If you are still on the fence about taking a guided Morocco desert tour, read on for six great reasons why you need to get off that fence – and onto the back of a camel!
6 Reasons to Take a Guided Morocco Desert Tour from Marrakech
The geography of Morocco features a rich and diverse ecosystem ranging from warm, breezy beaches to mountain peaks and everything in between. But no visit to Morocco is truly complete without spending a little time in the desert.
Deserts in Morocco range from stony to sandy, and each area holds its own unique enchantment. Whether you wish to visit the desert for a day or a week, taking a guided Morocco desert tour is one of the best ways to kick back, relax, and enjoy a genuinely special experience. Here are six great reasons to book your tour today:
Enjoy Your Excursion From the Back of a Camel
Some might say that you haven’t actually seen the world until you have seen it from the back of a camel. And while this may not be true, how will you know if you don’t experience it for yourself?
Camels are graceful and noble creatures and when you ride one, you can easily be swept away by the relaxing rhythm of their sure-footed steps. From your safe and comfortable vantage point, you are free to just gaze at the beauty around you. And there is so much beauty to be seen in the desert.
Whether you take a simple day tour to the Agafay Desert, or join us for a longer excursion out to Merzouga and beyond, we hope you will love the views from the back of one of our pretty camels.
See the Awesome Splendor of the Milky Way
So many of us live in places where the bright lights of the city overwhelm the starry night sky. We see a few stars here and there, but it is easy to forget the true wonder of the Milky Way.
When you take a guided Morocco desert tour out to Zagora and M’Hamid or Merzouga, you will experience the night sky it all its splendor. When you see that dark sky so thick with stars that you can barely tell where the outline of one ends and another begins, you’ll get a sense of how small and precious our little blue planet truly is.
And no one will blame you if you want to stay more than one night!
Discover the Arid Beauty of the Stone Desert
When people picture the deserts of Morocco, they often imagine beautiful sweeping sand dunes. But Morocco also has stone deserts, and they are quite beautiful, too. Take a day trip to the Agafay Desert and find yourself enchanted by an arid landscape so stunning and austere, you may feel like you are standing on the surface of the moon. That is – unless you visit in the springtime when the Agafay bursts into life with blooming wildflowers. While there, be sure to pay a visit to Lake Takerkoust. The man-made reservoir is a beautiful spot of blue, providing a welcome oasis in the barren environment.
Experience the Magic of a Sunset on a Sand Dune
If you are dreaming of sand dunes, choose one of our 3-days or 4-days guided Morocco desert tours to Merzouga or M’Hamid. The sweeping sands of Erg Chigaga (near M’Hamid) and Erg Chebbi (near Merzouga) are golden beauty. They shift and flow as the desert winds dance across their surface.
As you settle and relax into your desert camp for the evening, the shifting dunes begin to reflect the colors of the setting sun. Soon, the golden sand dunes become a dazzling display of lights and shadows in colors ranging from beige to deep red. It is a magical vision of beauty that you will remember for the rest of your life.
Be Transported Back in Time at the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou
For the ultimate guided Morocco desert tour experience, consider taking one of our four-day-desert tours, which includes a visit to the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. This stunning ancient ksar (fortified village) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site of truly historic significance. But many visitors will also recognize it as the slave city Astapor from HBO’s Game of Thrones. It has also been featured in scenes from many other television and film productions. Spending time in the presence of those grand and aged walls really brings the past to life. And suddenly, you have been swept away to the world of long ago.
Enjoy Amazing Foods With the Locals
Whether you choose to enjoy a day tour to the Agafay Desert or a longer guided Morocco desert tour all the way to Fes and back, you will delight in incredible food prepared by friendly locals along your way. The Moroccan people are very welcoming and love to get to know travelers. Be prepared for amiable smiles and curious questions as you enjoy delicious tagines, couscous, and many other tantalizing local delights. You may find you need even more scrumptious Moroccan food in your life. If so, you should consider one of our 7 Day Spotlight Food Tours!
These six reasons to take a guided Moroccan desert tour from Marrakech are only a start. The deserts of Morocco each have something special and unique to offer. If you are looking for a truly individual Moroccan desert experience, be sure to contact us. We’d love to help you bring your vacation dreams to life!