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The 3-Day Sahara Desert Tour from Marrakech To Erg Chigaga is the most exciting tour for travelers with only three days available who want a unique and comprehensive desert experience. On this trip, you are far away in the dunes, far from any impression of civilization. Your Marrakech To Erg Chigaga starts by being picked up from your hotel/Riad or airoport in Marrakech at 8:00 am to head south for the magnificent High Atlas Mountains. You cross the Tizin-Tichka pass, (2660m) the highest pass in North Africa. You will be amazed by the panoramas and will want to take memorable photos. Simply tell your driver where you want to stop. Along the way, you will visit the former presidential palace, Kasbah Telouet, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. These are the two most famous kasbahs in Morocco and an essential part of any desert tour. Before arriving in Ouarzazate, you can visit the Atlas Film Studios, and see the sets of many Hollywood films still in place here. That night, you will have the thrill of spending the night in a traditional rural riad or an authentic guesthouse in Agdez, a small town just at the head of the Dra'a valley, which descends towards the desert. From there, you get the distinct impression that you are on your way to a different world - new, exciting, oriental. With a local guide to explain the history, you have the option of visiting the largest of the hundreds of Kasbahs in the valley, namely Kasbah Tamnougalt. From there, the thrill increases as you pull off the road through the Draa Valley, past ancient kasbahs and lush green oases. This is part of the old route of the caravans that carried goods from Mali and Niger after crossing the Sahara for days. After reaching the largest city before the Sahara, Zagora, you will have the opportunity to visit the cooperative of the famous nationwide green pottery and the Koranic library with its magnificent manuscripts, have this cutting edge experience to ride a camel in the dunes of Erg Chegaga. At night under the astonishing array of stars, you will sleep in a comfortable luxury camp in the desert at the foot of the largest dunes of the Sahara in Morocco. The next day, the wonder continues as you drive off-road in the Sahara Desert, hunt for fossils in the dry lake of Iriqui, and learn about Berber carpet-making techniques in Taznakht. Explore the majesty and wonder of our very unique range of Marrakech Desert Tours. Discover the tour itinerary below. Your journey begins here!



  • A/C modern Transport with experienced English / French speaking driver-guide
  • Pick up from your Marrakaech hotel / Riad.
  • Night in desert camp in Erg Chebbi in Merzouga
  • Sunset Camel Rides in Erg Chigaga.
  • Meals: vegetarian and vegan options available. breakfast & dinner
  • Free time to explore sites
  • Lunches
  • Drinks
  • Extra
  • Tips

Tour Plan


Your early departure for the Marrakech To Erg Chigaga desert trip is 8 hours from your hotel/riad or airport in Marrakech to cross the High Atlas Mountains. After the Tichka pass, you leave the main road and take a secondary road to the Kasbah of Telouet, which belonged to the lords of the Atlas, the Glaoui family. Each addition to the building is today in ruins exposed to the wind and the rain, having been abandoned and looted after the fled of the last pasha of the country. Wait to be pleasantly surprised by the traditional interior decoration as you reach the far end of the Kasbah. From there you drive along the beautiful and awe-inspiring Ounila Valley, full of bends in the roads, surprises by the hues of the rock and soil, Berber villages and gardens, as well as smaller Kasbahs. Almost at the end of the road, you reach Aït Ben Haddou, where you stop for a delicious lunch. It is Morocco’s most famous Kasbah, one of Morocco’s seven UNESCO World Heritage sites. The architectural style is well preserved also the earthen constructions are perfectly adapted to the climatic conditions and in harmony with the natural and social environment. Probably from the 17th century, it is also famous as the backdrop for many Hollywood blockbusters.In the afternoon ,You will be transferred to your Guesthouse for dinner and breakfast.


After breakfast, it’s time to visit Kasbah Tamnougalte, the oldest Kasbah in the Draa Valley. the Jewish quarter still as it are and the last woman had left in 1963. From there, we take for a short time the old caravan route between the river and the mountains. . which was used to transport goods from sub-Saharan Africa and Morocco and passes between the mountains and the river, passing through many villages and gardens. This route allows you to get a better idea of ​​the Berber way of life in the invigorating oases. Just before Tansikht the driver can stop and show you the dinosaur footprints right by the roadside. We then arrive in the village of Tinsouline, from where you can travel about a kilometer off-road to the fascinating rock carvings of long-extinct animals in Morocco at Foum Chenna, which is around 4000 years old. Zagora is everyone’s biggest city. region and here we will stop for lunch. Later we pass through Tamgroute, where a stop for the famous pottery for the green glaze, which you may have seen in Marrakech before. You can also visit the ancient Koranic library with exquisite hand-written Arabic texts. In the afternoon, we drive further south, to M’hamid, the very gate of the desert and the end of theroad. In the dunes of Erg Lihoudi, we stop for lunch. Alternatively, lunch will be at Ksar Bounou. You continue to the dunes of Erg Chegaga (300 m) with 60 km of off-road driving. This route passes different features of the desert; ‘Erg’ (dunes), ‘hammada’ (stony desert), an oasis. These dunes are far from civilization, in the desert itself ……. and the silence and the expanse of the sand are overwhelming. Once there, you can take a camel ride of about an hour and a half, you dine and spend the night in a camp with a private bathroom, king-size beds, beautiful Moroccan furniture, and lamps. tastefully arranged to enhance your enjoyment of the silence and the beauty of the dunes.


After breakfast, our desert trip takes us west through 90 km of the desert with varied landscapes as Lake Iriqui, where you may discover a large mirage in the heat, mountains, and fossils. Lunch will be in Foum Zguid, the first village after the desert. “Foum” means “mouth”, so the name is the “mouth/source” of the Zguid river. From there, the road heads north along cobbled roads and past amazing rock formations to the small town of Taznakht, famous for its Berber rugs and carpets. From there, we cross the High Atlas again to reach Marrakech in the late afternoon after having.


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