4-day tour from Marrakech to Merzouga

4-day tour from Marrakech to Merzouga

On our 4-day tour from Marrakech to the Merzouga Desert, you can ride a camel.

Note: You can change the end of this tour so that it ends in Fes instead of Marrakech.

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4-day tour start

Marrakech

4-day tour end

Marrakech

Time of departure

08:00 AM

Duration of the Tour

4 days/ 3 nights

Highlights of our 4-day tour from Marrakech to Merzouga

  • The views of the Atlas Mountains are breathtaking.
  • Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that you should visit.
  • Spend the night in the middle of the beautiful Dades Gorges.
  • Views of the Erg Chebbi sand from above
  • Watch the sun go down over the hills.
  • Have fun! Merzouga Sahara camel ride
  • Sandboarding is something you can do while camping overnight at Merzouga Desert Camp.
  • A hearty meal and a party by the campfire with Berber drums

4-day tour from Marrakech to Merzouga Overview

Our 4-day tour from Marrakech to Merzouga Desert is the best way to see the area. In this way, you learn about the old Kasbahs and Ouarzazate. There are also camel rides and 4×4 tours in the desert where the group goes to meet locals. Second, you learn about the Draa Valley and the Ant-Atlas Mountains. Last, we drive through the High Atlas Mountains on our way back to Marrakech. Our four-day desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga includes pick-up and drop-off service.

Itinerary for a 4-day tour from Marrakech to Merzouga

Day 1: Marrakech, Ait Ben Haddou, and Boumalne Dades

We go over the High Atlas Mountains on the first two days of our 4-day tour from Marrakech to Merzouga Desert. So, we will go to the Tizi-N-Tichka mountain pass and head toward Ait Ben Haddou. This old and protected kasbah is part of a tour that goes from Marrakech to the Sahara. Filmmakers are also drawn to the Kasbah because it is so special. We’ll go to Ouarzazate after seeing the UNESCO Kasbah. The capital movie theater also has Atlas Studios for movies. You are going to see the spot and Rose Valley. We finally get to spend the night in Boumalne Dades.

Day 2: Boumalne Dades – Todra Gorges – Merzouga

The Merzouga desert is where our 4-day tour from Marrakech to the desert will end. But before we get to the desert, we’re going to see the most popular tourist spots. You will start by going to the Rock Formation and then move on to the Todra Gorges. Here, you have time to enjoy the 300-meter-high rocks with the river running through them. After that, we go to Touroug Village to see the Berber cloth company and then to Erfoud. Every year, a Date Festival is held in this city, which is the home of dates in Morocco. After all that, get to Merzouga and spend the night at a Riad or Hotel.

Day 3: Desert Tour And Camel Trip

We start our 4-day tour from Marrakech to Merzouga by 4WD after breakfast. This is why we go to Khamlia village. Black people from Mali make music called Gnawa, which you will enjoy. After that, you look into an adventure job for me on the Mifis page. The tribes you meet live in huts that were made by hand, and you eat Berber pizza with them. You also see a lake in the desert and a patch of palm trees. Last, you ride a camel to a desert camp for the night. Along the way, you’ll be able to see the sunset, and around the fire, you can play music on drums.

Day 4: The trip from Merzouga to Marrakech

You ride a camel back to the center after taking a shower and food. After that, we take a different way to get to Marrakech. In other words, we’re going to Rissani town. You can look around in an old, traditional souk. After lunch, we move on to Nkob village to explore the Draa Valley. With 1,100 km, it is the longest river in Morocco. You also enjoy the views of the Anti-Atlas, and then we drive to Marrakech. We can stop anywhere else on our way to Marrakech. This is the end of our 4-day tour from Marrakech to the Merzouga desert.

The 4-day tour includes

  • Pick-up and drop-off at and from your hotel
  • Transport by private, modern car with air conditioning and an experienced English-speaking driver/guide Car Fuel for 4 days in a private hotel room (of the type of room you choose).
  • Camel Trekking (one camel per person)
  • Camel ride at sunset
  • Spend the night in a private tent in Camp (of the type of tent you choose).
  • 4×4 transfers to and from the camp (instead of camels) for breakfast and dinner

The 4-day tour excludes

  • Fees for monuments
  • Lunches
  • Tips
  • Soft drinks

Reviews of the 4-day tour from Marrakech to Merzouga

The journey you'll never forget:

From Marrakech, my girlfriend and I went on a 4-day desert tour. Everything went smoothly. The driver stopped every time we wanted to take a picture, and the Riads we stayed in were great. We will always remember the night we spent in the desert because the view of the stars was amazing. Thanks a lot to Youssef, who made sure everything went smoothly and was there for us before we even left.

This trip takes 4 days and 3 nights.

We had a wonderful time! To begin, you can send each other WhatsApp texts and talk about any worries you might have before you leave. We used a brand-new car that was very comfy. Yassin was a great driver who was available to us for four days. Great places to stay, like the Auberge Panorama in Dades, the Riad Bouchedor in Ouarzazate, and the beautiful luxury tents at the Luxury Desert Camp Nomade Life. We and my kids were treated with respect and skill by everyone.
The prices are also very fair. Very strongly suggested.

Trip from Marrakech to Merzouga over 4 days:

Then, after two days in Marrakech, Aziz from the Traveling Morocco agency joined us. He was the start of a wonderful four-day trip that took us to the Merzouga desert, the Dra and Dades valleys, and the Todra Gorge.
Everything went smoothly, thanks to Aziz, who kept us safe and went with us on our trip around this wonderful country.

Unique Desert Tour company

It was great to spend four days with Hassan. It all started in Fez. He drove us all over Morocco in his 4x4, through the Middle Atlas Mountains and into the desert, which he loves and made us enjoy a lot. We stayed at a dream hotel our first night, right next to the dunes. Hassan put us right in the middle of the desert by taking us to nomadic villages and giving us delicious Berber food (we will never forget the pizza). When we finally got to their haimas, I was still blown away by how peaceful the place felt.

That sunset was the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. The Haimas' accommodations were great, and we didn't miss a thing. The show with traditional drums was the cherry on top. Great job! Following those two wonderful days, Hassan took us on a tour of Morocco in his 4x4 until we got to Marrakech. All of this, along with some great music from Euskadi that we recorded, made the trips more fun.
I had an amazing time and will definitely do it again!
Hey there, Hassan!

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Highlights of a 4-day tour from Marrakech to Merzouga

Todgha Gorges:

People think that the Todra Gorge in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains is one of the most beautiful valleys in the world.

The Todra and Dades rivers cut 40 kilometers of tunnels through the mountains, making the landscape look really different. The last 600 meters of the canyon are called Todgha. Some parts of this tunnel are only 10 meters wide, while other parts have rocks that are over 150 meters high. These gorges were made by strong natural forces that are now only in your mind since the river has dried up.

Even though the gorge is in a remote part of Morocco, it has become a famous place for tourists to visit over the years. You can hike in the mountains, and there is also a well-kept dirt road that people have to share with horses and other pack animals.

The town of Tinghir was built to house visitors and locals who travel through the area on camels bringing their stuff. In 2004, there were almost 90,000 people living in Tinghir, with 36,000 of them living there permanently. The city, which is in the Ouarzazate region, is mostly inhabited by the Amazigh, which is how many Berbers call themselves. The Amazigh are a native North African group who live west of the Nile Valley. Names of these people mean something like “free people” or “free and noble people.”

The Atlas Mountains in Morocco

ATLAS (Atlas Mountains): The Atlas Mountains are in Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia, all in the northwest of Africa. The Atlas Mountains are a mountain range in northwest Africa, in what is now Berberia. The mountains were known by the same name in ancient times, but not many people have been there recently. There are 2,092 kilometers between the mountains. The tallest hill is Mount Toubkal, which is in the southwest of Morocco and is 4,167 meters high.

There are about 2,000 kilometers of it. It has the Tel Atlas, the High Atlas, the Middle Atlas, and the Saharan Atlas mountain ranges. It also has valleys and high plateaus (the High Plateau and the Moroccan Meseta). The East African Plateau is broken up by faults and is home to the continent’s tallest mountain, Kilimanjaro (5963 m), which is no longer active. There is a mountain area in Africa called the Lord Aberdare area. It is in the middle of Kenya, north of Nairobi.

The rocks and landforms of Africa:

From Worcester Mountain, the rocks and landscapes of Africa go west and then north. Most fynbos has secondary thickets of evergreen trees in the west. These are found on hills that face the wind. In the east, mixed coniferous-leaved forests grow on brown and mountain-forest brown soils. The Great East African cracks are the biggest cracks in the earth’s crust that are on land. They are in East Africa.

in Africa, there are two tropical belts, two sub-tropical belts, and two equatorial belts. There are warm areas in both the very north and very south of the continent. The Sahara Desert in North Africa is the driest place on Earth. In the past, the Phoenicians were the first people to learn about the Atlas Mountains. Hi, my name is Ji Hanzelka and I’m an engineer from Czechoslovakia. I take my Tatra 87 car and drive through North Africa.

It looks at everyday life in Africa, the “Black Continent’s” geography, society, and other things, as well as its long history. There were a lot of important events in the last fifty years that the author writes about in this book. In Tangier, there was an exciting 30-minute chase in the movie “Bourne Identification.” There were fights and explosions. Atlas was only a part of the mountain range in old Mauretania. Today, Mauretania is west of and in the middle of the modern Atlas.

This country is mostly made up of Arabs and Berbers (from Morocco), which includes the Kabyle. There are still a few Berbers living in the High Atlas Mountains. They have kept all of their traditions alive. The great giant Atlas is talked about in Homer’s Greek tales and songs, which were written between the 12th and 7th centuries B.C. In stories, Atlas was sometimes called the African king. But he had a problem: the Greek hero Perseus asked to stay with Atlas, but Atlas was rude and said no.

Ait Benhaddou:

On our 4-day tour from Marrakech to the Merzouga Sahara desert, we plan to hike up Ait Benhaddou. It was once a caravanserai on the route of trans-Saharan caravans and is now Morocco’s most colorful and real sight, on par with Ouarzazate, which has been the subject of many Hollywood movies.

Whatever role this small town in the Atlas Mountains has played—Jerusalem in “Jesus of Nazareth,” an empty fortress in “Lawrence of Arabia,” and an empty jungle home in “The Jewel of the Nile”—Ait Benhaddou is truly impressive. Its red-walled Kasbah fortress, which dates back to the 11th century, sits against a hill, and the emerald date oasis at its base makes you feel like you’re on a different planet.

Things to look at:

The ancient fortress-Xar (“castle”) is the only thing that makes Ait Benhaddou worth seeing. The village is in the Xar. It is built into the side of a rock and has thick red walls around it. The Ait Benhaddou kasbah has been well taken care of since it is on the UNESCO list and has been filmed a lot. The walls are regularly restored, which makes you feel like you’re going back in time—it looks like the 11th century and another caravan is about to leave the fortress gates for Timbuktu. There are two ways to get into the fortress: the new bridge or the dry river bed.

Clay dirt is used to make adobe bricks, which are used to build the walls of Ait Benhaddou.

At the top of the hill, there is an old granary that is almost completely destroyed. It is worth the walk, though, just to get a great view of the town and the Atlas mountains in the distance. A ancient tomb and shrine dedicated to the monk Benhaddou is on the other side of the hill. The city is named after him.

Desert of Merzouga:

Merzouga is a small town in the Moroccan Sahara. It is the best part of our four-day desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga. The big desert in this country is mostly made up of dry, cracked ground. But here, the usual sand mounds are one, two, and more. To be more exact, there is only one place like this. It is near the city of Merzouga. Its homes and huts are at the base of Erg-Chebbi, a huge (50 by 5 km) sand dunes mountain that rises 350 meters high.

There isn’t any built-up infrastructure; the only things that make up society are a few grocery stores, coffee shops, and restaurants. Many people who go to Merzouga want to experience the real Berber way of life, not just relax on soft pillows in a hotel room.

Things to look at:

Extreme tourists who want to go deep into the Sahara start their journey in Merzouga. People think that the area around the hotel is one of the best places to go to see the natural beauty of the Great African Desert. A huge stretch of dunes up to 350 meters high is what draws people to Merzouga. The sandhills are especially beautiful when the sun comes up because the shadows on the hills look like they blend together in the first rays, making a complicated design.

Merzouga and the area around it can only be reached on foot because the town is so small. It is better to walk in the nights or early mornings, though, because the desert is too hot during the day.

The small lake Dayet Srij, which is west of Merzouga, is another interesting place to visit. It only gets wet after it rains a lot or in the winter, which brings thousands of birds. In this area, you can often see pink flamingos, storks, ducks, and other birds.

What to do:

As was already said, the main reason people go to Merzouga is to go on a camel tour through the Erg Chebbi dunes. Before you go to the desert, buy a scarf to cover your head and neck from the sun. For one night in the desert, the trips cost 55 EUR. There are tents, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and water for everyone. The first night, most groups stay in big Berber camp towns. You can also get dinner here, and sometimes there is live folk music. Before it gets too hot, breakfast is given very early in the morning.

There are tour groups that have their own tent towns that have everything you could need. These kinds of trips cost more, but the comfort is worth it.

The weather in Merzouga is:

From November to February, winter is very cold (+10 °C), with sunny days and frosty nights. Spring starts in April and is pretty nice. During the day, it gets up to +30 °C, and at night, it stays cool. Summers are known for being very hot.

In the winter and spring, it rains a few times a month, but it doesn’t usually pour down. People say that February through April is the best time to visit Merzouga. We really think you should go on the 4-day desert tour in the spring from Marrakech to Merzouga.

4-day tour from Marrakech to Merzouga to see the Merzouga Erg Chebbi Desert.

On an amazing 4-day tour that starts in Marrakech, you can see the stunning beauty of the Merzouga Erg Chebbi desert. The beautiful dunes of Erg Chebbi are 35 kilometers from Rissani, 50 kilometers from Erfoud, and 140 kilometers from Errachidia.

The unique temperature and desert scenery show how well sand (“erg”) and stone (“hamada”) go together. Along the dry rivers are areas where migrant communities used to grow. Today, only a few ruins of these villages can be seen.

There are tall dunes in the dune complex (ERG), which is 22 kilometers long and 5 kilometers wide. Some of the dunes can reach a height of 150 meters. There are three cute towns spread out across the land, each surrounded by palm trees. To the east is Hassi Labied, which is known for its palm grove. To the south, 5 kilometers away, Merzouga has grown thanks to more tourists and farming. Khemliya is 6 kilometers south of Merzouga and is known for having a large black African population in the past. The Stony Hamada goes all the way to Algeria, east of Erg Chebbi.

Periodic and short rainstorms happen, but the flooding along the dunes in 2006 was especially bad. It destroyed many houses and sadly killed three.

Start a 4-day trip through the stunning scenery, fascinating cultures, and one-of-a-kind charm of Merzouga’s Erg Chebbi desert. In this beautiful part of Morocco, you can enjoy the warm welcome of the locals, see amazing sunsets over the dunes, and make memories that will last a lifetime.

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