Morocco 4 days Sahara desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga through the historic fortified hamlet of Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco’s film capital – Ourazazate, kalaat M’Gouna and Boumalne Dades. Discover the rich cultural heritage of the south, as well as the stunning Canyons of Todra & Dades and Valleys of the roses & Agdez. Travel along the Road of a Thousand Kasbahs. Enjoy Camel trekking in the Erg chebbi dunes and overnight stay in a charming Berber Camp in the heart of the desert under an endless canopy of Saharan stars.
Meet your Private English-speaking driver at your hotel and then depart Marrakech on a journey through the splendid mountains of the High atlas to the famous Ait Ben haddou, an ancient fortified city situated along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech, boasts some amazing examples of old kasbahs. Furthermore, this setting has been used for more films than any other location in Morocco; an ex: Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth, The Gladiator and much more.
After lunch and at your convenience, then drive onwards to Boumalne dades through Morocco’s film capital, you’ve the opportunity to view the World’s largest film studio. Afterwards, travel along the Road of a Thousand Kasbahs. Pass by Skoura palm groves and the lush Rose’s valley in Kelaat M’gouna then Dades Canyon where we have an evening at leisure.
After breakfast, drive a bit further for an amazing panoramic view of Dades Valley and the Mountains beyond. Lastly, a magnificent spot known as Monkey fingers for shooting some photos. Afterwards, we set out towards the Majestic Merzouga desert. En route, stop at Todra canyon near Tinghir. One of Morocco’s popular natural sights, the charm of Todra lies in its changing colors as the sun slowly moves from east to west over the towering vertical limestone cliffs that reach heights of 987ft, carved deep into the High Atlas Mountains.
On arrival, take some time to explore this sumptuous site, and thereafter continue the journey towards the Sahara desert. Along the way, view glimpse of Morocco’s nomadic tribes, travelling across the mountains and also often staying in make shift tents as they head to their next destination.
Half way, stop for lunch in the village of Tinjdad. As approaching the destination, pass through Erfoud, famous for its fossil and marble products. Upon arrival at Merzouga, you trek across the vast rolling dunes of the Erg chebbi by camel for an hour and soak up the breath-taking scenery. Witness the best sunset ever, spend the night in a Berber Camp in the heart of the desert and enjoy dinner under an endless canopy of Saharan stars.
Get up in the early morning to enjoy an amazing sunrise near your camp. After freshening up and breakfast, then take a tour around the Erg chebbi dunes by 4-wheel drive vehicle through the gorgeous landscapes on the edge of the Sahara desert dunes. Afterwards, stop at a Gnawa house in the Khamlia village, it’s an ethnic group best known for their music, which is a rich repertoire of ancient African-Islamic spiritual songs.
Next, share a cup of tea with a nomadic Berber family in their tents, experience the nomadic lifestyle. Thereafter, head back to Merzouga center. Enjoy a Berber pizza for lunch in a traditional local restaurant, it is a Berber calzone filled with meat. Last but not least, visit the lake of Tifart (usually it’s dry due to lack of precipitation). The balance of the day is at leisure. Opt to independently experience Quad biking and a chance to watch sunset once again in the heart of Erg chebbi.
If you’d prefer spending another night in the desert camp, then please do let us know your preferred option at the time of booking.
Today, head back to Marrakech along the route that is often labeled ‘the road of a thousand Kasbahs’. Travel through Alnif and Nkob. Pass by the incredible rock formations and wells that have been dug over centuries by the nomadic Berbers to get access to water, along the way. Onwards to the small town of Agdz, with its Palmeries, ancient Kasbahs and fabulous views of Jbel Kissane Mountain. Stopping en route for lunch in a traditional restaurant. Eventually, drop off at your preferred location in Marrakech – End of 4 days Morocco Sahara desert tour.
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Ali is awesome ! He set up our tours and drove us from Marrakech and made everything so easy for us. He also set up our overnight stay in the Nomad tent and camel ride which was so much fun. Furthermore, he was always there before the time we scheduled for him to pick us up, so he was never late. In addition to setting everything up for our trip Ali is just a great person. He is very kind and patient and made us feel at home in Morocco.