Marrakech Desert Safaris
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How many days should you plan for a Marrakech desert tour?

Tours of Marrakech's picturesque desert vary in length from a single afternoon to an adventurous five days. To help you pick the right option, here are some of the best things to do on each.

1 day

Enjoy a camel tour through Marrakech's rural palm groves, race over the dunes on a quad bike, or even do both! Either way, be sure to stop for tea at a traditional Berber village.

2 days

Take in the scenic delights en route to Zagora - among them Aït Benhaddou, an ancient city that has been the backdrop to Hollywood movies from "Lawrence of Arabia" to "Gladiator."

3 days

Trek out to the Sahara's famous windswept dunes at Erg Chebbi or Erg Chigaga, spotting wildlife by day and camping Bedouin-style beneath the stars at night.

4 days

From Aït Benhaddou, detour through Ouarzazate – "Door of the Desert" – and continue over the Atlas Mountains through the historic village of Tamgrout and Irqui National Park.

5 days

Take in all of the above and throw in hikes along the breathtaking Todgha and Dadès Gorges, as well as smaller pleasures like flamingo-watching and traditional music shows!

Planning Your Visit

How much does it cost?

Marrakech desert tours and safaris start at around €50 for an afternoon, with prices reaching closer to €1,000 for all-inclusive day trips lasting four to five days. Discount deals can be found if you book online, but be sure to compare comfort factors like transportation, accommodation, and food, especially for longer tours.

What's the weather like?

Marrakech swelters through hot and humid summers that can reach upwards of 104°F. However, despite the desert landscape, it experiences seasonal rains through its damp and mild winters.

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What people are saying about Marrakech

Beautiful Trip to get out of the busy city.

We had a lovely trip to the Sahara Desert. Besides the long drive in the bus (who would have guessed that) this tour was an experience I never want to miss. The stops on our way to Merzouga were nice and it was exciting to visit Ait Ben Haddout, the home of scenes from TV shows like Game of Thrones and Movies like Indiana Jones and to visit a Berber house, where we could ask them any questions about their lifes. But the absolute favorite part was the Desert camp where we spent the last night. We didn't get a lot of sleep because of the cold temperatures, but the absolutely beautiful sunset and the stunning night sky (we had newmoon, more stars then we can count) were worth it. The camp itself was simple but nice, we had a small bathroom to share and private tents and the dinner we had there was one of the best we had in Marrakech.

Marrakech to Merzouga 3-Day Desert Safari Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 12/03/2019

An amazing experience that everyone should try!

I thought that I booked an excursion on a Monday and on that morning, I found out that I booked the excursion for the day after (Tuesday). The tour company quickly changed my booking to that morning, to accommodate my schedule. They handled the situation very well! So we took the excursion right on Monday morning (only an hour after I realised I booked the wrong date)! The excursion itself was really fun, a Moroccan experience you shouldn't miss. Riding the quad was definitely a highlight - we rode to a really cool spot that's out in the desert and chilled by the pool drinking some mint tea.

The Sahara was the highlight- so beautiful

Recommend upgrade to the luxury option- get blankets and food and your own bathro/shower. The camel ride was so cool, seeing the Sahara was wonderful too. Just be aware that a lot of the stops along the way will be expensive- you will Be expected to buy stuff )rugs, snacks, water)

Marrakech to Merzouga 3-Day Desert Safari Reviewed by Kate, 27/02/2019

Basic and a bit touristy, but well organized and worth it

This tour exceeded my expectations. It is indeed touristy, and the stops on the first day get a bit frustrating in that regard because of the constant moving along and upselling, but otherwise it was extremely well organized and you're going for the Sahara anyway and they certainly deliver on that. Our driver was fantastic and got us everywhere early or on time. The hotel the first night is old but pretty decent and the desert camp was pretty nice for what we thought we'd get. Sand boarding was awesome. Lots of group bonding as well with good people. The guides were actually very good and I greatly appreciated their work. Dont buy anything at the stops--they really over charge and there's places elsewhere you can get the same stuff cheaper. Lunches are expensive and with the exception of the last day, not so good. but there's nothing else so not a lot of other options to choose from.

Marrakech to Merzouga 3-Day Desert Safari Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 26/02/2019

Trip was very interesting, educating, exciting and well guided.

The Andes and Merzouga desert are spectacular and we admire them every step we take. The driver was professional and entertaining. Local guiders were also very professional and we find out a lot of new things. Everyting was very well organised.

Shared 3 Day Sahara Desert Tour from Marrakech to Merzouga Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 18/02/2019