Sahara Desert – 3 Day Merzouga Trip

A once in a lifetime trip to the huge sand dunes of the Sahara Desert at Merzouga.

Day 1

After an early start in Marrakech, we stop for breakfast and cross the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass over the Atlas Mountains, dropping down the other side to Ait Ben Haddou, the hill-fort featured in Gladiator and a host of other Hollywood blockbusters.  After some lunch and the obligatory souvenir photos, we continue through the movie-making town of Ouarzazate and onwards to the stunning Dades Gorge where we stay for the night in a basic hotel.

Day 2

Leaving the hotel, we continue to the beautiful Todra Gorge, another great place for some pictures.  After this we head into Merzouga and swap the minibus for a camel, the traditional method of travel in these parts.  90 minutes of riding through the dunes and we arrive at the desert camp where musicians prepare a fire, fresh tagines and drumming for the evening.  Check out the stars and see how your Saharawi drumming skills are!

Day 3

Back onto the camel for sunrise for the ride back to the minibus and the long return drive back to Marrakech.  We stop at Ouarzazate for lunch and a leg stretch before re-tracing our steps over the Tizi-n-Tichka and back to your accommodation in the city.


Price = £150 per person (incl. all meals from lunch on day 1 until lunch on day 3, transport, accommodation and English speaking guide)

We run these tours by request and try to be as flexible as we can – just let us know what dates suit you best.  We only need 4 people to run these tours ourselves.  If we can’t get 4 people together, we’re happy to either arrange this tour with one of our partner companies or offer you a refund – the choice is yours.

Read an account of one of our recent trips on this Blog –