5 day desert trip from Marrakech to the south
5 DAY desert trip from Marrakech , Presented to you by Prime Morocco Tours.
The grand desert tour from Marrakech – South Morocco
This 5–day desert tour from Marrakech is a great way to explore Morocco‘s amazing landscapes, culture, and history. The tour starts in the city of Marrakesh, where you can explore its old royal palaces and ancient monuments. Then you‘ll travel through the spectacular High Atlas Mountains and visit the Kasbah of Ait Ben Hadou, a UNESCO heritage site. After that, you‘ll head to the Dades Valley, Tinghir, and the Todra Valley, admiring the gorgeous rocky formations, Amazigh villages, and more. You‘ll then end your journey in Merzouga, where you will get to explore the desert on camelback and spend a night under the stars. On the last day, you’ll return to Ouarzazate and explore the valley of roses. You will then head to Ait ben Haddou, Tizi Ntichka, and finally terminate your tour in Marrakesh
The highlights of this 5–day desert tour from Marrakech are:
- Visiting the Kasbah of Ait Ben Hadou (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).
- Exploring the stunning High Atlas Mountains.
- Admiring the beautiful rock formations in Todra Valley.
- Enjoy a camel ride in Merzouga.
- Spending the night under the stars in the desert.
- Discover the filming studios in Ouarzazate (Hollywood of Africa).
5 days desert tour from Marrakech itinerary
Read the following itinerary to have a clear idea of what to expect on this desert trip from Marrakech in the South of Morocco. However, this tour can be edited or changed to suit your interests, needs, and budget. Prime Morocco Tours will allow you to have a desert experience in Morocco through an affordable Marrakech desert tour.
Day 1: Marrakech – High Atlas Mountains – Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate – Dades:
The tour will start from Marrakesh where we will meet first time; this city was an old capital of Morocco’s ancient monarchs, and it is named to be the capital of the Maghreb Union. At 8 am we will drive through the High Atlas Mountains that is known by the highest top in Morocco 4,167m named Toubkal go Through the Tizi N’Tichka passage on the mountain and enjoy the various landscape views. On the route we will have a break for a tea with mint or coffee at one of the Amazigh Hamlets. The next break will be at Ait Ben Hadou village to visit the Kasbah of Ait Ben Hadou; an old building that is for collective living, this Kasbah is nominated as a UNSCO heritage in 1987. This Kasbah and the region in general is very important for the industry of film making (famous movies like the man who would be king in 1975 and many others) it is also a fortress on the Salt Road where caravans from different regions came to buy slaves, gold, ivory and salt. Here we will enjoy the lunch time special food of the region. Then we will continue the path towards the Dades Valley, through the Kalaat Magouna; a town known by it’s thousands hectares of roses you can admire on May, Skoura Amazigh villages surrounding the valley of Dades; this valley which is shaped in a form of gorges long time ago, here we can spend the first night.
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Day 2: Dades Valley – Todra Gorges – Jorf – Erfoud – Merzouga (Erg Chebbi Desert):
The following day after your breakfast meal. The caravan will continue the road through the valley admiring the amazing rock formation ( the monkey toes) and the integration of the of Kasbahs within the beautiful nature to name but a few the amazing Kasbah of AitYul from the 19 century. Entering Tinrghir region and the Todra Valley and it’s panoramic landscape view and surrounding Amazigh villages. In the Todra valley we will have a walk through the river with it’s amazing 300m high red cliff which a favorite destination for many rock-limbers to practice this sport. Lunch time will be served either in Rissani or Erfoud; two town oasis in the Sahara, before leaving to merzouga the village of the golden sand where you will be welcomed with a tea with mint then checking in a Hotel
Day 3: Merzouga – Berber Families – Black Desert – Merzouga (Camel Ride & Night in Sahara):
The next day, of the 5 days desert tour from Marrakech, will start at the place of your stay in Merzouga with a breakfast then go towards the Algirian borders to visit to the villages surrounding Erg Chebbi dunes such as: Hassi Labied, Merdani, Khamlia and M’fis. We will meet locals on the way to Khamlia who will show you their desert fausses. On the sand you will probably encounter desert reptiles and mammals. Arriving to khamilia known as the Gnawi village, black people coming from southern countries of Africa as slaves in the past, who get integrated to the Moroccan society. The people there will be welcoming you very hospitably with a cup of tea made in the desert manner (Amazigh whiskey) and listning to their lovely spiritual Gnawi music. Leaving khamilia we will go towardsthe Algerian borders to have panoramic view to the golden dunes before having a picnic lunch under the shadow of a tree. The ride will continue visiting nomads of the region living under an Amazigh tent and taking care of their herds. On the way back to Merzouga to have dinner and sleep the night at the hotel, you will come across the volcanic rocks and the Yasmina Lake where you will be surprised with the natural postcard of the dunes surrounding the lake ( in spring). Here you will spend your first night under a traditional Amazigh tent watching the stars after a delicious dinner and fun time with drum music.
Day 4: Merzouga – Errissani – Alnif – Agdz–Ouarzazate (5 days desert tour from marrakech):
Continues of the 5 days desert tour from Marrakech, in the early morning our guide will wake up you very early in the morning to enjoy the sunrise shining over the golden sand of Mezouga. A few minutes later you will ride back to the auberge at the village to take a fresh shower and a tasty breakfast. Then you will take the route towards Oaurzazate to overnight and visit this wonderful cinematographic place called Hollywood of Morocco, taking pictures in its monuments used for filming. Passing through many different landscapes and villages Errissani where the Mausoleum of the first sultan of the current Dynasty of Morocco the grandfather of Mohammed the 6th Moulay Ali Cherif. You may stop for lunch when it is time at one of those villages.
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Day 5: Ouarzazate – High Atlas Mountains – Marrakech (5 days desert tour from marrakech):
The next morning, you will have a breakfast meal. Then we will start the trip From Ouarzazate, meeting the valley of roses which is cultivated with hectares of roses; their beauty and smell could be seen on May. The drive will take us to the Ighram “the fortified village” of Ait ben Haddou; where we will have lunch, whose name is taken from the Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou, world Hiretage site by UNSCO in 1987, where famous films were shot to name but a few as Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, The Mummy. Tizi Ntichka, is the next stop, a mountain wind road which we will climb to the top and take picture of the amazing view. At the end of the road, Marrakech was known in Tamazight as Amour N Akouch or the land of GOD. Arriving in the evening our driver will pick you at your last destination. The end of the 5 days desert from Marrakech.
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Questions you may ask about a desert tour from Marrakech!
Can you visit the desert from Marrakech?
Yes, you can visit the desert from Marrakech. Prime Morocco Tours offers 5-day desert tours from Marrakech, which will take you to some of the most beautiful landscapes in Morocco. You’ll get to visit the Kasbah of Ait Ben Hadou, explore the High Atlas Mountains, admire the rocky formations in the Todra Valley, and enjoy a camel ride in Merzouga. You may even get to spend the night under the stars in the desert during your tour.
How long does it take to get to the desert from Marrakech?
It typically takes around 4-5 hours to drive to the desert from Marrakech, depending on the route your tour operator takes. You will be driving through the High Atlas Mountains and admiring the stunning landscapes and Amazigh villages on the way, so the journey may take a bit longer.
Can you do a day trip to the Sahara Desert from Marrakech?
Yes, you can do a day trip to the Sahara Desert from Marrakech. Prime Morocco Tours offers day tours to the Sahara Desert, which typically include a visit to the Kasbah of Ait Ben Hadou, a drive through the High Atlas Mountains, a camel ride in Merzouga, and a chance to admire the breathtaking views of the Saharan landscape. However, since it is a full-day tour, you will not be able to spend the night under the stars in the desert.
Is the Sahara desert worth it?
The Sahara desert is definitely worth it if you have the time and money to visit. The landscape is stunning, and you can experience activities such as a camel ride in Merzouga, admiring the views of the desert from the High Atlas Mountains, and visiting the UNESCO-listed Kasbah of Ait Ben Hadou. Moreover, it’s an incredible experience to spend the night under the stars in the desert.