3.5 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

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  • Location: Marrakech, Morocco
  • Duration:  3 days (approx.)
Journey from Marrakech into the Sahara Desert for three full days of breathtaking valley and desert landscapes seen in movies such as ‘Gladiator’ and ‘Lawrence of Arabia.’ Traveling through the High Atlas Mountains, visit the desert gateway city of Ouarzazate and explore the small Moroccan towns scattered throughout the Draa River Valley. Get a taste for authentic Berber life with an overnight in nomads’ tents at a desert camp in M'hamid, and witness a desert sunrise on an early-morning excursion to the Erg Lihoudi sand dunes nearby.

Numbers are limited to 18 people on this small-group tour, ensuring you’ll enjoy a more personalized experience.

Highlights

  • 3-day tour from Marrakech to the Sahara Desert in southern Morocco
  • Travel through the High Atlas Mountains to the gateway city of Ouarzazate
  • Explore the Draa River Valley’s picturesque towns and villages
  • Stay overnight at a desert campsite in M'hamid for a taste of traditional Berber life
  • Watch a desert sunrise at the Erg Lihoudi sand dunes near M'hamid
  • Overnight accommodation and daily breakfasts and dinners included
  • Small-group tour limited to 18 people ensures a more personalized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This 3-day trip lets you explore beyond Marrakech and venture into Africa's mystical Sahara Desert. Seeing the sunrise over the sand dunes in the desert is a real highlight!

What You Can Expect

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

Discover the wonders of the Zagora desert on your 3-day trip from Marrakech

Day 1: Marrakech – Ouarzazate (D)
After a morning pickup from either your Marrakech hotel or centrally located meeting point, relax aboard the air-conditioned coach, minivan or sedan – depending on the size of your group – as you travel from the Marrakech Plains through the High Atlas Mountains along the Tizi N´Tichka, the highest mountain pass in North Africa at 7,415 feet (2,260 meters).

Stop in a small town along the way for lunch (own expense) before continuing to your destination: Ouarzazate. Nicknamed the ‘Desert’s Gate,’ this high-elevation capital city lies on a bare plateau south of the mountains. Like the nickname suggests, it's the gateway to the Sahara Desert.

Head to your hotel for check-in and enjoy dinner with your travel companions before your first overnight stay.

Overnight: Hotel Kenzi Azghor (or similar) in Ouarzazate

Day 2: Ouarzazate – Zagora M'hamid (B,D)
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before embarking on a day trip to Zagora, a town in the Draa River Valley. For centuries this valley served as a link between the Sahara and northern Morocco for the trading caravan routes that passed by the river.

Sit back and soak up the views on the drive through beautiful small Moroccan towns and Berber villages along the river, including Agdz and Zagora. Arriving in M'hamid in the evening, enjoy a camel ride as you head to a Berber campsite where you will have dinner and stay overnight in traditional tents for a real desert experience.

Overnight: Berber campsite in M'hamid

Day 3: M'hmid Zagora – Marrakech (B)
Rise and shine for an early breakfast before heading to the giant sand dunes of Erg Lihoudi to watch a sunrise over the Sahara Desert. Located near the desert oasis town of M’hamid, the sweeping 328-feet (100-meter) dunes of Erg Lihoudi are an incredible sight, especially at dawn. Don’t forget your camera for this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

After your time at the sand dunes, it’s time to head back to Marrakech, located about 6.5 hours away. Stop in Ouarzazate for lunch (own expense) before arriving back at your Marrakech hotel at around 8pm.

Customer Reviews

4 star rating: Recommended April 2014

Incredible value for money. Mustafa is a fantastic guide, who put our safety and wellbeing first. He was flexible and adaptable and tailored the tour to suit our personal interests. The first hotel in Ouarzazate offered a terrace pool and restaurant, spa facilities and a bar. The highlight for us was the basic camp that we got to by trekking on camels for a couple of hours into the heart of the Sahara. Surrounded by huge, soft sandunes, sitting around a campfire eating soup and tagine was a truly authentic experience. The mud huts were basic but comfortable and had rustic charm but we chose to sleep under the stars outside instead. Waking up to the sunrise over the dunes is an experience we will never forget. Although on the outset it looked like we were trying to see and do a lot in a very short time, we came away feeling like we've really seen Morocco while still having plenty of time to relax and take it all in.

3 star rating: Worth doing March 2014

Trip to M'Hamid was spectacular. The hotel at Ousazarate was excellent. My guide Mostafa did everything possible to make me comfortable. I only wish he spoke English. Highlight of trip was listening to him recite portions of the Quran in Arabic. The Sahara camp was disorganized and never saw the dunes

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