Desert tours from Marrakech are the best experiences you can enjoy from the most famous and visited city in Morocco.
After visiting all the points of interest of the old and enigmatic Medina for a couple of days, if you have extra days, we recommend you visit the Moroccan Sahara desert, located to the southeast of the city. There you can tour the desert in a 4×4, climb the dunes, see a fantastic sunset and sunrise over the desert and above all, spend a night in an authentic Berber tent, enjoying a starry sky.
Traveling from the lively Marrakech to the immense desert landscapes of Morocco. Whether you are in Marrakech for a short time or want to escape the crowded city for a few days, there are a wide variety of desert tours from Marrakech to help you satisfy all your desire to explore new places.
Whether you are planning to visit the Sahara desert and back to Marrakech or ending your trip somewhere else like Fes, our customized tours will fit you!
All options include camping overnight under endless desert skies and visits to historical sites and accommodation at standard and luxurious hotels. You can explore the arid sands on a camel as the sun sets on the desert dunes or take a thrilling 4x4 excursion. The options are countless!
Are you interested to know more? Read on for more information about the best desert tours from Marrakech!
1. Desert tours from Marrakech to Fes
Intend a visit to the desert from Marrakech and end your tour in Fes? This is an interesting option if you plan to travel to the north of Morocco and visit other northern cities like Chefchaouen (The blue city) Meknes and Volubilis.
Throughout the journey, you will find yourself surrounded by ever-changing landscapes and terrain. You will pass the winding roads of the High Atlas Mountains and make a pit stop at the remarkable and historic Kasbah of Aït Ben Haddou. You will also tour the mighty Todgha.
Usually at the second night, you will ride a camel to your camp as the sun melts into the dunes.
When you go to Fes, after a night under the starry sky, you will drive along the azure-blue Ziz River. Eventually, rugged, mountainous terrain will replace sand dunes. Soon after, you will arrive in Fes where you will find colorful souks and unique architecture.
All these desert tours include, in addition to the English speaking driver/guide, the pick-up at the hotel, the 4×4 excursion, the option of shared or private tours, Standard or luxury (private bathroom and shower at the camp), dinner and breakfast in the tent...ect Check our proposal desert tours from Marrakech to Fes below.
2. Desert tours from Marrakech to Merzouga
Explore the stunning landscape of Morocco, which is steeped in history and illuminated by wonderful sights, on these desert tours from Marrakech to Merzouga and back you will travel through the high mountains of the High Atlas to the UNESCO World Heritage site Aït Ben Haddou, where ancient, earthly buildings have been built for centuries.
In addition to immersing yourself in the deepest part of Morocco's rich and extensive tourist attractions, you will also pass through the historic city of Ouarzazate, known as the Hollywood of Africa. Additionally, you will mingle with the local population.
At the campsite, the locals will offer you an unforgettable show. At night, the stars and gentle winds that surround and illuminate the Bedouin Camp in the Erg Chebbi dunes will be like a lullaby and help you sleep. And the stunning morning will ask you to get up at sunrise.
If you want to explore the extraordinary landscapes that run through Morocco, these desert tours will fulfill your wishes.
3. Desert tours from Marrakech to Zagora
A closer desert to Marrakech is Zagora, which can be visited in two days by spending the night in a tent in the middle of the desert. Zagora is stony, so the dunes are not as spectacular as Merzouga.
However this 2-day tour to the Zagora desert allows you to get a glimpse of the beautiful country outside of the traditional sights of the city. You will spend the night camping in Berber-style tents under the starry sky.
To make the experience even more authentic, the camels will take you through the desert to the camp as the sunsets. When the golden sun greets you in the morning, you will get on your camel and travel back to Zagora. In the midst of sunsets, morning hues, starry skies, and camel rides, you will enjoy a delicious dinner and breakfast!
On the way to Zagora, you will have the opportunity to stop at the prehistoric Kasbah of Aït Ben Haddou. You can check the complete itinerary and compare it with the Merzouga desert excursions above. For more details about which Moroccan desert is the best, please visit this article: Zagora or Merzouga - Best desert in Morocco.
4. Desert tours from Marrakech: Grand Tours
Are you going to be in Morocco for more than 4 days, and want to make sure you do your best to see every corner of the country? It can be difficult to see absolutely everything. However, grand desert tours from Marrakech through the imperial cities give you the opportunity to see some of the most amazing landscapes of Morocco and its wonderful archaic architecture.
On each tour, you will travel through the impressive Atlas Mountains, be amazed at the assemblage of ancient buildings at Aït Ben Haddou, and see Berber villages. Explore the colorful souks and the magnificent historic monuments with a local guide.
A night in a tent is magical and unrepeatable, you will ride a camel in Erg Chebbi as the sunlight fades into dusk. At the camp, the locals will greet you with traditional entertainment. And finally, you will enjoy a hearty Moroccan dinner. It is worth sacrificing routine comfort for a unique, very fun, and special experience. You will not forget it! Not to mention the sunrise over the sea of dunes. Indescribable.
Note: Please if you still interested in a tour of more than 7 days & 6 nights, check all our customized Marrakech desert tours.
5. Best Day trips from Marrakech
This list of the best day trips and excursions from Marrakech will help you make the most of your trip to one of the most beautiful cities in Morocco.
Fascinating and sometimes exhausting, this city known as the red city, revolves around its impressive Medina, perfect for getting lost in its streets and haggling in its souks.
Although in about two days you will have time to get to know most of the city's points of interest, such as its main palaces, markets, gardens, and Medersas, if you have more time we recommend taking an excursion to see some of the wonders that are more nearby as the beautiful Essaouira or the spectacular Ait Ben Haddou kasbah, Imlil village, the breathtaking Ouzoud Waterfalls, and the Ourika valley.
Based on our expertise as locals, in the last one we wrote this guide of tips to travel to Marrakech, we have made a list of what we believe are the 5 best day trips and excursions from Marrakech.
6. Frequently asked questions
You won't need a sleeping bag at your overnight at a desert camp for both options (Standard & Luxury), you'll be staying at desert camp provides all the bedding you need including real beds, pillows and enough blankets.
At our Merzouga Camel trek and spend an evening within the Sahara, we journey there by camel for an authentic Berber experience. The camel trek is about an hour and a half (1h 30min), including a stop for watching Sunset and enjoying Sandboarding (if it's an activity you're interested in).
Standard Camp: The tents are private with a shared and separate toilets and showers.
Superior Camp: The tents are private with its private bathroom, toilet and hot water inside each tent.
Yes, for those that want to spend the night within the Sahara but they do not wish to use Camels, we provide a transfer from and to the desert camp by our 4WD as an alternate to Camels with no extra charge in fact.
Yes, no worries, our desert Camps are permanents, with solar panels, and of course, there's a place where you can charge your phone and camera.
In general daytime temperatures in Morocco are often quite warm. you'll need comfortable, loose, cool clothing. Evenings are often cool, especially in winter, bring a jacket or lightweight cover-up.
Desert temperatures fluctuate from cold at night to very hot in the day, but you will need to be covered to prevent sunburn.
Bring sunglasses and veil and Sunscreen. Bring comfortable shoes for walking and Sandboarding, sport sneakers for instance. Long sleeves and long trousers or skirts are appropriate for the camel trek night within the desert. If you still confused don't hesitate to contact us anytime, we are happy to supply far more details.
Yes, of course, if you are interested in ATVs or Buggies excursion in the Erg Chebbi dunes (Merzouga), you just need to mention it in your message and we will include it in the price.
Yes, you can choose from our suggested accommodations and desert camps. Depending on their availability, we will check them starting from the choosing ones. In case there is no availability, we will let you know and moving to your second option. Otherwise, you can let us do that for you and let it be a surprise!
To book your desert tour, we request a small deposit to be paid to our Paypal or Payoneer account and the rest of the payment will be paid in cash when we meet you.
Bank transfer is also available but it is our last option due to its high fees (about 20%).
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