Overview:

Go on this carefully designed desert tour from Marrakesh to explore the shimmering sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, to discover the great Sahara Desert, experience camel trekking, and to sleep in nomad tents, with a rich history and Berber culture of southern Morocco in between.

Travel over the high Atlas Mountains, via the famous pass of Tizi-n-Tichka and through Berber villages perched on mountains’ entourage. Visit Kasbah Telouet and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou.

Discover Skoura Oasis and tour the beautifully restored Kasbah Amredhil, go off-track along the Road of a Thousand Kasbahs, via the beautiful Valley of the Roses, and visit the cosmetic cooperatives in Kel’aa M’gouna, producing cosmetic products.

Explore Dades Gorges, stay in an authentic guest-house overlooking the Dades Valley. Go for a hike in the Toudgha Gorges with a local guide and take a walk along the riverbank through the massive canyons.

Ride camels to the top of the wind-blown dunes of Erg Chebbi. Enjoy beautiful views of the sunset and experience moments of pure peacefulness. Taste dinner, prepared by the nomad, in a magical setting, dance to Berber music and drumming around a campfire, and sleep in your comfortable nomad tent near the big dunes of Erg Chebbi.

Travel along the Dra’a Valley, full of palm trees and fortified kasbahs, and stop by Berber village sand interact with the locals to learn about life in the south. Cross the Atlas Mountains and arrive back at Marrakech.


Major highlights:

  • Travel over the high Atlas Mountains, via the Tizi-n-Tichka pass, and through beautiful Berber villages
  • Visit the two most famous kasbah in Morocco, Telouet and Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou
  • Wander Skoura Oasis palm tree groves and tour the beautifully restored Kasbah Amredhil
  • Drive through the Road of a Thousand Kasbah, via the beautiful Valley of the Roses, and visit the cosmetic cooperatives in Kel’aa M’gouna
  • Explore Dades Gorges, stay in an authentic guest-house overlooking the Dades Valley
  • Go for a hike in the Toudgha Gorges, walk along the riverbank through the massive canyons
  • Ride camels to the summit of the wind-blown sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, Admire the sunset, and experience moments of pure peacefulness
  • Dine under a starlit sky and dance to Berber music and drumming around a campfire
  • Sleep in your own comfortable nomad tent in a desert camp near the big dunes of Erg Chebbi
  • Drive through many Berber villages and interact with the local inhabitants to learn about life in the oases
  • Visit Kasbah Tamnougalte, go off-road along the Dra’a valley’s unlimited palm trees and fortified kasbahs
  • Cross Ouarzazate and stop by the Film Studios to photograph film sets of many Hollywood artworks
  • Travel over the Atlas Mountains and arrive back at Marrakech

What is included:

  • Private transportation in a 4×4 air-conditioned Toyota Prado Tx or Deluxe minivan and Fuel
  • Pick-up from and drop-off at your accommodation in Marrakech
  • Experienced local Berber/ Nomad Multilingual-speaking driver/ guide
  • Overnights in accommodations with air-conditioned rooms and private bathrooms
  • Overnight in an authentic/ luxury desert camp in Erg Chebbi dunes
  • All meals, 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners with vegetarian and vegan options available
  • Option to go to and come back from the camp on camelback or in 4×4 vehicle
  • Camel ride for an hour to an hour and a half with the camel-man and free sand-boarding
  • Free tea, coffee, and mineral water during your stay in the desert
  • Berber music and drumming around a campfire under the stars at night
  • The opportunity to ask the driver to stop for breaks whenever you wish
  • Entrance fees and local guides in the relevant places

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 310 € 265 € 220 € 200 € 190 €
Total Price 610 € 795 € 880 € 1000 € 1140 €

Itinerary:

1st day: Marrakech – Dades Gorges

Your desert trip from Marrakech to Merzouga starts with a departure in the morning from your riad towards Dades Gorges traveling across the admirably high and towering Atlas Mountains and over the famous Tizi-n-Tichka pass, the highest mountains peak in Africa.

All along the road, there will be stops at panoramic viewpoints for breaks, to take photos, and to admire the breath-taking views of the fertile valleys, full of colorful roses, olive trees and herds of goats, and the adobe-built Berber villages perched on the snow-topped mountains, sometimes barely distinguishable from the mountains themselves.

After the Tizi-n-Tichka pass, a side road leads to the former palatial residence, Kasbah Telouet. Visit the kasbah to discover Moroccan tiling art and wood craftsmanship.

Driving further south, you arrive at the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a backdrop for many Hollywood blockbusters including “Gladiator”, “Alexander”, and some scenes of the famous TV series “Game of Thrones”. After lunch, a visit is scheduled for the Kasbah with a local guide who will provide historical insights and points out at interesting features.

In the afternoon, we drive past Ouarzazate and the Oasis of Skoura, where we stop to explore the fortified Kasbah Amredhil, which has been reconstructed to makes a panoramic view situated in the side of the valley and standing tall among the palm trees.

From here, the road takes us through the Road of a Thousand Kasbah and then the Valley of the Roses as far as Kel’aa M’gouna, where we pay a visit to a women co-operative manufacturing local roses cosmetic from abundant flowers. Afterward, we arrive at Dades Gorges, where a beautiful guest-house at the edge of the valley offers dinner and overnight.

2nd day: Dades Gorges – Merzouga

After breakfast, a walk is scheduled with your guide to explore the Boumalne Dades valley’s garden fields and massive canyons before you drive to the Toudgha Gorges where lunch is served.

Afterward, we continue our desert trip alongside the Ziz Valley, very remarkable for its huge groves of palm trees and dotted with fortified kasbahs standing tall among the trees, and then Titillate Valley.

Here in Merzouga, an hour to an hour and a half leads to the summit (250 m) of the wind-swept sand dunes of Erg Chebbi from which the sunset is an awesome sight. At the campsite, you will be welcomed by mint tea and shown your private nomad tent.

At night, dinner is served under a sky full of stars, followed by a musical play with the nomads around a fire camp, and the overnight in a desert camp near the big dunes.

3rd day: Merzouga – Marrakech

If you wake up early enough and climb to the top of the dunes, you will be rewarded by magical views of a spectacular sunrise rising from the golden dunes to create a wonderful play of the shadow across the shimmering dunes and experience moments of pure tranquility.

After breakfast, we drive back to Dra’a Valley, along the length of the Saghro Mountains crossing the Berber villages of Alnif, Tazzarine, featured in the film ‘Babel’, and finally, N’Qob which will be the venue for lunch.

After a visit to Kasbah Tamnougalte, you continue your desert trip via the Dra’a Valley’s unlimited palm trees and green oases and along the ancient Road of the Caravans to reach Ouarzazate, where we stop by the Film Studios to photograph intact film locations of many familiar cinematic artworks.

In the afternoon we cross the towering Atlas Mountains to arrive back at Marrakech by the end of the afternoon, which will mark the end of your desert trip from Marrakech to Merzouga.