Cultural Basecamp

Morocco Golden Sahara Desert Tour

Marrakech, Morocco

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Prices From: $2,538 per person

This is one of our most popular Morocco tours that takes you into the heart of Morocco's mesmerizing Sahara Desert. It can depart from Marrakech or Fez and return to either city. It can also be done in four days. You can see those options below. It is designed for couples, families, or small groups who want to experience first hand what Morocco's desert has to offer. Enjoy a memorable time riding camels into the golden Erg Chebbi dunes before enjoying a dinner and time under the bright stars.

You will have your own private camp area away from potential crowds and our facilities are of the highest-quality that include regular beds on a frame that are up off of the ground with clean sheets and blankets. The floors inside the tents as well as outside in the common area are lined with comfy carpets. We even have an eco-friendly, flushable western-style toilet facility that is a two minute walk from the camp. Candles light the way at night.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Marrakech - Ouarzazate - Ait Ben Haddou - Skoura

Today, you will depart from Marrakech at 9 am and pass over the Tizi n Tichka Pass of the High Atlas Mountains. Along the way you will stop for lunch and have the opportunity to visit the UNESCO world heritage site at Ait Ben Haddou. You might also enjoy exloring Ouarzazate. This relatively new city is home to the Kasbah once owned by the Glaouis family, who ruled Morocco. Total travel time today is 5 hours.

Overnight: Dar Ahlam (Breakfast, Dinner included)

Day 2 - Skoura - Erg Chebbi In Merzouga

Today, you will be taken to Merzouga. At the hotel, you can store any baggage and take an overnight bag with you. Following, prepare for a one hour jaunt on camel back into the desert. (Walking alongside the camels is also an option.) The night is spent dining alfresco under the stars followed by a night in a Bedouin-style tent. The tents are in our own private area without the hordes of people you might find in other camping locations. If you prefer not to camp out, simply ride the camel for one hour to view the sunset and spend the night at the kasbah hotel. Total travel time today is 5 hours.

Overnight: Kasbah Tombouctou (Breakfast, Dinner included)

Day 3 - Rissani - Ziz Valley - Erfoud

After rising early, you will be able to ride the camels back to the hotel where you can take a shower, have breakfast, and then venture into the lush Ziz Valley. There, you will meet your local guide who will take you on a light walk through the surrounding farms, explaining the area's produce and farming techniques. Following, a real pleaser is lunch with the guide's family. The night will be spent in Erfoud. Total travel time today is 3 hours.

Overnight: Xaluca Erfoud (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 4 - Tinjedad - Dades Valley

Today, you'll head through Tinjedad and to Boulmane. Here, you can enjoy a drive up into the scenic Dades Valley to witness Morocco's most amazing natural rock formations. Total travel time today is 4 hours.

Overnight: Xaluca Dades (Breakfast, Dinner included)

Day 5 - Dades Valley - Marrakech

Today, you will head back over the Tizi N Tichka pass and the High Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. Total travel time today is 6 hours.

Accommodation Information

Dar Ahlam

Dar Ahlam is a traditional Kasbah nestling in the palm groves of Skoura at the gateway to the Southern Moroccan desert. It is a truly unique location, where everything is designed to ensure that your dreams come true. This Moroccan Kasbah, dated from the 19th Century, was traditionally renovated two years ago. The Kasbah has 9 suites, sleeping a maximum of 18 guests. In addition, there are 3 independent Villas with two bedrooms each. The French architect of landscape, Louis Benech, has designed 1.5 hectares of gardens surrounding the Kasbah.

Kasbah Tombouctou

Kasbah Hotel Tombouctou has become the most prestigious establishment in the Erg Chebi Desert. Its majestic structure and its privileged location make Kasbah Hotel Tomboctou a compulsory stop for any traveler in the south of Morocco.

Kasbah Hotel Tomboctou offers 72 rooms that, in keeping with the essence of traditional construction, have been designed with natural materials, warm colors, and walls covered with "tadalaket" a typical Moroccan lime plaster coating.

Xaluca Erfoud

Kasbah Hotel Xaluca is located in Erfoud, a city known as "the Door to the Desert". The Kasbah is listed as unique in Morocco due to its distinctive characteristics. It was built with adobes, the traditional Moroccan building bricks, and it is a great place to relax and enjoy the moment.

Xaluca Erfoud offers 134 spacious rooms decorated with regional materials, as well as 8 bungalows. It combines tradition with modern amenities, where installations are adapted to the stringiest standards. It is a fantastic place, situated among the dunes and palms, where you will be able to enjoy unique emotions.

Xaluca Dades

At an altitude of 1612m, surrounded by majestic mountains at the very spine of the Atlas range, whose impressive ravines sketch out to the winds in the sky, the Xaluca Dades Hotel, enjoys a panoramic view of the Dades Valley, sprinkled with friendly Berber villages and snowy peaks.

Hotel Xaluca Dades offers 110 beautifully designed, welcoming rooms, exquisitely decorated with materials from different African countries. It is a true paradise in the middle of the mountains.

Location

Region: Africa - North, West and Central

Address:
Marrakech
Morocco

Amenities/Activities

Breakfast Breakfast

Day Tours Day Tours

GBC Staffpick GBC Staffpick

Ecologically Responsible Ecologically Responsible

Archeology Indigenous Archeology Indigenous

General Information

Price Includes

  • All accommodation as mentioned
  • Daily breakfast
  • All other meals as mentioned
  • Tours/activities as mentioned
  • Professional Englishspeaking guide during tours
  • All transport as mentioned
  • Full support before, during & after your trip

Price Excludes

  • International flights
  • Taxes and fees
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Entrance visas when applicable
  • Other services not mentioned
  • Tips and gratuities to guides, drivers
  • Expenses of a purely personal nature