3 Day Marrakech to Merzouga desert trip
Merzouga is a tiny city out at the edge of Erg Chebbi in the Sahara Desert. This town is just 20 km away from the border to Algeria where the traditional paved road comes to an end, and the amazing Sahara Desert dunes start. Merzouga desert is one of the most common points of Bivouacs and Moroccan Camel treks. The three day desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga is one of the most coveted Morocco desert tours.
Departures from Marrakech occur on a daily basis. This desert trip is packed with attractive sceneries, making your tour interesting as you’ll be experiencing one scenery after another. The incredible change of landscape is stunning: From the Haouz plains near Marrakech to several valleys and oases including High Atlas Mountains, rocky plateaus, and the dramatic Erg Chebbi dunes. So if you’d like to discover the deepest of Moroccan desert, this is the best trip for you
Here is a 3-day itinerary of the famous Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour:
- Day 1 : Marrakech – Atlas Mountains – Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate – Dades Valley
We depart from Marrakech early in the morning towards Merzouga desert. We cross the High Atlas Mountains, passing through some Kasbahs, the cultural Atlas Berber villages, as we continue driving on the Mountains. After a few hours of touring the Atlas Mountains, we will go back to Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, which is a popular World Heritage site. You will enjoy a well-served lunch near the Kasbah before we continue driving towards Ouarzazate (Hollywood of Africa). At Ouarzazate, you’ll visit the Taourirt Kasbah and Atlas studios where several movies were shot such as Game of thrones and much more. We will then drive towards Skoura, and Roses Valley. At the end of the day, we will go to spend our night at Dades valley.
- Day 2 : Dades Valley – Todra Gorge – Erfoud – Risani – Merzouga
Our three day Moroccan Desert trip to Merzouga goes on after enjoying a traditional Breakfast. We will then take a drive through roads lined with ancient kasbahs and many attractive Berber villages at the Dades. We will then head over to Tineghir; A 15Km breath-taking valley full of date palms. Experience the high walls of grey and pink rock around the road, as we continue trekking along the 300m high canyons.
We will then head to the Erg Chebbi dunes located in Merzouga, Sahara Desert, and you’ll enjoy your lunch in Tinjdad. As soon as you arrive at the popular dunes of Erg Chebbi, we will let you enjoy a one-hour camel ride, as you watch the sunset in style heading to the oasis where a camp is located. Nothing is more interesting than spending your night at Merzouga Sahara dunes in the bivouac under traditional nomadic tents or outdoors under the shooting stars. You can also spend your night playing drums with the experienced camel guide if you like.
- Day 3 : Merzouga – Alnif – Tazarine – Agdez – Marrakech
We will pick you up in the morning and take you to a nearby place where you can watch the fantastic sunrise on the dunes. After taking a breakfast and hotel shower, we will take a camel ride to the main road. At the main road, you’ll meet your driver waiting with a comfortable Minibus to drive you back to Ouarzazate through the town of Rissani home of the Alaouite dynasty, and the oasis of Tazarine. After your time of leisure and lunch, we will continue with our journey back to Marrakech through the High Atlas Mountains. We will arrive back to Marrakech in the evening.