Riding a camel in Erg Chebbi and sleeping in a desert camp surrounded by 200m high sand dunes is now possible on a shared budget 3 days desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga for less than €90 in a shared small group desert trip from Marrakech, while still enjoying the comfort of an A/C modern minibus, and ensuite private rooms and tents on half board. This is what our 3 days, 2 nights shared budget morocco desert tour from marrakech to Merzouga on is all about!
Day 1 : Marrakech – Boumalne Dades
After an early pick up from your hotel or riad, your journey will begin by crossing the High Atlas Mountains past one Berber village after an other to the UNESCO world heritage site of Ait Ben Haddou, famous for its Kasbah and fortified village, previously used as a set for some famous Hollywood epics as well as a back drop for some fashion magazines photo shoots.
After some time at leisure to explore the village with its Kasbah, we will continue to Ouarzazate, also known as the Gate of the Sahara. After lunch at leisure, we will continue to Boumalne Dades via the Valley of the roses.
Upon arrival to Boumalne Dades, we will diviate into a secondary road to Dades Canyons. From here, we will enjoy an amazing Rocks formation and fortified Kasbahs scenery along the Dades river, with the sunset as a backdrop.
After a stop at the canyons for a drink or to admire the majestic scenery, we continue to our hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Boumalne Dades – Merzouga:
After breakfast, our journy will begin with a drive along the road of 1001 Kasbahs to Tinghir, a small oasis town , famous for its canyons and river.
We will continue to Todgha gorges, where we will have some time to explore the oasis and the canyons with our local guide, as well as to have lunch at leisure at a local café.
Early in the afternoon, we will continue to Merzouga, where our camel caravan will be waiting for us. Upon arrival, we will have a camel trek adventuring Erg Chebbi sand dunes for a spectacular sunset watch over the color changing sand dunes.
We should reach our Sahara desert camp just before darkness.
A Moroccan dinner will be served under the stars. Don’t forget to entertain yourselves tonight with the local nomads hosts showing you how to play their Tam Tam drums next to the camp fire.
Day 3: Merzouga – Marrakech
Optional early wake up call to watch the sunrise before breakfast. Ride your camels back to the lodge, where you will take your breakfast.
Today, long hours driving will be involved to reach Marrakech. You will stop half way for lunch in Ouarzazate, before you continue to Marrakech. Your shared 3 days desert tour from Marrakech will end late in the afternoon, with a drop off at your hotel or the nearest accessible point to your riad.