3 days shared tour to desert

95.00

The overnight Sahara desert experience should be on everyone’s travelling to Morocco bucket list. Even if you are sceptical about popular touristic activities, the endless Sahara dunes will leave you unforgettable memories.  

Description

In Morocco, there are so many desert tour operators, how to choose the right one?  Especially when almost everyone is offering a very similar programme, only the prices vary. It took me a long time to find the best 3 days tour operator. I tried the tour myself, sent my friends and many travellers. They were all happy!

Thus, contact me if you are looking for a reliable desert tour to the Merzouga desert. I will help to arrange your trip, will answer all the question and you will have my direct support during the trip. There is no hidden service cost from my side. You will pay the same (or even less) as other travellers on the tour.

If you don’t have time for the 3 days trip, I can arrange you the 2 days/1 night tour to the closer Zagora desert. The sand dunes of Zagora are much smaller and less impressive than the ones in Merzouga.  However, it is still a good deal because on the way you will cross the High Atlas mountains, visit Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou and ride a camel. Check more info here.

What I love about the 3 days shared desert trip is that you meet other travellers, shared your experience, laugh, make new friends.  The size of the group can vary from small to the bigger one. This desert trip is not only about the desert, you see many other places on the way. The breathtaking High Atlas mountains scenery, Ouarzazate, Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, Valley of Roses, Dades Valley, Tighir oasis, Todgha gorges and of course, the stunning Sahara desert in Merzouga. A great deal for only 95 eur, where 2 nights accommodations, dinners and breakfasts, camel rides are included.

The full description and honest opinion of my 3 days shared desert trip experience you can read here.


3 days shared desert tour to Merzouga desert itinerary:

You can book this trip every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

1st day,  Marrakech – Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate – Tinghir (6 hours drive)

The tour starts around 7.20 am,  the driver will pick up from the meeting location next to your hotel in Marrakech. During our drive through the High Atlas mountains, we crossed Tizi n’Tichka (2260m), the highest road mountain in Morocco.  The twisty mountains road is breathtaking, on the way you will stop for pictures and coffee break.

The first stop is at the UNESCO World Heritage site listed Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, dating to the 12th Century and one of the most iconic Morocco’s monuments. Many Hollywood and international films were shot in Ait Ben Haddou. There you will meet the local English speaking guide, who will guide you at the kasbah. After, the guide will lead you to the nearby city Ouarzazate, Africa’s little Hollywood.  After visiting the local movie studio (if enough time, extra for the ticket) and lunch, you will continue the journey north-east.  Before the sunset, you will reach your first night’s comfortable hotel located in the Dades Valley.  After dinner, you can enjoy the views of the valley and share the day with your travel companions. 

2nd day, Tinghir oasis – Toudra- Merzouga (4.30 hour drive)

Your second day will start with delicious breakfast and a short drive to the Tighir city where you will meet a local guide. He will introduce you to the oasis of Tighir and will guide to the Todgha gorges – series of limestone river canyons. Some of them are up to 400 metres high.

Finally, you are on the way to Merzouga, passing the cities of Efroud and Rissani. The driver will drop you at the local guest house where he will transfer you to the desert guides. You don’t need to take much for the night in the desert, so take the most important things (small backpack, warmer clothes for night and camera) and the rest of your belongings left on the tour bus.

Comfortably sitting on camel backs, you will have a slow walk to a camp in the desert; you will pass the sands of Erg Chebbi, a large sea of dunes of the Sahara Desert. In some places, the dunes of Erg Chebbi are reaching up to 150 meters high and are twenty-two kilometres long, five kilometres wide. After about 1 hour ride on the camel, you will have free time to climb on the highest dune for the sunset or just head back to the desert camp for a welcoming tea. Your day will finish in the Berber camp with an evening full of tagines, tea and drum music. 

3rd day,  Merzouga – Marrakech (8.30 hours driving )

The third day is the hardest one, after breakfast in the main camp, you will have a long drive back to Marrakech. With many stops, you will come back home in the evening, around 7 pm.

You can find my 3 days shared tour to the Sahara desert experience  in this video:

Price

3 days shared desert trip from Marrakech to Merzouga price – 95  eur.

Organised every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Included:

  • air-conditioned transport
  • 2 dinners
  • 2 lunch
  • 2 breakfast
  • 1st night in the hotel
  • 2nd night in a nomad tent camp
  • riding a camel at sunset and sunrise
  • local taxes

Not included: 3 lunch, drinks, tips and guide at Ait Ben Haddou

Additional info

  • Merzouga desert is really far away. As you already seen in the itinerary, the first and last day you will be driving for around 7 hours. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of stops along the way, all of them will help you to immerse in the local Moroccan life and atmosphere.
  • Almost all tours in Morocco, where lunch is not included, will drive you to more expensive (comparing to other local places) restaurants, around 10-12 € for lunch.  If are travelling on the low budget, bring your own lunch. It is not an obligatory to eat at the place where the driver stopped.
  • During the tour, you will stop in some local carpet waving places. There, you will be welcomed by the Moroccan tea and friendly Berbers. There is no pressure to buy something, the tour organisers only try to help local people to earn some money. Don’t feel bad not buying anything, but if you buy, will support local families.
  • If you are going to the desert tour in the winter season, take enough warm clothes. Even though it can be sunny and warm in the day, at night the temperature can drop even till +2 C degrees.  Woollen socks, hat, warm jacket and gloves are musts (December, January, February).
  • To protect yourself from the sandy desert winds, bring some bigger scarf.  Or, when you stop at the local shops, buy the traditional Berber nomad turban/scarf.  In the desert, ask your camel guides to wrap it as they do it.
  • If you are travelling with luggage, you can always leave it in your hotel; maybe they would not mind to hold it for you till you back. Or, you can always take and store your luggage on the tour bus (only if it is not a 30 kg big luggage).
  • In Merzouga, you will leave your luggage on the tour bus. You will only take the necessary things for the night in the desert. It is not comfortable to ride a camel with luggage, so if you have a small backpack, would be great!
  • If you are vegetarian, please inform the driver and double check in the desert camp if they didn’t forget to cook you a delicious vegetarian meal.
  • There is an option to finish the tour in Fez instead of coming back to Marrakech. The tour driver would pass you to another driver in Merzouga and he would drive you to Fez. This is an additional service, cost around 130 € for transportation (you also have to pay the full price for the desert tour, even though you are not coming back to Marrakech). However, it is a great option if you are travelling with a few friends and planning to head to Fez anyway.

Book the tour

If you have additional questions about this tour or would like to book it, please contact me

rasa@blondieinmorocco.com    or Whatsapp/Viber number: +212695274252 or

Facebook.com/blondieinmorocco

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