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3-Day Tour: Marrakech to Merzouga by Way of Dadès Valley plus Erg Chebbi Camel Trek

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Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region, Morocco
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Overview

Escape the busy streets of Marrakech’s Medina for the stark beauty of the desert during this 3-day excursion to Mezrouga and Erg Chebbi. Cross through the Atlas Mountains via the stunning Tizi-n-Tichka pass, explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Aït Benhaddou kashbah and visit the desert oasis at Skoura. Then discover the Todra Gorge and the sacred city of Rissani before spending the night amidst the stark beauty of the Sahara Desert. This 3-day, 2-night excursion also includes a driver (who also serves as guide), 2 nights of accommodation (one at a desert camp), camel trek, meals as per the itinerary, round-trip air-conditioned transport from your hotel.
  • 3-day tour to Merzouga and Erg Chebbi from Marrakech
  • Traverse the High Atlas Mountains via the magnificent Tizi-n-Tichka pass
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Aït Benhaddou kasbah with a guide
  • Discover lush palm groves in the desert at Skoura
  • Admire the Todra Gorge and follow the Dadès River to Boumalne du Dadès
  • Take a camel trek from Merzouga to Erg Chebbi and enjoy dinner under the stars at a Berber desert camp
  • Tour includes some meals and round-trip travel from Marrakech
Trade the bustling city of Marrakech for the solitude of the desert during this 3-day, 2-night excursion to Mezrouga and Erg Chebbi, Over the course of your journey you’ll get an up-close-personal experience in the desert, including a chance to visit a desert oasis, explore a UNESCO World Heritage site and spend the night under the stars at a camp in the Sahara Desert.

Start the first day with a pickup from your Marrakech accommodation, continuing into the Atlas Mountains as you pass Berber villages and cross the Tizi-n-Tichka pass. You’ll also visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Aït Benhaddou kashbah, a historic meeting place and trading site, and check out the desert oasis at Skoura before spending the night in Bourmaine du Dadès.

On day two travel the “Road of 1,000 Kashbahs” to the Todra Gorge, stopping at the holy city of Rissani in the afternoon. Then climb aboard a camel for an unforgettable ride in the late afternoon sun toward Erg Chebbi and your evening camping accommodations in the desert. Spend the evening enjoying dinner and serenades of traditional music from local nomads under the stars. On day three you’ll ride your camel back to Mezrouga, heading back through the High Atlas Mountains to your Marrakech accommodations to finish the trip.

For a full run-down of the trip itinerary as well as more details about overnight accommodation choices, please read the details below.

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We had THE best driver there is named: said
jacobskimberly
, Aug 2019
This trip is really Nice, you Will see a lot of culture. But what Made our trip amazing was THE driver said, he really gives a service to the people and always help’s you with everything! We have done other trips ass well and have requested especialy for said. He Made our vacation heaven. I can only say ask always for him😉
I am glad that we booked luxury camp
sasaOng
, Jul 2019
It will be a long and bumpy ride on the way to Merzouga so be prepared. Dress comfortably and bring / drink as much as water u can. The driver stop quite often for toilet break so do not worry to stay hydrated. They were two tour guide for stopover before reaching Merzouga and it seems like it is necessary to follow. The first guide even ask for a 300DH per person for the tips, so please make sure u have enough change during the trips. Last but not least, the luxury camp site exceeded our expectation! Family tent, private shower room and WC which is so much needed in desert! Just 40pound more for a person why not?
Excellent experience
remyrenault2
, Jul 2019
Hakuna Matata was an excellent host and driver, and I would highly recommend Ando travel to anyone. The hotel in Tinghir the first night could have been cleaner, but I don’t think that’s the agency’s fault. In any case, it was just fine for one night. Otherwise, no complaints! Ando gets my full recommendation.
Fantastic adventure with Ando!
Wander49060689753
, Jun 2019
Everything was just perfect! Starting with the fantastic, friendly and helpful driver Obama Mohamed who explained us the local customs and history with a great patience. Luxury camp in the heart of Sahara Desert worth money we paid. Recommend to all who want to experience the adventure of their life!
Fantastic adventure!
Wander49060689753
, Jun 2019
Everything about this trip we'd read before was the truth ! First if all - our fantastic driver - Obama Mohamed! We haven't met such a friendly, helpful and a funny guy working in the tourism business before! He explained us everything about the local customs, history and tour details with lots of patience. The trip to the Sahara Desert was well organized, luxurious option really woth its price. It's unforgettable experience!
Amazing exoerience
NickGM71
, Jun 2019
This 3 day tour is a must. The High Atlas Mountains, the valley, Berber village, a gorge. Stayed in a lovely hotel on the first night and then onto the Sahara and camel trek. We opted for luxury camping and it was fantastic. Downsides - We didn't get to see the stars due to clouds and the return journey is 11 hours with a few quick breaks and a lunch stop. Try and get Mohamed Bajo as your driver as some off the other people we met on the same tour had an unpleasant experience with their drivers who drove too fast and didn't talk to them!
Awesome tour!
Resort67629773406
, Jun 2019
A fantastic experience for the price! Apart from seeing the unique Moroccan countryside, you'll also meet people from all over the world in the tour group. Be prepared for a lot of driving, especially on the third day.
Intense Tourist Experience
Kaveer C
, Jun 2019
Overall, we really enjoyed this trip, but we would suggest some improvements. The drive down to the desert was not bad, stopping for extended periods where we got to meet with Berber people and learn about life for them. At least some life. These conversations were nice, though quite superficial. We understood that there are 4 peoples who lived together (supposedly in harmony) for hundreds of years, but not much about the daily life. We understood that they farmed alfalfa and lavender, olive and dates, but in the end, we did not understand much about their beliefs, or ideas. I think there is an opportunity here to paint a picture of Berber life that was missed. Instead, there was more of an emphasis on their crafts and trades, presumably to encourage the buying of scarfs, carpets and art. The accommodations the first night were quite good, better than I thought it would be (though the food wasn't). There was even a pool, though not a lot of time to take advantage of it. The stops along the route were well placed and allowed for us to stretch our legs. The Sahara was quite beautiful, and we loved the camel rides. The desert is so stark and formidable, it's hard to imagine how caravans traveled in ancient times. Our camel ride was about an hour, and we arrived at the camp to have some mint tea and then a nice dinner. After dinner, some of the guides played drums, sang and encouraged us to dance. They did a good job of getting everyone involved in a good fun way. In the end though, the trip was very superficial. I would have liked more information at the camp about what caravans were like. How these large caravans managed to get through the desert for 50 days. What life was like for the people who lived in and around the desert? I personally would have liked more of a cultural understanding. The ride back the next day is tough. The camel ride was beautiful in the early light, but the bus ride was long and tough. I wish there was a way to break up the trip back, but I can't really see how, due to the distances. Overall, it was a great excursion, but lacking in cultural immersiveness. We would have liked to understand better how they lived, especially in the Sahara, so that we can appreciate the strength of these people who had lived there for hundreds of years.
Everything we could have imagined & more!
Sunshine64709830336
, Jun 2019
This tour was exactly as it was described and just as magical as I could ever have hoped for. Highly recommend this company. They picked us up right from the main square that was near our hostel and had plenty of stops for photo ops and breaks, and I can't even begin to describe the night in the desert! The standard hotel night was a beautiful suite that was bigger than I imagined. Food was amazing, people were amazing, and it is my favorite trip I've ever taken.
Wonderful trip
GrandTour28189395896
, Jun 2019
Just got back from a surprise-filled (good surprises) three days. Our driver and guide, Houssein, was delightful and energetic, always happy to share his knowledge and excitement of showing us his country. The surprises were all the wonderful little stops and tours along the way. Of course, the desert was magnificent.

Product code: 7674MERZOUGA

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