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3-day Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour and explore the real Morocco. Enjoy breathtaking scenery ranging from snow topped Atlas Mountains to the color changing sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. Visit mud-brick fortified Berber settlements and Casbahs. Explore lush green oases and lime stone canyons.
The moment you sit in the back of your camel and watch the sunset on your way to your Merzouga desert camp, you will realize this Sahara desert journey is really worth it!
For Trekking Atlas Mountains you need to prepare as you would for walking in any mountain region; it can be warm and sunny during the day but the weather in the mountains can quickly change from sunshine to snow and cold winds (autumn through late spring). Please do not leave any rubbish behind you; carry out what you carry in.
Atlas Treks are tailored to match the season and your level of fitness. You have the choice of basing yourself in Berber Guesthouses, from where you can take daily walks, or you can Atlas Mule Trek for 2+ days. On mule treks you usually have the choice of staying in Berber Guesthouse/with families or wild camping in 2-person tents. In addition to regular packing, here is a Check List for Atlas Trekking:
Your 3 days Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour will start at around 07h30 in the morning from your riad or hotel.
We will start our 3-day Morocco desert tour with a drive to Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. First, we will need to drive through Tizi N’tichka pass and the High Atlas Mountains. Numerous stops will be made along the way. Visit the UNESCO world heritage Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. This amazing village was also served as a set for various Hollywood blockbusters.
We continue to Ouarzazate for lunch ( At leisure ). In the afternoon, we drive to the oasis of Skoura, known for its Kasbah of Amridil, which is worth a visit.
From here we continue our journey via the Valley of the Roses and the village of Kelaa Mgouna. This area of Morocco is famous for its Damascus rose distillation factories. Behind your car window, you will witness some amazing fortified adobe Berber settlements called Ksours. At the end of the day, we reach our hotel located in Dades Valley.
Dinner and overnight
After breakfast, drive through the 1001 Kasbahs road to Tinghir. Upon arrival to this marvelous oasis, you can enjoy a walk along Todgha River Banks. Visit Berber Villages and Ksours. Only when you reach the amazing huge cliffs of Todgha canyons, you will realize your morning adventure was really worth it!
Treat yourself to a delicious Berber lunch at leisure in the Gorges before you continue to Merzouga.
Upon arrival at Erg Chebbi, meet your camel caravan where the road end. Ride your camel and drive over the colour changing sand dunes to watch one of the most dramatic sunsets ever.
Arrive at your Sahara desert camp just before it gets dark. After you settle in your tent, Enjoy climbing one of the nearby sand dunes to marvel the tranquility of the desert. A well deserved Moroccan dinner will be served under the stars. Now, you will get ready to test your drumming skills with the nomads. Around the campfire, your camp hosts will entertain you with their Tam Tam drums. Take advantage of the nearby dunes exposing a great display of shooting stars and crystal clear constellations.
Overnight at your Sahara desert camp.
After an early sunrise camel trek through Erg Chebbi dunes, arrive at the camp operator’s lodge for breakfast, shower and maybe a quick swim at the lodge pool if time permits.
Meet your driver and vehicle and drive back to Ouarzazate. After some time at leisure for lunch, we carry on in the afternoon to Marrakech through the High Atlas Mountains.
Your budget shared 3 days desert tour will end in Marrakech at about 18h00