Morocco Desert Trips
Morocco desert tours take you over dunes, and through nomadic villages to discover yourself in the tranquillity of the Sahara, breathe the fresh air of the oases, explore mystical Berber villages, and lose yourself in fascination with each casbah as you let the spectacular gorges and serene dunes become backdrops for your memories of Morocco.
Your amazing journey into the desert begins with a welcome by your private driver upon your arrival at Marrakech, an ancient city of weathered pink buildings and orange groves at the base of the Atlas Mountains. Spend the afternoon exploring fascinating local souks (markets), palaces, and gardens. See the Djemaa el-Fna, a carnivalesque public square where water sellers, snake charmers, magicians, and storytellers compete for an audience. The next day, depart by private transport via the breathtaking snow-capped peaks of the Atlas Mountains, Morocco’s rich coastal regions, and separated from the arid interior by the greatest mountain range in Africa.
Stop en route at Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco’s largest and most famous casbah. Overnight in Ouarzazate, a thriving trading post and Morocco’s modern-day Hollywood. Continue your journey through the magical and fertile Drâa Valley with its casbahs, Berber villages, date palms, olive, and almond groves. Your first glimpse of the Sahara is the sandy dunes of Tinfou. Overnight in Zagora, a stop on the ancient camel caravan route marking 52 more days to Timbuktu. Then head toward central Morocco, traveling past rich river valleys, dramatic escarpments, plunging ravines, and palm-filled gorges. Overnight in the desert outpost of Erfoud, where you may purchase your headscarf alá Laurence of Arabia in anticipation of the next day’s desert journey.
Nearby Merzouga is the point of departure for Morocco desert tours and Sahara immersion. Explore the mystical landscape as you ride on camelback, led by a Bedouin guide robed in the flowing blue garb of the Tuareg people, through the stunning sands. As the sun sets, have a Moroccan feast prepared in the open air. After dinner, climb to a high dune to appreciate the vastness of the desert and lights flickering from nomad encampments. Sleep under the stars in a nomad tent beneath the bright desert sky.
Experience a sense of timelessness as you dream of the Little Prince or caravans of old. Awake with the sunrise to watch the colors of the desert change before your eyes. Return to Ouarzazate through the Dadès Valley and its Road of a Thousand Kasbahs that rise up like turreted sand castles along this ancient caravan trading route. Stop in the Todra Gorge to marvel at the natural force that carved this quiet Berber oasis and rock-climbing haven. Cross Tizi n’Tichka en route to Marrakesh for relaxation in lush gardens, shopping in the souks or soaking in a traditional Hammam (steam bath), a bit of luxury to end your journey.
There is perhaps no more romantic and evocative way to enjoy Morocco’s deserts than from the back of a camel. Camels have played an important role in Morocco’s history, conveying goods and Berber people between various desert outposts and, more recently, carrying many of Morocco’s visitors on tours between the Moroccan desert’s most famous sites. They are animals that are as much a part of Morocco’s arid landscapes as its people and are ideally suited to these sandy, dry environments.
Morocco camel trekking adventures come with a wide range of options. You can trek through the Marrakech palm groves and out into the surrounding desert. You can head south a short way to the Agafay desert. You can make your way to the sands around Ouarzazate, or south to Zagora. You can take a camel trek to the famous Erg Chebbi, near Merzouga, or make your way on camelback close to Mhamid, to the other dune system of Erg Chigaga.
These are just some of the options for Morocco camel trekking that are available. But wherever you choose to go – camelback is definitely a wonderful way to travel!
Desert Tours From Marrakech
If you are beginning your Moroccan adventure in Morocco in the enchanting city of Marrakech, there are definitely plenty of options that will allow you to explore the desert landscapes to the south. Desert tours can be enjoyed within easy reach of the city, and in a day excursion, you can easily get a small taste will a trip to the Agafay desert or Ait Ben Haddou and Ouarzazate.
If you have a little longer, you can take overnight Morocco desert tours from Marrakech, via the Altas Mountains pass and Ouarzazate to reach Zagora, where more desert adventures await. You could also consider taking a Morocco desert trip from Marrakech to reach the desert oasis of Merzouga.
On the way, you can enjoy the Dades Valley, the Valley of Roses, and the remarkable Todras Gorge, and maybe make s stop in the caravan jumping-off point of Rissani. Close by Merzouga, the wonders of the dunes of Erg Chebbi await. On a three-day adventure, you can also make your way, via Merzouga, all the way to the enticing city of Fes, where yet more amazing Moroccan adventures await.
Desert Tours from Fes
Cool Fes riads, mosques, and gardens may seem rather distant from the sweltering heat and sands of the Sahari desert. But visitors to Morocco could still most definitely consider making the trip south. Morocco desert tours from Fes are an experience not to be missed.
While the journey from the imperial city of Fes to the desert outpost of Merzouga and the dunes of Erg Chebbi is long, there is plenty to see and enjoy along the way. On this route, you will pass through the middle Atlas Mountains, and get the chance to explore Berber villages and see monkeys in the cedar forest along the way.
Descending from the mountains, you will be able to revel in the change of scene. You can watch as the landscape changes as you make your way southwards, before taking some time to enjoy a camel ride and learn about traditional desert culture and history before you watch the sun setting over spectacular dunes at Erg Chebbi and finally, spend a night or more under the desert stars.
When you take a Morocco desert trip from Fes, you can return to your starting point, or, if it takes your fancy, continue on your adventure and make your way to Marrakech, where plenty more delights await under the Moroccan sun.
Why Plan Sahara Tours
The Sahara desert surely deserves to be counted amongst the world’s most remarkable landscapes. The sands seem to stretch on for miles and miles under the blazing sun, scattered with far-flung oases and the odd desert camp. Camels and the odd person are often all that can be seen, while this is a landscape that can often make your feel truly alone. Amid this stunning landscape, certain grand attractions entice visitors from far and wide.
Near Merzouga, for example, lie the breathtaking dunes of Erg Chebbi. This is certainly one of Morocco’s most famous natural sights. If you have time, a trip to Erg Chebbi from Marrakech or from Fes can certainly be one of the highlights of your trip. If you are short on time, you may be interested to know that you can take a Morocco Sahara tour from either of these cities – or between the two, in as few as three days. If you are even more limited on time, there are also shorter Morocco Sahara tours that you could choose from. For example, in just two days you can cross the Altas Mountains from Marrakech on an amazing high mountain pass, descend to the UNESCO listed Ait Ben Haddou, and make your way to the desert around Zagora.
Sahara Tours Prices
Morocco Sahara trip prices are far lower than you might imagine and offer excellent value for your money. When you book one of our Morocco desert trips you can rest assured that your money is well spent. We will transport you to top desert destinations on small private group trips with your own driver/ private guide in luxury vehicles, or on shared Morocco desert trips for 10-17 people. From beginning to end, we will be on hand to make sure that you have the best possible desert trip experience.
Shared, small-group, 2-day trips from Marrakech to the Zagora desert can be arranged for as little as 59 Euros per person. Private Morocco desert trips from Marrakech for couples cost in the region of 180 Euros per person, dropping to 120 Euros for 3-4 people and 90 Euros for a group of 5-6 people. 4-day adventures from Marrakech to Merzouga and Erg Chebbi dunes can cost from 89 Euros per person for a spot on a shared, small-group tour, to 290 Euros per person for a private tour for two, 175 Euros for 3-4 people, and 145 Euros for groups of 5-6. If you wish to begin your desert trip in Marrakech and finish it in Fes, that will be priced from 173 Euros per person on a shared, small-group tour, and at 365 Euros per person on private two-person tours, going down to 215 Euros per person for 3-4 people, and 170 Euros for private groups of 5-6 people.
Luxury Desert Trips
If you imagine a trip to the Sahara desert, you may be imagining a long, dusty hot ride from the city to the dunes. But on a luxury Morocco Sahara desert trip from Marrakech, you can rest assured that you will travel in style. You will make the journey over the High Atlas and on to the main attractions in the desert that lies beyond them to the south in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle, transported by your very own driver and guide.
At each stage of your adventure, you can be sure that your every comfort will be taken into account, and you will be treated with the utmost level of courtesy and respect. You will travel like a King or Queen, and the private trip will be perfectly tailored to meet your own personal needs and wishes. From the moment of your departure, through a pleasant night or two’s sleep in luxury, to your safe return, everything will be exactly as you would want it. Take a luxury Morocco Sahara desert trip from Marrakech and you will be amazed by how little
you are personally affected by the harsh environment and the fierce desert sun, and how relaxed and
comfortable you can remain throughout the adventure.