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Marrakech to South 6-Day Trip

Marrakech, Morocco
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Duration

6 days

Tour Type

Private Tour

Languages

English, Multilingual

Free Cancellation

Up to 1 day

If you want to experience the South of Morocco and its hidden mysteries, then the 6-day tour from Marrakech to the South is for you. It includes one night in Dades, three nights in Merzouga’s desert area, and one night in Ouarzazate. The first day will be traveling through the High Atlas mountains, discovering Ait Ben Haddou, and then continuing to Dades Valley through Skoura and Rose Valley. On the second day, you will see Todra Gorges before continuing south to Merzouga, where you will begin a two-night camel trip over the desert.

We’ll spend the entire third day traversing the desert, stopping by nomad tribes, old abandoned villages, and fossil mining. On the fourth day of the journey, we will go deep into the desert to an undiscovered Oasis in the middle of nowhere, where we will have lunch, walk, and enjoy the silence. On the fifth day, we’ll be going towards Ouarzazate, known as the “Hollywood of Africa,” through Alnif, Agdz, and the Draa Valley. We’ll return to Marrakech on the sixth day, after Ouarzazate. We’ll take the same road through the High Atlas Mountains. Those looking to upgrade the accommodations. We provide two choices for upgrading your hotels and desert camps from standard to luxury.

Brief itinerary of the 6-day tour from Marrakech to South

DayDepartureArrivalDistance
1stMarrakechDades330km
2ndDadesMerzouga300 km
3rdMerzougaMerzouga45 km
4thMerzougaMerzouga70 km
5thMerzougaOuarzazate396 km
6thOuarzazateMarrakech200 km

 

Good to know

  1. Up to 3 hours of driving through the high Atlas Mountains are involved.
  2. During this trip, we will stop to have lunch at small and local restaurants that provide fresh food, although they may be touristy during peak season. You can, however, reserve or select a restaurant on your own and ask your driver to transport you there.
  3. The camel excursion is not suggested for anyone over the age of 70, people with back or leg issues, and pregnant women.

Marrakech to South 6-Day Trip Highlights

  • Cross the High Atlas Mountains
  • Explore Kasbah Ait Benhaddou
  • Todra Gorges Exploration
  • Camel riding in the desert
  • Stay in the desert for the night
  • Discover the Saharan Oasis
  • Visit Africa's Hollywood
  • Enjoy the Sahara's sunset & sunrise

Itinerary

Day 1: Marrakech - Atlas Mountains - Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou - Skoura - Roses Valley - Dades

The first day of the tour will start after picking you up from Marrakech in the morning. Just after a few kilometers out of the city, we'll start crossing the high Atlas and passing by Tizi N'Tichka Pass (2260 meters), stopping for photographs and admiring the magnificent panoramic views of the Atlas and tiny Berber villages. On the way, we'll go to Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, where we'll explore the fascinating sight. The Kasbah is located on a hill beside the lush Ounila river, and it is well-known for staging various films, including The Man Who Would Be King, Jewel of the Nile, Jesus of Nazareth, Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy, etc. From here, we will continue to Dades via Skoura, Mgouna, Roses Valley, and several Berber villages.

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

Day 2: Dades - Todra Gorges - El Jorf - Erfoud - Merzouga

The second day will be from Dades to the Sahara desert. We will visit Tinghir's Oasis and enjoy a walk along the Todra gorges, where olive and palm trees thrive along the valley. We'll pass through various oases along the way, including the Tinjdad's oasis, the little Berber villages of Mellab and Touroug. We will continue our adventure, passing through the Saharian oasis of Tafilalet and the black Hamada heading to Merzouga desert, also known as Erg Chebbi dunes, considered the tallest dunes in North Africa. Once we reach Merzouga, you'll check in to your accommodation and have free time to explore the desert area walking or get to the nearest dunes for the sunset.

ACCOMMODATION:
Standard Option: Hotel Nomad Palace or similar
Superior Option: Hotel Riad Madu or similar

DAY 3: Merzouga - Khamlia - M'fis - Desert Nomads - Rocky Desert - Merzouga (Erg Chebbi)

The third day is an offroad desert safari day by a 4wd who will take us on an adventurous tour around the desert. The first stop of the day will be at the seasonal lake of Merzouga if it is full of water during your visit, and you'll get a stunning view of the golden dunes in the background, as well as a variety of birds such as flamingos. Next, we will be visiting a small village called Khamila, where the population originally come from Sudan and Mali. You will be greeted with a mint tea while listening to their spiritual African drum music, know as Gnawa music. Our next destination after leaving Khamlia is a panoramic view of all the golden dunes on a side and the Algerian border on the other. We will continue our offroad adventure through the black desert (volcanic rocks) towards the Nomad families who live in traditional Berber tents and look after a herd of goats and camels. You will be introduced to family members and learn about their daily routine while sipping a delicious cup of tea. After that, we'll drive back to Merzouga, where you'll ride the camels and cross the dunes. Once you reach the camp, you'll have time to enjoy the sunset over the dunes and try sandboarding (optional). After dinner, you'll have a great opportunity to traditional music around a bonfire and under a starry sky.

ACCOMMODATION:
Standard Option: Standard Desert Camp
Superior Option: Luxury Desert Camp

Day 4: Merzouga - Tissardmine Oasis - Safsaf Desert Oasis - Merzouga

The fourth day will be again offroading, but this time further into the desert, to a completely wild oasis. On the way, we will stop at Tessardmine Village, a small Berber village of 15 traditional mud-brick houses on the outskirts of one of the Sahara's most spectacular natural phenomena. After Tessardmine, we'll continue driving towards the black desert and the Moroccan-Algerian border. When we get to the Oasis, we will have a walk discovering the hidden spots until we get to a large palm tree, where we will lie down and relax in its shadow. After a barbecue meal at the Oasis, you may take a nap in the shade while enjoying the silence of the empty Oasis before heading back to Merzouga.

ACCOMMODATION:
Standard Option: Hotel Riad Amlal or similar
Superior Option: Hotel Riad Dar Chamaa or similar

Day 5: Merzouga - Rissani - Agdz - Draa Valley - Ouarzazate

On the fifth day, we will go to Ouarzazate, stopping first at Tafilalet's vast palm grove and market, which used to be the old capital of the "Alaouite" sultans. Following that, we continue through the spectacular anti-Atlas mountains enjoying the impressive views of the vast rocky desert. On the way, we will be passing through Alnif, which is famous for its Henna gardens, N'kob, a lush oasis in the middle of nowhere, and then to Agdz, a tiny village on the edge of the Draa, known as the largest in Morocco. We continue our journey to Ouarzazate, where we will stop for the night.

ACCOMMODATION:
Standard Option: Hotel Riad Amlal or similar
Superior Option: Hotel Riad Dar Chamaa or similar

Day 6: Ouarzazate - Berber Villages - Atlas Mountains - Marrakech

On the sixth day of this tour, we will depart for Marrakech through the Atlas Mountains. After visiting the historical landmarks of Taourirt Kasbah and Ouarzazate's famous film studios. Our drive will continue through the magnificent Mountains until we arrive in Marrakech, where the trip ends.

Included/Excluded

  • Private transportation with A/C
  • Experienced driver (Multilingual)
  • Car fuel
  • Hotels (Half board)
  • Camel treks in the dunes
  • Sandboarding (Optional)
  • One night in a desert camp (Half board)
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks
  • Lunches
  • Accommodation in Marrakech
  • Entrance fees

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Marrakech, Morocco

FAQs About the Marrakech to South 6-Day Trip

Which accommodations are included?
The journey includes standard hotels and desert camps, but there is an option to upgrade the accommodations to luxury at an additional cost.
What is the luggage allowance?
Each person is allowed to bring two large and two suitcases. However, if you have more luggage, please let us know about it.
How is the weather in the desert?
The weather during summer (June to September) is hot and can reach up to 48 °C during the day, and 42 °C at night. Throughout the winter (November to March), it is cold at night and warm during the day. On certain days, the temperature may reach 26 °C during the day and 0 °C at night. For the rest of the year, the temperature is nearly constant (between 24 and 30 °C).
What should I bring?
Hat or scarf
sunglasses
Jacket & Gloves (If you are traveling during winter)
closed shoes
Flashlight
Backpack
Sunscreen
How can I make a reservation and pay?
Deposit:
In order to confirm your booking, a deposit is requested to be paid in advance and the rest of the payment can be paid by PayPal, Credit card, Bank transfer, or in cash.

Payments and terms of cancellations:
For more information about the payments and cancellations, please check our payments & terms of cancellations page.

Conditions:
Usually, we don’t book any accommodations before your confirmation, thus if the accommodations listed above are already fully booked, we will book another one with the same category and services.
What time and where does the tour start from?
The 6-day journey begins at 08:00 a.m., and you will be picked up from your Marrakech hotel. If you want us to pick you up from a certain location (airport, bus/train station, etc.), please contact us.
Is it a private tour or a small group tour?
This is a private 6-day tour, and you (your group) will be the only one with the driver/guide the entire trip.
How much does this 6-day tour from Marrakech cost?
The costs of this trip changes depending on the number of passengers and the type of lodging. You can upgrade the hotels and Sahara camps from standard to luxury. Please check the price section for further information.
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Elena

Amaing tour thanks to Mohammed

My husband and I took a 6-day journey from Marrakech to the Sahara Desert and, we had such a great time. Our driver/guide Mohamed was very informative about the Moroccan culture and a highly experienced, safe driver, which is absolutely required to cross those difficult roads, especially in the high Atlas. This was without a doubt the highlight of our stay in Morocco, and I would highly recommend it.
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Amelia

Recommended

Hassan assisted us in planning our vacation months in advance and even checked in on us several times throughout our trip to ensure everything is going well and that we are enjoying it. We booked the luxurious option of the 6-day tour starting from Marrakech, and we were amazed by the upgraded accommodations. Our guides Mustafa and Hamid were helpful, so kind, and we learned a lot from them.
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Charlotte

A great Sahara experience

The six-day tour was fantastic. We saw so much of Morocco in such a short time. The overnight stay in the desert camp was our favorite part. Mohammed, our driver/guide, was helpful and informative. We had said as our guide the camel trek, and he was also a nice guy. He shot some great photos of us. All in all, it was a great Sahara experience.
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