Merzouga desert tour 3D

Overview

The 3 days desert tour to Merzouga is very popular, because it allows visitors with tight schedules to have a condensed experience, visit the beautiful Merzouga and ride camels on the dunes to witness the astonishing sahara sunset, visit Ait benhaddou kasbah, the valley of Dades and the gorges of Todra, all in 3 days,

PS: the third day is a very long and straight drive from Merzouga back to Marrakech with minimal stops and breaks, if you have time, we recommend you take the longer versions of this tour. The 4 days version offers a slower pace with more free time to fully enjoy the attractions and scenery.


Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Marrakech – Ait Benhaddou – Dades Valley

    Departing from Marrakech and heading south, we will cross the highest pass in Morocco, named Tizi N'Tichka, after descending for a while, we will arrive at Ait benhaddou village, classified by the UNESCO a world heritage site in 1986. A beautiful preserved Ksar ( a village made of kasbahs), where many film shots were made such as The gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, and even Game of Thrones. Once in the village, you will have a local guide accompany you to visit the area and climb to its summit to get a great view of the whole valley of the Ksar and the whole valley of Ounila.

    After the visit, you can have lunch in of the restaurants in the new side of Ait benhaddou, our drivers will recommend the best quality/price ratio places. After a delicious meal, we will continue towards Ouarzazate, also called Hollywood of Africa, famous for its attraction of filmmakers, it has 2 cinema studios and a cinema museum along with its beautiful kasbah of Taourirte, you can optionally visit one of these attractions but a short break in front of the kasbah to take a photo is already included.

    Leaving Ouarzazate and continuing south, after crossing Skoura region with its beautiful palmgroves, we will enter the valley of roses with its capital Kelaat-Mgouna, famous for its damascina rose, which the locals have excelled in transforming it to a variety of perfumes, soaps, creams and more. The blooming season where one can actually notice the roses in the nearby fields starts mid-April and ends mid-May and a yearly festival is held in town to market new products, celebrate and choose a rose queen...yaaay

    Leaving Kelaat-Mgouna and continuing on the same national road, we will arrive to the small town of Boumalen-Dades, where we take a sharp left and head up the awesome valley of Dades, with its contrasting colors of reddish mountains and vibrant green river sides. A short stop to admire the famous rocky formations of the Monkey feet, before heading to our hotel for the night.

    Once at the hotel, your luggage will be taken to your rooms, and welcoming tea will be served at the reception, then you will be shown to your rooms and why not take a hot shower to relax after the long day. A delicious dinner will be served at the hotel restaurant, and musical plays by the staff usually take place after that

     

    desert tour mealsMeals included : Dinner,
    desert tour accommodationAccomodation :
    • Hotel Babylon Dades --
    • Ouarzazate Cinema attractions
      40 minutes
      Time allows having a short visit to one of Ouarzazate's Cinema attractions, the city has 2 studios and 1 museum, you can tell your driver to stop at one of them if you are interested, however entrance fees are not included, the studios ticket costs 100 MAD which includes a guide. The museum ticket is 30 MAD, not including the guide.
    • Amridil Kasbah in Skoura
      1 hour
      Depending on the day pace and other stops, you might have enough time to visit the beautiful preserved Kasbah of Amiridil inside the palm grove of Skoura. Entrance fees are 20 MAD per person, you can explore it by yourself or take a local guide of the Kasbah for an extra 50 MAD. The charm of this place is that it's less touristic than many other spots if you prefer to get out from the standard routine for a bit
  • Day 2 : Dades Valley – Todra – Merzouga

    Leaving Dades valley after a refreshing breakfast, we will head to Tinghir, where we will take a sharp left again to visit the famous Todra gorges with their beautiful cliffs that serve as a nice mountain climbing spot for enthusiasts, you can enjoy a 30 minutes walk there, take some great photos, have a coffee or tea before continuing the road.

    After Tinghir, the immense barren plateaus announce our approach to the desert areas of the country, the lunch stop can be made either in Tinejdad or Touroug depending on the day pace and your hunger meter.

    Driving even more, we reach Erfoud and then awaited Merzouga, where different camps are situated in different regions, your driver will take you all the way to your camel park at the edge of the dunes, you can enjoy a couple of minutes to stretch and adjust your scarfs and cameras, you don't need to worry about the luggage as it will be transported to the camp in the vehicle. Cameleers will assist you to ride your desert ship, probably after telling you their names as a fun introduction, you will then cross the dunes during sunset to enjoy the mesmerizing views of the Sahara and take some memorable photos. The ride takes around 1 hour give or take, and will take you all the way to your camp, or you will be welcomed with mint tea as usual, get to know the place and staff. You will be shown to your tents to sort your luggage that has probably arrived before you. Camps offer hot water for showers and electricity for charging electronics, so we highly invite you to be as responsible about those resources as possible, as most camps rely on solar energy to satisfy the basic needs.

     

    desert tour mealsMeals included : Breakfast,
    desert tour accommodationAccomodation :
    • Sahara stars camp --
  • Day 3 : Merzouga – Ouarzazate – Atlas Mountains – Marrakech

    Starting the day early to witness the absolutely magnificent sunrise over the mighty, vast dunes of Merzouga, the exact time of sunrise will be communicated to you by your camp hosts, as the time changes throughout the year. After that soul recharging experience, you will have an energetic breakfast at the camp. Once done, you will ride the camels from the camp back to the meeting point with your driver at the desert edge, to commence the long road trip back to Merzouga.

    PS : If you need to arrive to Marrakech a bit early, each minute saved in the morning is precious, and that is why we offer the possibility of returning by car from the camp instead of the camels. You can discuss this with your driver the day before to make necessary arrangements, this will also give you the opportunity to ride the SUV throughout the sand and get a glimpse of the challenging but fun sand driving.

    Once on the asphalt, you can appreciate the comfort of the vehicle to take a nap and rest for a while, since the scenery will be the same for quite a while as your driver crosses vast distances of the wasteland. The first coffee break could be in Alnif or Tazzarine, and a lunch stop can be  arranged either in Nkoub or Ouarzazate, depending on the day start and morning pace.

    The day will only include minimal and necessary stops, as the distance to cover is quite important (which is why it is recommended to take longer versions of this tour whenever possible)

    After crossing the High Atlas mountains once more, and arriving to the vivid city of Marrakech, your driver will take you to your hotel/riad or the closest parking lot if the place is not accessible by car, and can arrange the meeting with your hosts for the night if necessary announcing the end of our beautiful and memorable journey.

    desert tour mealsMeals included : Breakfast,
    desert tour accommodationAccomodation : No Accomodation.

Included

  • Comfortable transportation + fuel
  • English speaking driver
  • Guided visit of Ait benhaddou village
  • Overnight in Dades kasbah with dinner & Breakfast
  • Camel ride in the dunes
  • Overnight in Merzouga luxury camp with dinner & Breakfast
  • Flexible pauses and breaks

Not Included
  • Lunch meals
  • entrance fees to optional visits of Ouarzazate
  • Extra drinks on included meals
  • Gratuities ( optional )

Frequently Asked Questions

A frequent and definitely good question, if you are not well-prepared, you might not enjoy your time fully in the desert due to the extreme weather conditions. Deserts get super hot in summer, in Morocco, August is the hottest month of the year, with temperatures reaching 50 °C—122ºF, you can literally cook eggs on the asphalt (great for a TikTok clip). With this said, if you can't take that much heat, please avoid visiting the deserts during July and August. If you are okay with this kind of temperatures; it is still highly recommended to come prepared with good sunscreen, sunglasses, a wide hat, light but covering pieces of clothing and some insect repellent, you can also purchase all these items in Morocco. And let's not forget winter days, starry nights are freezing. The mountainous parts of the roads are usually snowy, but all our vehicles are equipped with A/C for that matter, so make sure to bring warm clothes if you take this tour during December-January.

With the rise in interest in vegan and vegetarian food, all our partners are now accommodating this need and offer completely vegan and vegetarian meals. However, this needs to be communicated in advance, either when booking or when meeting your driver for early preparation purposes.