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.

What People Are Saying About Marrakech

Very well organised and great experience

Booking was easy and pre activity follow up very reassuring. The experience was loads of fun and sunset very special. Tea in local home at the finish was a nice touch. Thoroughly recommend this activity and this Tour firm.

Marrakech Palmeraie: Sunset Camel Ride Reviewed by Stephen, 10/02/2017

One of the top experiences you can do in this life

This excursion was amazing! Just book it! Do it now! The guides were great and the tents were so nice and clean where you stay which apparently is not always the case with all of the Marrakech desert trips. We had a blast listening to the guides play music before bed, and the 2 camel rides were so fun!!! The van could use a bit more air conditioning would be my only complaint and of course the long amount of time in the van, but of course it is worth it to get to the desert. We had debated about zagora vs the other desert (merzouga) but honestly I wouldn't want to be driving for as long as it takes to get to merzouga and the zagora is just as lovely. The sand isn't red but u do still get to the desert and u do get to sand dunes it isn't all rocks as some have said. Getting up to watch sunrise from the sand dune was simply magical. I could go on all day about how amazing this experience was!!!

From Marrakech: 2-Day Zagora Sahara Desert Tour Reviewed by chloe, 09/23/2017

SUCH AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE!!! RECOMMENDED

Our driver arrived on time, such a lovely person. We talked a lot and he drove us to the Camel ride place. The guide was lovely as well and we did around 1hour ride around the Palmeries. We stopped for a tea and then the driver brought us to another place where we took our quads and had the most amazing experience driving around in the middle of nowhere. We loved it and we recommend it if you're in Marrakech. Thank you very much!

Sahara is absolutely amazing place. Not everyday you sleep at dunes!

Sahara is great and it definitely the Best part of the trip. But is very far away From Marakech so most of the journey is... A journey. Hours and hours of driving.

Marrakech to Merzouga 3-Day Desert Safari Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 09/20/2017

An amazing trip to sahara desert of Zagora

This tour was really our holiday highlights , we enjoyed it so much , the pick up was at 7:20 , it was very hard for the driver to find our accommodation but we were lucky that we told them before and we arranged a meeting point . the transportation was air-conditioned , the stops were amazing , the team in Zagora were very warm welcoming , the camel trek and the sleeping under the stars were really a dream . excellent tour and RECOMMENDED 100/100 FOR EVERYONE .

2-Day Zagora Desert Excursion from Marrakech Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 08/23/2017