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Moroccan Desert 3-Day Tour from Marrakech

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icon3 days  (approx.)
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Overview

Mark a voyage to the Sahara Desert off your bucket list with this 3-day tour from Marrakech. Stop by the kasbah of Aït Benhaddou, the city of Ouarzazate, and Atlas Studios, one of the largest movie studios in Africa. Along your way, experience life like locals do as you sip on traditional mint tea, hop on the back of a camel to trek across Erb Chebbi, and spend the night in a nomadic bivouac camp. Two nights of accommodations, as well as all transport and some meals are included with this tour.
  • 3-day Sahara Desert voyage from Marrakech
  • Trek across the Sahara on a camel to your desert camp
  • Experience the nomadic lifestyle at a bivouac camp
  • Small-group tour ensures personalized service
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Dinner (2)
Breakfast (2)
Gratuities
Lunches and beverages
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Hôtel Restaurant Café de France , jamaa el-fnna، J2G7+G36, Rue des Banques, Marrakech 40000, Morocco

Pick up will be in front of the famous Cafe du France located in the D'jemaa el Fna Square.

8:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.Meeting at the Square of Jemaa el fan in front of the famous cafe du France
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Small bag/back-pack with belongings for bivouac overnight suggested as will be carried on the camel. All luggage can travel with you on tour, and bulk of luggage will be stored and secured at hotel bordering desert.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Vehicle travel on day 3 back to Marrakech is 9-10 hours with stops
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Camel Safaries - Day Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Moroccan Desert 3-Day Tour from Marrakech?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Moroccan Desert 3-Day Tour from Marrakech.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Moroccan Desert 3-Day Tour from Marrakech?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Moroccan Desert 3-Day Tour from Marrakech.
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What is the social distancing policy during Moroccan Desert 3-Day Tour from Marrakech?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Moroccan Desert 3-Day Tour from Marrakech?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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  • "Pack extra if you’re headed out during the winter months- it’s quite cold in the dunes." See review
  • "Bring warm clothes for the desert and gloves for the camel safari (early in the morning it is really very cold) and also enough coins for the restroom stops!" See review
  • "There's a fair bit of driving involved, but there were regular stops to take photos, have lunch and get refreshments." See review

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star-5
The magic of the desert
Sonja_F
, Apr 2022
My charming and very sweet driver and very informative guide Kahlil picked me up in Marrakesch. We drove through the Atlas Mountains, passed villages, oasis, gorges, world heritage sites and nomads. We had plenty of stops and Kahlils good and very kind company made the drive effortless. The first night we spend with Hassan and his family in a lovely cosy guest house, I was showered with food and kindness. A very comfortable warm room and bed sheltered from the cold mountain air in April. On the second day we arrived in a Kasbah to get on the camels to take us to by sunset to our desert camp. Would I do it again? Absolutely … the silence, the vastness … only now for much longer with the real Nomads.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing experience!!
Giacomo_B
, Apr 2022
This was an absolutely amazing trip! We spent three lovely days with our driver Mohamed and our guide Moha, who took us to all the touristic spots but also to the core of Morocco. We had two traditional meals at places we would never find by ourselves that provided the true Moroccan vibe we wanted to have. The time we spent in the desert was a once in a lifetime experience we will never forget. We had a lot of fun with Mohamed and Moha, we only wished the trip with them was longer! They were professional, kind and passionate. We totally recommend this trip!
star-5
Great Experience
Timothy_H
, Jul 2021
Everything about this tour was great. It started off with Khalid arriving at the hotel in Marrakesh in a very nice and clean SUV. There is a lot of driving involved in this tour but Khalid was very knowledgeable about everything along the way and kept it very interesting. The accommodations were good and the camel ride to the desert camp was really cool. I highly recommend this tour for people looking to experience Morocco outside of the major cities. Its a great value.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you for your kind comments. We appreciate your feedback and we hope to see you back again inshallah!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Best 3 days of our whole trip
Jenifer_P
, Mar 2020
Mohamed and Youssef were wonderful to spend 3 days with. Youssef is a wonderful, safe driver and very friendly and nice to be around. Mohamed seemed to know everything and everyone, always had very interesting and thorough answers to any questions no matter the topic (plants, geography, culture, history or something in between). They took us to wonderful places to eat and stay that weren't filled with tourists. That combined with the very small group, we always felt like we could ask questions or take a break or get what we needed/ wanted out of the trip any time. We were so sorry when the trip was over, everything was so beautiful and interesting and clearly carefully planned. They both went above and beyond and our experience with them was the highlight of our entire time in Morocco.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing traveling experience
JennB
, Feb 2020
The tour was amazing and I love how it is family-owned and operated. Driver was Hassan and guide was Mohamed. From staying you first night in a Kazbah and second night under the stars in the Sahara Desert, it is truly spectacular. Most importantly, Mohamed was very concerned about me enjoying my stay in Marrakech and would not even let me take a taxi back to my Riad on the last night due to concerns (I am a solo young, woman traveler) - he contacted the Riad and set up a meeting point so I would not have to walk alone back at 2000 hours. I cannot wait to return a do a longer itinerary! Thank you, thank you! Afrikaaaa!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thank you so much for your kind review. I am very happy to hear you enjoyed your tour, and Camel Safaries guiding staff. Looking forward to seeing you back in Morocco very soon, Inshallah. Thank you again, Africa Mama!
star-5
Unforgettable experience, spectacular sights, great guides
ikratynski
, Feb 2020
This was an amazing, unforgettable experience. A small group, this was essentially a private tour. The driver Youssef made the journey very pleasant, sharing his knowledge of the sites as well as about Berber culture generally. Stops along the way included Ksar Aït Ben Haddou (UNESCO site) and Kasbah Amridil, where there were guides to show us around. Because no one was interested, we did not spend significant time at Atlas Studios. Accommodations the first night were very comfortable with a gorgeous view, and the lamb tajine was one of my favourite meals of my trip. The next day we enjoyed a walk at the breathtaking Todra Gorge. My least favourite part of the trip was at the shop where we picked up our scarves for the desert. We had our pictures taken wearing traditional Berber garb – it felt awkward and fake. Some tourists may enjoy this, but it's not for me. And then we went into the Sahara... I rode a dromedary! I went sandboarding! I watched the sun set and rise over the dunes! I smoked shisha and waited for the moon to go down to better see the stars! It was a magical night! The tent was comfortable, the food was great. The team of guides at the camp were friendly, welcoming, and talented – we enjoyed their music, singing and dancing around the campfire. The way back to Marrakech, I had a different driver, Amar, who's extremely knowledgeable about the language, history, politics and more of the region. It was a lively trip that passed quickly. Morocco's landscape is spectacular, and this is a great way to see a lot of it if your time is limited. The tour was well-organized but also very flexible, with staff who were friendly and helpful in arranging both meeting and drop-off points.
star-5
Recommend!
Marijke_B
, Jan 2020
We had a fantastic trip. After spending two full and interesting days in the crowded city of Marrakech, we were very happy to see more of the beautiful landscape of the Atlas mountains and the Sahara desert. We had a very good driver (Ibrahim) and an excellent tour guide (Mohammed) who shared a lot of information with us about both the islamic and the Berber culture and who was happy to answer every possible question we could have. If you can, book three nights - you won't regret it! Bring warm clothes for the desert and gloves for the camel safari (early in the morning it is really very cold) and also enough coins for the restroom stops!
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-3
Three days in the car
Marta_M
, Dec 2019
The guide didn't speak a good english, he never explained well the plan or what were we going to do, too far from marrakesh, we spent three days in the car, we arrived late in the desert and left too early to enjoy our time there.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
In reading your review, it was quite surprising to hear that Moha didn't speak English. He does not speak your language, Italian, however, he certainly speaks fluent English.  Please take the time time to read about Moha in previous reviews from our guests that traveled with him. We do feel so sorry about your experience, and now understand that the date you traveled, the weather was very difficult on the Tichka Pass with snow, and the authorities closed the road to ensure safety. You spent most of the day in the car on the first day due to the snow and unfortunately, did not have the opportunity to visit Ait Benhaddou.  You and the others traveling in the group on this shared tour, spent hours waiting to get through the road to the destination.  Also, the last day is a long drive to get back to Marrakech from the desert. 3 days is the minimum time for a tour to the Erg Chebbi Desert.  It is unfortunate that you did not understand the time it takes driving to that southern area from Marrakech. Morocco is a long country and takes time traveling, particularly, through the mountain passes. Road and weather conditions also come into play which is unpredictable and clearly, you experienced that. Our small group, shared tour which you participated in, offers a way for our guests to be able to enjoy the desert experience in a short time at a very cost effective way. 
star-5
Trip of a Lifetime!
Lisa H
, Nov 2019
I took the trip with Moha (guide) and Ibrahim (driver). It far surpassed my expectations. I initially thought I would take a short trip, and maybe 3 days was too long. I also thought maybe it was a bit overpriced. I was wrong. Everything was wonderfully planned and authentic and I really feel like I got a taste of real Morocco. The guide really put his heart and soul into the experience and his love for his country and its people was so clear and infectious. Plus, the desert was a dream. . . something I had always wanted to do but until you really experience the desert you have no idea how magical it truly is. Lastly, I was traveling solo and I had wonderful accommodations and always felt at ease. 5 stars!
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Great Saharan experience!
HameemRaees_C
, Oct 2019
We spent a fantastic 3-days with our tour guide, Khaled, across Morocco ending with a desert experience in the Sahara. The experience exceeded our expectations - we had a small group of 3 people total in a modern 4x4 car. Khaled, our tour guide, made the tour - he was extremely nice, had fantastic stories to share as a local and was very accommodating for our requests (e.g. buying fossils, meeting nomads). He truly made the experience for us - alongside the amazing landscapes and sites we visited. Hotels and camps were also of a good quality - all in all a great experience. Thank you, Khaled
star-5
Camel safari Marrakesh Merzouga
marta24072019
, Oct 2019
The experience was amazing. In a few days you have a full immersion in the Moroccan culture. Travelling by car you can see different landscapes and the stops are all interesting. The camel ride in the desert is magic
star-5
The most amazing trip I have ever experienced
Andrea_J
, Oct 2019
This is physically challenging travel--there is no way around that. However, it also is the experience of a lifetime. Your guide, Mohan, is a delightful man who invites you into his culture and his heart. Take this trip.
star-5
Amazing tour!!
jason_m
, Oct 2019
It was the best tour ever! Moha was a great guide and was really knowledgeable about everything. He took the time to explain the rich history of Morocco on our tour as well. Would definitely recommend him to anyone doing the tour. By the way... prepare yourself for a LONG drive out to the desert.
star-5
Great experience!
Guy M
, Sep 2019
I really enjoyed this tour. There's a fair bit of driving involved, but there were regular stops to take photos, have lunch and get refreshments. Our driver/guide "Moha" was great. He drove really well and shared his knowledge of the history and culture of the places we visited. The journey on camel to stay overnight in the desert was definitely a highlight. Overall the quality of the vehicle, driver and places that we stayed at was very good and I have no hesitation in recommending this tour.
star-5
Wish I booked a longer tour!!
Jenna_K
, Sep 2019
This 3 day camel safari was so much fun - I wish I booked the 4 day (or longer!!) tour! Many highlights from this trip. Of course the camel ride was super fun and it lasted a good 90 minutes each way - although I would have ridden longer because it was pretty magical. The trip was fun from the start. We had a guide named Moha - be sure to ask for him if you book this tour! He was wonderful and always willing to share fun facts, stop for plenty of pictures (or keep driving if we were pictured-out), and happily answered all of our questions about the local culture. We learned about each city, history, and the Berber culture. He also answered any other weird questions we had. The van was comfortable and air conditioned. Plenty of space for our group. I get very car sick so I knew the drive through the High Atlas Mountains would rough for me - but Moha checked in frequently to make sure I was ok and my new friends in the car made sure I road up front to help. I was also impressed with how safely Moha drove. Others on the road can be a bit wild compared to American driving laws. Moha was so very safe, driving slow, watching for other unpredictable cars, and always making by sure we were well cared for. Driving through the small villages also gave such insight into "real life" versus our time I'm Marrakech. We had a small group of 5 people, which was really fun because we became fast friends for the 3 days we were out. I think if your idea of a fun vacation is riding camels through the Sahara, then you are bound to meet fellow adventurers on this trip. We have all connected on WhatsApp since the trip to share pics and memories! We also had a wonderful camel guide named Ali. He stayed up until after midnight talking with us - we learned SO much about growing up in the Berber culture from him! And with a 5am wake-up call, it was incredibly kind of him to humor us so late into the night. A big thanks to Ali as well, and best wishes to such an intelligent young man with a bright future. Cant say enough about the beauty of the desert, the camels, the mountains, the small villages, the people, and particularly Moha and Ali. Tha is so much to all, I'd live to come back!! Yalla!!
star-5
Sahara Desert Squad Member Review
Kellee_B
, Aug 2019
This trip was everything. From beginning to end, Brahim (our guide) and Mohommad (our driver), were terrific! They made sure that any request big or small was accomplished, and knew a ton of stuff about our tour and Marrakesh in general. We were able to stop from time to time at many different scenic locations to and from the desert. From the High Atlas Mountains to the Atlas Studios and little towns in between our travel to the desert, and seeing the Sahara at dusk and sunrise, it was amazing! As an apprehensive solo female traveler from the States, I was happy to have had them guiding our journey! They were super, and I had a lot of fun on my trip with them and the rest of the group! Lodging was taken care of from beginning to end, and we were given great options for lunch, too along the way. For our accommodation the first night, we stayed in Kasbah Itran in Rose Valley. Such a neat place that had access to private bathrooms, including warm showers and toilets with toilet paper and outlets for charging your electronics. My room even had a cute balcony and extra bed! When in the desert, we stayed in a tent with a slide bolt to fasten the door. There is also no electricity for charging things. However, even for someone who isn't an outdoorsy person at all, I survived. There is a bathroom in the middle of the camp with a sink. You'll be given access to showers the next day at the hotel where your belongings are stored. Prepare too to be using pain relievers, as riding camels may cause some discomfort. There was always a ton of food for breakfast and dinner. Bring toilet paper and sanitizer with you as some of the rest stops DO NOT have toilet paper!!!! I repeat. Many stops along the way do not have toilet paper. Portable chargers also will come in handy when in the desert. Sunscreen & hats are a +. I had the best travel companions EVER, from different parts of the US and Europe for the trip (aka the Sahara Squad). Only 2/4 guests came together and knew each other beforehand. We enjoyed each other so much that we saw each other several times during the week after. I keep raving about how this was indeed a once-in-a-lifetime experience because it was! This tour is perfect for solo travelers (both male and female- as I was a solo female traveler and was fine), families, or small groups. Keep and open mind, bring something to take photos with, and have a great time! - Sahara Desert Squad Member K :)
star-5
It was excellent. Shukran!
Andrs_S
, Aug 2019
The dunes, the kasbah, the gorges etc. are beautiful places and really worth it, even if it takes three days. If you have the chance don't miss it! The staff and the whole tour was simply excellent: Abdul, our guide, was amazing. The whole 3 days was fun and we get know a lot more about Morocco because of him. We are truly grateful to met him. Youssef the driver was also great, he drove very safe. And this is an important thing on the roads of the Atlas. :) Everything was well-organized: There were no tourist traps along the way (you could buy things of IF you want to). Lunch were not cheap but ok, the hotel (Kasbah Itran) on the first day was amazing also with a great stuff. And the desert camp was also ok. We get a lot of Moroccan kindness and hospitality in this three days. Shukran!
star-5
Moroccan Desert Tour
R W
, Jul 2019
This was a once in a life time opportunity that we couldn't pass up - the tour was absolutely amazing from start to finish. Many opportunities to stop and take pictures and the lunches and overnight stay were great Of course the best part of the tour was the camel ride to the desert camp - the Sahara desert is breath-taking and the sunsets and sunrises are spectacular. Our tour guide Yacob and driver Hassan were excellent - very accommodating and sharing many jokes along the way I would highly recommend this tour it was well worth it - a bucket list check for sure :)
star-5
Fantastic experience
KerstinH15
, May 2019
Our guide abdul was increadible nice, funny and very knowledgable, he told us many details about the country and traditions. Our driver took us safely from one spot to the next one. The sahara experience us absolutely recommandable. Although we had a cloudy sunset snd sunrise- we git an increadible stary night. The people at the camp side welcomed us very warm. Shokran for this beautiful experience!
star-5
Fantastic
Paradise05172339625
, Apr 2019
Wonderful experience! Great guide (Mohammed) and fantastic driver (Hassan). Our guide was very entertaining and caring and his english was very good (he was also able to speak chinese which I found quiet impressive;)). Also the driver was very friendly and he did not drive like hell (big plus!). After our first stay in the Valley of the rose in the fantastic „Kasbah itran“, we went to a canyon and afterwards to the desert near mezouhga. Even if the weather was not optimal (cloudy and rainy), we had lots of fun. Camel ride was amazing. Going back on the last day was also okay. Yeah it’s long but the environment is changing all the time from desert to stone desert to canyons and the greenish Atlas Mountains. Would highly recommend doing it!

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