Budget 3 Days Trip To Merzouga Desert From Marrakech

  • Difficulty Level
  • Duration Time
    3 Days
  • Number of Person
    1 - 15 Person

The three-day group travel from Marrakech to Merzouga in the Moroccan desert continues to be our most popular desert excursion in the country. Daily departures are still available from Marrakech. This desert safari is ideal for those who are willing to travel for extended periods of time but still want to experience the vast Sahara desert in Morocco. You won't have a dull moment on this trip, as the scenery is absolutely breathtaking. You'll be too captivated by the stunning views to think about anything else. The degree to which the landscape changes is truly remarkable and will leave you in awe.

What you’re going to do

From the fertile plains of the Haouz region, which are located close to Marrakech, to the High Atlas Mountains, and then on to a variety of valleys and oases. At last, the spectacular dunes of Erg Chebbi emerge from the shadow of the surrounding mountain plateaus. The highlights of the three-day desert travel from Marrakech to Merzouga are the sunset camel ride and the nocturnal sleep beneath the stars at your Bedouin Sahara desert tent.

ITINERARY FOR Budget 3 Days Trip To Merzouga Desert From Marrakech

Day 1  Marrakech - Atlas Mountains - Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou - Dades Valley
Your three-day desert holiday from Marrakech to Merzouga will begin in the early morning with a journey east of Marrakech via small suburban villages to the High Atlas Mountains. There will be multiple opportunities to take photos, enjoy the scenery, stretch your legs, and have a cup of coffee.

Drive uphill on tortuous roads to the famous Tizi Ntichka pass before arriving at Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, today's first big tourist destination. Ait Ben Haddou, a Berber walled village, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as a filming set for classic Hollywood epics such as Kingdom of Heaven, Lawrence of Arabia, and Gladiator. Cross the river that divides the Kasbah from the main road and take your time exploring the village. You can hire a local guide on-site if you choose.

Drive to Dades Valley after lunch, passing through Ouarzazate, Skoura Oasis, and Klaa Mgouna, the capital of the Valley of the Roses and known for its rose water artisanal distillation facilities. When you get to Boumalne Dades, take a small road that follows the Dades River and passes by numerous fortified Kasbahs on the way to Dades Canyons. You will arrive at your accommodation late in the afternoon. Dinner and a night's stay at your Dades hotel are included.

Day 2 Dades Valley - Tinghir Oasis - Merzouga - Sahara Desert
Today's trip will begin with a drive along the route of 1001 Kasbahs to Tighir, where we will deviate to a minor road traveling down the river to Todgha, where you will halt for a walk in the oasis under the shade of palm trees before continuing to Todgha Gorges.

We left early in the afternoon for Rissani, known for its dates market and as the starting point for medieval commerce caravans across the Sahara desert to Tomboctou, following some free time to soak in the immensity of the cliffs and lunch at a local café (At leisure). After a little stop, we will continue to Merzouga, passing through some rugged desert terrain.

When you arrive at Palais Des Dunes Lodge, you may cool down in their lovely pool before beginning your nighttime desert adventure to the camp.

Meet our camel caravan and ride your camels over the stunning color-changing dunes against the sunset backdrop. We go to our Sahara desert tent before it becomes dark.

After admiring the dunes and surrounding beauty, settle in for a Moroccan supper served under the stars by the campfire. Late at night, your local nomad hosts will entertain you with their drums.

Day 3 Merzouga - Ouarzazate - Tizi N'Tichka Pass - Marrakech
Arrive at the camp operator's lodge for breakfast, a shower, and, if time allows, a quick plunge in the lodge pool after an early morning camel ride across the Erg Chebbi dunes. Return to Ouarzazate after meeting your driver and car. In the afternoon, following some free time for lunch, we carry on to Marrakech via the High Atlas Mountains. Your low-cost three-day desert excursion will end in Marrakech at 19h00.


  • Outdoorsy
  • Adventurous


  • You will be picked up from your Marrakech riad
  • Modern A/C minibus operated by an English / French
  • Driver / guide
  • The first night in the Dades Valley hotel included supper and breakfast.
  • Erg Chebbi dawn camel ride. Boarding on the sand.
  • At our Sahara desert camp, we have a comfortable tent.
  • Erg Chebbi sunrise camel ride
  • Breakfast, a shower, and a swimming pool are available at the camp


  • On the road lunches In Kasbah, there is the option of hiring a local guide.
  • €3 per person in Ait Ben Hadou Personal expenditures


How long does a camel ride in Erg Chebbi last?
Sunset takes about an hour, and dawn the next day takes around another hour. The season, Daylight Saving Time, and the time of sunset / sunrise all influence time.
Is sand boarding included in your Marrakech group desert excursions?
A few sand boards will be available for use at the camp operator's lodge ( Availability not guaranteed ). You have the option of having one accompany you to camp. They are entirely free.
Is the first night of your group three-day desert trip in Dades Valley private?
No, if you prefer a private room, you must pay an extra upgrade fee of 10 Euros per person when you book. Your own room will be air conditioned as well. Shared rooms are not allowed.
How far is it between Merzouga and Marrakech?
Marrakech and Merzouga are located 560 kilometres apart. However, the journey will be divided over two days, including a night in Dades Valley. On the way back, you'll spend the day travelling back to Marrakech.
What if we decide not to ride the caml at Erg Chebbi?
You may escape the camel ride at Erg Chebbi. A 4x4 will be available for an extra fee of 30 Euros to drive you from Merzouga lodge to Erg Chebbi desert camp ( Return transfer )
What are tour Highlights?
Cross the Tizi Ntichka pass in the High Atlas Mountains. Walk to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. Climb to the Dades Canyons. Discover the Todra gorges and Tinghir oasis. Ride a camel to enjoy the changing hues of the sunset in Erg Chebbi. Spend the night in a Berber desert camp in the Sahara desert.
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