Merzouga Desert Tour from Marrakech – 3 days


Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour – 3 days:

Embark on an unforgettable 3-day desert expedition from Marrakech to the vast dunes of Erg Chebbi in Merzouga. This incredible journey offers a unique opportunity to uncover the hidden treasures of Morocco’s majestic southern region and the formidable Sahara Desert. Traverse the breathtaking landscapes of the High Atlas Mountains, immersing yourself in their diverse scenery, and explore authentic Kasbahs such as Kasbah Telouet and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou.

Next, delve into the charm of beautiful Berber villages and trek through the fertile Dades Valleys and the imposing Todra Gorges before reaching the enchanting desert of Merzouga. Here, saddle up on camelback to journey across the windswept dunes, accompanied by the soothing rhythms of Moroccan drums as you gaze at the starlit sky. And, of course, indulge in a magical night’s stay at a luxury desert camp nestled amidst the sands.

3-day desert trip from Marrakech to Erg Chebbi – highlights:

  • Embark on a journey through the breathtaking landscapes of the Atlas Mountains, winding your way through picturesque Berber villages.
  • Discover the rich history of ancient Kasbahs, including the remarkable Kasbah Telouet and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou.
  • Indulge in the flavours of traditional local cuisine, savouring delicious meals while immersing yourself in the authentic atmosphere of a guest house and gaining insights into life in the southern region and its oases.
  • Rejuvenate yourself as you wander through the lush Dades Valley and trek through the awe-inspiring Toudgha Gorges and surrounding mountains, should you desire a more active exploration.
  • Experience the magic of the desert at sunset with a camel ride, followed by the exhilarating thrill of sandboarding. Capture unforgettable moments with epic photos and unwind to the rhythms of nomadic music and drumming around a campfire.
  • Dine under the twinkling stars and retire for the night in a luxurious private tent at a desert camp nestled amidst the expansive dunes.

What is included in the price:

  • Transport in a private air-conditioned & comfortable van or 4WD vehicle
  • Experienced English-speaking nomad driver-guide
  • Pick-up from Marrakech and drop-off at your hotel in Fes
  • Meals: breakfast & dinner – with vegetarian and vegan options available
  • Accommodation in comfortable hotels with air-conditioned rooms with private bathrooms
  • One night in a luxury desert camp in Erg Chebbi under private & comfortable tents equipped with private bathrooms and shower
  • A camel ride for about two hours with a guide in Erg Chebbi and free sand-boarding, if desired
  • Berber drumming & music in the desert camp
  • Hiking in beautiful scenery and free time to explore the sites of interest
  • Tea/ coffee in the desert camp

What is not included:

  • Lunches
  • Local guides
  • Entrance fees
  • Tipping

Merzouga Desert Tour from Marrakech 3 days – itinerary:

Day 1: Marrakech – Ouarzazate – Dades Gorges

Set out on your journey from Marrakech to the Erg Chebbi dunes, starting with a morning departure from your accommodation in Marrakech towards Dades Gorges, crossing the High Atlas Mountains.

Pause at the Tizi-n-Tichka peak, the highest point in Africa, for a refreshing break, allowing you to capture stunning photographs and admire the breathtaking vistas of the valleys and Berber Villages nestled alongside the mountainside.

From here, you venture onto a scenic side road leading to the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its appearances in numerous Hollywood blockbusters, including Gladiator, Alexander, and segments of the renowned TV series, Game of Thrones.

Following lunch, explore the kasbah with the assistance of a knowledgeable local guide. In the afternoon, journey past Ouarzazate and the Oasis of Skoura, where a stopover unveils the Kasbah Amredhil, offering panoramic views amidst the palm trees.

Afterwards, you traverse the Road of a Thousand Kasbahs and the picturesque Valley of the Roses, culminating in a visit to Kalaat M’gouna, where you can explore a women’s cooperative producing local rose cosmetics. Finally, arrive at Dades Gorges, where you will enjoy dinner and spend the night in a comfortable hotel.

Day 2: Dades Gorges – Merzouga

After a hearty breakfast, enjoy a guided walk with your tour guide to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Boumalne Dades Valley and its landscape before proceeding to the Toudgha Gorges, which will be the venue for lunch.

Continue your journey, passing through the scenic Ziz Valley and Tafilalet Valley to reach the captivating dunes of Merzouga, where an enchanting camel ride awaits. Witness the breathtaking sunset over the Erg Chebbi Dunes, spanning miles and miles of pristine sand.

In the evening, indulge in the rich cultural experience of storytelling and traditional Berber and Nomad music under the starlit sky, surrounded by loved ones, fellow travellers, and guides, soaking in the serene ambience of the Sahara Desert before retiring for the night in a cosy Nomad tent nestled at the base of the dunes.

Day 3: Merzouga – Marrakech

For early risers, admire the magical spectacle of sunrise painting the golden dunes with intricate shadows, offering a moment of serene tranquillity.

Following breakfast, commence your return journey to Marrakech, traversing the scenic Saghro Mountains and passing through charming villages such as Alnif, Tazzarine (featured in the film ‘Babel’), and N’Qob, where a brief stop provides a moment of respite. Continue your drive through the Dra’a Valley and the ancient Caravan Road, pausing for a satisfying lunch in Ouarzazate.

In the afternoon, cross the High Atlas Mountains, arriving in the vibrant red city of Marrakech by late afternoon, marking the conclusion of your unforgettable Marrakech to Erg Chebbi dunes tour.

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