Overview:

Go on this Marrakech to Erg Chigaga desert tour to explore the magnificent Sahara Desert, spanning both the wind-blown sand dunes of Erg Lihoudi and the remote and towering dunes of Erg Chagaga for a truly unique desert experience.

Travel over the admirably high Atlas Mountains and drive via the Tizi-n-Tichka pass. Along the road, stop at panoramic viewpoints to admire the beautiful valleys and Berber villages. Visit the two most famous kasbahs in Morocco; Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou and Telouet Kasbah. Stop by the Atlas Studios to photograph intact film sets of many Hollywood blockbusters. Spend overnight in a beautiful riad in Ouarzazate.

Explore Kasbah Tamnougalte and go off-road through the unlimited palm trees of Dra’a Valley. Drive along the ancient Road of the Caravans and visit the green pottery co-operatives Tamegroute village.

Embark on camel trekking and practice sandboarding in the towering dunes. Taste dinner, prepared by the nomads, and dance to Berber music and drumming under the starlit sky of the Sahara Desert. Sleep in private comfortable nomad tents in desert camps in the Erg Lihoudi and Erg Chagaga Dunes.

Experience off-road 4×4 driving through the varying features of the expansive Sahara Desert, hunt for fossils in the dry lake of Iriqui, and discover Berber carpet craftsmanship. Cross the High Atlas Mountains and arrive back at Marrakech.


Major highlights:

  • Travel over the often snow-topped Atlas Mountains and via the fascinating Tizi-n-Tichka Pass
  • Stop at panoramic viewpoints to admire views of the beautiful valleys and Berber villages
  • Tour Kasbah Telouet and wander the beautiful Ounila Valley
  • Explore Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous film location
  • Stop by the Film Studios to photograph intact film sets of many Hollywood artworks
  • Spend overnight in an authentic riad in Ouarzazate and taste Morocco most delicious dishes
  • Explore the ancient Kasbah Tamnougalte and travel off-road through the unlimited palm trees of Agdz
  • Learn about the green pottery craftsmanship and the old Quranic library in Tamegroute village
  • Spend two nights in private nomad tents in Erg Lihoudi and Erg Chagaga dunes
  • Experience camel trekking and photograph your party wearing blue turbans
  • Witness the spectacle of the sunset from the summit of the highest and largest sand dunes
  • Taste dinner and dance to Berber music and drumming under the starlit sky of the Sahara Desert
  • Hunt for fossils in the dry Iriki lake and visit Berber carpet co-operatives in Taznakht

What is included:

  • Private Transportation in an air-conditioned 4×4 Toyota Prado Tx or luxury minivan and Fuel
  • Experienced local Berber/ Nomad Multilingual-speaking driver/ guide
  • Pick-up from and drop-off to your hotel/ riad or airport
  • Overnights in an air-conditioned riad/ hotel with rooms with private bathrooms
  • Overnight in an authentic/ luxury desert camp in Zagora Dunes
  • Overnight in an authentic/ luxury desert camp in Erg Chagaga Dunes
  • Local guides and entrance fees in the relevant places
  • All meals, 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners with vegetarian and vegan options available
  • The opportunity to ask the driver to stop for breaks whenever you wish
  • Option to go to and come back from the camp on camelback or by the 4x4Toyota Prado Tx
  • Camel trekking for an hour and Sandboarding as much as you want
  • Berber music and drumming around a fire camp in the desert

What is not included:

  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Extra

Good to know :

  • This desert trip from Marrakech can be tailor-made to fit your individual areas of interest
  • This Marrakech desert trip is free of hidden costs, cheap tourists’ traps or forced shopping
  • You can choose to go to the camp on camelback or by the 4×4 car (then, you go for a camel ride)

Prices Table

Number of Participants 2 Participants 3 Participants 4 Participants 5 Participants 6 Participants
Price Per Participant 435 € 355 € 345 € 335 € 335 €
Total Price 870 € 1065 € 1380 € 1675 € 2010 €

Itinerary:

1st day: Marrakech – Ouarzazate

Travel over the often-snow-covered Atlas Mountains and drive via the famous Tizi-n-Tichka. All along the road, you will stop at panoramic viewpoints to admire the beautiful setting of the valleys and the Berber villages.

After descending the Atlas Mountains, a side road leads to the famous and former residential palace, Kasbah Telouet. Tour the kasbah to discover Moroccan tiling artwork and wood and silver craftsmanship that decorates the ceiling and the doors of the kasbah.

After a scenic drive along the beautiful Ounila Valley, you will arrive at Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a favorite film location for several Hollywood blockbusters.

After lunch in one of the restaurants alongside the Salt River, you will visit the kasbah with a local guide. Learn about the history and the cinematic artworks that were filmed on this site.

Arrive at Ouarzazate by the end of the afternoon. Tour the local souk and sip a glass of tea overlooking the main square of Ouarzazate. At night, a beautiful riad offers dinner and a night’s rest.

2nd day: Ouarzazate – Erg Lihoudi

Following a traditional breakfast in your riad, continue your Marrakech to Erg Chigaga desert tour. Travel over the Middle Atlas Mountains and via the Tizi-n-Tinfifte pass. After Agdz, visit Kasbah Tamnougalte and explore the unlimited palm trees fields and photograph the fortified Kasbahs.

Continue traveling south alongside the ancient Road of the Caravans as far as Zagora, the last town before the Sahara Desert. Visit the local green pottery co-operatives and the ancient Quranic library. After lunch, you continue further south as far as M’hamid, the end of the paved road, and the last villages before the desert.

From here, an hour to an hour and a half camel ride leads to the wind-blown sand dunes of Erg Lihoudi. Climb to the summit of the dunes to witness the spectacle of the sunset and enjoy moments of pure peacefulness.

At night, dinner is served under the starlit sky of the Sahara Desert. Share an evening of Berber music and drumming with the nomads around a fire camp. Stay in a private nomad tent in a desert camp among the dunes.

3rd day: Erg Lihoudi – Erg Chagaga

Get up early in the morning and ascend the summit of the dunes. You will be reward by an amazing spectacle of the sunrise and experience pure moments of peacefulness.

After breakfast is served at the camp, you will drive through the sand dunes and the unlimited palm trees to the M’hamid. After lunch, you continue your Marrakech to Erg Chigaga desert tour, driving through the varying features of the Sahara Desert.

In the camp, you will be welcomed by traditional tea and Moroccan biscuits and shown in your private tent. Shortly after, enjoy an hour to an hour and a half camel ride around the admirably high dunes of Erg Chagaga. From the summit of the dunes (300m), the sunset is a spectacular sight.

Back at the campsite, dinner is served under a starlit sky and followed by an evening of music play around a campfire. Enjoy a night rest in your private nomad tent in a desert camp among the big dunes.

4th day: Erg Chagaga – Marrakech

Wake up early in the morning and climb up to the summit of Erg Chigaga dunes. Witness the much talked about sunset of the Sahara Desert.

Back at the camp, breakfast is served, then you continue your Marrakech to Erg Chigaga desert trip. Experience off-road driving through the different landscapes of the Sahara Desert.

Stop at the dry Iriqui Lake and search for fossils. Shortly after, you will arrive in Foum Zguid, the first village after the desert and the venue for lunch. In Taznakht, learn about the Berber rugs and carpets craftsmanship and perhaps buy one, if desired!

Afterward, you cross the High Atlas Mountains and arrive back at Marrakech.