Day 2: Tansikht – Tazarine – Rissani – Merzouga 3 h 43 min (280 km)
After breakfast, you depart from Zagora towards the famous dunes of Erg Chebbi known as Merzouga Sahara desert dunes as well. The adventure continues along the valley of Draa, the village of Benizoli, and Tazarine crossing the villages of Ait Atta of the Anti Atlas. You will have free time for lunch in Alnif, a Berber village known for trilobite extractions (The possibility to have a specialized guide to exploring the trilobites, orthoceras, ammonites, and other fossils). After lunch, you will continue to Rissani city, the former capital of the Alawites Sultans. Rissani is known for its important market for caravans of the sub-Saharan region Sijilmassa and the Moulay Ali Cherif gate, a visit of the mausoleum of Moulay Ali Cherif, where the father of the founder of the Alouette dynasty is buried. This is a wonderful destination for those who wish to learn some of the histories of the country. It is important to see these amazing locations, especially if you’re backpacking around Marrakech after taking some cheap flights to get you into the area. There is much to see at the gate. Afterward, you will cross the Erg Chebbi to arrive at the inn at the foot of Merzouga Sahara desert dunes. From here, the caravan begins by exchanging your transportation by camels, a camel trek over the dunes at sunset which lasts for about 2 hours before arriving at the bivouac; A camp with traditional nomadic tents located in an oasis where you spend the night., Enjoy playing drums with the camel drivers around a fire in the middle of your bivouac waiting for dinner.
Day 3: Merzouga – Erfoud – Todra Gorges – Dades Gorges 4 h 2 min (271 km)
Wake up early morning to enjoy the beautiful sunrise over the dunes, or take a climb one of the highest dunes of Merzouga, in front of your bivouac to dominate the complete view of the sunrise, followed by a typical breakfast and return to the hostel to take a shower, meet our driver. You leave for Erfoud, another city known for fossils, you will cross the Tafilalt oasis, a short break to see the ancient system of irrigation before you arrive at Tinejdad. Continuation to Todgha Gorges where you will have free time for lunch and you can take a walk along the gorges, local restaurants are available between the canyons of Todra gorges. In the afternoon, you visit the former Jewish district in Tineghir city and continue the road towards the Dades valley and go up to the Dades Gorges, one of the most beautiful touristic sites of southern Morocco. The 3rd night of the Desert tour from Marrakech will be in the heart of Dades gorges. Dinner and overnight in the Hotel.
Day 4: Dades – Skoura – Ouarzazate – Ait benhaddou – Marrakech 5h 37 min (330 km)
The 4th and last day of your desert tour from Marrakech to Dades gorges. After breakfast, you start the tour via the Dades valley with its beautiful landscapes, kasbahs, and panoramic views of the ochre mountains where the colors and contrast change every 200m. You will join the principal road nicknamed the road of 1000 kasbahs for many of the Kasbah which you cross during your desert tour from Marrakech, then you will visit the city of roses called Kelaa Mgouna, a rose festival is celebrated every year in this city, then the fascinating Skoura palm grove at 50km before getting to Ouarzazate. You will continue to Ait Benhaddou village, the fortified ksar with its beautiful kasbahs, Ait Benhaddou has served as a natural decoration for many movie producers since the 1960s. Once you get to Ait Benhaddou village, you will have free time for lunch in a local restaurant overlooking the Kasbah, then you take a walk to go to the top of the hill to dominate the whole village. Afterward. In the afternoon, you will leave the red city of Marrakech, the start and endpoint of your Marrakech, Zagora, Merzouga, and Dades gorges Desert tour 4Days/3Night
Gaby Pigna –
My husband and I went on a 4 day Sahara desert tour from Marrakech via Merzouga & merzouga. There were a few local company options we found, but decided to go with this company from reading the trip advisor reviews and I’m glad we did our driver, Abdou was great he was very knowledgeable and added a great dimension to the trip like most per – organized trips you’ll always experience things you like more and things you like but overall it was a excellent trip and experience, there were many things we enjoyed about the trip but if we had to pick our favourites were Dades Gorges and our stay there on the third night, and seeing the stars in the Sahara if you’re feeling unsure about using local Moroccan travel companies this was one professional, safe, and we felt like we got our monies worth
Lorenzo Mathiot –
We enjoyed so much this experience! We visited a lot of beautiful places, Always guided by a super nice driver Abdou! The experience was above my expectation, expecially when we went trough and slept in the desert camp! Absolutely adviced!
Arushi Phull –
We did this tour in late April. I definitely recommend the experience if you want to gain unique Arab experiences.
The trip is quite long but our driver Abderrahim was very friendly, and cheerful speaking both English and French and giving us a full description of the local information about everything we needed.
The trip includes a lot of stops, meeting local people, and experiences of a lifetime. We had booked the luxury camp and everything was perfect. The camp provided electricity, a shower, a private bathroom, and a local music experience with drums. You get the chance to see both the sunset and sunrise while you are in the desert which was amazing.
Breakfast and dinner which were included were delicious. The stops we did for lunch were in quiet touristic places, however, the food wasn’t bad. I would say it’s a must-do activity when you visit Morocco.