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2-Day Zagora Desert Excursion from Marrakech

Product ID: 93303
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On this 2-day tour from Marrakech you’ll travel through the desert to Zagora, a town in the Draa River Valley in the Drâa-Tafilalet region of southeastern Morocco. Spend the night in a private tent in a Berber camp and enjoy camel rides in the desert.
About this activity
Duration 2 days
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live guide
English, French, Arabic
Wheelchair accessible

Pick-up service

Pick-up and drop-off is provided at your centrally located hotel or riad. If you are staying outside the city center there is an additional charge of €20 total per group (minimum of 2 to a maximum of 10 persons).
Easy cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • Experience the life of a Berber at a desert camp in the Sahara
  • Cross the shifting sand dunes on the back of a camel
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Ben Haddou
Full description
You’ll be picked up at your hotel or riad in Marrakech at 07:20 to begin your 2-day desert excursion.

On the way to southern Morocco, you’ll cross the High Atlas Mountains via the Tizi N’ Tichka Pass (2,260 meters in altitude). The drive takes you along zigzagging roads as you enjoy the views of the Berber villages of Imouzzar Valley.

Stop to explore Ait Benhaddou, one of the best-preserved villages in southern Morocco. This fortified village was built by the Ait Aissa tribe in the 15th century for caravan traders traveling from Timbuktu to Andalusia via Marrakech and Tangier.

The village served as a natural setting for several international movies including The Gladiators, Ali Baba, Ben Hur and Lawrence of Arabia. Enjoy a guided visit to the top of the hill that dominates the whole area.

Afterwards, you’ll head to Ouarzazate to visit the Taourirt Kasbah with a short break at the entrance of the city to see the cinema studios and old movie sets. You’ll also have a break for lunch before continuing to Zagora via Agdez and through the Draa Valley.

Your camel ride starts about a kilometer from Zagora. Enjoy the sunset along the way as you ride to the nomadic camp in the Nekhla dunes. Dinner will be served at the camp and you’ll spend the night in a private tent.

On the second day, wake up early to enjoy a spectacular sunrise followed by breakfast. You’ll have the option of a camel trek back to meet your driver.

The drive back will take you along the Draa Valley, with breaks to take in the views and for lunch, before returning to Marrakech via Ouarzazate.
Includes
  • Hotel pick-up in Marrakech city center
  • Drop off near Jemaa el-Fna Square
  • Transportation by air-conditioned minibus (maximum 17 passengers)
  • English-speaking driver
  • Camel trek in the Zagora dunes at sunset and sunrise
  • Berber Sahara desert camp tent (hot showers and toilets outside your tent)
  • Dinner and breakfast
What’s Not Included
  • Lunches
  • Drinks
  • Local guides
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off outside Marrakech city center (available at €20)

When you get there

Know before you go
• Customer pick-up starts at 7:00 am but please allow for a wait of 30 minutes due to early morning traffic
• If your accommodation located in an area which cannot be served by the pick-up service, you will be sent an email with details of the nearest meeting point 24 hour before the day of your tour
• Please bring comfortable shoes, sunscreen, a camera and long pants
• A private tent is available for €5 per person