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: