Visit the enchanting Sahara Desert on a 4-day trip from Marrakech. Explore dirt roads, valleys, mountain passes, gorges, dunes and picturesque villages and discover this unique country.
4-Day Merzouga Desert Trip
Day 1: Marrakesh - Aït Benhaddou - Valley of the Roses - Dadès Gorges
After collecting you from your hotel, riad or from the airport, we'll head to Ouarzazate. On the way we'll pass through the striking Atlas Mountains via the stunning Tizi n'Tichka mountain pass, which offers spectacular views from its 2,260 metres.
Having crossed through the Atlas Mountains we'll arrive at Aït Benhaddou Kasbah, one of the most impressive fortified cities in Morocco and the emblematic filming location of movies such as Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven.
We'll then take the Route of the Thousand Kasbahs to Skoura and to Kelaat M'Gouna, a pretty city in Tinghir Province and capital of the Valley of the Roses. At the end of the first day, we'll drive to the Dadès Gorges, where we'll spend the night.
Day 2: Dadès Gorges - Todgha Gorges - Merzouga
After breakfast, we'll set off towards the Dadès Valley, travelling through the incredible Todgha Gorges, where we'll have lunch.
With renewed energy, we'll continue on our journey in the direction of Merzouga, passing through the Jorf palm grove, an area known for its excellent dates, and Erfoud, home to intriguing fragments of fossils.
Having arrived in Merzouga, we'll swap our vehicles for camels to immerse ourselves in the desert and make our way to Bedouin camp where we'll spend the night and enjoy a traditional Moroccan dinner.
Day 3: Merzouga - Rissani - Alnif - Tazarine - Tizi N'Tfrkhin - Ouarzazate
We'll begin the third day of our tour in the most magical day: watching the sunrise over the desert. After an early start, we'll climb back onto our camels and explore the area.
On the way back to Ouarzazate, we'll take a different route. Passing the Tafilalet Palm Grove and the village of Rissani, ancient capital and home to the founder of the Alaouite Dynasty, we'll reach the town of Alnif. Here, we'll join the road that cuts across the stunning Anti-Atlas mountain range.
After taking in the spectacular colours and shapes of the mountains, we'll arrive at Tizi N'tfarkhin, Tinghir and an amazing palm grove in the Dadès Valley. At lunchtime, we'll stop at Klaat M'Gouna to eat and rest before continuing the route.
In the afternoon we'll arrive in Ouarzazate, where we'll spend the night in a hotel/kasbah.
Day 4: Ouarzazate - Marrakech
After a delicious breakfast, you'll the morning free to explore Ouarzazate at your own pace. We recommend visiting the Taourirt Kasbah and Atlas Film Studios, known as the Hollywood of the desert. We'll leave Ouarzazate between 12 pm and 3:30 pm.
We'll drop you back off in Marrakech in the early afternoon.
There are two options, standard (2 - 3 stars) and luxury (4 stars):
- Standard Hotels: Kasbah Tifawe / Dar Essyaha or similar (Dadès), Haima Camp (Merzouga) and Hotel Les Jardins / Hotel Azoul or similar (Ouarzazate).
- Luxury Hotels: Azawad Luxury Desert Camp or similar (Merzouga). Accommodation is the same as the standard hotels in Dadès and Ouarzazate.
Both hotels and tents in the desert 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.
The standard and superior camps are completely separate and, in addition to the distinction in the bathrooms, there are differences in the food and the interior decoration of the haimas.
If you're staying in the Medina, you must go to the meeting point. If you're staying outside the Medina, we'll pick you up free of charge at your hotel or riad. If the hotel is outside of Marrakech, the pickup will have an extra charge between € 10 (US$ 10.90) and € 40 (US$ 43.40) depending on the distance.
Other excursions from Marrakech
If you'd like, you can do this excursion in a private group of just you and your partner, family or friends booking our Private Desert Trip.
|Adults||Children 5-10 years old||Children under 5|
Children 5-10 years oldUS$ 159
Children under 5not permitted
Children 5-10 years oldUS$ 194.30
Children under 5not permitted
The activity takes place with an escort that speaks in English and other languages.
Transport by minibus
3 nights accommodation with dinner and breakfast included
Fuel, tolls and all associated costs
Towels in the accommodation
Shampoo (only in the superior category)
Wifi (only in the superior category)
Food and drinks
When to book?
You can book up until 12 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.
Frequently asked questions
Q - What is the supplement for an individual room?
A - If you would like an individual room of the superior category, it costs €120. For standard, the supplement is €80.
Q - Is it possible to take a desert quad tour during the excursion?
A - Yes, you can add this activity, and others, when in the destination. The guide will take you to the quad rental so you can enjoy this activity at your own pace.
Q - Is it possible to bring luggage on the tour?
A - You can bring luggage, but during the excursion you must leave it in the hotel or bus. During the camel ride you can only bring a backpack.
Q - In which hotels is free pick up available?
A - We will contact you to specify the exact pick up time and place.
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.
Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?
A - This activity requires a minimum of 4 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.
If you have any other questions please contact us .
If you are staying in the Medina, you must go to the restaurant Cafe de France, in Jemaa el Fna Square. If you are staying outside the Medina we will pick you up at the hotel free of charge.