3 days desert tour from Marrakech
This 3 days desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga will take you deep into the Sahara Desert. Desert trips from Marrakesh include visits to Ait Ben Haddou, Ouarzazate, the Dades Valley, and the Todgha Gorges.
Your next day in the Sahara will begin with a camel ride across the breathtaking Erg Chebbi dunes, followed by an evening in a luxurious tent beneath the Sahara’s famed starry sky. On the approach to the Desert, visit numerous charming Berber settlements and experience the spectacular panorama of the Atlas Mountains.
Day 1 : Marrakech - Ait Benhaddou Kasbah - Boumalene Dades
After the pick up from your Marrakech Riad or hotel, your Dades Valley trip will officially begin. In Tizi-n-Tishka in the high Atlas Mountains, our group pauses to admire the spectacular panorama. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Ben Haddou is our next destination. Many films, such as “Lawrence of Arabia,” “Gladiator,” and “Alexander,” have used the site, therefore making it famous. Following lunch, we’ll continue seeing the region’s breathtaking beauty and historic attractions, such as the Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate and Roses Valley, site of the annual Festival of Roses.
We visit the little Berber villages of Skoura, El Kelaa des M’Gouna, and Boumalene Dades as we go. Our day will complete at that hour. Our hotel will serve both dinner and breakfast for us throughout our stay.
Day 2 : Dades Gorge - Todra Gorge - Merzouga. Camel ride and night in a camp
We depart Boumalene Dades for Merzouga and the largest windswept sand dunes in Morocco, Erg Chebbi. Via the Berber town of Tinghir, we reach Todra Gorge, where the 600-meter-tall cliffs are just 10 meters apart. We’ll leave Todra and drive through a variety of Berber villages on way to Tinjdad, where we’ll have lunch (or, if you want, you may continue on to Rissani, where you can have the local specialty, Berber Pizza, if you arrive before noon).
After lunch, we go to Merzouga to check into a hotel and store our luggage. We traverse the Erg Chebbi dunes on camels until we reach a Berber camp. These sand dunes are 20 kilometers in length and between 5 and 8 kilometers in breadth, making them the highest in all of North Africa. The setting is unique and diverse. We take a 1 hour and 30 minute camel ride from the hotel to the camp, where we retain our nomadic Berber identity. The dunes themselves offered part of the required infrastructure, so we added a restaurant and kitchen to our three Berber tents. We provide bedding, including beds, blankets, and pillows, for the tents. When the sun sets over the desert, we all congregate around the fire and listen to some music, with Berber drums.
Day 3 : Merzouga - Ouarzazate - Marrakech
Following an early breakfast, we will depart for Marrakech, traveling through the magnificent High Atlas Mountains, and drop you off at your riad or hotel.
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