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Sahara Desert
Few places on earth compare to the Sahara Desert, a natural wonder of vast plains and sun-baked dunes that dominates the south and east of Morocco. The world’s largest hot desert, the Sahara stretches a staggering 5.6 million square miles (9 million square kilometers) over several countries. Hemmed in by the Atlas mountain range, the Saharan sands are one of Morocco’s many highlights.  

The Basics
Popular Sahara experiences include trekking along ancient trade routes on a camel, sleeping out under the desert stars, and rising at the break of dawn to watch the sunrise over a sea of orange dunes. Most tours visit one of the two most accessible areas: the dunes of Erg Chebbi, close to the town of Merzouga, or Erg Chigaga, near the town of Zagora. 

Although day tours are possible from Merzouga, most travelers opt for an overnight camping excursion, trekking out into the desert by camel or 4x4, then spending a night at a traditional Bedouin encampment. From Marrakech or Fez, a 3-day tour often includes a visit to the desert town of Ouarzazate, the Draa Valley, or the Kasbah of Ait-Ben-Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famously used as a filming location for Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, and Star Wars

Things to Know Before You Go
  • It takes a full day to reach the Sahara Desert from Marrakech, so a multi-day trip is essential.
  • Wear light, long-sleeved clothing to protect against the desert sun and bring a scarf to wrap around your face (the sand can get in your eyes and mouth if there’s a breeze). Pack something warm for the evening—the desert can be cold at night even in summer.
  • For camel riding, comfortable trousers and closed-toed shoes are recommended.  
  • Expect very basic facilities at the desert campsites and no electricity, so bring a flashlight and an extra battery pack for your camera.
  • A 4x4 is required for driving in the desert, mountains, and surrounding towns. 
 
How to Get There
The easiest way to experience the Sahara Desert is on a guided tour from Marrakech, Fez, or Merzouga, with round-trip transportation included. Merzouga and Zagora are the gateway towns to the desert dunes. Both routes travel mountain and desert roads and take at least a full day. Buses run to Zagora and Merzouga from Marrakech, but you will still need to take a tour to explore the desert on arrival. 

When to Get There
The most popular time for a trip into the Sahara Desert is May through October, but the summer months of June to August can get extremely hot during the day. Visiting in winter (December to February) means that daytime temperatures will be much more pleasant, but it can drop below freezing at night and sandstorms are more frequent. 

Camping Out in the Sahara
Spending a night in the Sahara Desert is a cultural experience in itself. As well as watching the stunning desert sunset and sunrise, visitors stay at a traditional Bedouin camp and learn about Berber culture. Most campsites are accessible only by camel or on foot. Upon arrival, guests are treated to traditional Moroccan specialties such as tagine and sweet mint tea, with entertainment including traditional Berber music and dance. Additional activities may include sand boarding and quad-biking excursions.
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3 Days Safari From Sousse

Have an unforgettable desert experience, enjoying striking scenery, fun activities, and fascinating history, during this 3-day, 2-night trip from Sousse. Explore a landscape of towering mountains, endless sand dunes and lush oases as you stop to visit a variety of historical sites, including UNESCO World Heritage-listed Roman amphitheater and a historic mosque. You’ll also get to join fun activities, like camel riding and off-road driving, and spend one night in a tent. This action-packed desert safari includes accommodations, meals, guide and round-trip hotel transport.
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3-Day tour from Marrakech to Merzouga and Fez

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2-Day Tunisian Sahara Desert Camel Trek from Douz

Trek through the Sahara desert atop a camel like an early explorer on this 2-day guided trek. With a guide in the lead to show you the ropes of camel-wrangling and provide insightful information on the sights, this ambitious overnight trek will go off without a hitch. Learn about the Bedouin and Berber ways that have kept people alive in the desert for centuries, combined with the modern conveniences of included meals and lodging.
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Movie & TV Tours

Half-Day Star Wars Film Set Locations Tour from Tozeur

Calling all Star Wars fans. On this exclusive half-day guided tour, you’ll get to explore the real-life filming locations of your favorite intergalactic epic. Travel between sights in a private, air-conditioned 4WD vehicle, getting a close-up peek at Luke Skywalker’s house, the streets of Mos Espa, and the Yardangs, plus many more.
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Hiking & Camping

Camel Trekking Excursion Overnight Desert Camp Merzouga Desert Erg Chebbi Dunes

Explore Morocco’s Erg Chebbi dunes—and spend the night under the stars in a Berber-style desert camp—on this overnight tour from Merzouga. Begin with a camel ride across the sand; upon arrival at your camp, take in the sights, try sandboarding, and settle down for a traditional tagine dinner and sweet mint tea. The next day, wake up in time to see the sunrise, and enjoy breakfast before departing.
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Sahred group Tour from Marrakech To Merzouga 3 Days Sahara Desert

Put itinerary planning aside and relax on a 3-day small-group door-to-door tour to the scarlet dunes of Merzouga. See the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ait Benhaddou; ride camels through the Sahara to spend the night in a Berber desert camp; soak up sweeping views from the Tizi n’Tichka High Atlas pass; and more. Tour includes two nights’ accommodation, breakfast, transfers, guiding, and dinner, but excludes lunch and entrance fees.
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4-Day Small-Group Tour from Marrakech to Fez via the Desert

Take a 4-day tour through the High Atlas Mountains from Marrakech to Fez with a small group. Visit many attractions along the way including the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, the Rose Valley, the Dades and Todra Gorges, and an overnight tent stay in the Sahara Desert with a camel ride. Enjoy a more personalized experience with a small group of no more than 6 guests.
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Desert Experience Private Guided Tour From Marrakech

Make an easy escape from bustling Marrakech on a private, 2-day tour into the Sahara Desert. This personalized excursion includes round-trip 4WD transport with a personal driver, traditional meals, and luxury accommodation at a camp in the dunes. Gain insight about the Draa Valley and the city of Ouarzazate, with all the details worked out for you. 
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Guided 2-Day tour from Marrakech to Merzouga desert

We organize guided 2-Day tour from Marrakech to Merzouga desert to explore best of Morocco. Our excursion from Marrakech are available everyday with hotel pick up.MARRAKESH TO SAHARA DESERT EXCURSION FOR 1 NIGHT IN MERZOIUGA CAMP • Exploring High Atlas mountains • Stopping at mountain Berber villages • View of Tizi n Tichka pass • Visit Unesco kasbah of Ait Benhaddou • Visit Ouarzazate movie studios • Visit Dades Gorges, Todra Gorges • Camel trek in Erg Chebbi desert • Sleeping in desert campMARRAKESH TO SAHARA DESERT EXCURSION FOR 1 NIGHT IN MERZOIUGA CAMPHotel pick up at 8.30 am.We arrive back on last day around 6 pm and we drop you off at your hotel or any place you require. e are fully flexible to organize your private tour depends on your travel ideas and budget. MARRAKESH TO SAHARA DESERT EXCURSION FOR 1 NIGHT IN MERZOIUGA CAMP
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5 Days Tunisia Discovery Private Tour

Travel all over Tunisia with ease on this 5-day private tour with a guide. Visit El Jem, Kairouan, Tozeur, Douz, Tataouine, Tunis, and more. Accompanied by your guide, see the original Star Wars set, go camping in the Sahara, and admire ancient Roman amphitheaters. Enjoy local meals and dinners at your hotels.
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4-Day Sahara Desert Tour to Zagora and Merzouga from Marrakech Including the Atlas Mountains

Get out of the city and into the desert during this 4-day, 3-night excursion from Marrakech into the Sahara Desert. Travel along the Tizi-n-Tichka pass through the Atlas Mountains, and check out the UNESCO World Heritage site of Aït Benhaddou kashbah. You’ll also follow the “Road of 1,000 Kashbahs” to Todgha Gorge and see the wide-open spaces of the Dadès Gorge. Then trek into the desert by camel, spending the night under the stars camping in the Sahara. Your desert excursion also includes a driver (who serves as guide), 3 nights of accommodation (including 2 nights of camping), meals as per the itinerary and round-trip transport by air-conditioned minivan.
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Private 3-Night Moroccan Sahara Desert Round-Trip to Merzouga from Marrakech

This 4-day private tour provides you with extra time to explore the Berber villages and other features of the Sahara Desert. You’ll benefit from the individualized attention of a personal guide who accompanies you across the High Atlas Mountains by private vehicle. Visit Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, the Dades Valley and Todra Gorge. A camel trek takes you to an overnight stay in a luxury tent under the stars.
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3-Day Sahara Tour from Marrakech: Ouarzazate, Draa River Valley and Sand Dunes

Venture through the Atlas Mountains to the Sahara Desert on this unforgettable 3-day trip from Marrakech. Traveling by air-conditioned vehicle, cross the high Tizi N´Tichka pass, and stay in the desert town of Ouarzazate where scenes from movies such as ‘Gladiator’ were shot. Continue through the lush Draa River Valley and spend the second night in a traditional desert camp before witnessing sunrise over the Erg Lihoudi sand dunes on the edges of the Sahara. Accommodation, breakfasts and dinners are included. Numbers are limited to 18 for a personalized experience.
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3-Day Tunisian Sahara Desert Camel Trek from Douz

The Sahara is one of the world’s most legendary natural attractions, but venturing into the vast, dune-filled desert takes insider know-how. During this thrill-packed, multi-day excursion, you’ll head deep into the wilderness—by camelback. Discover hidden corners and venture to areas inaccessible to vehicles as you learn about the Berber communities that have kept traditions alive for centuries.
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Nature & Wildlife

Sunset or Sunrise Camel ride in the Sahara Desert of Douz

Hop a camel for an unforgettable ride through the desert on this sunset or sunrise Saharan safari. Discover stunning off-road locations in Tunisia’s vast deserts, including remote palm groves and lush village oases. Guided tours include the use of traditional outfits and a headscarf, so you can dress the part as you pose for postcard-perfect photos against the dunes.
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SIMPLY SAHARA 2 Day 1 Night Trip to ZAGORA

Most Moroccan desert tours can run for a long time. This Sahara Desert tour from Marrakech to Zagora is perfect for travelers pressed for time because it combines highlights in just two days. With a guide who knows the best ways around, pass through Marrakech, the Draa Valley, Ouarzazate, and Ait Benhaddou. This tour provides round-trip transport from your hotel, as well as one night of accommodations.
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Hiking & Camping

Sahara Desert Safari with Overnight Camping from Hammamet

Experience an unforgettable night in the Sahara Desert on this overnight safari from Hammamet. Travel in the comfort of a private 4WD, stop at the desert town of Douz, then climb through the sand dunes into the vast Sahara. Spend the night at a traditional desert camp, including a delicious dinner and live entertainment around the campfire. The next day, visit the troglodyte village of Matmata, before returning to Hammamet.
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  • 2 days
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Overnight Tunisia Sahara Desert Safari by 4x4 from Douz

Discover little-known corners of the Tunisian desert on this adventurous overnight safari. Traveling in a sturdy Land Cruiser, you’ll get access to off-road locations inaccessible to other vehicles. Spot local wildlife in a nature reserve, dine on a scrumptious four-course dinner, and sleep under the stairs in a Bedouin-style campsite. Tours also include door-to-door hotel transfers from Douz.
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Multi-day Tours

SIMPLY SAHARA 3 days 2 nights MERZOUGA Standard Shared Accommodation

Leave the madness of Marrakech behind and wander into the Sahara during this 3-day desert excursion. A guide plans your time out for you, so you can see the most of the area, while staying safe along the journey. Fit in tops sights such as the Atlas Mountains, Ouarzazate, the grand gorges of Dades and Todra, and Erg Chebbi. Round-trip transfer from Marrakech, two nights of accommodations and select meals are included.
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3-Day Guided Desert Tour from Fez to Marrakech

Travel from Fez to Marrakech on a 3-day desert tour, and spent a night beneath the stars in a traditional nomad’s tent. Meet macaque monkeys in a cedar forest, wind up into the high mountains and slip into soaring river gorges. Leave the road at Erg Chebbi; ride a camel into the sand to catch a Sahara sunset and climb the Merzouga dunes at dawn. Visit Ouarzazate’s film studios, pass through the bristling palmeries of the Skoura Valley then explore Ait-Ben-Haddou’s intricate kasbahs before rolling through the gates of Marrakech.
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Day Trips

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Camel Trekking & Overnight In Berber Camp Erg chebbi Merzouga

{ +212666633722 } Whatssap ask anything you want before you book online Spend a night in a private nomad-style tent in the towering Erg Chebbi dunes on this overnight excursion in the Merzouga Desert. Ride a camel while watching the sunset and awaken to the sunrise with breakfast provided at this comfortable camp. Your guide offers hotel pickup and makes it a not-to-be-missed experience and takes care of the details while you relax with Berber hospitality.
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  • 2 days
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Nature & Wildlife

Full-Day Tunisia Sahara Desert Camel Trek in Douz

Experience the majesty of the Sahara Desert and the rolling golden dunes outside Douz in authentic local style—aboard a camel, with Bedouin cameleers. Exploring in private, just you, your group, and your team, savor a delicious lunch prepared by your chef, capture a spectacular sunset, and discover the isolation of perhaps the world’s greatest wilderness. Your package includes private, air-conditioned transfers from your door to your door.
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  • 12 hours
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