5 Days Desert Tour from Marrakech to Merzouga
5 days Desert Tour from Marrakech to Merzouga. Enjoy a desert adventure. Sleep in a traditional desert camp, see the sunrise and sunset from the back of a camel, and enjoy spectacular views of Berber villages.
- Cross the High Atlas Mountains via the magnificent Tizi-n-Tichka pass
- Visit the famous UNESCO World Heritage kasbah of Aït Benhaddou
- Discover the palm groves in the desert in Skoura
- Travel along the Dades river to Boumalne Dades
- Cross the dunes of Erg Chebbi on a camel back
- Enjoy a spectacular desert sunset and sunrise
- Spend the night in a Berber camp
- Enjoy an authentic Moroccan dinner under the stars
Day 1: Marrakech – High Atlas – Ouarzazate - Dades Gorges
5 days Desert Tour from Marrakech to Merzouga. This tour will start early in the morning by crossing the High Atlas Mountains via the Tizi n’Ticka pass (about 2260 meters altitude), through breath-taking landscapes and traditional Berber Villages. We will continue towards Ouarzazate, known as the ‘Gate of the Sahara’, where great expeditions started, and the also know as the 'Moroccan Hollywood'. After lunch, we will continue along the famous ‘road of 1001 kasbahs’, until we reach our destination, Dades Gorges. Here you will enjoy beautiful Rock formations (called monkey feet) and fortified Kasbahs scenery along the Dades river. Dinner and overnight in a charming riad in Dades Gorges.
Day 2: Dades Gorges - Todra Gorges – Merzouga (Desert)
After breakfast, we will leave the riad in Dades Gorges, heading to the Sahara Desert. On the way, we will see colourful Berber villages of the Dades Valley, until we reach the small oasis town of Tinghir, a beautiful Valley of date palms ending with spectacular Gorges, the dramatic Todra Gorges (the Todra river bed has formed a gorge of vertical walls of enormous proportions and of great beauty, the paradise of the climbers). We will stop to explore the canyons and have lunch. After lunch, on the way to the desert, you will discover fascinating views of the palm grove of Todra Valley. We will reach Merzouga, a small village sitting on the borders of the Sahara Desert, late in the afternoon, where the camels caravan will be waiting to take you to the heart of the desert just in time to enjoy a majestic sunset and admire the color-changing sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. You will spend the night in a camp in the middle of the desert and have a taste of Berber Life. You will be settled in a nomad tent and welcomed with a traditional Moroccan mint tea and Berber dinner. After dinner, your nomad hosts will invite you to enjoy a session of Berbers drumming, singing and dancing around the camp fire, under the shining stars of the night in the Sahara Desert.
Day 3: Merzouga (Desert) – Khamlia – Merzouga (Desert)
If there is something that no one can miss is enjoying a sunrise in the desert, so this day we will get up early (you can climb on to one of the highest dunes of Erg Chebbi). You will then ride the camels to the hostel for a quick shower and breakfast. After that, you can start exploring the neighboring villages of Merzouga such as Hassi Labied and the village of Khamlia (village of the Gnaoua), where you can hear the black musicians from Mali. You will also enjoy an offroad drive around the dunes of Erg Chebbi and see the nomads living in tents in the desert and have tea with a nomad family. Dinner and accommodation in an hostel.
Day 4: Merzouga (Desert) - Rissani - Draa Valley - Agdz - Ouarzazate (Desert)
After breakfast we will bid farewell to the desert, heading for the palm grove of Tafilalet, passing through the city of Rissani, birthplace of Morocco’s ruling royal family and the age-old capital of the Tafilalt region, famous for its traditional Souk and the dates market. Then we will drive towards Ouarzazate, crossing the Draa Valley (the longest river in Morocco), with its millions palm trees, the Berber village of Agdz until we reach our destination: Ouarzazate. Dinner and accommodation in a charming riad.
Day 5: Ouarzazate – Ait Benhaddou - Marrakech
On the last day of our tour, after breakfast, we will leave the riad in Ouarzazate and continue towards the village of Ait Benhaddou and visit the magnificent Kasbah (fortress) classified as UNESCO world heritage site since 1987 and famous film production location (Gladiator, Game of Thrones). The guide will explain you the history of this magic place and will take you to the top of the hill to admire the beautiful views of the whole village. We will then start our journey back to Marrakech via the High Atlas Mountains and Tizi n’ Tichka pass, stopping along the way to have lunch. We will arrive in Marrakech late in the afternoon.
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Early departure from your hotel or riad
Please bring warm clothing in the winter (no sleeping bags are required), light clothing in the summer, sunscreen, a hat, good walking shoes, a flashlight, and trousers (for the camel trek). Shorts and skirts are not recommended for the trek as the saddles can cause skin irritation
An English speaking driver
Camel excursion per person
Dinner and breakfast
Qualified vehicle and gas
Midday meals and beverages
ALL OUR ROUTES ARE ADAPTABLE, BOTH IN NUMBER OF DAYS AS IN ITINERARY.