesh - Aït Benhaddou -  Ouarzazate

On the first day, we'll leave behind Marrakech in the morning to hit the road towards Ouarzazate. On the way we cross the striking Atlas Mountains, crossing through the stunning Tizi n'Tichka mountain pass, 2,260 metres high.

Shortly after crossing the Atlas, we turn down a road towards Telouet Kasbah. Cross numerous Amazigh hamlets until we get to Aït Benhaddou Kasbah, the most impressive 800-year fortified city in all Morocco, and backdrop to movies such as Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven.

At the end of the visit, we'll head to Ouzarzazate, home to the well-known Atlas Studios. We'll spend the first night here.

Day 2: Ouarzazate – Agdz – Draa Valley – Tazarine – El Mharech Oasis

After a healthy breakfast and visiting the splendid Taourirt Kasbah, we'll make our way to Zagora by crossing the Anti-Altas mountain through the Tizi n-Tinifift mountain pass, 1,600 meters high.

Delve into the magnificent Draa Valley along a dirt road and admire various Amazigh villages and kasbahs flanking the narrow waterway. Leave charming villages behind like N’kob, Tarazine and Alnif and drive to Mharech Gorges. The original Dakar Rally track normally runs past these beautiful landscapes. 

Complete the day by spending the night in a typical riad in the middle of the desert.

Day 3: Mharech - Ramlia Oasis - Ouzina Dunes - Merzouga

On the third day, we'll pursue the tracks of the Dakar Rally and marvel at tiny villages, crossing wadis, oasis and the Ouzina Dunes.

Visit the well-known village of Khamlia, founded by the descents of African slaves and enjoy typical folklore music from this area.

From Khamlia, we'll drive to Erg Chebbi, the highest dunes in Morocco. Upon arrival, hop on a camel, which will take you to the camp situated in the middle of the large sea of dunes. It'll take approximately one and a half hours. You'll sleep in an authentic Amazigh camp.

Day 4: Merzourga – Rissani – Todra Gorges – Dades Valley

After witnessing a breathtaking sunrise in the dunes, ride your camel back to the jeep. We'll stop at a hotel to refresh and shower (depending on the type of camp, breakfast and the shower might be before the camel ride). 

Feeling refreshed, the driver will head to the town of Rissani, where the Alawi Dynasty is originally from. Rissani was also the first imperial capital of Morocco.

Take the road to Erfoud, famous for its marble quarries until you arrive at the palm grove of Tafilat.

Visit the Todgha Gorges and then make your way to the Dades Valley, where you'll spend the fourth night in a camp next to the dunes.

Day 5: Dades Valley – Valley of the Roses – Skoura – Marrakech

Leave Dades Valley behind along the Route of the Thousand Kasbahs and drive past the Valley of the Roses until you get to the palm grove of Skoura, where the most famous kasbah of the area is situated.

From here, we'll head back to Marrakech.


Standard hotels:

  • Ouarzazate: Hotel Les Jardins de Ouarzazate / Hotel La Perle Du Sud / Hotel Saghro or similar
  • Mharech: Riad Nomad / Riad Les Jardins de Tafraoute / Kasbah Ramlia
  • Merzouga: Standard Haima Tent Camp
  • Dades / Valle del Roses: Dar Essyaha / Hotel Babylon / Kasbah Tifawen or similar

Luxury hotels:

  • Ouarzazate: Kasbah Dar Chamaa / Hotel la Perle du Sud / Le Petit Riad or similar
  • Mharech: Riad Nomad / Riad Les Jardins de Tafraoute / Kasbah Ramlia
  • Merzouga: Azawad Luxury Desert Camp or similar
  • Dades: Xaluca Dades / La Perle du Dades / Auberge Chez Pierre / Dar Rihana / Ksar Sultan or similar

The standard rooms have shared bathrooms, whilst the luxury accommodation comes with private bathrooms.

You can view photos of both camps following the below links.

Both hotels and tents are double occupancy only, there are no single rooms. You can however ask for a triple room or a family room if you prefer. The standard category rooms have communal showers in the camp, while the superior category rooms have a private bathroom in the haimas and showers in the camp.


Children between 5 and 10 years old have 50% off. Please contact us if you would like to book this activity with children up to 10 years old.

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5 days.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.


Private multiple–day trip, exclusively for you, your family, and friends

Pickup from your hotel, riad, airport, or another meeting point

Transport by 4x4

English–speaking chauffeur

4 nights accommodation with dinner and breakfast included

Fuel, tolls, and other associated costs

Camel ride to get to the camp

Not included

Lunches and drinks

Entrance to the kasbahs and Atlas Studios

When to book?

You can book up until 18 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.


Not wheelchair accessible.


All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code. Specifically, this activity applies the following practices: Show more

No printing of documentation required.

Has a gender equality policy.

Has a carbon footprint offset policy.

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Corporate name: Maroc Expedition Travel S.A.R.L

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Frequently asked questions

  • Q - Is it possible to take this tour if we are a group of more than six?

    A - Yes, but you must reserve all the necessary tours until you arrive at the total group number, then indicate in the comments section that you will be travelling together. This is because the maximum capacity of the 4X4 is six people.

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you have any other questions please contact us .

Free cancellation

If you cancel after the reservation you will be refunded 100% of the total value. If you do not show up, you will not be refunded.