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From Merzouga: Overnight Camel Trek over Erg Chebbi Dunes

1. From Merzouga: Overnight Camel Trek over Erg Chebbi Dunes

Head into Morocco's Sahara Desert on a camel and watch the sun set over the Erg Chebbi Dunes. This overnight tour offers spectacular views and a chance to experience the desert nomad lifestyle. Eat a traditional Moroccan tagine, take part in a drum circle, and sleep in an authentic Berber tent. See pink flamingoes at an oasis near Merzouga, and search for desert reptiles and mammals as you trek. Day 1: Erg Chebbi Dunes– D Ride your camel over the dunes and view the stunning desert scenery. Enjoy a traditional desert welcome in the Berber tent where you will spend the night. Take a sunset camel ride, try sand boarding, and in the evening, enjoy a Moroccan campfire dinner and drum circle before falling asleep under the stars. Day 2: Erg Chebbi Dunes–B Watch the sunrise from Algeria as it catches the dunes, and enjoy a camp breakfast before heading back through the Erg Chebbi dunes to Merzouga.

Merzouga Overnight Stay in a Berber Tent and Camel Ride

2. Merzouga Overnight Stay in a Berber Tent and Camel Ride

Depart Merzouga, Rissani or the oasis town of Erfoud and travel by 4WD vehicle to a traditional Kasbah at the foot of the Erg Chebbi dunes. Depending on your time of arrival, rest with a refreshing mint tea. Then, follow your guide into the desert and ride a camel across the sands. Trek across the magnificent landscape watching the sunset as you go. Arrive at the desert camp after a camel trek of approximately 2 hours. Upon arrival, your camels will be tethered as you drink some more mint tea. Enjoy a delicious dinner in the desert wilderness, and then sit around a camp fire to hear the beat of the drums and the songs of the Berber nomads of southern Morocco. Wake early in the morning and walk over the sand dunes to watch the sunrise from just behind the Algerian border, about 50 kilometers from Merzouga. Ride your camel back to the hotel, where you can relax with a shower and enjoy breakfast. Drive back to the bus station or your hotel in Rissani or Merzouga for the end of the tour services. 

From Merzouga: Full-Day Small Group 4x4 Dunes Tour

3. From Merzouga: Full-Day Small Group 4x4 Dunes Tour

Start your visit to the area around Merzouga and the land of the Ait Khebbach tribe with pick-up from your accommodation in a spacious and comfortable 4x4 vehicle. Start your desert exploration with a visit to the village of Khamlia. Here, you'll enjoy the inhabitants' music and dance, and have the opportunity to try their instruments and learn to play some desert music of your own! Cross desert plateaus far away from concrete roads and visit a Berber family in their tent for lunch. Learn how they live in their tents with goats, sheep and working donkeys, as well as how to prepare a Berber pizza on the fire. Enjoy this delicious communal meal in their home. Afterwards, take a 4x4 down a gravel road to the Lake of Merzouga (also named Lake Tamezguida), which appears seasonally from November to May during the rainy season in  Middle Atlas. This is the best spot to see desert birds, and sometimes even flamingos! Return to your accommodation in Merzouga in the late afternoon.

Marrakech to Merzouga: 3-Day Private Tour with Camel Riding

4. Marrakech to Merzouga: 3-Day Private Tour with Camel Riding

Day 01: Marrakech - Art Ben Haddou - Ouarzazate - Todra Gorges Start your Marrakech adventure bright and early with a convenient pick-up from your Marrakech located hotel. After a short meet and greet with your driver you will be on your to your first location. Cross the High Atlas Mountains until you reach the Tizi N Tichka's pass (2250 meter altitude). Continue on until you reach the Kasbah of Alt Ben Haddou, here you will marvel at the unique looking desert villages. Visit the magnificent Ksar (selected as a heritage listed site by UNESCO) before continuing on to Ouarzazate. In Ouarzazate you will have the chance to stroll through Taourirt. After your sightseeing you will continue on your travel until you reach Todra Gorges, here you will settle in for a relaxing sleep overnight and enjoy dinner under the stars.  Day 02: Todra Gorges - Erfoud - Merzouga Dunes Depart in the morning for day two of your adventure. Start your day by taking a short drive to the Merzouga dunes and witness an outstanding and picturesque natural occurrence. Enjoy a drive to the Palmeraie area, dotted with thousands of Palm Trees. Visit Todra Gorges and witness the breathtaking, panoramic views of the steep gorges that sweep across the desert landscape. Once you have finished walking amongst the gorges you will pass through Tinejdad and Erfoud until you reach Rissani where you will enjoy a lunch. After lunch you will be taken to visit the tomb of King of Alaouit (belonging to the current royal family).  Next you will visit Merzouga, where an exciting camel ride over the dunes of Erg Chebbi awaits you. Whilst on the back of a camel you will be able to marvel at the Sunset as it falls behind the dunes. Pitch a tent in the evening and spend the night under the desert night sky.  Day 03: Merzouga - Rissani - Nqob - Tammougalte - Ouarzazate - Marrakech After you have enjoyed a delicious breakfast, you will depart back to Marrakech on an alternative route. On the way you will stop by new locations you have not yet seen.  Drive through the Draa valley in Nqob. Pass through a desert landscape that many of the locals consider to be mysterious. As you drive through it you will get to see the beautiful Oases that seem to survive in this harsh habitat. Before reaching your final destination in Marrakech you will stop in Ouarzazate and enjoy a delicious lunch with panoramic views. After your lunch you will be returned to your accomodation in Marrakech. 

Kasbahs and Desert in a 4X4 - 8-Day Private Tour

5. Kasbahs and Desert in a 4X4 - 8-Day Private Tour

Experience the majestic scenery and wonderful culture of Morocco on this adventurous private 8-day trip from Marrakech, trekking through the Atlas Mountains and desert landscapes. Day 1: Marrakech Today we will pick you up at the airport, with a transfer to Riad Palais des Princesses. Day 2: Marrakech Today includes a full-day tour of Marrakech, the ancient imperial city founded in 1062. Marvel at the majestic profile of the Kutubia mosque towering up above the red houses. Visit the Saadian tombs and the Bahia Palace, seat of the Grand Vizier Ba Ahmed dating back to the late nineteenth century. After a break for lunch we continue to Jemaa el Fna market place, the heart of Marrakech. Visit the spice souk as well as the dyers' souk, where artisans dye leather and other fabric. Overnight at Riad Palais des Princesses. Day 3: Marrakech/Dades Gorge After breakfast we travel in the direction of the High Atlas Mountains through the pass of Tizi-n-Riad, using a road that climbs from the plains up to 7,400 feet (2,260 meters) above sea level. On the way we will pass small villages, waterfalls and watch the landscape change color as we head deeper into the mountains. We will stop along the pass for a refreshing glass of mint tea and admire the scenery before taking the road to the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, arriving in time for lunch. Here you can visit the famous Kasbah, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, which has been the set for the shooting of films such as Gladiator, Babel, Lawrence of Arabia and The Legionary. From here we drive through Ouarzazate, the famous Valley of Roses and the Dades valley leading to the Dades Gorge in time for sunset where we will stop Xaluca hotel for dinner and overnight. Day 4: Dades Gorge / Merzouga Desert In the morning, after breakfast, you will have the opportunity to take a walk through the Dades gorge. We then take a drive to the valley of a 1000 kasbahs, through the village of Tineghier and the Jewish Kasbah, arriving at Todra Gorge in time for lunch. After lunch you can take a walk into the gorge before going back on the road, heading through the wilderness of Erfoud and Merzouga Rissani where we arrive at sunset. From here we continue our journey by camel to the dunes of Erg Chebbi to spend an incredible and unforgettable night in a Berber tent. Have dinner to the rhythm of drums and songs of the Touareg people under a star-filled sky. Day 5: Erg Chebbi - Tafilalet Region Today the camels will wake you up in time to reach a large dune to admire the sun rise towards the border with Algeria. After breakfast in the Berber tent, you will return by camel to the hotel Auberge du Sud in Erg Chebbi. After a refreshing dip in the hotel pool we will take a 4x4 tour to the caves where natural fossils such as ammonites and trilobites can easily be observed. We will then travel to the small and ancient village of Tissrdmin where many films were shot, taking the road which passes through the Paris-Dakar rally route. We continue through the desert with its black volcanic rocks and stop for tea with a Touareg family. From here we journey on to the village of Kamla, famous for its local population’s African influenced music. Then, return to Rissani for some local pizza with a Touareg family, followed by a visit to the Kasbah of this town. We then return to the Auberge du Sud hotel to relax. Day 6: Merzouga - Draa-Vallee - Ourazazate In the morning we visit the vast palm grove of Tafilalet passing through the city of Rissani, capital of the dynasty of the ancient Sultans of Alaouite. We continue towards Alnif where we have lunch. In the afternoon we take the Tazarine and Nkob route, on a track through the magnificent Draa Valley with its palm trees. Overnight at hotel Dar Chamaa in Ourazazate. Day 7: Ouarzazate / Marrakech After breakfast we depart for the day. We will visit the Kasbah of Taourirt, film studios and the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. After some free time on your own for lunch, we proceed to Marrakech where we will spend the night at the Riad Palais des Princesses. Day 8: Marrakech After breakfast, we will transfer you to the airport for your return flight home, or onward travels.

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Overall rating

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based on 3 reviews

It was the best experience of my life! Earlier in the day they contact me via whatsapp asking if I needed any help getting to the hotel. The hotel where we waited for the sun to go down was excellent, it had a swimming pool available and the rooms and bathrooms for taking a shower and getting ready were very well equipped and beautiful, It was the same hotel that served a excellent breakfast in the next day. In the desert, the experience was incredible, almost 2h riding a camel with an excellent guide telling us the desert's curiosities, we watched the sunset playing sandsurfing. The camp was beautiful, well decorated tents equipped with metal beds, very big and good bathrooms. The food was traditional from Morocco and was delicious, there was also mint tea, enough water for everyone and a beautiful performance of Berber songs!The next day we watched the sunrise from a beautiful dune and rode a camel again for over an hour. I couldn't expect anything better, thank you so much!!

From the hotel (with internal parking and free also for non-guests), you can reach the starting point with a minibus. We came across a very nice Berber boy, the strong point of the whole excursion, Mustafa: he fixed our turbans, helped us get on the dromedaries, answered all our questions during the walk, always with a smile; as sunset approached, he offered to take some photos of us from below (the most beautiful of the whole holiday). Then we stopped to wait for the sunset on a high dune from which we can also do sandboarding. Once at the camp, hot tea and biscuits were waiting for us, the rooms were ready and shortly after we were served an excellent and abundant typical dinner, which was followed by a gathering around the fire with the boys playing Berber music. We stayed to talk late with them, in the morning we left early to see the sunrise in the desert; once in the hotel we were able to have breakfast and a refreshing shower.

You will be neatly picked up at your accommodation. Then you drive through Merzouga through the sand dunes of the Sahara. Then you stop for tea with a Berber family. Then you drive through the other part of the Sahara, which was also beautiful, and stop at a mine where minerals are mined. Lunch was top notch, especially the berber pizza was delicious. You will also stop at a Senegalese (of origin) enclave nearby, where traditional music is played. Unfortunately there was no water in the lake (early March) so there was not much to see there. Our guide was a local boy, very friendly and knew a lot about the area and the culture.

Great excursion! The guide is friendly and welcoming. Sleeping places in the camp are comfortable. The dinner for us was very big and delicious. I am glad that in the morning they are taken to the Kasbah, where you can take a shower and have a quiet breakfast!

The tour was amazing. The staff was super attentive, kind and prepared to receive us. Fun and delicious food. Our super comfortable and warm tent. I love it, I recommend it.