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2-Day Marrakech to Zagora Desert Tour

Marrakech, Morocco
Excellent
Duration

2 Days

Tour Type

Private Tour

Languages

English, Multilingual

Free Cancellation

48 H

If you have a few days in Morocco and want to explore the desert, this 2-day Marrakech to Zagora desert tour could be the best option for you. The journey includes visits to the high Atlas Mountains, Berber villages, the Saharan Oasis, a camel trek, sunset, sunrise, and a night in the desert.

The first day of the tour will be driving through the High Atlas Mountains and visiting Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou before continuing towards the Zagora desert. Once we reach Zagora, you’ll ride a camel through a rocky desert and spend the night in a desert tent. The final day will begin with early sunrise, breakfast, a shower, and then we’ll start our journey back to Marrakech. We’ll make a few stops along the way, including Ouarzazate and the Draa Valley. The tour includes a regular desert camp, but you can upgrade to a luxury.

Brief itinerary of the 2-day tour from Marrakech to Zagora

DayDepartureArrivalDistance
1stMarrakechZagora360 km
2ndZagoraMarrakech360 km

 

Good To Know

  1. Zagora desert doesn’t have proper sand dunes, it is more of a rocky desert. While it is a desert, it likely won’t live up to your dreamy expectations of high and orange sand dunes.
  2. The 2-day tour to Zagora is the shortest desert trip, and it includes a lot of driving. A 3-day tour to Merzouga is highly recommended for a real Sahara experience.
  3. It’s possible to miss the sunset, or some part of the camel trek, depending on the weather (Ex: Rain, Sand storm).
  4. It is possible to stop and have lunch at touristy places in the high season.
  5. Being on a camel for a long time is not that comfortable, and not recommended for pregnant women, people over 70 years old, and people who have back problems.

2-Day Marrakech to Zagora Desert Tour Highlights

  • Crossing the High Atlas Mountains
  • Visitng the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou
  • Riding camels in Zagora desert
  • Enjoying the sunset in Zagora
  • Spending the night in a desert camp
  • Watching the sunrise in the desert
  • Discover the Southern Oases
  • Exploring the Berber villages

Itinerary

DAY 1: Marrakech - Atlas Mountains - Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou - Draa Valley - Zagora Desert
On the 1st day of our 2-day trip to the Zagora desert, we will pick up you from your accommodation, the bus station, or even Marrakech's airport if you'll be arriving early in the morning. After driving few kilometers out of Marrakech, we will start to cross the High Atlas Mountains driving through a sneaky road and via Tizi n’Tichka pass (2,260 meters above sea level). We will be stopping a few stops to take pictures and to enjoy the impressive landscapes, panoramic views, and Berber villages of the Atlas. After crossing, the Atlas Mountains will get the chance to visit the universal Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou Kasbah as it has been named by UNESCO in 1987. After visiting and having lunch near the kasbah, we will drive to the south part of Morocco, and we will cross the second pass called "Tizi N’Tnifift" at 1710 m and then drive by Ait Saoun village, the former route of caravans for Sahara traders coming from Timbuktu.
After a few kilometers, we will reach the first administrative center called “Agdez” that marks the source of Draa Valley with its 6 successive palm groves and Kasbahs. We will continue our desert adventure through Draa Valley to reach Zagora, on our arrival will ride the camels who are waiting to take us on a short adventure. After the sunset, having a rest, mint tea. The dinner will be served at the desert camp's restaurant followed by traditional drums music.

ACCOMMODATION
Standard Option: Standard Desert Camp
Superior Option: Luxury Desert Camp
DAY 2: Zagora - Agdz -Ouarzazate - Atlas - Marrakech
On the 2nd day, you'll have to wake up early in the morning to watch the sunrise in the desert. After your breakfast and shower at the camp, we go back by camels again on a short trip and then drive back to Marrakech with a few stops to enjoy the beautiful views and for lunch and to visit Ouarzazate. We get back to Marrakech in the evening.

Included/Excluded

  • Private Transportation with A/C
  • Experienced driver (Multilingual)
  • Car fuel
  • Camel trek
  • Overnight camping in the desert (Half board)
  • Drinks
  • Lunches
  • Accommodation in Marrakech
  • Entrance fees
  • Travel insurance

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Marrakech, Morocco

FAQs About the 2-Day Marrakech to Zagora Desert Tour

Which accommodations are included?
The tour includes two options, you can choose to spend the night in a standard or a luxury camp.
How is the weather in Zagora desert?
The weather in winter (from mid-November to the beginning of March) gets cold at night and warm during the day (Day~26°C/Night~0°C). During the summer (from mid-June to mid-September) it gets hot both during the day and at night (Day~45°C/Night~30°C). The rest of the year, the temperature is almost the same throughout the day and night (between 24-30°C).
What to pack?
- Closed shoes
- Water
- Flashlight
- Backpack
- Sunscreen
- Hat or scarf
- sunglasses
- Jacket & Gloves (during winter)
How to book and pay?
Booking:
You can book the tour directly through this page or send us an inquiry.

Payments and terms of cancellations:
For the deposit and payments, we accept PayPal, Debit/Credit Cards, Western Union and Bank Transfer. For further details about the payments and cancellations, please check our payments & terms of cancellations page.
How long does it take to get to Zagora desert from Marrakech?
Zagora is located in the south part of Morocco, about 352 km from Marrakech. The journey takes around 8 hours but it can be less or more depending on your stops.
When does the 2-day trip to Zagora desert start?
The tour starts at 08:00 in the morning, due to the long drive, we will have to start early from Marrakech to get to Zagora's desert before the sunset.
Is this a private or a shared tour?
This tour is private and there will be only your group with the driver/guide.
What is the price of the 2-day trip from Marrakech to Zagora?
The prices change depending on the number of travelers and the category of the accommodations. We have two options to upgrade your desert camp from standard to mid-range. For more details, please check the prices on this page.
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Jonathan

Amazing experience thanks to Ali!!

We had a great two days to the Zagora desert starting from Marrakech with our driver Ali who was friendly and informative. The camel tour was an amazing experience and the desert camp was comfortable, the dinner was delicious and the staff was helpful and friendly.
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Mark

Memorable Sahara experience

My family and I booked this short 2-day Sahara tour to the Zagora desert, and we had a memorable experience thanks to our guide Hamid who was very friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. I would highly recommend him.
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Alena

A great short desert trip

Due to our short time in Morocco, we couldn't book the 3-day tour to Merzouga, so we ended up booking this short tour to the Zagora "desert" which was ok. Zagora's desert is not the desert to expect, it is only a rocky desert with no sand dunes.
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