Marrakech to Merzouga 3-day desert safari

3 day Sahara desert trip from Marrakech


Marrakech to Merzouga 3-day desert safari is considered one of the most famous Marrakech desert tours that travellers book, simply because it offers different Moroccan sites to explore; for instance, Ait Ben Haddou kasbah, Atlas studio, Gorges and valleys, in addition to a unique experience in the Sahara desert, which is camel trekking to the middle of the dunes to spend an overnight in the Erg Chebbi desert camp. Mainly the 3 day Sahara desert trip from Marrakech is a good choice for those running out of time to explore Morocco longer.

Highlights of the Marrakech to Merzouga 3-day desert safari

  • Enjoy panoramic views of the High Atlas Mountains.
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, a well-preserved ancient Kasbah.
  • Visit the Todra Gorge and experience the towering cliffs and a lush oasis.
  • Camel trek into the dunes to witness the sunset.
  • Spend the night in the desert camp.
  • Stargazing in the clear desert sky.
  • Explore the Draa Valley, known for its lush palm groves and ancient kasbahs.

Suggested itinerary for the Marrakech to Merzouga 3-day desert safari:

Day 1: Marrakech – Ait benahddou – Ouarzazate – Dades Gorges

Today our Marrakech to Merzouga 3-day desert safari will start with a pick up from your hotel at 8 am and departure to Dades Gorges. We will cross the famous twisting curves of the High Atlas and we will see the mountainous landscape, green, and full of Berber villages. The 3 days Marrakech to Merzouga desert trip will give us a stop during the trip to enjoy the scenery and take pictures. In the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, the village where movies like Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator… were filmed and we will visit its fortress. Then, we will continue the journey to Ouarzazate, the gateway to the desert and also the African Hollywood, here in the city we will visit the Atlas Studio, it is considered the largest film studio in the world and the famous Kasbah Taourirt, a Berber palace built with mud and adobe. Then, we will continue travelling until we reach the village in the Valley of the Roses, which is a producer of the damascene rose that serves as the basis for the manufacture of natural cosmetic products, Kelaat M’Gouna. Then, we will continue to the Dades Valley, the valley through which runs the river of the same name enclosed between spectacular canyons and gorges. The last stop of the 3 day Sahara desert trip from Marrakech will be a visit of the most beautiful views: the viewpoint of the cliff known as the monkey fingers or brain of the Atlas and then go to the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Dades Gorges.

Day 2: Dades Gorges -Todgha Gorges – Merzouga Desert Trek

The Marrakech to Merzouga 3-day desert safari journey will be as follows: breakfast at the hotel and drive to Merzouga in the desert of Erg Chebbi. During our route, we will make several stops to enjoy our trip. In Todgha Valley we will make a short walk through its famous canyon, and several stops to enjoy its fantastic panoramic views. Then, we keep on our Marrakech to Merzouga 3-day desert safari journey through more Berber villages of Tinjdad and Erfoud: the city besides being known for its great oasis and also for the cooperatives of the fossils found in the Sahara desert, there we will make a short visit to learn a little more about how this area of the desert was millions of years ago. Then, we follow our journey until we reach our destination in the afternoon, where our camels will be waiting for us to spend the night in the desert. We will feel the tranquillity and the silence of this landscape. Traditional dinner and overnight in a tent in the desert desert camp.

Day 3: Erg Chebbi – Alnif – Draa Valley – Marrakech

Our Marrakech to Merzouga 3-day desert safari program will be as planned; after a personal shower and breakfast, we will set off to take our way back to Marrakech. During the 3 days Marrakech desert trip journey, we will have views of a desert-mountainous landscape. We will pass through the famous Draa Valley (the longest river in Morocco and Algeria, with 1,100 km of riverbed that rises in the high Atlas and flows into the Atlantic Ocean). Necessary stops will be made along the way. In the late afternoon, we will be in Marrakech and drop you off at your accommodation or transfer you to the airport and our 3 day Sahara desert trip from Marrakech.

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Included in the Marrakech to Merzouga 3-day desert safari

  • All hotel/riad transfers.
  • Private travel from Marrakech in a comfortable A/C vehicle.
  • English-speaking driver/guide.
  • All dinners and breakfasts.
  • Camel excursion to Merzouga camp.
  • Comfortable accommodation in riad/hotel and Sahara camp.

Booking Inquiries

Frequently asked questions:

The 3 day tour from Marrakech to Merzouga take around 9 hours to reach Merzouga desert, However, we include the first night in Dades Gorges to reduce the driving hours.

  • Pack appropriate clothing for the desert, including lightweight, breathable clothing, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
  • Comfortable walking shoes are essential for exploring desert terrain.
  • Bring a warm jacket or layers for cooler evenings in the desert.

The cost can vary significantly depending on the duration, type of accommodations, and inclusions. Budget options can start at around 200$ per person, while luxury tours can cost several hundred dollars or more.

Yes, a 4×4 car is available to take you to the camp as an alternative to dromedaries.

You will be staying at a private tent in the desert camp and have a private bathroom.

The answer is yes, you can bring your drinks with you to the camp.

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