The 4 days trip from Marrakesh to Zagora desert and Merzouga dunes gives you the privilege and time to enjoy the experience to its fullest. It gives you the opportunity to explore the wide Morocco Sahara Desert for its landscape which is dotted with cliffs, wild forests, sand dunes and plains, mountain and other amazing features.
With a history full of folk traditions and diverse cultural influences, Morocco offers travellers ski resorts, modern cities and traditional villages, many of which are world heritage sites of UNESCO, with long history to them and are well-preserved.
During the 4 days trip to the Morocco desert, we follow the paths of the old caravan roads while leaving from Marakech with the tour team, driving past the High Atlas Mountain and its Tizi Ntichka pass (which is about 2260 metre above sea level), just about an hour’s drive from Marakech where the scenic Ourika valley lies in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountain. Upon approaching the colourful Berber villages, here you get to meet the locals engaging in different activities such as herding goats, trading and the likes, and also exploring the broad view of the valleys and lush orchard with view of Mount Toubkal.
After the Berber villages passing through Kasbahs we then visit the Kasbah of Ait Ben Hadou, one of the world heritage sites of UNESCO, you get to explore the village, and learn more about their history and traditions. Its Kasbah has always been a location for shooting movies, most especially Biblical ones, as well as a backdrop for commercial and modelling photo shoots. It’s a very famous site, and you also get the chance to take cool pictures of the beautiful scenery such as the palm grooves of Tafilalet.
From here, we continue to the city of Ouarzazate, south of the High Atlas Mountains which is also called the gateway to the Sahara Desert, with its huge Taourirt Kasbah, home to a 19th century palace with an eagle’s eye view which stretches at a distance. It is one of the most beautiful and fragrant cities in the world, and it is well known for its role as an important supplier of roses used in industries for the production of perfume.
After a little while, we approach the Dades gorge – a series of rugged canyons carved out at the root of the Atlas Mountain, the gorge having a wall of depth approximately 200-300 deep has varying colours, and then proceeding through the North-eastern parts of the High Atlas Mountains to reach the Oasis of Agdz, here, you get to explore the beautiful scenery while driving along the Draa River Valley in the Draa-Tafilalet region of South-eastern Morocco, with its fortified Kasbah and huge Oasis (of about 200km at the foothill of the High Atlas Mountain) filled with hundreds of thousands of date palms. After which, we make a quick stop on the way at Tinzouline to see the graffiti on the rocks, all along, enjoying the shade provided by the palm groove between Kasbahs and Ksours.
Upon approaching the Zagora desert, we cross the volcanic peaks of the High Atlas Mountains, driving south east across the plains, and past Oases in the middle of the desert. You then get a chance to explore the Oasis of Alnif before continuing on the journey.
We then head towards the red coloured city of Er-Rachidia, which is very close to Merzouga– a small town in the Sahara Desert referred to as the gateway to Erg Chebbi, it is characterized by a huge expanse of sand dunes. Crossing the volcanic peaks of the High Atlas Mountains, driving south east across the rugged terrain, past Oases in order to reach Merzouga, and then further to Erg Chebbi, where the Sahara Desert camp is located. Here again, you get to enjoy a camel trek around the dunes of Erg Chebbi, an opportunity to ride a camel while observing the sunset. The camel trip begins through the sand dunes, here, you get to witness an amazing sunset as the sun gradually disappears over the bank.
After a long day of exciting activities and exploration, you get to enjoy a quiet time in your private tent or you might as well enjoy some entertainment with the Berber nomads, stare at the stars and learning the star constellation under a serene atmosphere, with cool breeze and a clear sky.
- Easy cancellation Yes
- Hotel Pick-up Possible Yes
- Instant confirmation Yes
- Wheelchair Accessible Yes
- Audio guide
- Entrance fees
- Food and drinks
- Hotel pick-up and drop off
- Private tour
- Professional guide
- Special activities
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Can I join a tour late or leave it early?
It's extremely difficult if not impossible to join a tour after it has begun. It is possible to leave a tour early however you will be responsible for your own arrangements from the moment you decide to leave the tour. You would also be responsible for all costs associated with joining a tour late or leaving one early. If you feel this may be necessary please consult a G Adventures Specialist before you book your adventure.