Morocco’s desert regions offer the chance to explore a landscape that is utterly unfamiliar to many. Those from temperate climes will find the landscapes of dunes and long stretches of desert sand like an almost alien landscape – one that can be harsh, but which can also hold untold beauty. Marrakech desert excursions allow you to explore these remarkable landscapes in a safe and enjoyable way from your base in the city. Whether you want a brief taste, or want the chance to sleep out under the desert stars, we can help you to plan your adventure.
One Day Marrakech Desert Excursions
You do not need to have a lot of time in Morocco to be able to make a visit to the desert. There are a range of Marrakech desert excursions that you can take in just one day. To help you plan your one day Marrakech desert excursion, here are some of the enticing options that you could choose from:
Marrakech’s Palm Groves & the Desert Beyond
If you only have a few hours, you can still experience the desert on a desert excursion close to the city. Camel treks, four wheel drive safaris, hot air balloon rides and helicopter tours all allow you to explore the palm groves outside the city, and to see the desert beyond.
You do not have to go all the way to the sahara desert on your one day Marrakech desert excursion. A range of enticing excursion options will take you to the Agafay desert, just 30 miles south of the city and within easy reach, even for those who are severely short on time to explore the country. Here you can see the dunes, go on a trek or horse ride, or even canoeing on Lalla Takerkoust – a man-made reservoir in the region.
Ouarzazate & Ait Ben Haddou
On a one day desert excursion from Marrakech you can also see the kasbah and historic quarter of Ouarzazate, best known of Morocco’s desert cities, and pay a fleeting visit to the UNESCO listed kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou.
Multi-Day Marrakech Desert Excursions
Of course, if you have a little longer, taking an overnight Marrakech desert excursion will allow you to truly experience the wonder and power of the Moroccan desert. Multi-day excursions will take you south to visit some of the cities and main attractions of the Sahara desert.
Zagora & Around
Marrakech desert excursions often allow you to spend a night or two in Zagora, one of the desert cities and oases that serves as a hub and gateway to the desert. Often, such tours will stop at Ouarzazate and Ait Ben Haddou along the way. You can often enjoy a camel trek, and enjoy a night or two under the stars.
Merzouga & Around
If, however, you want to see golden dunes, you may wish to opt for a tour of at least three days and two nights. Such tours will take you to the area around Merzouga, where you can enjoy a visit to the famous sand dunes of Erg Chebbi.