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How Far Is The Sahara Desert From Marrakech

How Far Is The Sahara Desert From Marrakech

The Sahara Desert boasts of an incredible landscape that only very few sites on Earth can compare. It is located in the western border of Morocco and considered to be the vastest hot desert comprising of an area comparable to that of the United States. 

Aside from Morocco, this astonishing desert covers countries such as the Western Sahara, Libra, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Mauritania, Chad, Mali, and Sudan. 

A Journey To The Sahara Desert

From Merzouga, which is a town close to the well-known sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, Marrakech is around 561 kilometers through the valley of Dades, approximately 552 kilometers via the valley of the Draa, and about 360 kilometers from Zagora near the dunes of Er Chigaga.  

You can take a desert tour from Marrakech and traverse the Sahara Desert during the day time. You also have a choice to camp overnight and experience sleeping under the beautiful stars of the desert. 

To sleep under the Sahara Desert stars is a once in a lifetime opportunity that you shouldn’t miss though. It’s an adventure that’s unlike anything you’ll experience in this world. That’s why it is recommended to consider spending more than a night here if you want to explore it at a pace that’s more relaxing. 

Furthermore, you will be able to completely immerse yourself in the culture and traditional customs of the local tribes. You’ll also have a chance to try out camel trekking and the excitement of sandboarding. At night, you’ll spend your time dancing, singing, and gazing at the stars before calling it a day. 

Popular Areas Of The Region

The dry region is famous for the Merzouga and Zagora Deserts. The Merzouga Desert is the most popular one in the Sahara Desert of Morocco. It features everything you can imagine of what a desert would have including undulating dunes in a gorgeous reddish yellow hue. 

Libya and Algeria may house the more notable dunes, but the Erg Chebbi dunes located on the south of Merzouga are nothing short of impressive and majestic standing at around 492 feet high. To get here from Marrakech, it’ll take you approximately 10 hours by bus or car. You’d usually spend overnight in a hotel since the distance is quite immense.

On the other hand, the Zagora Desert has fewer dunes and a bit drier compared to Merzouga. If you are short in time or only have a couple of days to spare, this is the ideal place to explore. The distance to Zagora from Marrakech is 360 kilometers and will take you 7 hours to travel by car or bus. The journey may seem, long but there are bus stops and a lot of lovely attractions along the way that you’ll surely enjoy. 

If you have the budget and plenty of time to spare, you will have a marvelous time exploring the breath-taking dunes of the Merzouga Desert. The journey in getting here may take a bit longer, but the grand changing landscape you will see throughout the tour is just as wonderful as the desert itself. However, Zagora is the best option for you if you don’t have four or five days to spare in the Sahara Desert. 


A desert tour from Marrakech to the Sahara Desert is an excursion that will let you see a variety of remarkable places, incredible landscapes, and experience unique activities like camel riding and sandboarding. If you have any questions about our desert tours, do not hesitate to contact us.