Berber in Sahara Desert sand dunes

Journey from Marrakech to the Sahara Desert

We invite you to experience the best of both worlds: the bustling city of Marrakech and the calming tranquility of the Berber life in our Sahara Desert. Your trip takes you from Marrakech over the mountains and through the arid lands to the Erg Chebbi desert where you will venture on camel out for a night’s stay. Along the way both directions you’ll experience Berber life by stopping in smaller villages and exploring old kasbahs. Our suggested itinerary is below but we are willing to adjust as you would like, just ask!

Day 1: Marrakech – Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate – Kelaa M’gouna
We will pick you up from your hotel in Marrakech and head over the High Atlas Mountains to Ourzazate. Outside the city we’ll visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah and stop for lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon we will drive into the town of Ourzazate to see the local famous film studios for a photo, and then on to a panoramic view of the Taourirt Kasbah. From here we’ll bring you to Kalaa M’gouna for the night where you can enjoy dinner and rest up for tomorrow.

Day 2: Kelaa M’gouna – Valley of Roses – Dades Gorges – Todra Gorge
After breakfast we head off towards Todra Gorge. The trip starts through the Valley of Roses then adventures towards an off-road destination with the possibility to visit nomad family living in caves. From here you’ll pass through the amazing rock formations of the Dades Gorge. Lunch will be here at Boulmane du Dades. In the afternoon we continue on to the Todra Gorge where you can take in the towering rock walls and beautiful views. Dinner and overnight are here in a kasbah hotel.

Day 3: Todra Gorge – Tinejdad – Erfoud – Erg Chebbi (Merzouga)
Enjoy your leisurely morning with breakfast followed by a walk through the local palm plantations with views of the Todra River. In the late morning we’ll head toward Tinjedad for lunch in a local restaurant. Next stop is Erfoud where you will visit a local fossil craft workshop.

After this we take you to your destination for the evening: the captivating dunes of Erg Chebbi, near Merzouga. We’ll arrive mid-afternoon and prep you for your camel trip out into the Sahara Desert. Our guide will take you by camel out into the dunes to watch the sunset; you’ll continue on to camp from here, where you’ll stay for the night in a traditional nomad tent. We’ll serve you dinner under the desert stars.

Day 4: Merzouga – Rissani – Alnif – Kasbah of Tamnaugalt – Ouarzazate
This is an early morning to take advantage of the incredible desert sunrise happening just at the top of the dune. After breakfast, we’ll take you back by camel to the hotel where you can shower and change.

Late morning we will drive back to Ouarzazate via the towns of Rissani, Alnif, N’kob, Agdz. First you will have time to explore the souk of Rissani and then we will drive you to Alnif, home of trilobite.  Later we continue to N’kob for lunch. After lunch we head toward Agdez and stop for a visit of Kasbah of Tamnaugalt situated on the palm groves of Daraa Valley. For our last leg we depart for Ouarzazate where you’ll enjoy a local dinner and overnight in a hotel.

Day 5 : Ouarzazate – Telouet – Marrakech
The day starts with breakfast and then a visit to the local Kasbah of Taourirt. In the afternoon we will drive to the Kasbah of Telouet and stop for a visit then we continue to the red city of Marrakech through the Tizi N’tichka pass (2260 m in altitude) of the High Atlas Mountains. We’ll arrive in Marrakech and take you to your hotel or your transportation.

Trip details:

PRICE Please contact us for pricing, as this will be determined by the number of people in your group, length of tour, and your preferences regarding the itinerary. Our goal is to provide customized tours based on what you would like to see and do.
INCLUDED Multi-lingual guiding services, private A/C vehicle transportation throughout your trip, all accommodations including nomad Berber tents, all breakfasts and dinners, camel riding.
NOT INCLUDED Lunches, entrance fees, gratuities
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