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Marrakesh: Agafay Desert Dinner

1. Marrakesh: Agafay Desert Dinner

Be picked up from your hotel in a private car and and drive towards Agafay Desert Camp for a unique dining experience. Watch the sunset over the desert and experience true Arabian hospitality. Experience traditional Moroccan cuisine under a starry sky. Dine in a nomad tent around the campfire.  Hear the unforgettable sound of desert's silence. Enjoy welcome tea and pastries. Sit down for a dinner of Harira (traditional soup), salad, beef and chicken tagine, and seasonal fresh fruits with tea. After a special evening, you will be transferred back to your accommodation in Marrakesh.

From Marrakech: Guided Quad Biking Tour in Agafay Desert

2. From Marrakech: Guided Quad Biking Tour in Agafay Desert

Go on a quad biking adventure in the Atlas mountains. Discover the dam and the Agafay Desert as well as the Marrakchi Desert. Benefit from being picked up at your hotel in Marrakech and head to Lalla Takerkoust Lake, where you will climb on a quad. Take your time to learn how to use your new vehicle, then drive to Turtle Valley and the desert plateaux that lead into the High Atlas. On your way, discover small Berber villages which are typical of the region. You will make several stops to take pictures and admire the landscape. Enjoy a break on the plateau to take in splendid views of the seven-kilometer-long Lalla Takerkoust Lake, which stretches all the way to the foot of the Atlas Mountains, while sipping delicious mint tea.

From Marrakech: One Day in the Agafay Desert with Overnight

3. From Marrakech: One Day in the Agafay Desert with Overnight

Embark on an extraordinary excursion to the seductive Agafay Desert. Get picked up by your driver at 12:00 PM from your hotel or riad in Marrakech. Head to the beautiful desert of Agafay, less than an hour from the city and tucked just behind the Atlas Mountains. It is one of the world's most mysterious landscapes, composed of rocky terrain and Saharan dunes.  Arrive at 12:45 PM at the camp and check in to your tent for a warm welcome of tea and some delicious Moroccan pastries. Take time to relax and to marvel at the magnificent desert landscapes before a lunch of Moroccan salads and grilled meat, or a vegetarian option. If you have selected one of the add-on activities — a camel, quad, or buggy ride — they will commence after lunch so that they line up with the sunset. If not, enjoy free time to take in the calm of the desert. After sunset, a magical and unforgettable private dinner will be served. The menu will include a Moroccan soup, salads, three hot dishes, three kinds of Moroccan tajines, and a dessert consisting of seasonal fruits. Spend the rest of the evening by the charming campfire, gazing at the beautiful stars in the sky. The following morning, wake up for a hearty breakfast at the camp before heading back to Marrakech at 10:00 AM, arriving at 11:00 AM.

From Marrakech: Atlas Mountains and Three Valleys Day Trip

4. From Marrakech: Atlas Mountains and Three Valleys Day Trip

Immerse yourself in the Berber culture and discover breathtaking scenery on this day trip. After getting picked up from your hotel in Marrakech, enjoy a drive through the most spectacular sights in the Atlas Mountains and be amazed by the colors of the rocks. Stop at Azrou, a small Berber village and pay a visit to an argan oil women's cooperative. Take a short hike and witness the enchanting waterfalls and the surrounding valley. Later, visit the home of a local Berber family and enjoy a delicious traditional lunch. Feast on a delicious tagine or a savory couscous served with homemade bread and fresh salad. After lunch, head to Amizmiz Valley, where you’ll enjoy a fresh mint tea and tasty cookies. Get a glimpse of local life, learn about traditions and culture while sipping Moroccan tea together with your guide and a local family. Afterward, enjoy a scenic camel ride before heading to the Agafay desert pass. Stop at the stony dunes of Agafay to watch the breathtaking desert sunset and sip on a cup of mint tea. Enjoy some free time to relax or meditate before beginning the journey back to Marrakech.

Marrakesh: Jet Ski and Quad Biking Experience

5. Marrakesh: Jet Ski and Quad Biking Experience

Jet Ski on the scenic Lake Lalla Takerkoust before riding a quad through the desert on this exciting experience with pickup and drop-off in Marrakech. Receive all the equipment you need for an unforgettable experience. Start your day with hotel pickup in Marrakech, then head towards Lake Lalla Takerkoust. Upon arrival at the Jet Ski agency, put on your Jet Ski suit and get ready for some fun on the water. For everyone's convenience, the wetsuits are available in all sizes. Listen to a 5-minute introduction before setting off on your 15-minute Jet Ski adventure. Then, leave the water and take on the desert for a thrilling quad ride. Ride around Lake Takerkoust and the Agafay Desert for 2 hours. Complete your experience by enjoying a tea break with a panoramic view in the middle of the desert before returning to your hotel.

Marrakech: Agafay Desert Dinner with Camel Ride or Quad Bike

6. Marrakech: Agafay Desert Dinner with Camel Ride or Quad Bike

The adventure begins with pickup from your Marrakech accommodation at 4:00 PM, then heads towards the dramatic landscapes of the Agafay Desert. Upon arrival, enjoy a relaxing camel ride as the sun begins to set across the desert, transforming the landscape with red tones. Or, feel the thrill of adrenaline pulse through you on an energetic quad bike ride instead. After your activity, head back to the camp for a traditional Moroccan dinner. Feast on a selection of delicacies and dishes, made from local ingredients. Then finish off with a tasty dessert and authentic mint tea, while gazing at the stars. At the end of a magical evening, enjoy drop-off back to your accommodation between 9:00 and 10:00 PM.

From Marakkesh: Half Day Buggy Adventure in Agafay Desert

7. From Marakkesh: Half Day Buggy Adventure in Agafay Desert

Only 45 minutes away from Marrakesh lies the Agafay Desert, the perfect playground for this unique buggy adventure. Accompanied by a professional guide, race around tracks and through the natural environment on an 800cc buggy, and drive through typical Berber village to take in a bit of culture while you’re there. Your day will start with a few safety tips and instructions from your guide. Then, head off through the tracks of the desert on a thrilling ride. Your guide will have in-depth knowledge of the environment and the buggies, allowing your group choice in what you explore and see. If time is on your side, your guide can show you the best tracks and spots. A stop is planned in a small village, where you can stretch your legs and enjoy a Moroccan tea under a tent. Experience the famous Berber hospitality, all the while surrounded by amazing views of High Atlas Mountains.   After your buggy adventure is over, you’ll also have the opportunity to get a view of the beautiful Lake Takerkoust on the way back to Marrakesh.

Agafay Desert Camel Ride with Dinner

8. Agafay Desert Camel Ride with Dinner

Escape the hustle and bustle of Marrakech and retreat to the tranquil Agafay Desert. Get picked up from your accommodation in Marrakech in the late afternoon and drive 45 minutes to reach Agafay's serene arid landscapes. Around sunset, go on a one-hour camel ride through the rocky desert with the High Atlas Mountains silhouetted against the skyline. Rely on your experienced guide and trusty camel as you traverse the routes that traders once took to reach the city. Then sit down for a typical Moroccan dinner under a sky full of stars. The meal includes a starter, main course, dessert, and mint tea. After dinner, you will be transferred back to your accommodation in Marrakech.

Atlas Mountains and Agafay Desert Jeep Safari

9. Atlas Mountains and Agafay Desert Jeep Safari

Discover and explore deep Berber country in the High Atlas Mountains, and enjoy the landscapes of desert, valleys, villages, and open plains on a full-day trip from Marrakech.  The drive takes you first to the Agafay Desert, just south of Marrakech, where you’ll experience some dune bashing before continuing on to the Lalla Takerkoust region, making your first stop on the hills overlooking the lake. From here you’ll begin a 4x4 adventure on dirt tracks rarely frequented by tourists and climb up to the Kik Plateau, where you’ll drive from village to village meeting locals, visiting Berber homes, and sampling their traditional mint tea and homemade bread.  When you arrive at Imlil Village, located in the heart of Toubkal National Park, you’ll have the option of hiking for an hour to Armed village or continue to the village by 4x4. The 1-hour hike with a local guide is of moderate difficulty. In the village you’ll be served a Berber lamb tagine for lunch at a local home. You’ll also enjoy Moroccan salads and homemade bread during the meal.  After lunch and a short relaxation break, you’ll head down a gentle hill to Imlil village, where you’ll meet your driver for the 1-hour trip back to Marrakech via the Haouz plains.

From Marrakesh: Agafay Desert Quad Biking, Camels & Dinner

10. From Marrakesh: Agafay Desert Quad Biking, Camels & Dinner

This half-day tour offers you a first-hand experience of life in the desert with a quad bike, dromedary (also known as the Somali camel) ride, and dinner in a bivouac. To the south of Marrakech lies the Agafay Desert, offering ease of access from the city. Halfway, you'll get to experience a 1-hour quad bike ride and drive through the Berber villages to reach Lalla Takerkoust. Here, meet the local partner's camel caravan, which will allow you to enjoy the unique beauty of the sunset on the way to the Agafay Desert. Upon arrival in the Agafay desert, tuck into some freshly-prepared classic Moroccan dishes in a Berber tent (beef or chicken tagine) as you sample the Berber lifestyle. As the sun sets and dusk takes hold, the stars reveal themselves. With little artificial light, the sight is spellbinding. After a comfortable evening under the open sky and a traditional dinner, head back to Marrakech.

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What people are saying about Agafay Desert

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,814 reviews

Excellent. Both our guides, Saïd and his younger brother Rachid were great. It was Rachid’s first time but he was a real pro. We enjoyed everything about the trip and the lunch was delicious. My only criticism is that I found the walking route to the waterfall and then to the restaurant afterwards tiring and a little tricky in places. I admit that I’m not young, but I am quite fit and take regular exercise. Make sure you’re wearing trainers!

Said was a friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgable guide with a great sense of humour. The trip itself was great as we was able to go see the atlas mountins and the agafy desert. We loved riding the camals and visiting the berber village, it was a highlight of the trip with a fantastic lunch at the end of the hike. Thank you for a wonderful day Said.

Great tour. Got to visit a real amazigh (Berber) village by local Berber guides. Some part of the walk made me feel like I was in the Alps. Our guide was Rachid Mazik and it was his first tour (I think?). Great kid with still a lot of youthful playfulness. He made me feel like we had been friends for a while. Highly recommend.

Great activity! Mohamed potato and chawi gave us a great experience at the Atlas mountains and around traditional villages, providing us with info about the area's history and traditions. Highly recommended!

It was really nice , I enjoyed every activity we did, and the tour guides were nice also the driver, the food was excellent overall I really enjoyed this experience