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From Marrakech: Merzouga 3-Day Desert Safari with Food

Activity provider: Ando Travel Ltd

From Marrakech: Merzouga 3-Day Desert Safari with Food

Activity provider: Ando Travel Ltd
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From £94.36 per person

Experience the Moroccan Sahara Desert on a 3-day safari tour from Marrakech to Merzouga. Spend the night at a Bedouin camp in the Erg Chebbi dunes. Ride a camel to watch the sunset and sunrise. See the Kasbah of Ouarzazate, and much more.

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Duration 3 days
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Driver
English, French
Pickup included
Pickup from your hotel or riad in Marrakech

Experience

Highlights
  • 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
Full description

Discover the edge of the Sahara Desert on a 3-day budget tour from Marrakech, and explore the dramatic landscapes of the Dades Valley and Kasbah of Ourzazate. Ride across the dunes of Erg Chebbi by camel, and sleep at a desert camp surrounded by high sand dunes.

Day 1: Marrakech - Ait Ben Haddou - Tinghir

After an early departure from the Marrakech hotel, your journey begins by crossing the High Atlas Mountains past one Berber village after another to the UNESCO world heritage site of Ait Ben Haddou, famous for its Kasbah and fortified village, and previously used as a set for some famous Hollywood epics as well as a backdrop for some fashion magazines photo shoots.

After some leisure time to explore the village with its Kasbah, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, then continue your drive through Ouarzazate, known as the Gate of the Sahara and onto Boumalne Dades, admiring the scenic drive along the road to Tinghir, where you can enjoy dinner and an overnight stop. 

Day 2: Tinghir - Todgha Gorges - Merzouga

Following breakfast, depart your hotel and drive to the dramatic Todgha Gorges, pausing for some free time to explore the canyons and enjoy lunch at a local café. Continue to Merzouga to meet your camel caravan.

Then, experience the Erg Chebbi dunes on camelback and watch the sunset change the color of the sand. Reach your desert camp before nightfall and enjoy an authentic Moroccan dinner under the stars. Local nomads will provide the entertainment and show you how to play the 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 half-way for lunch in Ouarzazate. You can also book upgrades for the night in the Bedouin camp as an optional extra. Upgrade to the deluxe desert camp with a luxury private tent complete with ensuite shower, bathroom facilities, and 5* amenities. These upgrades need to be booked per person.

Includes
  • Hotel pickup in Marrakech
  • Transportation by modern, air-conditioned minibus
  • Driver/guide
  • Overnight stay in Tinghir at Hotel Bougafer 4-star (private room)
  • Camel trek in Erg Chebbi
  • Overnight stay at Auberge Sahara desert camp at Erg Chebbi
  • Dinner at both accommodations
  • Breakfast at both accommodations
  • Bedding at both accommodations
  • Access to toilets at both accommodations
  • Access to showers at both accommodations
  • Local guide in Kasbah Ait Ben Hddou (available for an extra charge)
  • Lunch and drinks
  • Tips to driver
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • Masks are required while indoors
  • Masks are strongly recommended for anyone indoors regardless of vaccination status. Unvaccinated participants are required to wear a mask while indoors
  • All participants who are over 5 years and 3 months old must present proof of full vaccination and a valid form of ID. Participants with proof of valid religious or medical exemptions and children under five years and three months are exempt. All participants over 2 years old must wear a mask

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen

Know before you go

  •  This is a shared tour, run in groups of no more than 17 passengers.
  • Departures guaranteed every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the week.
  • Please note that the prices indicated for the available upgrades are per person. If you would like to book one or both upgrades please select the correct amount of people.
  • You can hire a guide for the tour of the Kasbah, but this is optional and you can still enjoy a self-guided tour.
  • If the road across the Atlas Mountains is blocked during winter, an alternative route is available via Taroudant. Customers must pay a mandatory supplement of 10€ per person if the alternative route is taken.
  • The standard desert camp is 200 meters away from the hotel.
  • The luxury desert camp is located in the middle of the desert.
  • On the final day, the transfer time back to Marrakech is approximately 10 hours.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 2223 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Transportation
    4.5/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Safety
    4.6/5

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Driver Said was so amazing, he was very jolly and accommodating. If not also with him, this trip would have been alive given that there are long drives. He tried to explain everything whenever we have questions regarding location or the places we’ve visit. Whenever we require or needs something, he’ll try to help out the best of it. The food on the desert camp was the best tagine, however the other restaurants serves pretty bland and tasteless food. Better bring you own condiments. Also sunscreen, hats/caps/bandana/scarf, eyeglasses and jacket is a must. There are shops along the way but is pretty pricey. Bring your water all the way, specially on the camp site The hotel on 1st night was on point and clean, it has its full amenities while in the camp has a basic room only with bed and linens, they also a common toilet, shower is available only on the next day. In short this trip is worth its cost. Expectation exceeded. I clearly enjoyed it.

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21 June 2022

Pros: A once in a lifetime experience Wonderful driver Highly reputable and organized Very affordable Cons: -Long drive back (it’s expected! You drive through the mountains and are in a 17pax bus, deal with it!) -Every lunch spot is about the same (not really a con, it’s how all tour companies do it. It’s safe, clean, and affordable) -Everyone tries to sell you everything (this is Morocco, the avg income is only 12k a year. The people need to make a living and have a life, understand where they come from and be respectful you don’t have to buy everything) Overall: Great trip and would recommend to friends and family. Our driver was great, and the bus was comfortable. Opt for the luxury tent, you have a real shower and toilet in the middle of the Sahara. I am a real person who really went on this trip, other companies post fake reviews and are not legit. Use Ando travel (that’s this company). I am glad to have done it and had an amazing experience. DO NOT HESITATE!

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21 June 2022

The trip was really great except a few downsides. Do expect guides showing you places to buy things. I don’t really like the fact that you paid substantially high price for every meals with the group. I understand this may be how things operate here, but still I don’t like that. Not all travellers are rich or willing to spend 10 times more when all you need is a sandwich. Another major downside is, the Sahara tent was extremely hot and several of us weren’t able to sleep at all. There was no windows and it is built with an iron gate and in hot summer nights all sides were built with thick wool carpets. There wasn’t even a fan. Driver was really hospitable as usual. Generally speaking it was worth the time and money.

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15 June 2022

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