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Marrakech to Merzouga 3-Day Desert Tour

Marrakech, Morocco
Excellent
Duration

3 Days

Tour Type

Private Tour

Languages

English, Multilingual

Free Cancellation

Up to 2 days

If you want to explore Morocco’s south and experience its stunning scenery, this 3-day Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour is one of the best possibilities. It includes the high Atlas Mountains, old Berber villages, Oases, one night in Dades valley, and one night in Merzouga desert, known as Erg Chebbi dunes.

The first day of the tour will be crossing the Atlas Mountains, visiting the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou and Ouarzazate, before driving more south, passing so many beautiful places such as Skoura, Roses Valley, and then we will be in arriving at Dades by the end of the day.

Your second day will be to visit Todra Gorges, some Berber Villages, and after that, we will be heading south to the Sahara desert where you’ll ride the camel and spend the night in a camp. On the last day, you’ll wake up early, because you can’t miss the magical sunrise, have breakfast, take a shower, and then we will drive back to Marrakech.

The 3-day tour from Marrakech to Merzouga desert includes two types of accommodations: basic and superior, which allow you to upgrade your hotel and desert camp from standard to luxury.

Brief itinerary of the 3-day Marrakech to Merzouga tour

DayDepartureArrivalDistance
1stMarrakechDades270 km
2ndDadesMerzouga Desert300 km
3rdMerzougaMarrakech560 km

 

Good to know:

  • The 3-day desert trip from Marrakech to Merzouga includes a lot of driving, especially on the last day, so, If you have enough time in Morocco, we’d advise you to book a 4-day or 5-day tour.
  • You might miss the sunset or part of the camel trek depending on the weather (Ex: Rain, Sand storm).
  • We eat at local restaurants that provide fresh food and can become a little touristic at times. Anyway, you can book a restaurant on your own, and ask your driver to take you anywhere at any moment.
  • Riding a camel is not recommended for pregnant women, and people over 70 years old or with back issues.
  • Being on a camel for a long period of time is not that comfortable.
  • If you want to begin your desert trip in Marrakech but end it in Fes rather than returning to Marrakech, please check the 3-day tour from Marrakech to Fes page for more details.

 

Best Destinations:

  1. Tizi-n-Tichka: We’ll pass over Tizi-n-Tichka, a mountain pass in southern Morocco that connects Marrakesh with Ouarzazat. Shortstops are taken at Tizi n Tichka to take in the spectacular panoramas of the mountains, where snow can be seen during the cold months (Between November and March).
  2. Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou: You’ll have time to go through the historic mud houses of Ait Ben Haddou. This Kasbah has been used in several well-known movies.
  3. Ouarzazate: A well-known filming site, with Morocco’s major studios attracting numerous foreign production companies to shoot there. Films like Kundun, The Hills Have Eyes, Salmon Fishing in Yemen, and many more were filmed here. For an additional cost, visitors may enter and tour one of the film studios.
  4. Skoura: One of the largest and oldest Oasis in Morocco’s southern region, where we will pass by during the tour.
  5. Kalaat Mgouna (Roses Valley): Roses bloom in the valley only in the spring, and if your trip is in April-May, you may have the opportunity to attend The Roses Festival, which takes place in Kelâat M’Gouna every year and lasts seven days to commemorate the rose season.
  6. Dades: The first night of the journey will be spent in the Dades Valley area, which has a beautiful landscape and unique rock formations. The river makes the valley lush and verdant, whereas the surrounding region is a stony desert.
  7. Todra Gorges: A short walk into this amazing 600-meter-high canyon is included on the tour.
  8. Tenghir: A great place where we will stop and enjoy the panoramic views of a magnificent Oasis
  9. Merzouga (Erg Chebbi): It is known as the best Moroccan desert due to its high dunes and unique sand color.

 

Extra Activities:

  • You will be able to add more activities such as the ATV excursion or the Dune Buggy tour to this 3-day desert trip, which will take place on the second or the third day. It will be a great option for more fun and excitement to your vacation. Both activities can be booked in advance.

Marrakech to Merzouga 3-Day Desert Tour Highlights

  • Driving through the Atlas Mountains
  • Visiting the Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah
  • Walking in Todra Gorges
  • Riding camels in Merzouga desert
  • Spending the night in a desert camp
  • Enjoying the sunset/rise in the desert
  • Exploring the Oasis
  • Enjoying the high Atlas Mountains landscapes

Itinerary

Day 1: Marrakech - Atlas Mountains - Ait Ben Haddou - Ouarzazate - Dades
We will meet your driver at your hotel/riad at 8:00 am and depart from Marrakech, heading towards the south passing through the high Atlas Mountains via the highest road pass in Morocco Tizi-n-Tichka (2260 m high) offering impressive views of valleys, mountains and many Berber villages nearby. Heading towards Ouarzazate, we will visit the UNESCO protected site of Ait Benhaddou, a most impressive Kasbah and well-preserved fortress in Morocco near Ouarzazate. Many of the Hollywood movies were filmed there such as Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, Game of Thrones, etc. We will continue your journey towards Dades Valley, through Mgouna, Skoura (Berber villages around the valley) and we will spend the night in Dades.

ACCOMMODATION:

Standard Option: Kasbah Didis or similar
Superior Option: Ksar Sultan or similar

Day 2: Dades - Todra Gorges - Jorf - Erfoud - Merzouga (Erg Chebbi Dunes)
On the second day of the tour, we will leave Dades in the morning, after your breakfast and shower, heading towards Todra Gorges, one of the most beautiful and impressive canyons in Morocco, which is so tight that it is named after the human “throat” or gorge. You will have some time to walk through the canyon, enjoying the sight and the sound of the river passing through. From Todra Gorge, we will continue towards Merzouga through breath-taking landscapes and along with many oases of palm trees and Berber Villages. We will pass through the small town of Erfoud, where you’ll feel the beginning of the Saharan oasis of Tafilalet and then continue Merzouga. Depending on your arrival time to Merzouga, you will have some time to relax before the camel trek, or you will start right away to spend the night in the desert in a desert camp. The camel trek starts around 17:00 -18:00 in the summer and around 15:00 – 16:00 in the winter and takes around 1 hour. When you arrive at the camp, you will enjoy the sights of the Sahara dunes and the sunset, you will be welcomed with a traditional Moroccan tea, later on, the dinner will be served in the main tent (restaurant). After dinner, you will enjoy the desert music played by locals and a campfire. Don’t forget to look up in the sky, to find an amazing view of countless stars. Please keep in mind that the campfire is only during the cold months (at night) from the end of November to mid-April and when there is no wind.

ACCOMMODATION:
Standard Option: Standard Desert Camp
Superior Option: Luxury Desert Camp
Day 3: Merzouga -Alnif - Nkob - High Atlas Mountains - Marrakech
On the third day, we will wake you up early to be able to see the amazing sunrise (if you want), after breakfast, shower, and the morning camel trek back to Merzouga, you will meet your driver again, and then continue the journey back to Marrakech, through different areas and different Berber villages (Alnif, Tazarine, N'kob) until Ouarzazate, where we will use the same road back to Marrakech. The arrival to Marrakech will be in the evening around 18:00 - 19:00 depending on the departure in the morning and the duration of the stops on the way.

Included/Excluded

  • Private transportation with A/C
  • Experienced driver (Multilingual)
  • Car fuel
  • One night in a hotel (Half board)
  • Camel ride in the dunes
  • Sandboarding (Optional)
  • One night in a desert camp (Half board)
  • Free time to explore, take pictures...etc.
  • Drinks
  • Lunches
  • Accommodation in Marrakech
  • Entrance fees

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Marrakech, Morocco

FAQs About the Marrakech to Merzouga 3-Day Desert Tour

Which accommodations are included?
The 3-day desert trip from Marrakech to Merzouga includes one night at a hotel in Dades Valley and one night in a desert camp in Merzouga. The tour comes with two options, so you can choose either standard or superior accommodation.
How is the weather in Merzouga 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).
For more details, you may check our last blog posts or navigate through our sitemap.
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 either book the tour online through the website or by contacting us.

Payments and terms of cancellations:
In order to secure your booking, we ask for a small deposit to be paid in advance and the rest of the payment can be paid later.

We accept both Debit/Credit Cards, PayPal, Western Union and Bank Transfer. For more information about the payments, cancellations and conditions, please check our payments & terms of cancellations page.
How long does it take to get to Merzouga desert from Marrakech?
The route to Merzouga Desert is around 564 kilometers long; however, we will not travel to the desert in one day; instead, we will spend the first night at Dades Valley, which is approximately halfway to the desert.
What time and where does start from?
The tour begins at 8:00 a.m., and you will be picked up from your Marrakech hotel. If you need us to pick you up from a certain location (airport, bus/train station, etc.), please contact us.
Is the tour private or shared?
This 3-day desert tour is private and there will be only your group with the driver/guide.
What is the price of the 3-day trip from Marakech to Merzouga?
The prices change depending on the number of travelers and the category of the accommodations. The hotels and desert camps can be upgraded from standard to luxury.
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Susan

Once-in-a-lifetime experience

I went on a 3-day trip with my fiance and we had a great time. The staff were amazing and the accommodation were clean, good location, comfortable rooms, good food). The entire trip was a once-in-a-lifetime experience!Hassan assisted us with all aspect of the planning, including the itinerary, hotels, transports, and everything went off without a hitch.
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Silina

Desert trip to Merzouga

My partner and I had a great time with Ahmed during our desert trip to Merzouga. We enjoyed the changing scenery, the camel trek, and the night in the Sahara desert. My only advice is to book the 4-day tour if you have enough time. This tour includes a lot of driving due to the long distance between Marrakech and the desert.
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Samuel

Wonderful experience

We booked this trip to the Erg Chebbi desert with Hassan, and we have a wonderful experience. From the first emails we exchanged, I noticed how professional they are. The luxury hotel and the desert camp they booked for us were so comfortable and clean. The guides were knowledgeable and friendly.
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Alex

3-day Sahara luxury tour

We hired this company for our 3-day sahara luxury tour from Marrakech to the great south. The entire experience from the company staff, the chosen hotels, and the desert camp were great. I recommend it.
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