Sahara Desert, Morocco
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From Merzouga: Overnight Camel Trek over Erg Chebbi Dunes

1. From Merzouga: Overnight Camel Trek over Erg Chebbi Dunes

Head into Morocco's Sahara Desert on a camel and watch the sun set over the Erg Chebbi Dunes. This overnight tour offers spectacular views and a chance to experience the desert nomad lifestyle. Eat a traditional Moroccan tagine, take part in a drum circle, and sleep in an authentic Berber tent. See pink flamingoes at an oasis near Merzouga, and search for desert reptiles and mammals as you trek. Day 1: Erg Chebbi Dunes– D Ride your camel over the dunes and view the stunning desert scenery. Enjoy a traditional desert welcome in the Berber tent where you will spend the night. Take a sunset camel ride, try sand boarding, and in the evening, enjoy a Moroccan campfire dinner and drum circle before falling asleep under the stars. Day 2: Erg Chebbi Dunes–B Watch the sunrise from Algeria as it catches the dunes, and enjoy a camp breakfast before heading back through the Erg Chebbi dunes to Merzouga.

Marrakech Desert & Palm Grove Quad Bike Tour

2. Marrakech Desert & Palm Grove Quad Bike Tour

Head away from Marrakech's hustle and bustle by air-conditioned minivan and into the calm desert and palm grove for a thrilling quad bike adventure. Follow your guide through exciting tracks, enjoying a quenching tea with a local family midway through your journey. Along the way, discover traditional Berber villages, see houses typical of the region, and meet some of the locals to discover their way of life, practically unchanged for more than 200 years. Halfway through your tour, stop for a cup of Moroccan tea and a snack with a local family. With your guide as translator, you can take the opportunity to talk to them about their customs and experiences as you share a moment together. Enjoy the silence and serenity of the Sahara before hopping back on your quad bike and continuing your rugged desert ride. Conclude your tour back at the base camp. Sit back and relax on the drive back to your hotel in Marrakech.

Agadir: Sahara Desert Day Trip With Lunch

3. Agadir: Sahara Desert Day Trip With Lunch

You will be picked up from your hotel in Agadir at 8:30 AM. Begin your journey by heading to Sidi R'bat, 1 hour and 20 minutes south of Agadir, to discover unpopulated beaches and sandbanks. Stop at the fisherman village on the wild beach of Sidi R'bat, where you will have a chance to see the fishermen's caves, hewn in the cliffs. Then, drive on a sandy track while looking out onto the Atlantic ocean. You will then have a quick stop at the Oued Massa, a 120 km long coastal river by the Souss-Massa Nationalpark. Here, if you are lucky, you will spot migrating birds, mainly the Northern bald ibis. You will also catch a quick glimpse of the beautiful Dam Youssed bin Tachfine. After, you will walk around the old walled medina town of Tiznit and browse the handmade Berber silver jewelry shops. Then drive towards the Atlas mountains to enjoy a tasty traditional lunch (tajine, couscous, and seasonal fruits) in a local Berber's house. After lunch, you can roam freely in the small Sahara dunes to take photos. You can also be photographed on a short camel ride tour. - Total Distance: 160 km - Pickup from your hotel at 8:30 AM - Return to hotel around 5 PM

Merzouga Overnight Stay in a Berber Tent and Camel Ride

4. Merzouga Overnight Stay in a Berber Tent and Camel Ride

Depart Merzouga, Rissani or the oasis town of Erfoud and travel by 4WD vehicle to a traditional Kasbah at the foot of the Erg Chebbi dunes. Depending on your time of arrival, rest with a refreshing mint tea. Then, follow your guide into the desert and ride a camel across the sands. Trek across the magnificent landscape watching the sunset as you go. Arrive at the desert camp after a camel trek of approximately 2 hours. Upon arrival, your camels will be tethered as you drink some more mint tea. Enjoy a delicious dinner in the desert wilderness, and then sit around a camp fire to hear the beat of the drums and the songs of the Berber nomads of southern Morocco. Wake early in the morning and walk over the sand dunes to watch the sunrise from just behind the Algerian border, about 50 kilometers from Merzouga. Ride your camel back to the hotel, where you can relax with a shower and enjoy breakfast. Drive back to the bus station or your hotel in Rissani or Merzouga for the end of the tour services. 

Agadir: ATV Quad Biking Safari Dunes Experience

5. Agadir: ATV Quad Biking Safari Dunes Experience

Your adventure will begin with a hotel pick-up, followed by driving south of Agadir to the Berber village, to meet your guide. After a brief introduction on the buggy or quad driving techniques and a practical advice session, you will be ready to jump on your buggy or quad and start your adventure. See outstanding landscapes, golden sand dunes and one of the most idyllic beaches Morocco has to offer astride your very own quad. Follow your guide for an awesome quad bike experience which will take you high into the mountains where the views will astound you. If you are after a thrill then this is the sport for you, your guide will be happy to take photos/videos for your photo album. Get ready for the most amazing 4 wheeled adventure of your life. Don’t forget your Camera!

From Merzouga: Full-Day Small Group 4x4 Dunes Tour

6. From Merzouga: Full-Day Small Group 4x4 Dunes Tour

Start your visit to the area around Merzouga and the land of the Ait Khebbach tribe with pick-up from your accommodation in a spacious and comfortable 4x4 vehicle. Start your desert exploration with a visit to the village of Khamlia. Here, you'll enjoy the inhabitants' music and dance, and have the opportunity to try their instruments and learn to play some desert music of your own! Cross desert plateaus far away from concrete roads and visit a Berber family in their tent for lunch. Learn how they live in their tents with goats, sheep and working donkeys, as well as how to prepare a Berber pizza on the fire. Enjoy this delicious communal meal in their home. Afterwards, take a 4x4 down a gravel road to the Lake of Merzouga (also named Lake Tamezguida), which appears seasonally from November to May during the rainy season in  Middle Atlas. This is the best spot to see desert birds, and sometimes even flamingos! Return to your accommodation in Merzouga in the late afternoon.

Marrakech to Merzouga: 3-Day Private Tour with Camel Riding

7. Marrakech to Merzouga: 3-Day Private Tour with Camel Riding

Day 01: Marrakech - Art Ben Haddou - Ouarzazate - Todra Gorges Start your Marrakech adventure bright and early with a convenient pick-up from your Marrakech located hotel. After a short meet and greet with your driver you will be on your to your first location. Cross the High Atlas Mountains until you reach the Tizi N Tichka's pass (2250 meter altitude). Continue on until you reach the Kasbah of Alt Ben Haddou, here you will marvel at the unique looking desert villages. Visit the magnificent Ksar (selected as a heritage listed site by UNESCO) before continuing on to Ouarzazate. In Ouarzazate you will have the chance to stroll through Taourirt. After your sightseeing you will continue on your travel until you reach Todra Gorges, here you will settle in for a relaxing sleep overnight and enjoy dinner under the stars.  Day 02: Todra Gorges - Erfoud - Merzouga Dunes Depart in the morning for day two of your adventure. Start your day by taking a short drive to the Merzouga dunes and witness an outstanding and picturesque natural occurrence. Enjoy a drive to the Palmeraie area, dotted with thousands of Palm Trees. Visit Todra Gorges and witness the breathtaking, panoramic views of the steep gorges that sweep across the desert landscape. Once you have finished walking amongst the gorges you will pass through Tinejdad and Erfoud until you reach Rissani where you will enjoy a lunch. After lunch you will be taken to visit the tomb of King of Alaouit (belonging to the current royal family).  Next you will visit Merzouga, where an exciting camel ride over the dunes of Erg Chebbi awaits you. Whilst on the back of a camel you will be able to marvel at the Sunset as it falls behind the dunes. Pitch a tent in the evening and spend the night under the desert night sky.  Day 03: Merzouga - Rissani - Nqob - Tammougalte - Ouarzazate - Marrakech After you have enjoyed a delicious breakfast, you will depart back to Marrakech on an alternative route. On the way you will stop by new locations you have not yet seen.  Drive through the Draa valley in Nqob. Pass through a desert landscape that many of the locals consider to be mysterious. As you drive through it you will get to see the beautiful Oases that seem to survive in this harsh habitat. Before reaching your final destination in Marrakech you will stop in Ouarzazate and enjoy a delicious lunch with panoramic views. After your lunch you will be returned to your accomodation in Marrakech. 

3 Days 2 Nights From Marrakech To Chegaga

8. 3 Days 2 Nights From Marrakech To Chegaga

Go through the Tizi N Tichka path, in order to get the Tamdakhte Kasbah and the one at Ait Ben Haddou. There, you will visit this UNESCO world heritage site and continue the journey to Ouarzazate and Agdez, where you will enjoy a panoramic view of the Draa Valley. Then, you will follow this valley until Tansikht, where you will be able to discover kasbahs and typical villages along the Draa Valley until Zagora. From there, you will enjoy an hour camel ride with your guide to get to the authentic Tizi desert camp. At dinner you will eat a traditional meal with Moroccan mint tea, then spend the night in your tent. After seeing a beautiful sunrise over the dunes, you will be back in your 4x4 and to start the Moroccan desert discovery trip, including of course, the famous Chegaga with the biggest sand dunes in Morocco. Then, head to a village called Mhamid. After arrival you will enjoy lunch. Then you will be able to walk in the big dunes or practice sand-boarding before coming back to your 4x4 and then spending the night under the starry sky in authentic tents: erg Lihoudi. Admire the beautiful sunset across the big dunes of Lihoudi. Listen to traditional music around the fire at night. After the tour, in the early morning, you will hop back in the 4x4 to join your minibus and driver before coming back to Marrakech via the Draa valley and the Taourirte Kasbah.

Private Day Trip to Telouet & Ait Ben Haddou

9. Private Day Trip to Telouet & Ait Ben Haddou

You’ll be picked up in Marrakech from where you'll head out in an air-conditioned 4WD vehicle on a drive across the largest mountains in North Africa. En route you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the High Atlas Mountains and fertile valleys. This 10-hour trip is priced for a group of up to 4 persons. See the salt mines in the Ounila Valley, the Pacha Glaoui Kasbah, and Telouet. Visit the Ksar (Castle) of Ait-Ben-Haddou, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. The village of Ait-Ben-Haddou is situated on a hill in the Souss Massa Draa region, along the Ouarzazate River. It was an important stop for traders carrying gold, salt, and slaves along the main caravan route through the Sahara. Both Lawrence of Arabia and Jesus of Nazareth were filmed here. The entire lower part of the village was rebuilt, and in recent years, more controlled restoration was carried out under the watchful eye of UNESCO. Lunch will be in a local restaurant in Ait-Ben-Haddou, where you’ll enjoy your meal with panoramic views of the Kasbah. You'll then return to Marrakech via the Tizi n’Tichka pass.

From Marrakech: Day Trip to Iminifri Cave with Lunch

10. From Marrakech: Day Trip to Iminifri Cave with Lunch

Your day starts with a morning pickup from Marrakech before heading out of the city towards Iminifri. Directly translating to the ‘mouth of the cave’ in Berber, the 30-meter-tall natural arch is a unique geomorphological curiosity. Once you arrive, your expert speleologist guide will assist you to put on your equipment before entering the cave. As you explore, you will admire the concretions, stalactites, and stalagmites that make the cave so unique. This tour moves horizontally, meaning you won’t have to climb, descend, or face any major difficulties while inside the cave. After the tour, there will be a stop for lunch where you can admire the red ochres of the mountainous landscape before heading back to Marrakech.

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Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 19 reviews

This excursion definitely lived up to expectations - easy hotel pick up/drop off, not too far from the city, great quad bike experience (with our kids as passengers), friendly guides and instructors, picturesque tea stop!!

After confusion with pick up location therefore missed transportation. Driver and agents quickly resolved the issue and booked us in for the next day. Worth the money and would recommend

It was a great experience all around. A solid amount of time riding and our lead took just our group of 3 on some great variety of terrains. Tea was also good.

Great experience!! Guides made sure everyone in the group had a good time and felt safe

Absolutely incredible experience! Didn’t want it to stop, highly recommend.