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Field Report: 3 day desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga

This three-day desert tour takes you from Marrakech to Erg Chebbi and back. On the way to the Sahara, you will be able to enjoy the numerous sights of South Morocco and experience the unforgettable highlight of the trip: spending a night in the desert.

A trip to the Sahara is definitely worth to putting on your list for an amazing vacation in Morocco. The breathtaking motifs of the postcards sold in Marrakech will suddenly become reality: an endless ocean of sand, a clear horizon, and, if you’re lucky, a gigantic starry sky. The absolute highlight of the three-day “Desert Safari from Marrakech to Merzouga” is the night in the desert camp. The tour described here is offered by a Moroccan travel agency via Getyourguide and is one of the most frequently booked desert tours with top reviews.

Desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga

Round trip with overnight stay in the Sahara desert

The tour begins in Marrakech. There is room for a maximum of 17 participants in the air-conditioned minibus. More than 1300 kilometers will be covered in the next three days, but that sounds more stressful than it actually is. The view from the bus window is phenomenal and the landscape breathtaking. Regular stops will make the photographers happy, as well as those who need to use the rest room. The longer stops include more detailed sightseeing. And there is plenty to see, as the journey to the Sahara and back takes you to several important sights, such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ait Benhaddou or the Todra Gorge. As mentioned above, the number of participants per tour is limited to 17. This makes the trip very enjoyable as you don’t travel anonymously but get in touch with your fellow travelers easily. Read more

Day trips and excursions from Marrakech

Marrakech is a perfect base for day trips beyond the suqs of the medina. Experience the various Moroccan landscapes in the lush and fertile Ourika-Valley, the Portuguese-style coastal town of Essaouira, the Toubkal National Park or at the Ouzoud Waterfalls — Morocco presents itself in many different shapes and breathtaking beauty.

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On the road (photo: Travelguide Marrakech)

Daytrips and longer excursions can be booked via the many travel agencies and tour operators that you’ll find in Marrakech’s medina. However, if you are not in need of supplies and an off-road vehicle or 4×4 to go to the Sahara, a lot of daytrips can be organised without renting a car by simply using public transport.

  1. Ourika Valley
  2. Imlil and Toubkal National Park
  3. Ouzoud Falls and the Imi-n-Ifri Formation
  4. Trip to Essaouira
  5. Ouarzazate and Aït Benhaddou
  6. Desert tours and excursions to the Sahara

1. Ourika Valley

Not even an hour from Marrakech, you will find Ourika Valley. This fertile valley is supplied with water by a river fed by springs in the High Atlas. A popular day trip destination is the little village of Setti Fatma, the last settlement that can be reached by car on this side of the mountains. From here, you can start little hikes in the Atlas — the short walk to the waterfalls of Setti Fatma is a classic.

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The Ourika Valley (photo: Travelguide Marrakech)

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