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As many other reviews point out, the drive is long but definitely worth it! We loved our trip. It was cold at night in the dessert both in and out of the tent so please bundle up if you're coming in the winter. The camel ride is fun for a little bit, but then it gets tiring so it's good that it's not too long. The true highlights of the trip, for me, were watching the starry night sky, gorgeous, and the sunrise!
Kenneth U Canada
Great trip. Hussein the driver/guide was wonderful. There were fifteen in the group. Got along great. Camel ride was the highlight. Evening at the camp was wonderful. A great meal was provided by the Berbers. Everyone in the group enjoyed the evening. Wonderful sunrise the next morning short walk up a sand hill. Recommend this trip to others.
This is a long but worthy trip when you have only a couple of days for the Atlas mountains and the Zagora desert. There are numerous stops to keep you comfortable and spend meaningful time with locals, who are warm and welcoming without pressure. The scenery is beautiful and Mohamed, the driver and guide, is a class act and much fun to be with. He works extremely hard to make this experience a wonderful thing for all who go. It does take your heart and mind and turn them a little in the best way.
The camp is very comfortable and set up to do all that you want, and you can take a hot shower in privacy. The food is delicious the beds are comfortable. There are nice mattresses for lying down and taking in the amazing experience of the Milky Way and shooting stars. Also a nice fire pit for enjoying the music of drums and singing by your hosts. The camel tenders, Hasan and Mohamed, are excellent and make sure you enjoy your trip to and stay at the camp.
After the people in your group settle into riding the camels and chat a bit, everyone tends to get quiet and just take in the beauty and serenity of the area. It is a bit of magic to be remembered for a life time. Just do it! Or take a longer tour, if you have the time. Viator makes this a very easy thing to do no problems at all.
This was the highlight of my trip to Marrakesh. Although the ride to get to Zagora was about 8 hours, it was worth it. Spending the night in the Sahara was absolutely magnificent and awe-inspiring!
This tour is the high point of our group tour to Makkarech,Morocco. The ride over the Atlas Mountain and the views of the valley below is spectacular. The tour brings us also to Kasbah Ait ben Haddou and the Movie studio museum in Zagora...nevertheless the highlight is the over one hour camel ride to the desert camp, the camp pre-dinner gathering and the early morning sunrise over the hill and sand dunes...truly scenic and memorable.
Overall we had a good time on our tour and the accommodations once we arrived at the camp were great. I highly recommend the upgrade as the real bed after a full day of travel was much needed. It would have been good to know a bit more in advance of how long we'd be in the car it was a full 8 hour journey, and would have liked more cultural insight but the stop on the way back at Ksar Of Ait Ben Haddou, camel ride and sunset/sunrise in the desert were amazing! A quick warning to anyone with food allergies though, despite notifying in advance, my food allergy while accommodated at the last minute could have put me at major risk so I'd advise to bring your own food if you do have a severe allergy.
Fantastic tour, the driver Hossein was a superb host - he was full of interesting information about the country, the people, the history and geology of Morocco which made it all come alive. The tents were very comfortable, we felt we ewe treated very well, the evening meal was delicious and the Sahara was mind blowing - especially the stars at night. The drive over the Atlas Mountains was wonderful despite the rain! The only negative was that we were very rushed in the morning by the camp Berbers - had to jump on the camel within minutes of finishing breakfast which felt very rushed.
Overall a great experience, particular thanks to Hossein for making it special.
Its was amazing experience in Zagora Desert. Worth to book it!!!
Excellent value for money. I was concerned that the camels were mistreated but they look quite happy and they have a lot of time to rest.
The unit is comfortable, Be aware that this is a trip where you spend a lot of time in the van. I really enjoyed the journey and I reckon most of us did.
Would recommend this tour to anyone! The staff on the tour are very friendly and helpful! We really enjoyed our time camping in the desert and riding the camels. The time riding camels was just enough without being too much. The dinner in the desert was very good and the accommodation was simple but clean and great for one night. The tour includes quite a bit of driving time but it was well worth it to get into the desert and see the incredible views best stargazing there is. The Atlas Mountains are very beautiful and the Ouarzazate visit was great for getting a feel for the culture of the area. Great tour!
LOVED THIS TOUR!! Wish I had stayed for longer such a great experience that I wont forget.
it was a really good experience. if you dont have enough time to do 3 days at the sahara, this is a good alternative. Omar was very attentive and asked us if we needed anything.
This tour is recommended for those who don't have a lot of time in Marrakech, but would like to see the Sahara. The tour picks up at most riads in the Medina. You travel with a group. It's a 4h drive to Ait bin Haddou and then straight to the Zagora where you ride a camel for 1h to the berber camp. Each tent is for 4ppl, so if your party is less than 4ppl, you'll be sharing a tent with others. Mattress is comfortable and there is a restroom with toilets as well pretty good for the desert. They serve traditional couscous, tangine for dinner. Next day, another 1h camel ride to the pickup spot where you ride another 5h back to Marrakech, with a stop at Ourzazate, and another for lunch. Overall, it's a good, quick trip to the desert and a great deal for anyone with limited time.
Lovely views through the snowy Atlas Mtn and then chilling yet warm Zagora desert. Driver Hamid was safe and polite, though don't expect him to be your tour guide - he is not meant to be a guide! Berber camp experience was lovely, best tagine in Morocco at the camp and great arrangement in the middle of nowhere. Though berber camp head staff kept on asking for tips from us.
For the price, this is a great experience. There was some weirdness with the pick-up, as the number provided by Viator is no longer associated with this company or this tour. Viator phone customer service helped us out and we connected with the correct company.
We heard horror stories from other people that had done tours like this about how scary the drive was, but the driver for this tour was wonderful. This tour has a LOT of time in the car - if you do not want to be in the car for 10 hours a day each way, do not book this tour. They do break it up a bit with a few stops, but ultimately, it's two solid days of driving.
The only meals that are included are dinner and breakfast at the camp, there are two lunches and a few snack stops along the way that are not included. The camp is very nice and the food was quite good. There's not that much time actually spent at the camp, you end up getting there right as it gets dark and you leave shortly after sunrise.
Still though, for the price, you can't beat it - other people on our tour didn't book through Viator and paid more than we did.
If you plan to take this tour be prepared for 2 very long days. We were collected at 7:30 am on the first day and didn't arrive back at our Riad until 7 pm at the end of the 2nd day.
We were visiting Morocco in July and it was hot 45 degrees. The van was air conditioned but in that heat it did struggle at times.
The scenery is magnificent, changing all the time.
Our camel ride was an experience not to be missed but one where you could say, 'been there, done that, got the T-shirt'. The gentlemen in our group were loud in their complaints, sure that any future children had been destroyed!!
Our guides checked before we headed off into the desert to make sure that we had plenty of water - thank goodness they did as every drop was much needed.
The sunset over the dunes was beautiful. Our tagine for dinner was excellent, made better because we ate outside the tents under the stars.
Would I do this tour again - yes in a heart beat.
If we have any criticism it would be that although very pleasant our driver did not give us much commentary or history about the area that we were travelling through and it was truly fascinating.
long time in a car but with plenty of stops, great views of the mountains and ait benhaddou
Decent length camel ride and great camp. Was 38 C at night at the end of july - should have slept outside.
Lots and lots and lots of driving, but excellent views. Our driver drove really fast, even through the windy Atlas mountains, and a few people got carsick, so they rode up front. Some great stops are organized on the way that break up the long driving periods and make it tolerable. Riding the camels was great fun, but you do it next to a road albeit not so busy, and only go about a kilometer out into the desert, into some random dunes that made their way there. Not so much the wide open spaces I was expecting. The dinner and entertainment were phenomenal, and I truly enjoyed myself. The only downsides were the long hours spent in the NOT air conditioned van, and the less-than-picturesque desert situation. Overall, however, I am very glad I did this excursion.
It was a fun experience. We drove for quite some time though, so be prepared for a very long journey. But it was nice to see different areas of Morocco.
Really good Experience. But long and you feel really tired on the road. Stop Places are expensive and better to take lunch snacks otherwise you pay around 25€ per 2 every time you lunch. And nothing special either.
Desert is a must go, camel ride good but unconfortable.
It was nice except the van trip needs a butter vehicle. It's too old and the food was Ok.
This was a very nice experience. However, our driver/tour guide did not speak English so we basically got on a bus not understanding what we were doing or when and it is a very long drive. There was a guy in the group who spoke French so he could translate for us but that was not adequate for us who thought we would have an English speaking guide. I recommend this more for the younger people who will enjoy the night activities around the fire.
I would recommend looking into another tour. The journey was very long on a cramped van, more than 8 hours with the continual stops at rest points. The desert camp was not comfortable and it was freezing, make sure you do research on other desert tours before booking. For the amount of time spent travelling to the desert we could have found a better tour.
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