How to Do a Moroccan Sahara Desert Tour (The Right Way!)
The Sahara Desert tours is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting Morocco. It covers 9.4 million square kilometers, the same scale as the United States of America! Trek across the desert, see the rippling red sand dunes, and camp under the stars! Many companies offer Sahara Desert tours, and there are numerous options for including it in your Morocco itinerary. Prepare for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure on a Sahara Desert Tour!
3 days Marrakech Sahara Tour
Since we were coming from Chefchaouen, the blue capital, our tour began in Fes. The tour is also available as a return trip from Marrakech. Prepare to drive a lot, but the scenery and sights you’ll see will be well worth it!
Day 1 Sahara Desert Tour
We left Fes about 8 a.m., and the driver drove us to Merzouga the same day. Merzouga is a city at the beginning of the Sahara Desert. We stopped several times along the way to take in the breathtaking views of Moroccan landscapes.
When you arrive in Merzouga, you’ll move to a four-wheel-drive vehicle, which will whisk you away to your camp just in time to catch the sunset. Seeing the Sahara’s epic red sand dunes for the first time is a once-in-a-lifetime experience! We chose to go glamping, which is similar to camping but much more luxurious. KamKamDunes was the camp we reserved ahead of time, and it was fantastic. These tents are very spacious, with beds and even a private bathroom!
We had a wonderful dinner that night, played music together, and gazed at the millions of stars from the sand dunes. One of the most incredible things to do in Morocco is to go stargazing in the desert – it’s truly magical!
Day 2 Sahara Desert Tour
You’ll be woken up really early the next morning to get up, climb on a donkey, and ride to the top of a dune. The sun will rise from the horizon until you reach the top of the dune, and all of the dunes will turn a lovely soft orange color. As soon as the sun rises, the temperature rises quickly, so prepare to feel the desert’s famous heat!
You will depart after breakfast in the direction of Marrakech. You’ll travel through and stop at a number of locations, including Tenhir, Tinjdad, Jorf, and Erfoud. All of these are incredible Saharan towns and cities with beautiful earthen homes. When the sun sets, you’ll arrive in Boumalne Dades (or a nearby village) and spend the night in a traditional Kasbah. A kasbah is a house/palace controlled by a family and inhabited by several families.
Day 3 Sahara Desert Tour
The stretch from Dades to Marrakech was the most scenic. You’ll travel through the Atlas Mountains, passing by deep cliffs that, depending on the season, can be snowy.
Additionally, pay a visit to At-Ben-Haddou, a well-known filming location. When you see this incredible landscape, it’s easy to see why! Here you can enjoy a delicious mint tea or purchase a traditional Moroccan rug. You will arrive in Marrakech shortly before sunset.
Pick your Sahara Desert Tour wisely
From Marrakech or Fes, the Sahara is a long way away. The trip, however, is quickly forgotten once you’ve seen the sunset or the millions of stars at night. The drive is also a lovely part of the journey and a fantastic way to see more of Morocco’s scenery!
Choose a tour that corresponds to your schedule, such as:
- How long do you think it would take? It can take anywhere from 2 to 6 days.
- Do you want to depart from Marrakech or Fes?