Moroccan Sahara Desert 3-Day Private Guided Tour from Marrakech

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This private 3 day camel trek will take you into the heart of the Moroccan Sahara Desert. You will cross through the Atlas Mountains via the stunning Tizi-n-Tichka pass, you will see Kasbahs (including having opportunity to explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Aït Ben Haddou Kashbah), orange sand dunes large and small, oases, distant mountain summits, the Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs, the ‘Moroccan Hollywood’, and sunrises and sunsets so beautiful you will never forget...
This private 3 day camel trek will take you into the heart of the Moroccan Sahara Desert. You will cross through the Atlas Mountains via the stunning Tizi-n-Tichka pass, you will see Kasbahs (including having opportunity to explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Aït Ben Haddou Kashbah), orange sand dunes large and small, oases, distant mountain summits, the Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs, the ‘Moroccan Hollywood’, and sunrises and sunsets so beautiful you will never forget them when you spend the night amidst the stark beauty of the Sahara Desert.
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Itinerary Details

Day 1: Marrakech - Dades Gorge

Your driver and guide will meet you at the reception of your accommodation in Marrakech. First, you will cross the spectacular Tizi n' Tichka Pass of the High Atlas Mountains. Your first stop will be to visit two Kasbahs, Ait Ben Haddou (a UNESCO World Heritage site, which has been used as the location for over 20 different movies) and Kasbah Telouet. Driving between these two Kasbahs you will have another quick stop to take a look at the Salt Caves. After these stops you will drive onwards, passing through many Berber villages, being able to observe the Skoura oasis, Kalaat Mâgouna, with groves of spectacular olive trees and barren hillsides that are clustered among Kasbahs and traditional Berber houses. After lunch, you will drive further to the Valley of the Roses, with beautiful views of the Dades Valley (also known as the Valley...
Day 1: Marrakech - Dades Gorge

Your driver and guide will meet you at the reception of your accommodation in Marrakech. First, you will cross the spectacular Tizi n' Tichka Pass of the High Atlas Mountains. Your first stop will be to visit two Kasbahs, Ait Ben Haddou (a UNESCO World Heritage site, which has been used as the location for over 20 different movies) and Kasbah Telouet. Driving between these two Kasbahs you will have another quick stop to take a look at the Salt Caves. After these stops you will drive onwards, passing through many Berber villages, being able to observe the Skoura oasis, Kalaat Mâgouna, with groves of spectacular olive trees and barren hillsides that are clustered among Kasbahs and traditional Berber houses. After lunch, you will drive further to the Valley of the Roses, with beautiful views of the Dades Valley (also known as the Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs). You will spend your night in a hotel in Dades Valley with dinner included.

Day Two: Valley of the Roses - Todra Gorge - Merzouga - Erg Chebbi

Your 2nd day will start with breakfast at the hotel, before you travel to Todra Gorge, a massive fault that divides the enormous High Atlas Mountain range. The Gorge will take you to 300m above sea level and through a narrow valley, with palmeries and Berber villages. Your next stop will be the village of Arfoud, a famous area for fossils and you will have a chance to observe the process of cleaning and polishing the fossils and be able to see the finished products. After lunch you will head to the tiny village of Merzouga where, after a short break, you will ride camels into the incredible Erg Chebbi dunes – the highest dunes in Morocco. After the dunes, it is a 1.5-hour sunset camel ride to a traditional Berber meal and the opportunity to sleep under the stars (or in a tent if you prefer) at a Berber desert camp.

Day Three: Erg Chebbi - Merzouga - Marrakech

As the morning breaks on your 3rd day, you will be treated to a beautiful view of the early morning sunrise as you saddle up for the journey back to Merzouga. You will return to Marrakech through Ouarzazate where you will have lunch (the visit of the Kasbah of the city, and the studio of the cinema depends on time availability) before concluding your journey in Marrakech.

Important Details

Included
  • Breakfast and Dinner
  • Overnight accommodation in Dades Valley
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Overnight accommodation at a Sahara desert camp in Erg Chebbi
  • Private tour
  • Camel trekking to Erg Chebbi
  • English Speaking Guide (Other languages can be catered for)
  • Return private transport from Marrakech
Not Included
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Departure Point
Your hotel or riad in central Marrakech. If you are staying inside the Medina, your pickup will be at the closest point accessible to vehicles.
Return Details
Returns to the original departure point or another agreed location in Marrakech
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately - although it is the Sahara Desert the temperatures can be cooler in winter months with temperatures dropping on a night. Please bring some warm clothes
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Customer Reviews

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Based on 3 reviews

Reviewed: November 20, 2019

me_me_me03

We honestly couldn’t have had a better time. Mohammed was nothing less than incredible. He has genuinely become a friend to us and went above and beyond his role as a tour guide. Always so professional and polite and such a passionate and knowledgable guide. A friendly and genuinely person who stopped every time we asked for photographs, he answered all our questions about the country and even when he must have been tired after hours of driving he was so positive and happy! The drive time flew by and was a truly amazing part of the trip. We loved being in the mountains, meeting many lovely Berber people and seeing the sights. Mohammed was incredible and we would advise anyone to book this tour over another. We spoke to many others who booked similar tours and everyone seemed very jealous! Such an amazing way to see the country and we feel fortunate to now call Mohammed a friend!


Reviewed: March 12, 2017

Jeffrey M

Amazing tour, well worth the money! Our guide and driver were great. Badr was an excellent guide with a history background and great english and Salah was an astute driver. I would not want to drive through the Tizi n' Tichka Pass on our own. They knew where to stop and the best things to see. Having a private driver and guide we were able to stop when we wanted to. The Kasbahs were amazing. The Berber guest house we stayed at in Dades Valley felt like a home stay. The hostess was gracious and the food was great. Our lunch stops on both days were very good. The camel trek through the Erg Chebbi dunes was the highlight of our trip. The guides were patient and friendly. They also cooked and served a great dinner and then performed drums and singing around the campfire. The stars were amazing at night! Highly recommend trips trip!


Reviewed: January 20, 2017

Liudmila N

The trip was very nice. We crossed the Atlas mountains and saw an ancient city where Game of Thrones was filmed. We slept in a berber village, ate madfounas, rode camels, joined a party in the desert and watched the sunrise over the sand dunes. The English speaking guide and the driver were extremely friendly, entertaining and helpful. It was a pleasure for me and my son to do this trip. I would gladly recommend it to others.