Marrakech to Merzouga via Imilchil 4D

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Tour Overview

This tour offers you a mini road trip to visit the Ouzoud falls, the authentic and the beaten track mountain village of Imilchil before travelling on the popular Merzouga desert.

Discover some of the best of Morocco’s less visited natural environment at the time forgotten and steeped in tradition community of Imilchil, known internationally for its annual Berber marriage gathering and ceremony in addition to the beautiful nature and wilderness of its high plateau steeped in folklore.

Take a few hours trek in the mighty Todra Gorge exploring the rich and unique geology of the region before visiting the sandcastle-like Kasbahs and date palm oases, spend the night under the 1000 stars and  enjoy the beautifel drive trought the Draa valley.

The road from Ouarzazate goes to the highest part of the Atlas forests, at an altitude of 2,200 meters, in the area known as Col de Tichka. Then comes the spectacular descent to Marrakech and its beautiful surroundings



Tour Itinerary

After breakfast, we start our trip to the magical 100-meter-high Ouzoud waterfall at the southern end of the Middle Atlas, one of the most visited sites in the area. The white falls thunder down to the bottom of a chasm of greenery, all around which are found flour mills, monkeys, and pools lined with reeds. After lunch, next to Lake Bin El Ouidane we continue to Imilchil, a small Berber village that lies at the heart of the Middle Atlas. It is a village well-known in Morocco for its traditional Berber wedding festival. We will visit the two famous lakes of Izli and Tizlit before heading to the hotel in Imilchil,

Overnight Options
    • Auberge Chez Bassou
    • Auberge Izlane

After a typical local breakfast, we leave Imilchil towards the small village of Agoudal where we will stop to have tea with a Berber family then we continue to Todra for a short walk to admire the fascinating Todra gorges and the valley, lunch in one of the restaurants we drive to the dunes of Merzouga across Tinjdad and Erfoud. Camel ride to the camp with a stop at the top of the dunes to watch the sunset. Overnight under the tent with dinner and some local music.

Overnight Options
  • GOLD
    • Sahara stars Camp

Early morning, you will wake up to enjoy the sunrise over the dunes of Erg Chebbi, followed by breakfast in the camp, the camel ride back to the departure spot. from there We drive to Rissani, a small Saharian town in the southeast of Morocco where we can stop to visit a fossil workshop before we continue to Agdez and Draa valley, then we head north to Ouarzazate after crossing the small volcanic Atlas Mountains. Overnight in Ouarzazate.

Overnight Options
    • Le petit Riad
    • Dar Amoudou
    • Riad Tama
  • GOLD
    • OZ Palace
    • Temple Des Arts
    • La sultana Royal Golf
    • Berber Palace

After breakfast, we can enjoy a visit to cinema sets & studios . Afterwards, we will visit the universal Heritage Site of Ksar Ait Benhaddou awhich is a world UNESCO heritage site since 1986.

Ait Benhaddou is a World Heritage site that has been used as a backdrop for more than 20 films, including “Gladiator”, “Indiana Jones”, and “Lawrence of Arabia”. Enjoy a walk to explore the traditional Moroccan style of architecture in which the Kasbahs are built. We continue our way to Marrakesh through the High Atlas Mountains and Tizi n’Tichka pass. Break for lunch in the high Atlas Mountains. then we continue our way to ritch the red city. 

Itinerary on Map

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Tour Inclusions

  • An air-conditioned 4x4 or Minivan,
  • English-speaking driver during the tour
  • Pick up & Drop off at your accommodations
  • Overnight in Imilchil comfortable Hotel.
  • Camel Trek to overnight in Luxury Camp
  • Overnight in Ouarzazate comfortable Riad
  • Private rooms/tents with private bathroom and shower
  • Dinner and breakfast are daily included
  • Free time to explore the sites such as Ait Benhaddou kasbah, Walks, Canyons, Breaks for photos… Etc
  • Local guide in Ait Benhaddou

  • Lunch
  • Drinks
  • Entrance fees to optional visits
Important notice:

The tour can be reversed, shortened, extended or altered in any way to suite your specific needs and schedule ! Don't hesitate to contact us and ask for other combinations

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

Arriving at the edge of the dunes, there is a meeting point where camels from different camps in the area are waiting for us, we will get out of the car, put on a scarf if you have one (the cameleer or your driver can help you properly install it) and then you will be introduced to your camel. Once your caravane is ready and onboard, you can take pictures or stories to memorize the moment, then take off and travel on the golden sands to see the sunset on high dune before continuing to the camp. Next morning, you can take the camels again on your way back to the meeting point or take a 4x4 . If a member doesn't want or cannot take the camel ride, the camp is accessible by 4x4 vehicle and it will get you there.

This once was a hustle indeed but no more, all camps nowadays have dedicated 4x4 vehicles that can transport your luggage from your tour car to the camp directly, so you don't have to carry anything during the camel ride. However, we highly recommend you only pack the things you will need for the desert night and transport it to the camp, while leaving the rest of the luggage with your driver.

Yes, you will have your own private hotel rooms and camp tents in all our tours, you can choose between different combinations of twin/triple/quadruple (separate beds) or double (single large bed) rooms and tents depending on your number and preferences but you will never share them with other travelers. All rooms/tents are equipped with private bathrooms and showers with hot water.

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