3 Day Merzouga desert excursion

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Merzouga Desert

Day 1: Marrakech – Boumalne Dades

You will be collected from your hotel  at 7:15 am and will drive through the High Atlas Mountains where you’ll have a short break.

The next stop will be at Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, located at 30 km from Ouarzazate. This castle is made of mud and surrounded by a defensive fence and towers. It is a perfect model of a traditional Moroccan house in the south. The Kasbah was recorded as World Heritage by the UNESCO in 1987 and attracts people from all over the world. It has even made appearance on the silver screen with Gladiator, The Mummy, and Lawrence of Arabia.

You will then continue through Ouarzazate, onto the Valley of Roses (Kalaat Mgouna) where you will have another stop. for picture before going to Boumalne Dades where you will spend your first night. You will arrive around 6:00 pm.

Kasbah Ait Benhaddou

Day 2: Boumalne Dades – Merzouga

Our journey will start with a drive through Dades Gorges and the famous Toudgha Gorges. After some time for pictures of cliffs and lunch at a local restaurant, you will continue to Rissani, known for its dates market, and being a starting point of the ancient trading caravans crossing the Sahara desert to Tomboctou.

Upon arrival at Merzouga, we will meet our camel caravan, and ride through the amazing sand dunes of ‘Erg Chebbi’ with the sunset in the horizon.

We reach our camp, in the middle of nowhere, just before darkness. A great view to admire the sand dunes and the surrounding landscapes, get ready for a Moroccan dinner served under the stars next to the camp fire and a live local music show.

Bivouac in Merzouga

Day 3: Merzouga – Marrakech

Wake up early to catch the sunrise in the desert. After taking breakfast, you will ride a camel back to meet your driver and continue back to Ouarzazate to visit the studios of Cinema and Kasbah Taourirte before arriving in your hotel in Marrakech around 7 pm.

Tour includes

  • Pick-up from your hotel in Marrakech
  • Transportation by air-conditioned minibus
  • Hotel in Dades with Dinner and Breakfast
  • Camel ride in Erg Chebbi (in the evening and in the morning)
  • Desert camp at Erg Chebbi (with dinner and breakfast)

Tour does not include

  • Lunches and Drinks
  • Entrance to fees in museums.

What to bring

You should your toilet baggage, a jacket and pants. It gets cold at night.


The price for this tour is under request.

You can add a transfer to Fes for 250 dh per person.

Make it a 4-day trip

If you can’t decide between Zagora and Merzouga, you can do both. Save time, save money and see it all!

Find out more about 4-day option.

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To book your tour or find out more, contact Hassan. Email at: mahi.reservation@gmail.com WhatsApp at +212 661-613080.