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The 2 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga Sahara desert and return is ideal for people with limited time but who want to spend an incredible night beneath millions of stars in Morocco’s enormous Sahara desert and largest sand dunes. Enjoy the solitude in the midst of nowhere by going camel trekking. Sandboarding is a fun pastime to try.
On everyone’s vacation to Morocco, these fantastic 2 days trip from Marrakech to Merzouga may cover all of these fascinating and must-do activities.
The cost of a two-day desert excursion from Marrakech to Merzouga is determined by the number of tourists on the tour, the kind of desert camp (Standard or Luxury), and the season.
We provide personalized, conventional, and luxury desert trips from Marrakech for 2 days and more at Unique Desert Tour. We recommend doing the 3 days desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga if you have one extra day in Morocco.
Day 1: Marrakech - High Atlas mountains - Ouarzazate - Merzouga Desert (550 km)
Our 2 days desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga begins at your hotel/riad, and then we begin our journey from Marrakech to Merzouga (Erg Chebbi dunes).
We proceed to the Merzouga Sahara desert through Tinjdad, Jerf, and Erfoud, where the Saharan oasis of Tafilalet begins, passing across the Tizi N Tichka pass with long-distance views over the mountains to typical High Atlas Berber communities. The Erg Chebbi dunes are approximately 35 kilometers away.
Once we arrive at Merzouga, camels will be waiting for us on the outskirts of Merzouga’s spectacular sand dunes, ready to take us on an experience deep inside the sand dunes, in complete silence.
After a wonderful meal in a Merzouga camp with drums music in the midst of the Sahara under a starry sky, we spend the night in a Merzouga camp with drums music in the middle of the Sahara under a starry sky.
Day 2: Erg Chebbi - Rissani - Atlas Mountains - Marrakech (470 km)
Saw the sunrise in the dunes, we return to Merzouga on camels or in a 4×4 car. After breakfast and a shower in the hotel, we begin our journey back to Marrakech, passing through Berber villages in the Atlas Mountains (Nkoub, Agdez, etc.). We arrive in Marrakech, where our 2 days desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga comes to an end.
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Marrakech, also known as the “Red City,” is a royal city in Morocco. It was found in 1062 by Yusuf ibn Tashfin, the monarch of the Moroccan Almoravid dynasty. Following that, it became the Almoravid Empire’s imperial capital. The Almoravids built many Quranic schools and mosques in Marrakesh with Andalusian influences throughout the twelfth century. Due to its rich history and ancient architectural gems, it has become a popular tourist attraction. As a cultural and commercial hub, it is Morocco’s busiest city.
Tourists, on the other hand, are unable to visit Marrakesh without finding the city’s hidden gems. Jemaa El-Fna is the name given to the large open space in the heart of the medina. Snake charmers, street entertainers, and overzealous henna artists are among the most popular attractions in Marrakech, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition, the Sultan Ahmed el-ruins are located in El-Badi Place. Mansour’s Subterranean gardens and beautiful ramparts surround it, with crumbling towers affording panoramic views of the medina. In addition, the Bahia Palace is one of Marrakech’s most interesting locales.
It was built in the late 1800s as the private residence of Grand Vizier Bou Ahmed. It features painted ceilings, zellige tiles, and a marble terrace, among other works of art and architecture. In addition, the Jardin Majorelle is a well-known Marrakech attraction created by French artist Jacques Majorelle. It’s a public villa with an Islamic art museum and a Berber museum with a collection of North African textiles.
Explore the Medina with 2 Days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga
Medina is a maze of narrow lanes and traditional Moroccan structures with enormous walls and gates. Then there’s the Koutoubia Mosque, which is one of the most important tourist attractions in the city. It is also the biggest mosque in Marrakech. It features painted walls, arches, carved windows and pointed merinos in the typical Almohad style. Furthermore, the Almoravid Koubba is a historic structure constructed by the Almoravid dynasty. The mosque is also known by a number of different names. Koubba Ba’adiyn, for example, is one of Marrakech’s most fascinating sights.
In Morocco desert tours, the Merzouga desert is a renowned tourist attraction. Tourists that take excursions from Marrakech may anticipate a unique experience in the desert. To gain a sense of Berber life, tourists ride camels through the dunes to the camp. However, before arriving to the camp, the camel guide stops in the middle of the dunes to see the spectacular sunset from the dunes’ summits. The panoramas of dunes and the silence of the desert are lovely moments to enjoy on the way to the camp.
In addition, after dinner at the camp, locals will entertain the visitors with drum music around a campfire beneath a starry sky. Furthermore, vacationers in Khamlia hamlet like black people’s music. Locals traveled to Mali with their traditional gnaoua music to entertain for visitors. The nomadic family is another tourist attraction. Tourists, on the other hand, go to the Mifis mine in the dark desert to observe nomadic people living in hand-made tents with their animals. It allows you to learn about Berber customs and the complexities of desert life, such as living with sheep and goats and working donkeys.
One of the most unusual sites in Merzouga is a national museum dedicated to off-road vehicles. This free attraction has a small fleet of 44 vehicles, including Jeeps, Fords, Land Rovers, Range Rovers, Toyotas, Moroccan army vehicles, and some oddities like a single-seater buggy and an amphibious vehicle. The Erg Chebbi dunes on the Moroccan-Algerian border conjure up everyone’s romantic vision of the Sahara.
Ait Benhaddou Kasbah:
Discover Ait Ben Haddou’s Kasbah on our 2-day journey from Marrakech to Fes via Merzouga. It is the largest Kasbah in Morocco. It is also a collection of Kasbahs and adobe structures where many people continue to live in a traditional fashion, with tourism acting as the bulk of their primary source of income. Ait Benhaddou Kasbah is also the best example of southeast architectural building design, and it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987.
Ait-Ben Haddou has been a town since 757. Furthermore, it was formerly the caravan route between Sudan and Marrakesh. It is still a stop for people who want to view this historic UNESCO landmark in the High Atlas Mountains on their way to the desert. Furthermore, this Kasbah was and continues to be a fantastic location for a variety of films. As a result, numerous important films have been shot here. They made the dramatic film ‘The Jewel of the Nile’ in 1985, ‘The Living Daylights’ in 1987, ‘Kundun’ in 1994, ‘The Mummy’ in 1999, and ‘The Mummy’ in 2000, for example.
Being in this historic Kasbah means not only enjoying its beautiful architecture but also touring an attraction where some of your favorite movies were filmed.
Ouarzazate was a simple crossing point for African traders moving to northern Morocco and Europe. Because it is located on the other side of the high Atlas Mountains to the southeast, this city is regarded as the “Gateway to the Sahara.” This area is known as Hamada by the Berbers and nomads that reside in these Moroccan regions. Hamada means “desert scrubland.” The word “Ouarzazate” means “noiseless” in Tamazight, suggesting the region’s remoteness and calm. Furthermore, it is Morocco’s cinema center, owing to its well-known film studios.
Because of its breathtaking vistas of old architectural mud-brick Kasbahs and surroundings, Ouarzazate, with its historic Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, was chosen as the ideal location for Hollywood film production. Here, scenes from Game of Thrones, Gladiator, and other films were shot. Furthermore, mountains and valleys with amazing windswept formations roll, concealing palm groves, and breathtaking panoramas, making it one of the most worthwhile places to visit. Furthermore, the city is a typical shopping destination, with an abundance of souks, souvenir stores, cooperatives, and markets. In addition, the world’s largest solar power facility, located in Ouarzazate, towers above the desert.
Rissani and Erfoud:
Two-day travel from Marrakech to Fes via Merzouga, with a focus on the cities of Erfoud and Rissani in southeast Morocco. On our way to the desert, we pass through Erfoud, known as the fossil city and date capital of the world. It is the leading provider of Moroccan fossils, exporting and distributing a wide range of decorative fossils such as tables, sinks, fountains, kitchen and bath design elements, as well as hospitality and hotel environments. Every year, the town has a dating show, which attracts local farmers, producers, and visitors. In addition, after a camel trekking trip, the two-day desert journey from Marrakech to Fes via Merzouga to Rissani.
Visitors can explore one of Morocco’s oldest and most authentic souks. The busiest days for locals and visitors to shop for spices, handicrafts, and jewelry are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.
Locals often employ mules and donkeys to transport things to this market. The town is famous for its Madfouna pizza, which tourists may combine with a mint tea at local eateries.