The private Morocco desert tours from Marrakech are the best way to experience and explore the southern & rural regions of Morocco including the beautiful oases, Berber villages, desert dunes, palm groves, gorges, Atlas Mountains, and Kasbahs which represent the main architectural aspect. The desert itineraries are Marrakech round trips which vary in the number of days and the areas they cover depending on your flexibility with the time.
Marrakech to Erg Chebbi desert tours are listed below in 3 options: referring to the number of days spent on each tour, our Marrakech to Marrakech camel treks run 3, 4 or 5-day tours that include at least an overnight camel trekking in Erg Chebbi also known as Merzouga (main region & administrative center).
Erg Chebbi is 570Km and 9 hours drive from Marrakesh, so we recommend both options: (4Days / 3Nights Marrakech round trip) and (5 Days/4 Nights) to allow time to better explore the southern areas of Morocco and make your Marrakech desert tour more relaxed unless if you have a limited amount of days you can still take the shortest tour option: (3D/2N Marrakech to Erg Chebbi round trip) which is the shortest Marrakech Sahara tour with a long drive of 9hrs on the last day.
All our Marrakech to Erg Chebbi desert trips & camel treks are privately run and can depart any day with 2 persons or more, if you are a solo traveler, you may contact us for a quote. Available upgrades to boutique hotels and luxury camps in Erg Chebbi are available on request.
Marrakech To Erg Chebbi 3 Days / 2 Nights Short Desert Trip
Day 1: Marrakech – Ait Benhaddou – Ouarzazate – Dades Gorges (6 hrs drive)
We will meet you at your Riad/Hotel in Marrakech at 8 am, transport across the High Atlas Tizi Tichka pass (2260m) to Dades valley, via Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou Kasbahs; A World Heritage Site; The lush palm groves of Skoura, Mgoun and Dades rivers. Overnight in a guesthouse/hotel in Dades.
Day 2: Dades Valley – Todgha Gorges – Merzouga (5 hrs drive)
After breakfast, transfer to Erg Chebbi dunes with stops in Todra canyons and valley with its stunning panoramic views. You will continue to Merzouga for a sunset camel ride and overnight in tented camp.
Day 3: Merzouga – Tazarine – Agdez – Marrakech (9 hrs drive)
After breakfast you will meet up your driver for a long travel day of your Sahara trip back to Marrakesh with stops in Ouarzazate or Draa valley for lunch You will get dropped off at your hotel around 7 pm.
Marrakesh To Merzouga 4d/3n Desert Tour, Erg Chebbi Camel Trek
Day 1: Marrakech – Telouet – Ait Benhaddou – Ouarzazate (4 hrs drive)
We will meet you at your Riad/Hotel in Marrakech at 8 am, transport across the High Atlas Tizi Tichka pass (2260m) to Ouarzazate via Telouet and Ait Benhaddou Kasbahs; A World Heritage Site; Along the Ounila valley on a scenic drive. Overnight in a guesthouse/hotel in Ouarzazate.
Day 2: Ouarzazate – Draa Valley – Rissani – Merzouga (5 hrs drive)
After breakfast, transfer to Erg Chebbi dunes with stops in Draa valley with its stunning views across the volcanic rocks of the Anti-Atlas Mountains, a walking tour of Ksar Tamnougalt. You will continue to Merzouga desert via Alnif and Rissani for a sunset camel ride and overnight in tented camp.
Day 3: Merzouga – Todra Gorges – Dades Valley/Skoura (5 hrs drive)
After breakfast, you will meet up your driver for Todra canyons & valley where you can wander with a local guide for couple hours before you head to Dades valley for the night.
Day 4: Dades Valley/Skoura – Ouarzazate – Marrakech (4,5 or 6 hrs)
After breakfast, you will travel back to Marrakech with stops in Skoura to visit the Amrhidil Kasbah, the city of roses (April & May) and Ouarzazate, a popular town for film shoot such as Asterix & Obelix, rules of engagements & Kingdom of heaven. You will end up your trip in Marrakech late afternoon.
Marrakech To Marrakesh 5d/4n Erg Chebbi Sahara Desert Tour
Day 1: Marrakech – Telouet – Ait Benhaddou (3,5 hrs drive)
We will meet you at your Riad/Hotel in Marrakech at 8 am, transport across the High Atlas Tizi Tichka pass (2260m) to Ouarzazate via Telouet, The Glaoui Palace and Ait Benhaddou Kasbahs; A World Heritage Site; Along the Ounila valley on a scenic drive. Overnight in a guesthouse/hotel in Ait Benhaddou or Tamedakht.
Day 2: Ouarzazate – Skoura – Dades – Todra Gorges (4 hrs drive)
After breakfast, transfer to Todra Gorges with stops in Skoura to visit the Amrhidil Kasbah and a drive through the Palmary to reach the city of Roses & Dades valley. You will continue to Todra gorges for the 2nd night of your Marrakech round trip.
Day 3: Todra – Amelagou – Goulmima – Erg Chebbi (4 hrs drive)
After breakfast, you will travel off the beaten path upper the gorges through Tamtatoucht and Ait Hani Berber villages, enjoy the scenic driver through Amelagou gorges. A stop in Goulmima to visit the old ksar before you continue through Tafilalet oasis to Erg Chebbi sand dunes. Sunset camel ride and overnight in tented camp.
Day 4: Merzouga – Rissani – Adez/Ouarzazate (3 hrs drive)
After breakfast, you will camel trek back to meet your driver and head to visit the surrounding villages of Merzouga such as Hassi Lebied, Khamlia and the lake Dyet Serji if water & flamingos are there. You will visit the traditional market of Rissani, try a Berber pizza before you head Ouest to Draa valley through Nkob. Overnight in Agdez or Ouarzazate.
Day 5: Adez / Ouarzazate – Tizi-n-Tichka – Marrakech (4 hrs drive)
After breakfast, you will head back to Marrakech via Ouarzazate and Tizi-N-Tichka pass (2260m). You may stop to visit the cinema museum, sets & decors used to shoot movies in the town or the Fint Oasis in the Anti Atlas Mountains and make through the pass to Marrakech.