Fes: 2-Day Desert Safari to Marrakesh
Pickup includedPickup will be from your hotel/riad in Fes.
- Experience Ifrane, a winter ski resort and cedar forest with monkeys
- Take a camel ride to see the sunset and overnight in a desert camp
- Visit the Todra Gorge and the Kasbah ait Ben Haddou (private tour only)
Departing from Fes you will begin your ascent through Ifrane, a winter ski resort in a totally un-Moroccan style which was built by the French in the 1930s to resemble a Swiss village. From there you will visit the cedar forest in Azrou, where you will be able to view the local monkeys. Following that, you will begin your journey across the Middle Atlas Mountains.
Most of the day will be spent winding your way through the beautiful forests, springs, jagged rock faces, and Berber villages, as you cross the Atlas Mountains and begin to descend towards the Sahara Desert. At the half-way point you will stop for lunch in the town of Midelt, which is famous for its fossils and rocks, before continuing towards Merzouga.
You'll eventually reach Merzouga in the afternoon at around 5:00PM. There your guide and camels will be waiting for you, and following some rest you will start a camel trek across the sandy dunes of the Erg-chebbi. After one hour traveling across the desert you will reach a camp where you will spend the night in a Berber tent. At your desert shelter, your camels will be hobbled and some mint tea will be served. Following dinner, you can watch the stars before spending the night in your tent.
Day 2: Merzouga/Marrakech
In the morning you can get up early, take a walk over the sand dunes, and watch the sunrise from just behind the Algerian border (which is about 50 kilometers from Merzouga). You'll then take a camel back to the hotel, after which you will depart towards Marrakesh by passing through the famous "Road of 1000 Kasbahs" and the High Atlas Mountains, with a few quick stops along the way. You'll eventually reach Marrakesh, where your tour will conclude.
- Hotel pickup in Fes
- Transportation by air-conditioned minivan/minibus
- Professional driver
- Overnight in a desert camp
- Camel ride
- Dinner and breakfast
- Travel insurance
- Entrance fees
- Drop-off to your hotel in Marrakesh (available for the private tour only)
Prepare for the activity
- Passport or ID card
- Comfortable shoes