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From Fes: 2-Day Small Group Desert Tour

1. From Fes: 2-Day Small Group Desert Tour

Experience life in the Sahara Desert on a small group tour to the dunes of Erg Chebbi. Ride a camel across the sands and watch the sunset along the way. Drive across the winding roads of the Middle Atlas Mountains and much more. Day 1: Fes - Ifrane - Midelt - Merzouga Depart Fes and pass through the winter ski resort of Ifrane, built by the French in the 1930s to resemble a Swiss village. Continue through the cedar forest of Azrou and look for the resident monkeys before your drive across the Middle Atlas Mountains. Wind your way through beautiful forests, mountain springs, jagged rocks and Berber villages before your descent to the Sahara Desert. Stop for lunch half-way in the town of Midelt, famous for its fossils and rocks. Then, continue towards Merzouga taking in the panoramic views of a huge oasis of palm trees at Ziz along the way. Upon arrival in Rissani, travel by 4WD vehicle into the desert, reaching Merzouga in the afternoon. Here, your guide will be waiting with the camels that will take you across the dunes to Erg Chebbi. Watch the sunset from the back of your camel on the 2-hour trek to a Berber camp. Upon arrival at the desert shelter, your camels will be tethered as you are served a welcome mint tea. Enjoy dinner and relax as you look at the stars in the sky.  Day 2: Merzouga - Tafilalte - Fes Wake early and walk across the dunes to watch the sunrise from just behind the Algerian border, about 50 kilometers from Merzouga. Ride your camel back across the desert sands to take a shower and enjoy breakfast before the drive back to Rissani by 4WD vehicle. Return to Fes, and benefit from comfort stops on the approximate 7-hour journey. 

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Overnight in Luxury Tent in Desert Camp Erg Chebbi Merzouga

2. Overnight in Luxury Tent in Desert Camp Erg Chebbi Merzouga

You will be met at the bus station or your hotel in Rissani or Merzouga, from there you will travel to a traditional Kasbah on the foot of the dunes of erg-chebbi. After a rest where you can enjoy some mint tea, a guide and camels will be waiting to carry you across the sandy dunes of the erg-chebbi. You will enjoy the beauty of the sunset while you ride a camel. After one hour you will reach the desert camp where you will spend the night in a Berber tent. At your desert shelter, your camels are hobbled and mint tea is served. After a wonderful dinner, you can take time to watch the stars, before returning to your tent for the night.  The next morning, get up early to watch the sunrise which just behind the Algerian border. You will take a camel back to have a shower and rest. After you can enjoy free activities such as sand boarding, or activities at an extra cost such as quad riding. Later you will be dropped back off at your hotel or the bus station in Rissani or Merzouga.

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From Marrakech: 3-Day Sahara Desert Group Tour

3. From Marrakech: 3-Day Sahara Desert Group Tour

Embark on a three-day tour from Marrakech through the beautiful scenery of southern Morocco. This journey passes through many interesting towns and villages, where you will get a look into authentic Moroccan life. Sleep in authentic nomad tents or under the stars. Day one: Marrakech - Tisi n'Tichka - Ait Ben Hadou - Ouarzazat - Skoura - Rose Valley Distance: 180 miles  Depart Marrakech and drive through the High Atlas Mountains, via the twisting Tizi n’ Tichka mountain pass to Ouarzazate. Visit the exotic Casbah of Aït Benhaddou, then continue to Ouarzazate center, where you can tour the Atlas Studios, the largest movie studio in Africa.  Enjoy lunch at the Casbah of Tourirt, the former residence of the Glaoui Dynasty. Continue to Rose Valley and the Casbah of Amerhidil in Skoura, situated by the Amerhidil River and one of the largest in Morocco. Settle in for the night in Rose Valley. Day two: Rose valley - Boumalen Dadès – Tinghir – Todra Gorge – Arfoud – Merzouga Dunes Distance: 167 miles After breakfast, depart for the Dadès Gorges and stop to enjoy the spectacular scenery while sipping on mint tea, also known as “Berber Whiskey.” Continue to Tinghir via Boulman Dadès, and see beautiful palm trees and lush landscapes. The journey then moves on the Todra Gorges for a leisurely lunch. After lunch, drive to Merzouga to trek by camel across the wind-blown Erg Chebbi Dunes, and to experience a classic Saharan desert straight from the picture books. Spend the evening in a bivouac (camp) with a typical Moroccan dinner. Sleep in a traditional nomadic tent in the dunes of Erg Chebbi under the stars. Day three: Erg Chebbi - Marrakech Distance: 347 miles Wake up early for the sunrise and a mint tea before a camel ride to a casbah hotel for breakfast and a shower. Then, return through the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech, where your adventure ends.

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Marrakesh: 3-Day Desert-of-Merzouga Experience

4. Marrakesh: 3-Day Desert-of-Merzouga Experience

Day 1: Depart from Marrakesh at 7:00AM, before crossing the beautiful Tichka Pass. Sitting at 2,260 meters, this is the highest pass in North Africa. You then descend to Telouet and its beautiful Kasbah of Pacha el Glaoui, before continuing on to the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Receive a guided tour of the beautiful ksar, after which you head to the movie studios of Ouarzazate - considered the "Hollywood of Morocco". You then cross the Valley of Roses, after which you arrive to Dades Gorges. Finally, travel to Dades to overnight in a hotel. Day 2: Your second day begins early in the morning as you travel to admire the fantastic Dades Gorge and Todra Gorge. From there, continue onward to Tinghi, stopping for lunch along the way. Drive to Erfoud and Rissani before joining the dunes of Merzouga, where you ride a camel whilst watching the sunset in the middle of the Sahara. Accommodation is provided that evening in a Berber tent, and dinner is enjoyed around a campfire under the stars in the sand dunes of the Sahara. Day 3: Enjoy the sunrise in the desert before returning to the village by camel. After breakfast, head in the direction of Rissani, discovering the valley of Ziz and the mountains of the Massif du Saghro en route. Following your arrival in N'Koub, explore the Drâa Valley - complete with thousands of palm trees, a kasbah, and a ksour. That evening, your tour results in Marrakesh, marking the conclusion of your 3-day experience.

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From Merzouga: Full-Day Small Group 4x4 Dunes Tour

5. From Merzouga: Full-Day Small Group 4x4 Dunes Tour

Start your visit to the area around Merzouga and the land of the Ait Khebbach tribe with pick-up from your accommodation in a spacious and comfortable 4x4 vehicle. Start your desert exploration with a visit to the village of Khamlia. Here, you'll enjoy the inhabitants' music and dance, and have the opportunity to try their instruments and learn to play some desert music of your own! Cross desert plateaus far away from concrete roads and visit a Berber family in their tent for lunch. Learn how they live in their tents with goats, sheep and working donkeys, as well as how to prepare a Berber pizza on the fire. Enjoy this delicious communal meal in their home. Afterwards, take a 4x4 down a gravel road to the Lake of Merzouga (also named Lake Tamezguida), which appears seasonally from November to May during the rainy season in  Middle Atlas. This is the best spot to see desert birds, and sometimes even flamingos! Return to your accommodation in Merzouga in the late afternoon.

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From Ouarzazate: Private 2-Day Merzouga Desert Tour

6. From Ouarzazate: Private 2-Day Merzouga Desert Tour

Experience the beauty of the Sahara Desert on a private overnight tour from Ouarzazate.  Day 1: Ouarzazate – Todra Gorges – Merzouga  After an early-morning pickup from your accommodations in Ouarzazate, start your drive along the Kasbah road to the Rose Valley and ultimately to the Todra Gorges, impressive stone walls formed by the River Todra over thousands of years. Take some stunning photos and go for a walk in the Gorges.  After lunch, it’s time to head to the desert. Upon arrival in Merzouga, you’ll have time to get settled in your lodgings before meeting your camel and camel driver. From on top of your new friend, head to the Sahara Desert camp where you can climb the high dunes and enjoy the incredible sight of the sun sinking below the horizon.  Head back to your tent and drink some mint tea before a traditional dinner. Spend the night watching for shooting stars or dancing around the campfire to the beat of the desert drums.  Day 2: Merzouga – Draa Valley – Ouarzazate  On the second day, wake up early to enjoy the first rays of sunlight over the desert. Have breakfast at the camp before hopping on a camel or a 4x4 for the ride back to Ouarzazate. On the way, you’ll stop at different sites to take pictures of the beautiful desert landscapes and the Draa Valley’s date palms. Pass over the vast Anti-Atlas Mountains before arriving back in Ouarzazate.

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What people are saying about Merzouga

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 54 reviews

Simo, our guide was absolutely amazing. Very nice and easy going, excellent English. Very good driving skills. We felt really safe. He came and picked us up from our hotel at the exact time. The tour it's amazing. The journey from Fes to the desert is long but there are enough stops so you don't feel tired. We had all lunch at a very good restaurant recommended by Simo. The highlight is the night spent at the camp in Sahara desert with the local guys, who will cook for you fresh food and sing around the fire under the stars. The camp is safe. There is hot shower and toilet in the tents. In the morning, they will serve you a delicious breakfast. You will also ride the camel in the desert and the guys will take you photos. Everybody is friendly, helpful. Absolutely recommend this tour. You will never ever regret.

You will be neatly picked up at your accommodation. Then you drive through Merzouga through the sand dunes of the Sahara. Then you stop for tea with a Berber family. Then you drive through the other part of the Sahara, which was also beautiful, and stop at a mine where minerals are mined. Lunch was top notch, especially the berber pizza was delicious. You will also stop at a Senegalese (of origin) enclave nearby, where traditional music is played. Unfortunately there was no water in the lake (early March) so there was not much to see there. Our guide was a local boy, very friendly and knew a lot about the area and the culture.

This experience was amazing, starting from the pick up point, all along the road it was a pleasure to enjoy the views in a friendly and safe atmosphere! All the team was relaxed, polite, open- that means professionalism! Whole trip was pleasant, exprience in the desert- a special one! I do strongly recommend 2 or more days trip into the desert, people are warm with good hearts, landscapes absolutelly fascinating, food- fingers licking good! The trip was organised very professionally, all on time, responsible people and good price! Thank you for the experience!

I had a great time on this trip. The driver and guides were very polite and helpful. They explained a lot about the culture and the people. The tents were far nicer than i had expected, they even had a bathroom and shower in them which made for a nice surprise after being in a car all day. I would absolutely recommended this trip to anyone looking for a quick desert trip, just be aware that the desert is far from Fes so be prepared to be a car so bring a movie or book.

That was such an amazing experience to explore Sahara. Camp in the desert there we spent night was super nice, hosts are friendly, traditional dinner and breakfast yammi-yammi, camels are a bit stubborn but we loved them anyway. Road to the desert wasn't easy but in really worth it, especially observing sunset from the dune. Special thanks to our driver who was very professional and attentive.