Exploring the wild plains and rolling dunes of the vast Sahara Desert is a highlight of many trips to Morocco and few places on earth can compare to the natural wonder. The world’s largest desert, stretching a staggering 9,000,000 sq km over several countries, the Saharan sands dominate the south and east of Morocco, hemmed in by the Atlas mountain range.  

From trekking across the dunes on a camel, following ancient Sahara trade routes, to sleeping out under the stars in a traditional Bedouin encampment, then rising at the break of dawn to watch the sun rise over the desert plains; visiting the Sahara desert will likely check a few things off your bucket list. Multi-day tours from Marrakech are the most popular way to experience the desert and most trips pass through the gateway town of Merzouga, before continuing on to the dunes of Erg Chebbi or Erg Chigaga. 

With seemingly endless swathes of untamed terrain, there are also ample opportunities to get off-the-beaten-track and enjoy longer treks through the Sahara, but don’t be tempted to go it alone – the scalding hot climate, ferocious sand storms and vast uninhabited plains mean tackling the desert is a task best entrusted to seasoned guides. 

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Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou Day Trip Through the Atlas Mountains from Marrakech

4.5 star rating: Recommended 21 Reviews

Experience the history and drama of old Morocco on this day trip across the Atlas Mountains from Marrakech. Cross the Tizi-n-Tichka pass to reach Aït ...  Read more

Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.56

3-Day Sahara Desert Tour from Marrakech: Ouarzazate, Draa River Valley and M’hamid Sand Dunes

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Journey from Marrakech into the Sahara Desert for three full days of breathtaking valley and desert landscapes seen in movies such as ‘Gladiator’ and ...  Read more

Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $501.51

9-Night Southern Moroccan Adventure Including Aït Benhaddou, the Sahara and Essaouira

Experience a carnival of exotic sights in Djemaa El-Fna in Marrakech, explore the Aït Benhaddou Kasbah, ride a camel in the Sahara Desert and lounge on ...  Read more

Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Duration: 10 days, 9 nights

From USD $1,225.00

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