3 Day Desert Trip to Merzouga from Marrakech

Day 1 – Marrakech to Dades Gorge

You leave on your 3 day desert trip from Marrakech at 8 am in your private vehicle. Driving to Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah through the High Atlas Mountains over the Tizi N’ Tichka pass which is Morocco’s highest @ 2260 m.  Watch the Moroccan landscape unfold before you as you travel over these majestic mountains and head towards the ancient kasbah that has been the back drop for many familiar modern films and TV shows.
You will visit the Kasbah at Ait Ben Haddou where you can enjoy lunch or coffee and then spend some time to explore the architecture and winding lanes and alleys as you work your way up through the village to the scenic views from the top and the world’s first bank!

After you have enjoyed this view from the top you will travel a short distance to Ouarzazate which is the movie capital of Morocco and an important city in the southern region.  You will end your day in the nearby Dades Valley where you will have dinner and sleep in an authentic guesthouse and enjoy the sight of this magnificent gorge.


Day 2 – Dades Gorge to Merzouga

Departing from Dades Gorge after breakfast, you will begin your trip towards the Sahara Desert.  Many Berber villages are scattered along the way throughout the oasis that you will drive through. You’ll pass by many small towns such as Tinjdad, Jorf and Erfoud where you will begin to get a sense of the Saharan Oasis of Tafilalt. Watch as the Amazight men gather for local market day and see the donkey carts filled to overflowing with fresh fruits and vegetables. Dates will be a popular item to purchase along the way, with Erfoud being the date capital of Morocco.

Arriving at your base in the desert, you will enjoy some Moroccan mint tea and stretch your legs before boarding your camels for the trek into the sand dunes. You will spend the night in an equipped camp with plenty of drum music amongst the dunes of the Sahara. Don’t miss opportunity to take pictures of the sunset and sunrise. When you arrive in camp, you can walk up the high dunes to see the sunset and spend the night in nomad tents with dinner prepared for you in the camp.

Day 3 – Merzouga to Marrakech

After breakfast in the camp and a camel ride back to the base, you will begin your journey back to Marrakech. Across the Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs, through the movie capital of Ouarzazate, and up over those magnificent Atlas Mountains, you will journey on to your hotel in Marrakech in the late afternoon.

# of days

3 day tour
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  • 2 nights accommodations
  • 2 breakfasts
  • 2 dinners
  • air conditioned vehicle
  • professional driver
  • English speaking guide
  • camel trek
  • admission to Ait Ben Haddou
  • mandatory travel insurance
  • all lunches
  • beverages
  • gratuities
  • airfare
  • extended stays before and after the tour dates