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5 days desert trip from Marrakech

Best 5 Days Desert Trip from Marrakech

Best 5 Days Desert Trip from Marrakech

In this tour we propose a fascinating 5 days desert trip from Marrakech. This great city, in addition to being an important tourist destination, is also an ideal place from which to set off towards the confines of Morocco. In fact, we have called this circuit “the Great Hidden South” and it is there where unforgettable landscapes are located such as sand dunes, oases full of palm trees and the most unique rock formations. Would you like to discover it with us?

5 days desert trip from Marrakech
The most authentic Moroccan desert

There are many arid and desert areas that Morocco has in its territory. But on this 5-day route to the desert from Marrakech, you will get to know unique landscapes that you have probably only seen in photography: the sea of fine sand dunes through which you can only ‘navigate’ on the back of a dromedary or on board a 4×4. Merzouga desert are home to these magical enclaves in their surroundings: Erg Chebbi, respectively. Thanks to our 5-day desert program from Marrakech, you will be able to discover it without rushing, savoring every moment to the fullest.

Other attractions of this circuit through the Moroccan desert

From Marrakech to Merzouga desert (the furthest point we will reach on this route) there are more than 600 km. So, as you can imagine, the tour gives rise to landscapes that are very different from each other and that do not correspond only to the sea of dunes of Ouzina and Merzouga. The mountains of the High Atlas, the fertile plains of cultivation, the palm groves of the great valleys or the rocky gorges are some examples of how much you can discover on a 5 days desert trip from Marrakech. And on a cultural level, the historic kasbahs and traditional medinas stand out as the great landmarks of the route.

5-day desert itinerary from Marrakech

This 5-day route to the desert from Marrakech not only has this city as its starting point, but also as its end. Below we will tell you, day after day, what this tour includes.

Day 1: Marrakech – Tizi n’Tichka – Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate – Agdz

We start our 5 days desert trip from Marrakech Specifically, from the international airport or from any other point in the city, such as your hotel. There you will be picked up by our driver/guide, who will attend you in Spanish and who will accompany you throughout the circuit.

We will head towards the desert and, for this, we will have to cross the High Atlas mountains, along roads and berber villages full of charm. Once this natural barrier has been overcome, we will reach the surroundings of Ouarzazate, where the kasbah Ait Ben Haddou is located: this imposing adobe fortress was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco and is the filming location for important films and series, such as Game of Thrones. As a result, we will set aside the required amount of time for your visit.

Next, we will discover another attraction in the city of Ouarzazate: the Cinema Museum, dedicated to its close relationship with the world film industry. And before leaving this city, we will also visit the Taourirt kasbah.

Straight away, we will take the road towards Agdz, entering the Draa Valley and its immense palm grove, the largest in North Africa. A beautiful riad awaits in Agdz, where you will have dinner and spend the night.

  • Summary of the day
  • Pick up in Marrakech and departure by vehicle
  •  High Atlas Pass
  •  Visit of Ait Ben Haddou, the Museum of Cinema and the kasbah of Taourirt in Ouarzazate
  • Lunch en route
  • Tour of the Draa Valley
  • Dinner and overnight accommodation in Agdz

Day 2: Agdz – Merzouga Desert

A delicious breakfast at the Agdz riad will open our second day of this 5-day circuit to the desert from Marrakech. After that, we will continue our route with the immense palm grove of the Draa river as a companion, but we will not always do it by road: this morning an experience that few people are lucky enough to live is planned, that is, to walk a sandy track along the who has passed the prestigious Paris- Dakar Rally.

Next, our vehicle will take you through the Oumjrane plateaus, between Berber villages where time seems to have stopped. And so we will reach the goal of our second day: the dunes of the Erg Chebbi desert. On their crests we will enjoy the sunset. At nightfall, we will arrive at our accommodation located in the middle of the desert. That will be the place for dinner and night rest, sheltered by an overwhelming starry sky.

  • Summary of the day
  • Breakfast in riad in Agdz
  • Road route through the Draa Valley and the Oumjrane plateau
  • Track route of the Paris-Dakar Rally
  • Erg Chebbi dunes: sunset
  • Dinner and night in lodging in the middle of the desert

Day 3: Visit Erg Chebbi

Waking up in the middle of the desert is also a moving experience. And on this day of our 5 days desert trip from Marrakech, you can appreciate it (for the first time). After breakfast in this unique accommodation, we will visit the town of Merzouga, a small village where just over a dozen people live. This will teach us about the traditional adobe homes of these desert nomads and their way of life. All this accompanied by the Merzouga neighborhood association, who will invite us to tea in a very familiar atmosphere.

Immediately afterwards, we will visit the nearby town of Khamlia (or Khamlia), also called the ‘town of the blacks’, due to the skin color of its people. During your visit, the rhythms of African percussion will surround us and we will come into contact with members of the community. For lunch there are different possibilities, including a picnic in the middle of the desert or an authentic Berber pizza in a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, we will head to the dunes of Merzouga (Erg Chebbi), another of the great attractions of this 5 days desert tour from Marrakech. To get to them and contemplate a new sunset over the mountains of fine sand, we will change our 4×4 for the 8×8, that is, the dromedaries that nomads use to move around this unique environment.

Already at night, you will have dinner and sleep in a new camp of traditional tents, full of comfort. And as a great ceiling, the infinite starry sky, with its overwhelming brilliance.

  • Summary of the day
  • Sunrise and breakfast in the desert tent camp
  • Visit to the town of Merzouga
  • Visit to the village of khamlia
  • Erg Chebbi dunes of Merzouga Desert
  • Dinner in the camp in the desert of Merzouga

Day 4: Merzouga – Arfoud – Todra Gorge – Dades Valley – Ouarzazate

If you had been able to see the sunrise over the desert dunes once, on the morning of this day you will have a new opportunity. This time, on the Erg Chebbi dunes, where our tent camp is. During the morning there will be time for a refreshing shower (in the camp or in a hotel, depending on the contracted package) and for a new camel ride back to Merzouga.

After that, we will head to Rissani, one of the most important towns in the area. It has a medina where the most suggestive scenes are formed: its souk houses stalls full of exotic smells, colors and flavors, its traditional parking lot does not accommodate cars but donkeys, etc…

Then, we will return to the road to go to the Todra Gorges, an area of spectacular rock formations, carved by the erosion of that river. In some cases, its walls exceed 200 meters in height. After visiting the place by car and on foot the winding layout of its roads, we will take the highway of the Dades Valley to return to Ouarzazate. In this city is the last riad of this 5-day tour to the desert from Marrakech : it will have dinner and spend the night.

  • Summary of the day
  • Sunrise and breakfast in the desert dunes of Merzouga (Erg Chebbi)
  • Refreshing shower ((in the camp or in a hotel, depending on the contracted package)
  • Visit from Rissani
  • Road trip to the Todra Gorges
  • Road trip through the Dades Valley
  • Dinner in the riad in Ouarzazate

Day 5: Ouarzazate – High Atlas – Marrakech

The 5 days desert trip from Marrakech is coming to an end: the fifth day is dedicated to returning by road to that city, after breakfast in the Ouarzazate riad. And for this, we will cross the High Atlas again, between picturesque roads located on the slopes of the mountains.

Our driver will leave you at the agreed place (airport, hotel, etc.) and we will say goodbye with the hope that you have enjoyed this trip. And of course, with the desire to meet again for a new circuit in Morocco.

  • Summary of the day
  • Breakfast in Ouarzazate riad
  • Return route by road, crossing the High Atlas

Additional information:

We offer both standard and luxury accommodations. Please let us know what your preferences are and we will send you the available options.
All Sahara tours include camel rides to the sunset in the Sahara Desert & delicious dinners at a beautiful campsite along with a bonfire and Berber music.
In addition to first-class services, we have free wifi, water, pillows, and a wide variety of music in our vehicles for your amazing journey.
Please contact us for the desired tour, pricing, and more information: [email protected]

Services included in this Morocco Desert Tour from Marrakech

  • Our Included:
  • Accommodations during the tour
  • Breakfast
  • Comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
  • English or Spanish-speaking driver
  • pick up and drop off at your accommodations
  • Not Included
  • Drinks
  • Entry Fees
  • Lunch


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