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Marrakech to Merzouga 3-Day Desert Safari

  • Overview

    Experience the Moroccan Sahara Desert on a 3-day safari tour from Marrakech to Merzouga. Spend the night at a Bedouin camp in the Erg Chebbi dunes. Ride a camel to watch the sunset and sunrise. See the Kasbah of Ouarzazate, and much more.

  • Tour Highlights

    Discover the gates of the Sahara Desert at Ouarzazate Ride across the Erg Chebbi dunes on a camel Spend the night at a Bedouin camp See the famous Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou Drive across the High Atlas Mountains Take the back roads through the Dades Canyons Enjoy an authentic Moroccan dinner under the stars

  • Schedule

    Tue & Thu & Sat

  • Duration

    3 days

  • Pickup Time

    7:00 AM

  • Departure & Return points:

    Pick-up from your hotel or riad in Marrakech

  • What's included

    Pick-up from your hotel or riad in Marrakech Transportation by modern, air-conditioned minibus (17 seats) English / French-speaking driver/guide Overnight stay in Tinghir at Hotel Bougafer 4* (including dinner and breakfast) Camel trek in Erg Chebbi to watch the sunset and sunrise Overnight stay at "Auberge Sahara" desert camp at Erg Chebbi (including dinner and breakfast) Bedding at both accommodations Access to toilets and showers at both accommodations Private room (Hotel Dades) and private tent (camp)

  • Not Included

    Local guides – in Kasbah Ait Ben Hddou, if you wish to hire a guide to escort you for a visit of the Kasbah (available for an extra charge) Lunches Beverages Tips to driver and any personal expenses Bottled water

  • Itinerary

    Discover the edge of the Sahara Desert on a 3-day budget tour from Marrakech, and explore the dramatic landscapes of the Dades Valley and Kasbah of Ourzazate. Ride across the dunes of Erg Chebbi by camel, and sleep at a desert camp surrounded by high sand dunes. Day 1: Marrakech - Ait Ben Haddou - Tinghir
    After an early departure from the Marrakech hotel, your journey begins by crossing the High Atlas Mountains past one Berber village after another to the UNESCO world heritage site of Ait Ben Haddou, famous for its Kasbah and fortified village, and previously used as a set for some famous Hollywood epics as well as a backdrop for some fashion magazines photo shoots. After some leisure time to explore the village with its Kasbah, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, then continue your drive through Ouarzazate, known as the Gate of the Sahara and onto Boumalne Dades, admiring the scenic drive along the road to Tinghir, where you can enjoy dinner and an overnight stop. Day 2: Tinghir - Todgha Gorges - Merzouga
    Following breakfast, depart your hotel and drive to the dramatic Todgha Gorges, pausing for some free time to explore the canyons and enjoy lunch at a local café. Continue to Merzouga to meet your camel caravan. Then, experience the Erg Chebbi dunes on camelback and watch the sunset change the color of the sand. Reach your desert camp before nightfall and enjoy an authentic Moroccan dinner under the stars. Local nomads will provide the entertainment and show you how to play the Tam Tam drums. Enjoy dinner and an overnight stop. Day 3: Merzouga Ouarzazate - Marrakech
    Following an early wake up to watch the sunrise before breakfast (optional), ride your camel back to the main road. Your driver will be waiting to pick you up for the transfer back to Marrakech. Stop half-way for lunch in Ouarzazate. You can also book upgrades for the night in the Bedouin camp as an optional extra. Upgrade to the deluxe desert camp with a luxury private tent complete with ensuite shower, bathroom facilities, and 5* amenities. These upgrades need to be booked per person.

  • Cancellation Policy

    Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

  • Know before you go

    This is a shared Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour, run in small groups of no more than 17 passengers Departures guaranteed every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday of the week. Please note that the prices indicated for the available upgrades are per person. If you would like to book one or both upgrades please select the correct amount of people. You can hire a guide for the tour of the Kasbah, but this is optional and you can still enjoy a self-guided tour

  • Stefan - Reviewed 1 hour ago

    our guide was very helpful and friendly with questions before I left. The driver was very friendly and good to chat with. He stops for breaks at least every 2.5hrs on the road. The landscape on this trip is varied and spectacular and although cold weather at night, January is a low key, comfortable time to visit. Value for money is excellent . There are chances to buy carpet/scarf but no pressure. Wonderful trip with great group of people. Great job !
  • Emily - Reviewed 2 hours ago

    Very good taken care of. Memorable experience
  • marco - Reviewed 1 week ago

    This tour was incredible! Like many other reviews say, there is quite a lot of driving, especially on the last day. However, it is definitely worth it when you get to ride that camel through the Sahara. we have an amazing driver and listened to our groups needs and questions. If you go in the winter, make sure you bring a lot of warm clothes! Marrakech is warm, but the closer you get to the desert, the colder it gets. The hotels are also cold and I wish I had brought some thermals and gloves/hat. Other than that, definitely recommend this tour!
  • Anonymous - Reviewed 1 week ago

    Amazing! It was my first time in the desert and I had the best time ever. The group I spent the three days with was a mix of young and old people and we had a lot of fun . The driver picked us up on time in the morning and during the whole three days everything was perfectly planned and organized. We never had to wait or had any problems. All the guides we’ve met during the three days we’re super funny and we had a great time together! In total it’s a lot of time in the car (comfortable minibus with AC) but it’s totally worth it. We stopped a lot of times for pictures and breaks. I can recommend it to everyone who wants to have a nice and short desert experience :)