Morocco Explored desert tours can start any day from Marrakech or Fes. Our nomad camp in the dunes is a fantastic desert experience, far from crowds arriving in Merzouga.
Drive across the High Atlas mountains to visit Ait Benhaddou, the Dades valley and Todra gorge. In the sands of the Erg Chebbi dunes ride into the camp at sunset where dinner will be served (vegetarians welcome). Climb the huge dunes and watch the moon rise before retiring to your bed in the nomad tent. Or take your mattress and sleep outside under the desert stars. The big dunes are spectacular and our camp is in a very safe roadless region.
A 5* luxury camp option is also available.
Prices as low as 2580 Morocco dirhams per person depending upon number of days and number of explorers in your group.
Includes private transport; experienced driver/guide; ensuite rooms with air conditioning/heating, breakfasts and dinners - vegetarians welcome; swimming stops (April to September); off road excursions (4 or 5 day tours only); exploration of oasis palmeries and kasbahs, markets and medinas; camel trekking to overnight in nomad desert camp riding camels.
All our light adventure desert tours include many must-see sites like Ait Benhaddou UNESCO world heritage site and Dades valley and Todra gorge. You'll have time on 4 days or longer tours to stop and explore many places like rural markets, fossil beds, small museums and also walk with a Berber guide in Todra palmery.
Please note the 3 day tour is a quick tour that involves one very long driving day! Extended tours have time to sand board, explore the dunes, visit nomads, play the drums, or lounge by a hotel pool. You might stop and take advantage of whatever is happening on your journey like exploring villages, celebrations or festivals, a Berber marriage, or help villagers harvest their barley crop. It's your tour! Trips start with two or more - or if you are travelling alone you may join a group tour.
Read about how others have experienced the Sahara on these desert tour BLOG LINKS
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Our Erg Chebbi camps are far from the crowds in Merzouga, located in the north and south parts of the Erg Chebbi dunes. The regular non-luxury camp is about one and a half hours ride from the desert hotel (where the treks start) to a camp that consists of a circle of nomad tents each sleeping 2 people on each side. They are very rarely full except for high seasons of April, October and December over Christmas and New Years. They are equipped with carpets, foam mattresses, wool blankets, freshly washed cotton sheets and pillows - camp also has solar lighting and toilets, and carpeting around the fire pit.
We are often asked if it's safe to travel into the Sahara and the answer is Yes! (See also FAQ's). For many the desert is the absolute highlight of their trip. You'll transport into the Erg Chebbi sand sea as well as many varied and incredible places along the way.
The Erg Chebbi dunes at Merzouga are the highest in Morocco and climbing them is an exhilarating experience - just remember to always carry a bottle of water with you. You can walk or ride a camel to the dunes and enjoy the ever-changing colours of this remarkable landscape, especially at sunset.
Unless you like rumaging around in river bottoms and high grass you'll never see a black cobra or any other snake in Morocco except in the Jma El Fna square in Marrakech. Scorpions by nature are nocturnal, and hybernate during winter months. They also avoid anywhere that they have no protection from the hot sun and you'll have to go hunting turning over rocks to find them. Snakes and scorpions don't want anything to do with humans, meaning they'll prefer to run away if given a chance.
We use vehicles like Toyota Land Cruisers and Prados or similar. SUV 4x4's have lots of room for luggage, and seat 4 people quite comfortably. All are within 4 years old and are routinely required to update licensing and service checks through Transport Touristic in Morocco. Read more at FAQ's.
Our vehicles and drivers are assigned to tours on the basis of who is available when and where. Our vehicles and drivers originate from Marrakech and if you are staying in any location for an overnight the car and driver will also stay as well. Your driver however will stay at the desert hotel while you are on the overnight camel trek.
Your camel trek guides are local young men who are working to support their families. They are highly regarded by our explorers and we have great reviews about all our guides on TripAdvisor. Read more about how it works at FAQ's and Who Are We?
The camel trek isn't hard, almost anyone of any age can ride a camel. Getting on is easy if you can swing a leg over the kneeling camel. The camels are really gentle and our camel guides make sure everyone is comfortable. On trek you can ask the guide to stop anytime and you can also walk into the camp. It's about 1.5 hours journey with the guide.
For those whose dream is to wander the desert like a nomad and sleep under the stars deep in the dunes will want to experience an overnight camel trek. For those wanting to enjoy the tranquillity of the Sahara desert with or without travelling by camel, we can arrange for a fantasy Arabian night in a luxury en-suite tent in a private camp. There are no roads into the dunes of our regular desert camp so you must walk or ride about 1.5 hours. The luxury camp is about a 45 minutes riding the camel camel or you can drive over the sands in the vehicle.
In a nutshell hot in summer, warm in spring and fall, warm to cold in winter. It can vary immensely depending on where you are. Further south will be hotter. The High Atlas mountains offer relief from hot Marrakech summers with pleasant daytime temperatures and cooler nights. These mountains experience full 4 seasons with deep snowfall some winters. Snowpack can stay on high mountain passes until mid-June. Flash thunderstorms can be spectacular during the summer. Sand storms and mud rains occasionally last an hour or so and make memorable experiences.
Because sand does not hold any heat the Sahara dunes can be cold at night and very cold in the winter with pleasantly warm sunny days. Summer in the dunes is very hot but you will not be in the dunes until sunset when temperatures begin to cool off. Summer nights in the dunes are a fantastic opportunity to sleep out under the stars and watch the universe turning above in all it's wonder.
We use air conditioned vehicles to keep you comfortable but please remember to drink water often. Fruit juice, coffee or tea are not considered proper rehydration fluids.
In January, February and March there are fewer tourists and sunny warm days in the desert, contrasting snowy High Atlas in the distance is otherworldly.
A long cotton scarf to wrap around your head is recommended if sand is blowing, you can buy one for about 50-100 dirhams (depending on size) if needed. They’re great for keeping sand out of your hair, nose and eyes. Longer pants are most comfortable on camels. It can also be cold in the desert at night November to April, so bring warm clothing for this time; sweater and jacket, hat and gloves. Walking shoes with socks are best, sandals will fill with sand and irritate your skin. Winter nights (December, January and February) you'll need to also wear warm socks, long pants, plus bring a warm coat, hat, and gloves.
There is a lot to see and do in the desert! The trip routes we use to and from the Erg Chebbi have many opportunities to explore a variety of environments and experiences, and allows time to experience both the High Atlas mountains and the Sahara desert. Erg Chigaga dunes are smaller and more remote than the Erg Chebbi and recently a lot of camps have been built along the front dune line there. It takes the better part of a full days drive to go and return, making Erg Chigaga impractical for shorter tours of 3 to 4 days, or if you want to go to or from Fes. We prefer to create a tour where you will not be in the car all day driving from A to B. Erg Chebbi big red dunes are well paced along your route to Fes or Marrakech, Todra Gorge, and Dades Valley and Ait Benhaddou, valley of 1000 kasbahs and many more highlights of Moroccos Sahara.
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My husband and I recently undertook a 5 day trip from Morocco Explored (Fes - Sahara Erg Chebbi dunes - Dades Gorge - Todra Gorge - Fes) and we would recommend Morocco Explored as a solidly reliable and good value tour company with excellent customer service. They have an office in Marrakesh and one in Canada, so there is someone on the ground in Morocco as well as abroad, and you receive very good Canadian customer service and it was no trouble for us to book from England.
It was abundantly clear to us that the primary reason we had such a good trip was because our guide stood apart as an excellent guide and driver. He is also, and take note if you are going outside of the cities, an extremely accomplished and safe driver ... he's brilliant at off-roading (Morocco Explored have a Toyota Land Cruiser and it is good condition with A/C). He even cooked for us and he can play the drums and cut up a melon into perfect 1-inch squares and he speaks several languages practically self-taught.
The hotels in which we stayed through Morocco Explored were honest and good value; the food was very good and the rooms had A/C if we wanted it.
We travelled in mid-June and possibly because it's quite hot in June and possibly because of turmoil across the Middle East there weren't many tourists and this very much enhanced the experience. We had no hassle outside of Fes and not nearly as much as we had expected within it.