About this activity
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Duration : 3 days
tour guide : English, French, Arabic, Spanish
Meeting point : your hotel or riad in Marrakech, otherwise we meet at the nearest common point if your hotel is not accessible by car.
Pickup included : Be picked up from your accommodation in Marrakech. Pickup times vary depending on the season. Please be ready 10 minutes prior to the arranged time. If you are late and miss your hotel transfer, it will be considered a no-show You will be contacted by SMS and/or email the day before with your exact pickup details. If you do not have a phone or internet access, please contact the activity provider the day before your activity to confirm your pick up .
- Discover the gates of the Sahara Desert at Ouarzazate
- Ride across the Erg Chebbi dunes on a camel
- Spend the night at a Bedouin camp
- See the famous Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou
- Drive across the High Atlas Mountains
Discover the edge of the Sahara Desert on a three-day budget tour from Marrakech,
and explore the dramatic landscapes of the Dades Valley and Kasbah of Ouarzazate.
Ride across the dunes of Erg Chebbi by camel and sleep at a desert camp under the stars.
Day 1: Marrakech – Ait Ben Haddou – Dades
Begin your journey by crossing the High Atlas Mountains past one Berber village after another to the UNESCO world heritage site of Ait Ben Haddou. This village is famous for its kasbah and fortified village and has been used as a set for some famous Hollywood epics and magazine photo shoots. After some leisure time, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant and continue your drive through Ouarzazate, known as the Gate of the Sahara. Continue to Boumalne Dades, admiring the scenic drive along the Dades Valley, where you can enjoy dinner and rest for the night at Kasbah Amazigh or Hotel Chems.
Day 2: Dades – Todgha Gorges – Merzouga
Following breakfast, depart your hotel and drive to Tinghir and its dramatic Todgha Gorges,
pausing for some free time to explore the canyons. Enjoy lunch at a local cafe and continue to Merzouga to meet your camel caravan. Experience the Erg Chebbi dunes on camelback and watch the sunset set. Reach your desert camp before nightfall and enjoy an authentic Moroccan dinner under the stars. Local nomads will provide entertainment and show you how to play the traditional Tam Tam drums. Enjoy dinner and an overnight stop.
Day 3: Merzouga Ouarzazate – Marrakech
Following an early wake-up to watch the sunrise before breakfast (optional), a driver will be waiting to pick you up for the transfer back to Marrakech. Stop halfway for lunch at a local restaurant. Get dropped off at your original departure point or Djemaa El Fna around 8 PM.
√ . Hotel pickup and drop-off
√ . Round-trip transportation by air-conditioned minivan.
√ . Driver/guide
√ . Overnight stay in a private, double, triple or family room
√ . Camel trek in Erg Chebbi
√ . Overnight stay at the Auberge Sahara desert camp or similar
√ . Overnight at Hotel Kasbah Amazigh or similar.
√ . Accommodation at hotel
√ . Accommodation at desert camp
√ . Dinner and breakfast (vegetarian option: available)
×. Lunch and drinks
×. Local guide in Kasbah Ait Ben Hddou (available for an extra charge 2€ pp)
×. Tips and personal expenses
Not suitable for
- Pregnant women
- Wheelchair users
What to bring
- Comfortable shoes
- Passport or ID card
- Sun hat
Know before you go
This tour is not suitable for children because it involves a long drive
On the final day the transfer time back to Marrakech is approximately 10 hours
Pickup is not available from accommodations located more than 4miles (7 km) from Jemaa El Fna Square