Marrakech
Desert Safaris

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How many days should you plan for a Marrakech desert tour?

Tours of Marrakech's picturesque desert vary in length from a single afternoon to an adventurous five days. To help you pick the right option, here are some of the best things to do on each.

  • 1. 1 day

    Enjoy a camel tour through Marrakech's rural palm groves, race over the dunes on a quad bike, or even do both! Either way, be sure to stop for tea at a traditional Berber village.

  • 2. 2 days

    Take in the scenic delights en route to Zagora - among them Aït Benhaddou, an ancient city that has been the backdrop to Hollywood movies from "Lawrence of Arabia" to "Gladiator."

  • 3. 3 days

    Trek out to the Sahara's famous windswept dunes at Erg Chebbi or Erg Chigaga, spotting wildlife by day and camping Bedouin-style beneath the stars at night.

  • 4. 4 days

    From Aït Benhaddou, detour through Ouarzazate – "Door of the Desert" – and continue over the Atlas Mountains through the historic village of Tamgrout and Irqui National Park.

  • 5. 5 days

    Take in all of the above and throw in hikes along the breathtaking Todgha and Dadès Gorges, as well as smaller pleasures like flamingo-watching and traditional music shows!

Planning Your Visit

  • How much does it cost?

    Marrakech desert tours and safaris start at around €50 for an afternoon, with prices reaching closer to €1,000 for all-inclusive day trips lasting four to five days. Discount deals can be found if you book online, but be sure to compare comfort factors like transportation, accommodation, and food, especially for longer tours.

  • What's the weather like?

    Marrakech swelters through hot and humid summers that can reach upwards of 104°F. However, despite the desert landscape, it experiences seasonal rains through its damp and mild winters.

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What people are saying about Marrakech

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 5,494 reviews

Thank you for a great Sahara Desert tour. I absolutely enjoyed it. I slept in a nice camp near small dunes, and a rocky mountain. I loved the camel ride very much. The only thing I didn’t like is the long drive, but I understand that there is no way to make it shorter. Thumbs up!

We had a 2 day trip - Marrakesh to zagora and back - with several stops on the way. We discovered amazing landscapes that would worth discovering in more than just 2 days. We had very good bus and driver who responded quickly to our questions. lovely trip!

Our driver was Moha, very professional and respectable driver and guide. He knows his way around. The experience was amazing and the stay at the camp was very nice, quite a highlight. Thank you for the hassle-free experience.

Amazing experience! The quad activity was safe, well organized and exciting, the dromedary ride was exotic and very beautiful under the sunset! Not to forger the best, the local guides were very helpful and friendly :)

Mohamed was a great guide! He drove quickly but safely. All the activities along the way were worthwhile.