2 Day Sahara Desert Tour – Marrakech Zagora

The trip, Marrakech Zagora, is a popular 2 days desert trip for a camel ride and sunset desert tour.

Roaming Camels offers the Marrakech Zagora overnight route as a must do experience for those travelers who do not have a great deal of time but still want a desert experience. This gives you the opportunity to get outside of Marrakech, see the High Atlas Mountains, sleep in tents and ride a camel.

The 2 days desert tour from Marrakech to Zagora will have you travel over the High Atlas Mountains, with the highest mountain pass in Morocco at 2160 m. Stop and admire the view over the vast landscape and see the windy roads and foothills.

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah after the mountains  and enjoy a break to climb the monument and visit this ancient village. See if you can recognize the parts that were used as a backdrop in Games of Thrones filming.

Then you will gaze out on the stunning views of Draa Valley and its palm groves, and marvel at the vast and changing landscape. Pass shepherds and Berber villages, farms and riverbeds.

Once you arrive in the oasis around Zagora you will have a final stop for water before heading out to meet your camels. Enjoy an ambling trek with the camels into the nearby camp where you will spend the night under the stars. Enjoy dinner prepared for you in camp and the sound of the native drum beat around the fire before bed.

Please keep in mind that Zagora is a different kind of desert than you might find at Merzouga. It does not have the large red dunes that you might associate from photos of the Sahara. The sand dunes are there, but they are smaller and farther apart with a rocky terrain in the mix. What is the same however, is the lifestyle, the culture, the barren flat lands that were crossed for thousands of years en route from the desert up to Marrakech for trading.

If you do want to go deeper into the dunes, we are happy to offer a trip for 2 nights with accommodation in Zagora the first night and then a chance to travel deep into the dunes the next day towards M’Hamid for an overnight stay there.

If you find yourself in Marrakech and you are a little short of time, don't worry. We can take you to the desert that is closer to Marrakech, just south in fact.

With pick up from your riad in Marrakech in the early morning, you will find yourself up and over the High Atlas Mountains and sleeping in nomad camp by sundown.

Hire us with a private car and driver for your small group and you can enjoy the drive in peace. Stop in at Ait Ben Haddou on your return for a look around an amazing ancient kasbah as well.

Day 1
High Atlas. Ait Ben Haddou. Zagora

Bright and early your driver will pick you up at your Marrakech riad to begin your 2 day desert trip to the Sahara Desert at Zagora, also called Erg Chigaga. Travelling to Zagora over the High Atlas Mountains you will pass awe-inspiring landscapes.

 You will see the horizon change from lush greenery lined with the fruits of the season to the rocky, arid landscape of the Anti-Atlas Mountains. Once we're over the mountains, there will be a stop in Ouarzazate.

Known as the Hollywood of Morocco, films like The Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia where made here. From there you will drive along the longest valley in Morocco, the Draa River Valley, which is 1,100 km long.

When you arrive in Zagora, you will meet your camels for the trek into the desert camp and have dinner prepared by nomads. Spend the night in your tents, and you can hear the nomadic Amazigh songs and drum rhythm.

Day 2
Zagora . Marrakech

In the morning you'll be up to see the sunrise over the nearest dunes. Enjoy breakfast at your camp and then begin your journey back to Marrakech.

After the morning drive, you will stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah. Spend some time exploring one of the longest constantly occupied kasbahs in the country.If you're a Game of Thrones fan, you'll recognize the kasbah as the city of Yunkai in the show!

Once we are back in Marrakech, your driver will leave you safely back at your accommodations for the night after a memorable desert trip to Zagora.

The Price Includes:

  • 1 night accommodations;
  • Breakfast in the desert;
  • Dinner in the desert;
  • Air conditioned vehicle;
  • English speaking driver;
  • Camel trek.

The Price Does Not Include:

  • Mandatory travel insurance;
  • Lunch on either;
  • Breakfast in Marrakech;
  • Gratuities;
  • Extended stays before and after the tour dates.
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Options

What are the camp options?

PLEASE NOTEThere are TWO options for the desert tour: 1 - Comfort Option.You will be booked into beautiful, comfortable and clean accommodation reflecting the local flavour. Meals are prepared for you onsite and we choose only quality, well rated hotels. In the Sahara, you will be offered a private tent with comfortable bedding and a shared toilet tent with sinks and toilet stalls. 2 - Luxury Option. With this option you will be offered higher rated hotels along the way, with more amenities including bar service and a pool. In the Sahara, you will be given a private tent with well made beds and more amenities as well as en suite private 3 piece toilet facilities. (Hot showers!) Please let us know when you are booking which option you would like so we can quote your trip accordingly.

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Trip Facts

  • Air Conditioned Vehicle, Camels
  • Marrakech - Riad pick up
  • Marrakech - Riad drop off
  • Desert Camp
  • 1 Dinner and 1 Breakfast