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Merzouga Desert: 3-Day Desert Tour from Marrakech

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Merzouga Desert: 3-Day Desert Tour from Marrakech

From US$ 152.32 per person

Discover the beauty of the Sahara Desert on a 3-day package tour from Marrakech. Go to the magical dunes of Merzouga, and explore the Dadès and Draa Valley. Spend the night in a desert camp, ride across the desert on camel back, and more.

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Duration 3 days
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English, French, Arabic, Spanish, Italian
Pickup included
Pickup from your accommodation in Marrakech or Riad. If your accommdation is not accessible by car, provide the local operator with a meeting point near your accommodation.
Private or small groups available


  • Spend the night in a Berber tent in the Sahara Desert
  • Cross the High Atlas Mountains via the switchback Tizi-n-Tichka pass
  • Experience the dunes of Merzouga from the back of a camel
  • Marvel at the Berber villages on the mountain sides
  • Go to the fortified village of Ait Benhaddou
  • Cross the Draa and Dades Valleys
  • See the dramatic canyon of the Dades Gorge
  • Explore the Kasbah at Ait Benhaddou
Full description
Discover the authentic Morocco and contemplate the infinite spaces of the Sahara Desert on a 3-day desert safari from Marrakech. Sleep under the stars at a desert camp, and spend a night in a traditional riad. Travel across the Dadès and Draa Valleys, see the fortified village of Ait Benhaddou, and much more. Day 1: Marrakech - Tizi - N - Tichka - Ait Benhaddou - Ouarzazate - Dades Gorges Following a pick-up from your hotel or riad in Marrakech, drive to the Dades Gorges via the dramatic twists and turns of the Tizi-n-Tichka pass in the Atlas Mountains. Enjoy far-reaching views to the traditional High Atlas Berber village of Telouet. Continue to Ait Benhaddou to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the fortified village (Ksour). After lunch in Ait Benhaddou or Ouarzazate, continue to the Dades Valley for an overnight stay in a riad or hotel in the Dades Gorge. Marvel at the geological formations of the scenic area, characterized by a deep and dramatic canyon. Day 2: Dades Gorges - Tenghir - Todra Gorges - Tinjdad - Erfoud - Merzouga Following breakfast at your hotel, leave the Dades Gorge for Erg Chebbi at the gateway to the Sahara Desert. See Berber villages scattered along the way, and pass through Tinjdad, Jorf, and Erfoud to get a feel for the Saharan landscape. See the oasis of Tafilalet before your arrival at Merzouga. Pause to relax at Merzouga for a few moments before you climb on to the back of a camel and cross the sand dunes en route to a nomadic Berber camp. See the sand dunes and desert landscape from a timeless perspective as you listen to the drums of the desert camp in the middle of the Sahara. Take photos of the dramatic sunset from the top of a high dune. Then, go to the camp to spend the night in a nomad tent. Day 3: Camel Trek Back to Merzouga - Atlas Mountains - Return to Marrakech Wake early to see the beautiful desert sunrise. Then, return to Merzouga by camel. Upon arrival you will be served breakfast and given time to shower at the hotel before the return transfer to Marrakech. Pass the authentic Berber villages of the Atlas Mountains, such as Tinjdad, Tenghir, and Boumalene-du-Dades. Arrive in Marrakech in the evening for the end of the tour services.
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Driver
  • Fuel
  • 1 night's accommodation in a riad (breakfast and dinner included)
  • 1 night's accommodation in a desert camp (breakfast and dinner included)
  • Camel ride
  • Other food and drink not mentioned in "what's included"
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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What to bring

  • Camera
  • Sunglasses
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun hat

Know before you go

  • Please prepare for this advanture in the desert, bring sun lotion, sun glasses and sun hat especially in summer time
Customer reviews

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4.5 /5

based on 51 reviews

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The best thing was the professionalism and kindness of our driver Halil who made the trip very pleasant. The itinerary is very good and efficient for, in just 3 days, to get a complete experience of the Eastern Atlas and the Sahara desert. Definitely highly recommended. Notices: The day of return is hard since it is 10 hours by car and the road in the Atlas is in many sections under construction. The night in the desert in December is very very cold and since the camp has a generator, it is not understood that they could have better set the temperature of the tent with electric radiators. Recommendations: Bring warm clothing as for a ski resort for the desert night. The car in the private travel version should be of a higher range and with better seats. The Opel model did not have reclining seats and they were somewhat hard (Mercedes Viano for example best model). Or as an alternative, give the customer the choice to select the model.

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January 2, 2020

We did the 3 day circuit Marrakech - Merzouga with a private driver. These were 3 fabulous days. Even above our expectations. Mohamed Yassine our driver treated us like princes. He adapted to our wishes. Stopped each time we asked him to take photos, (he also took our photo), where to go to a market .... He adapted our circuit according to the time we aircraft. At noon he stops eating when we want. He was in regular contact with all his correspondents to confirm our Riads on the way so that everything was ready for our arrival. Mohamed Yassine, is incredible as he is kind, helpful, smiling, accommodating .... We highly recommend him. Arrived in Merzouga in the evening. We left on camels for 1 hour to join our camp in the desert. Amazing starry sky. Meals, songs, music around the great fire with the Berbers.

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December 28, 2019

This was my first time to travel in Marrakesh with my 3 years old son for a week, arrived on the 16 of September. To be honest the trip was more than what I expected! It was extremely amazing!. My tour guide also as our driver is very very professional, helpful, clear to answer all my questions, very kind and a funny man as well. Not forgotten that he always being helpful to look after my son just like his own child. He always make sure that we have enough water to drink since the weather is too much hot now and care all of the small things we need. He took us to all the magnificent places to visits and let us to take a good pictures. This 3 days tour with our guide is UNFORGETTABLE! He made us to fall in love with Marrakesh and I will definitely come back to experience with another different excursion somewhere next time. Oussama El Biyad is the guide name... I recommended him 100% for those u wants to travel in Marrakesh. Satisfaction guaranteed. Thanks - Damian & Cassie

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September 20, 2019

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