5 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga desert

Morocco 5 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga desert starts usually by picking you up from your accommodation or airport. You will drive from Marrakech in a scenic view via the mountain pass of Tizi N Tichka and arrive at Ait Ben Haddou. The latter is the largest Kasbah in Morocco and the oldest, you will explore it and drive to Ouarzazate’s Atlas studios to discover one of the world’s largest studios. Not only that but also explore the Kasbah of Taourirt.

The next day, you will continue to Boumalne dades by the roses valley, where you will probably visit one of the rose water cooperatives. 

Subsequently, you will drive all the way through Todgha Gorges and Erfoud to reach Merzouga desert for the came ride and spend the night at the camp.

After the lovely night at the Berber camp, you will visit Merzouga’s famous destinations. For example, Khamlia village, the mines of Kohl, Baryte, and so many more things to admire.

On the fourth day, you will drive through the Anti Atlas mountains and the Berber villages of Nkob, Alnif, Agdez to arrive at Ouarzazate.

Eventually, you will drive again via the High Atlas mountains and the Tizi N’Tichka to arrive at Marrakech, where our 5 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga desert itinerary ends.

The 5 days tour from Marrakech starts with a pick up from your accommodation or airport in Marrakech. A tour around some of Morocco’s special destinations. The first one for today will be the kasbah of Ait Benhaddou.

On the way, you are going to experience the beauty of atlas mountains via the road of Tizi N’Tishka, with an altitude of 2260m. Offering you charming views. Valleys, oasis, mountains, and Berber villages. Furthermore, we will stop by different interesting places, so you can get the chance to take some great pictures.

Arriving at the world heritage site the Kasbah Ait ben Haddou. This place belongs to one of the most important families between the 16th and 17th centuries, “the Glaoui’s family”. Also, a place that attracted many filmmakers. They shot some movies there such as ” Jesus of Nazareth “, “Gladiator 1 & 2”, “Game of thrones”. Lunch is planned for you to enjoy it in this historical area.

Then after a quiet stay, we will resume our tour through the road of thousand Kasbahs. In which we will cross Skoura oasis and the valley of roses.

Eventually, in the evening you will check in to your hotel in Dades Valley. 

Departing Dades Valley in the morning, we will resume our 5 Days desert tour. 

We will head over to a special destination today, the magnificent Merzouga. Passing by Tinghir, to visit Todra gorges the highest narrowest spectacular gorges in Morocco. A unique place. Recognized around the world as one of the most spectacular canyons in the world.

Then after restoring, we will continue towards our unique destination, the Sahara Desert. When arrived at Merzouga you will ride the camels through the dunes of Erg Chebbi. At final, in a memorable experience on the top of the high dunes, you will admire the spectacular sunset in the middle of the Sahara.

Eventually, the camels will take you to our traditional well-equipped camp. There you will enjoy a traditional dinner accompanied by Berber drums music show around a campfire in a friendly mood under the stars.

5 days tour from Marrakech‘s third day starts with a pick up from the camp. Today you are going to discover the desert life and get deeper into the nomadic bedouin life of this part of Morocco. The first thing you are going to see is the National Auto Museum. It is a museum of old 4WD cars owned by a Qatari person who established similar museums across the globe.

Secondly, you can enjoy yourself some spiritual music in a Berber village they call “Khamlia" data-wplink-url-error="true">Khamlia” “. This small village is where most of the people that immigrated from the other African countries like Gabon, Sudan and Mali. You will be able to try their tea and also listen to their spiritual “Gnaoua” music.

Afterwards, you will hit an off-road through the Desert Valley to stop at M’Fis. It is an old French abandoned village which they call the ghost village. It is where the locals are still working on mining the Kohl and Baryte. 

Thirdly, your driver again will take you this time to discover the life of nomads. These people are about 20km from the Algerian Borders, you will get to know all the parts of their tents, also where they cook and what they use for transportation.

At lunchtime, you can try the Berber pizza, which is the traditional meal for all nomads. After lunch, you will drive back to the main town to see the desert oasis, where the agriculture lands are. Besides, you will see the water systems in the area.

Eventually, our staff will take you to the hotel where you will relax and spend the night.

The fourth day of our 5 days tour from Marrakech begins after a calm relaxing night, we recommend you to wake up early so you will not miss a spectacular desert sunrise.

half an hour drive will drop us a Rissani town. It is one of the most important towns in the southeast of the kingdom as it is the birthplace of the Alaouit dynasty that is ruling Morocco now. It is also famous for its huge traditional market that takes place three days a week. 

Afterward, we will continue towards the gate of the desert, the city of Ouarzazate. Secondly, pass via Tazarine and the beautiful town of Nkob. This is where you will enjoy a traditional lunch with the view to the oasis of palm trees. Before continuing, on the way, we will pass by the magnificent Draa Valley.

High on a panoramic view, we will stop at Agez town to catch a magnificent panoramic picture over the mountains and Deraa Valley. The valley is the longest in Morocco and an important source of dates. It is also the source of livelihood for many families who live on agriculture across the valley.

In the evening, we will arrive to Ouarzazate to spend the night in a local riad.

On the last day of our 5 Days desert tour from Marrakech, we will cross the High Atlas Mountains to get back to Marrakech. 

Still in Ouarzazate, you can visit the Atlas Film Studios. It is one of the world’s largest studios where lots of filmmakers have shot their productions. 

You will learn why the city is called “Hollywood of Africa” or “Ouarzawood”. You will see all the filmming sets and equippments used by successful films and series including Game of Thrones, Gladiator 1 & 2, Prince of Persia and Lawrence of Arabia. 

Afterwards, we get back to the road through the High Atlas Mountains and Berber Villages. We will stop for lunch at one of the restaurants in the middle of the mountains to enjoy the Berber cuisine. 

Late afternoon, we will make it back to Marrakech and drop you at your accommodation. 

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The total distance this tour covers is approximately 1100km/680mi, but it is divided into two days with interesting stops all over the road.
The camel trekking experience takes around an hour with a stop for sunset. So, you only need a small bag and a bottle of water because the rest of your luggage will be taken by the camp car straight to the camp.
The camels are treated well as they work mostly an hour a day. They go grazing in the morning and eat hay and alfalfa after they arrive to the camp making sure they get enough rest, food and water. Since most of the camels owners used to be nomads, they love their animals. 
It is always possible to skip camel riding and drive straight to the camp by a 4×4 vehicle.
Standard camps offer basic amenities with communal facilities, while luxury camps provide more personalized service with private tents and bathrooms with enhanced comfort.

Yes, in Merzouga area there is good coverage of signal, so all camps have Wifi. All camps also use power generators which they turn off after all customers sleep. For that reason, it’s wise to schedule your electricity use appropriately.

The best outfit for the camel ride would be pant or long skirts rather than shorts or dresses to protect from the coarse fur of the camel. It is also necessary to put on a scarf or a hat to protect from the sun and possible wind.

No, mostly all camps use water tanks to provide the camp needs of water. You have access to hot water and cold for different uses. Yet, it would be wise to accordingly use the water because all desert areas suffer from drought and lack of rain especially in the recent years

The weather in the desert varies depends on the season. At Summer time, the average temperature is 19C°/66F°. The average temperature in winter is 4C°/39F°. The perfect time for a desert trip is at winter and spring time. Clear skies, no wind and quiet atmosphere can make your stay memorable.

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