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Excursions to Experience in the Desert

Dive into the deep secrets of the different desert excursions one could experience near Marrakech. From Camel Treks to quad bikes, traditional Berber dinners and entertainment.

MARCH 2, 2024


Morocco is a land of contrasts, boasting diverse landscapes that range from lush valleys and rugged mountains to vast deserts. Among these, the Merzouga Desert and Sahara Desert are two of the most famous and awe-inspiring natural wonders in Morocco.

Despite being located in the eastern part of the country, the Merzouga Desert is known for its towering sand dunes. As for the Sahara, it is the largest desert in the world covering most of North Africa.

Merzouga / Sahara Desert

Merzouga Desert, also known as Erg Chebbi, is a large area of sand dunes located near the village of Merzouga in south-eastern Morocco. The dunes stretch for over 50 kilometres and rise up to 150 meters in height, making them some of the highest in the world.

Merzouga is also known to be the gates of the Sahara. Similarly, the Sahara Desert, which is the largest hot desert globally, spans across numerous North African countries, including Morocco.

In Morocco, the southern region of the country is home to the Sahara, which encompasses a vast expanse of land, including the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi and Erg Chigaga.

3-Day Desert + Safari

Embark on a 3-day safari tour from Marrakech to the Merzouga Desert. The tour takes you on a journey through some of the most scenic landscapes of Morocco, including the Atlas Mountains, the Todra Gorge, and the Dades Valley.

However, the highlight of the trip, is the Erg Chebbi dunes, which are among the largest and most spectacular sand dunes in the world. You will spend a night in a traditional Bedouin campsite, which will give you an authentic experience of the desert lifestyle.

During your stay, you will have the opportunity to ride a camel and enjoy a sunset and sunrise over the dunes, which is truly a breathtaking sight. In addition to the desert, you will also get to see the Kasbah of Ouarzazate, a famous landmark in Morocco known for its impressive architecture and historical significance.

Overall, this 3-day safari tour is an unforgettable adventure that will leave you with a deep appreciation for the beauty of the Moroccan Sahara Desert.

3-Day Desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga

Another 3-day desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga is a fantastic way to explore the stunning landscapes of southern Morocco. The tour takes you on a journey through the High Atlas Mountains, where you will witness panoramic views of the surrounding valleys and traditional Berber villages.

Along the way, you will visit the legendary World Heritage site of Ait Benhaddou, a famous kasbah that has been featured in many movies and TV shows. You will also have the chance to explore the Todra Gorges, which is known for its dramatic cliffs and crystal-clear water.

One of the highlights of the tour is the camel ride in Erg Chebbi to watch the colour changing sunset over the sand dunes, followed by sandboarding.

Finally, you will spend the night at a traditional Berber desert camp, where you will enjoy a delicious dinner and immerse yourself in the culture of the Berber people. Overall, this 3-day desert tour is an unforgettable experience that will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime

Marrakech Desert & Palm Grove Quad-Bike Tour

If you’re looking for a thrilling adventure and want to experience the Moroccan landscape in a unique way. A half-day tour by 4WD quad bike is the ideal choice. This tour will take you off the beaten path and into the rugged desert terrain, wild palm groves, and rural Berber villages that surround Marrakech. You’ll be able to enjoy the exhilarating feeling of riding a quad bike across the desert while taking in the stunning views of the surrounding landscapes.

The tour begins by picking you up from your hotel and transporting you to the starting point where you will take off on the adventure. You will ride through the rugged terrain, cross dried up riverbeds, and explore the small Berber villages that are scattered throughout the area.

Agafay Desert

Agafay Desert is a rocky desert located in the Marrakech region of Morocco. About 30 kilometres southwest of the city. Unlike the sandy dunes of the Sahara, Agafay is characterized by its rocky and barren landscape, making it a unique and captivating destination.

One Day and Night in the Agafay Desert

A trip to Agafay Desert is a must-do. Located less than an hour from the city, this rocky desert is unlike any other landscape in Morocco. Known for its Saharan landscapes and dunes, Agafay offers visitors the opportunity to experience the beauty of the desert without having to travel far from the city.

Upon arrival, you will receive a warm welcome with traditional tea as you settle into your tent. Furthermore, one could do some add-on activities such as camel, quad or buggy riding during sunset. Consequently after sunset, you will be served a magical private dinner consisting of salads for starters, three tajines of your choice, and a dessert of seasonal fruits.

More importantly, you will spend the rest of the evening enjoying a campfire while stargazing.

Night At the Agafay

Similarly, spending the night at the Agafay Desert is a similar experience, but with some unique differences. After the appointed pick up time, you will be driven to the camp. After a warm welcome, you will get to choose whether to sit at the campsite and enjoy a calm relaxing sunset, or you can embark on a camel ride during the gorgeous sunset.

Furthermore, you will head back to camp for some live entertainment such as belly-dancers, fire-eaters, and Gnawa Music. Alongside the entertainment, you will devour a Moroccan style dinner.

Ultimately, you will enjoy the calmness of the night’s sky surrounding you.

Zagora Desert

Zagora Desert also known as the Tinfou Desert. Is a region of south-eastern Morocco that is part of the Sahara Desert. Located about 360 kilometres southeast of Marrakech and is known for its rugged desert landscape.

2-Day Zagora Desert Trip

The Zagora desert is a dry stone desert. Although it doesn’t offer high sand dunes. It offers many experiences one could enjoy. Through this 2-day desert excursion from Marrakech, the journey starts with a visit to Ait Benhaddou

Consequently, followed by a guided tour of Taourirt Kasbah, and finally a camel ride to the Nekhla dunes where you’ll spend the night in a private tent.

The following day offers an option of a camel trek back to meet your driver and return to Marrakech via Ouarzazate including a lunch break and some scenic views along the way.

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