Marrakech: 3-Day 2-Night Sahara Desert Experience

3.7 / 5

58 reviews

Marrakech: 3-Day 2-Night Sahara Desert Experience

From $215.67 per person

A 3-day desert trip from Marrakech in which you will explore the south-east of the country, including its sand dunes. During this trip you will have the opportunity to discover some of the oldest parts of Morocco.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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COVID-19 precautions
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Duration 3 days
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Live tour guide
English, French, Arabic, Spanish
Optional audio guide
English, French
Pickup optional
Pickup at your hotel in Marrakesh, Marrakesh Menara Airport, Marrakesh Railway Station
Small group available

Experience

Highlights
  • Take a camel ride in the desert
  • View the sunset and sunrise our in the sand dunes
  • Experience a lovely and romantic night sleeping in nomadic tents
  • Explore the south of Morocco
  • Meet locals and share the experiences
Full description
Day 1: Departure from the hotel in Marrakech towards the old village of Ait Benhadou. On your way there you will pass through the wonderful Tichka pass, which is the highest road pass in Morocco. After visiting and having lunch in the famous village of Ait Benhadou, you will drive through the Rose Valley and head to the Dadès Gorges. This is where you will spend your first night, staying in a hotel with dinner and breakfast included. Day 2: Today you will drive towards the desert of Erg Chebbi, the most beautiful dunes of Morocco. You will pass through the Todra Gorge, the tallest gorge in Morocco, as well as some Berber villages. You will have lunch in the middle of the trail, before heading onward to the dunes. As you arrive close to the dunes, you will be able to take some time to rest and change your clothes in a nice hotel, and can even have a cup of mint tea before riding your camels over the dunes. You will also take some time for a sunset pause on the way to the camp. A charming and romantic dinner will be served by your nomadic family, and you can enjoy the desert view of the stars before you go to bed. Day 3: On your final day, you will wake up early depending on the sunrise time, before being served breakfast. After your return ride back to the main center, you will join your bus and drive to Marrakech.
Includes
  • Private bus
  • English-speaking driver
  • Evening meals and breakfasts
  • Camels
  • Spend one night in a luxury hotel in the Dadès Gorges
  • Spend one night in the Merzouga luxury camp
  • Return transfer to the airport at the end of your journey is free from Hotel Ali
  • Lunch meals
  • Drinks
  • Guided visit of Ait Benhadou kasbah (3€ per person)
  • Visit to the Kasbah Taourirt or film studio if necessary
COVID-19 precautions

Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers must bring their own headphones
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
  • Customers must fill out a travel information form
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Hotel Ali, Rue Moulay Ismail, Marrakech 40000, Morocco Near Post Office of Jamaa Elfna Square, Marrakech Medina

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Travel insurance
  • Sleeping bag

Know before you go

  • You will travel with other travelers on the same bus
  • You will share rooms and tents
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.7 / 5

based on 58 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    3.7/5
  • Transportation
    4.3/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Safety
    4/5
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Adventurous experience with ups and downs

In short, the trip was really great for the price. You saw a lot, there were no tourist traps (but be prepared for lunch as a mandatory break, there are no options other than eating in the restaurants provided, so all or none). The desert camp was adventurous, the hotel a little disaster on the first night, but what else can you expect for the price, after all, dinner and breakfast are included. The guide from the second day said that he would always hear that lunch at the lecture in the selected restaurant is always reported back negatively. Maybe you should rethink the choice of restaurant? Very unfriendly staff, could hardly speak English, wanted to bill more than food, really loveless handling of the tourists, who are only there once anyway. Nevertheless I would recommend the tour, good value for money and the camels seem to be doing well.

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12 June 2019

We had a lot of fun, and honestly got to do even more than we had been expecting to. We looked into A LOT of different trips and were very worried about actually getting the experience we were looking for. This one was exactly it, and we were very happy with it. My only complaint would be just the information provided by the guide in terms of what it was we were supposed to be doing. He gave lots of good info about what we were seeing and a good general overview of the itinerary, but when it came down to specifics it was a little lacking. At the point where we were supposed to ride the camels he kind of just dropped us off with the desert camp guys and left. Everything turned out fine, just a little confusion in the transfer is all. Aside from that my friends and I had a great time. They showed us some amazing things, and never really pressured us to buy things we didn't want to. The lunch places they offer are "mandatory" - as in there are no other options -but they were not expensive

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11 June 2019

Very nice experience. The night in the desert was excellent, the camp is very well equipped. The night we stay at the hotel was also very nice, very well located between impressive mountains. The breakfasts included were not very good - just bread and maybe 1 egg included - the dinners were so much better. The spots where the tour stops are worth seeing and the people in town in charge of guiding the tour were very nice. The restaurants where the tour stops for lunch are not the best, they all offer the same food and have a bad hygiene (there are cats and insects everywhere). I do not know if all the restaurants are the same. The highways are very bumpy, and the road has a lot of curves. Moving from one place to another takes hours but it is worth it. ***BE CAREFUL IN THE DESERT** no one warns you about anything but in the night we found a white scorpion right beside us in the sand dunes while seeing the stars, the people there in charge killed it fast, but you have to be careful.

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4 June 2019

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