6 Day Sahara desert tour

Marrakech

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Overview

6-day hiking in the Sahara Desert in Morocco, a hike in the large dunes of southern Morocco with a professional nomadic guide and camel drivers. Camel carries luggage.

The magic of the dwarf of the desert, an unusual interview with the nomads, studying and observing the lives of animals and plants, relaxing, complete silence and washing of civilization and the modern world in complete calm in the heart of the Sahara in the Moroccan desert

At the unforgettable sunrise and sunset. While walking, she lives according to the rhythm and intensity of the sun, each person stepping along his streak accompanied by camel drivers. Before leaving each stage, they gather camels, which fed desert shrubs overnight, collect wood for the fire, prepare tea, and make bread baked in the sand.

You will sleep under the stars under tents. You will taste Moroccan food prepared by beauty drivers. Regular breaks in the walks to eat, drink, note, meditate … all from mid-September to mid-May, when moderate temperatures make the stay pleasant for a camel trip. We organize walking trips from registered participants, and on the date of your choice.

Highlights

  • Wander Marrakech's old medina and maze-like souks
  • Ride a camel into the sunset and enjoy traditional music beside a desert campfire
  • Explore hidden oases, valleys and kasbahs along ancient caravan routes

Included/Excluded

  • Tour in vehicle with air conditioning 4x4 / minibus
  • English speaking Driver
  • Camel trek (Camel each)
  • Overnight at desert camp (dinner and breakfast included)
  • Nights at Hotel/Riad (dinner and breakfast included)
  • Lunches
  • Tips, admission to museums
  • Drinks

Tour Plan

Day 1: Arrival & Exploring the "red city" of Marrakech

Welcome to Marrakech (nicknamed the "Red City" for its red sandstone walls and buildings). Once an important trading capital for Atlas mountain tribes, Marrakech remains an exciting former imperial city. A major economic center, Marrakech is home to Africa's busiest square, Jemaa el-Fna. Begin exploring Marrakech's ancient medina (old quarter), starting with the Koutoubia Mosque and Gardens. Though the mosque cannot be entered by non-muslims, it's worth checking out its 12th-century foundations and 253 feet (77 m) minaret. Visit the fountains and pools in the adjoining garden.

Indulge your senses as you explore the complicated labyrinth of souks (markets), tucked behind ordinary restaurants and shops. Check out Souk el AttarinSouk Chouari, and Souk Smata for a selection of spices, woodwork, and babouche (traditional Moroccan slippers). Visit Souk des Teinturiers (the dyers’ souk) to see how cloth and yarn are dyed using traditional methods. Next, admire the fine example of Moroccan Islamic architecture of the Ben Youssef Madrasa, a 16th-century Koranic school, and note the ornate detail of its interior: carved cedar ceilings, sculpted plaster, and zellij tiling.

Return to Jemaa el-Fna as the sun begins to set and enjoy the show as the square comes alive with musicians, dancers, and snake charmers. Explore the many stalls and vendors to find something to eat.

Day 2: Over the High Atlas mountains to Ouarzazate and Boumalne Dades

Leave the busy city behind and head east toward the desert, ascending the High Atlas mountains. See if you can spot Mount Toubkal, the highest peak at 13,671 feet (4,167 m). Along the way, you will pass many Berber villages—made up of traditional mud-brick buildings. Lunch in Taddert and tour the local Argan Oil Cooperative and discover how the local women extract the precious oil from the argan nut to make oil used in the health, food, and cosmetic industries. Follow the winding road to the Tizi n'Tichka pass and stop to appreciate the panoramic view.

Continue east to the desert hub and filming location, Ouarzazate. Join a movie studio tour and discover which of your favorite movies were filmed in the nearby desert regions. Movie buffs may appreciate a visit to the Musée du Cinema. Travel along the Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs towards Boumalne Dades. Pass many small towns and see traditional farming methods in use. Be on the lookout for nomads tending to their animals as you make your way through fragrant Kela'a M'gouna, the "Valley of the Roses". You'll eventually arrive in Boumalne Dades, a major town bridging the Dades River.

Day 3: Desert towns, oases, and camping in the Sahara below the stars

Today you will drive further east to your final destination: the sand sea of Erg Chebbi outside of Merzouga. Along the way, stop in Tinerhir to admire the river oasis that extends on either side of the town. The surrounding desert landscape reveals impressive buttes, mesas, and plateaus. Nearby, you will have the opportunity to explore the Todra Gorge, a 984 feet (300 m) deep ravine, cut by the Todra River. Continue to the desert town of Erfoud. Known for its figs and fossils, visit a craft workshop and discover how the fossil-rich rocks are skilfully transformed into practical and decorative objects.

As you near Merzouga—the town closest to the Sahara—stop in the market town of Rissani and be sure to visit the livestock auction as well as the "donkey parking lot". Leaving Rissani behind, you will start to see the beginnings of the massive sand sea of Erg Chebbi, looming on the horizon. Upon reaching Merzouga, switch gears and transfer to your personal camel to begin your trek over the sands and to your Bedouin-style camp. Hike to the top of a nearby dune to watch the setting sun, before enjoying a warm meal by the fire, listening to traditional music.

Day 4: Merzouga to Aït Benhaddou kasbah

Wake early to appreciate a desert sunrise and further explore the Sahara: rent a sand board, join the Erg Chebbi tour around the sand dunes or a quad ATV tour, or lounge by a pool in nearby Merzouga.

Head south to Khemliya, a traditional Saharan village. Here you can enjoy traditional music, drumming and dancing before taking a casual walk around the village and its farmed plots in the sand. You will have a second chance to stop in Rissani to visit Maison Tuareg, a storehouse selling traditional arts and crafts, including carpets, jewelry, and leather goods. From there, pass through umbrella-shaped trees of the acacia forests before reaching Alnif for lunch. Continue on through the Draa Valley, dense with date palmeries and an opportunity to pick up a box of dates for the drive.

Continue west to medieval Aït Benhaddou. A protected UNESCO site, Aït Benhaddou is the most famous kasbah in Morocco and once upon a time, held an important position along the trans-Saharan trade route between Marrakech, Ouarzazate, and the southern desert. Spend the night in the old town and wander the empty alleys after the day-crowds have left. Pay a nominal fee to enter a few of the kasbahs and climb up to the rooftop for pretty views of the surrounding ksours (individual kasbahs) and Ouarzazate Valley.

Day 5: Return to Marrakech

Before the crowds filter into the old kasbah, explore the narrow passageways and alleys to get a real feel for this 11th-century fortified city. Leave Aït Benhaddou behind, and return to Marrakech, traveling one more time up and over the High Atlas mountains and through the Tizi n'Tichka pass. After exploring Morocco's quiet desert towns and various deserts, soon you will be back in the vibrant city of Marrakech.

Upon arriving in the Red City and depending on your energy level, you may wish to visit a few sites south of Jemaa el-Fna. Some options to consider are the 500-year old Saadian Tombs, the extensive courtyard and sunken gardens of the 17th-century El Badi Palace, or the intricate woodwork and painted ceilings of the 19th-century Bahia Palace. Return to Jemaa el-Fna and relax in one of the many cafés that sit above the square to enjoy a meal and people watch before retiring to your riad for the evening.

Day 6: Morning in Marrakech; Departure

Take the morning to complete any last minute gift and souvenir shopping. Or depending on your departure details, you may wish to check out the Majorelle Gardens in Ville Nouvelle. Not far from the commotion of the medina, a visit to these lush and expansive gardens offers the perfect place to escape the afternoon heat and noise. Leave the quiet behind and bring with you your memories as you make your way home.

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Based on 87 reviews
Pepe Iborra
Pepe Iborra
2022-11-06
Great Sahara experience We spent 4 days with Mouha on a desert trip starting from Marrakech, travelling across the High Atlas, the Dra Valley and to Erg Chegaga for 3 nights, then back through Foum zguit and Tazenakht. Mouha is an expert guide and driver. He took care of everything, we had lots of fun and learnt so much about the culture and geography. Will be back for more.
Annie
Annie
2022-10-28
Best Guide to Discover Morocco! My mom, a friend, and I found Discover Morocco 4x4 through a friend & trip advisor. This was a fantastic experience. If you have any doubts at all, i hope this review convinces you to book with them!Mouha tailored our entire experience to ensure we not only got to see what makes Morocco unique, but was also flexible in adjusting to fit our needs (ie: tired from jet lag or wanting to shop more!). We saw the ocean, mountains, desert and city scape. It was truly a great experience. I didn't feel any sleeziness that you often can with other tour experiences. This was very personalized and Mouha shared his own experiences living here as well. Learned a ton and would absolutely do it again in a hearbeat. Thanks again for the great experience, Mouha!!
donlisaeve
donlisaeve
2022-10-24
5 Star Service Mouha and his team worked very hard to make our recent trip in Morocco a huge success. Mouha is very organized and responds quickly to correspondence. He clearly answered all of our questions as he prepared a custom itinerary for us. We were impressed with our promised vehicle and really liked our driver, Said, who was punctual, reliable and safe. The trip pricing was fair and clearly this team knows their business. Everyone was personable and kind. We felt we were in good hands for the duration of our over-the-road trip. We highly recommend Mouha and his team.
Valerie P
Valerie P
2022-09-19
The best team to discover Morocco what an amazing experience with Mouha and his team, on my trip to Morocco with my family, we had the best service, very professional and reliable, without him the experience of discovering Morocco wouldn't of never be the same . I highly recommend them to visit Morocco the best way.
Arnaud N
Arnaud N
2022-08-31
Marvellous guide for marvellous country Taking Discover Morocco 4x4 as our guide was the best decision we made for our trip in Morocco! Mouha, the man behind Discover Morocco 4x4 is incredible. We told him the cities we wanted to visit and the duration of our trip and then Mouha planned everything in advance. He validated with us the price ranges for the hotels and riads and he booked them for us. When we arrived, he picked us up on time and we started a great trip with him for a week. Mouha took care of almost everything. He arranged local guides when needed (in Fes medina for example). He suggested and booked marvellous restaurants. The guy is very funny and generous. He saved us a lot of time and energy! We discovered places we would never have know without him. It was real vacations for us: no logistics to deal with. We only had to enjoy the Moroccan landscapes and attractions! Mouha also became our couple's official photographer during our tour.At the end of our trip, we had a new friend!For our next trip in South Morocco, Mouha will be our guide again, for sure!
Vanhille Family
Vanhille Family
2022-07-20
Best experience אני ומשפחתי נסענו לאחרונה למרוקו כדי לחגוג כמה חגיגות משפחתיות, כמו גם לבקר ולגלות מרוקו המדהימה , שהיא חלק מהשורשים שלנו.אני רוצה להודות במיוחד לנהג שלנו מוחא שלולא המומחיות שלו, הליווי המקצועי, האכפתיות, הידע ובעיקר תשומת הלב לכל פרט הכרחי, הטיול הזה לא היה אותו הדבר.הוא עשה מעל ומעבר, מהזמנת חדרי מלון, ריאדים, סעודות, סיורים וחמאמים (חובה מוחלטת) ועוד הרבה יותר.התחבורה בין הערים שביקרנו תוכננה מראש לשלמות וללא רבב. ממכונית נקייה ועד כיבוד קר בהישג יד.. ההומור והקסם הטוב שלו הם בונוס נוסף, מה שהפך את ההרפתקאה והביקור שלנו לתענוג והשאיר אותנו עם זיכרונות שנשמור לכל החיים.הוא נלהב וגאה בארצו.מוחא לא היה רק ​​הנהג שלנו, הוא הפך לחלק מהמשפחה שלנו!אני ממליצה על שרותיו בחום ובאמון מלא ומבטיחה על חוויה מרוקאית הטובה ביותר במדינה היפה והייחודית הזו!מוחא היה חלק גדול מהטיול המדהים שלנו!
Elisabeth
Elisabeth
2022-06-03
la magie du désert Moha a enchanté notre séjour dans le désert, c'était magique et inoubliable, souvenir ancré dans ma mémoire merci Moha, vraimentElisabeth
Angélique T
Angélique T
2022-06-03
Merveilleux sejour Mouha est le plus merveilleux guide qui soit. D’une gentillesse incroyable, n’hésite pas sortir des sentiers battus, nous raconte l’histoire de son pays avec beaucoup d’amour. De plus, il ne nous emmène pas dans des pièges à touristes et nous fait justement découvrir le vrai Maroc authentique.
willjackson55
willjackson55
2022-04-30
Mouha is the Best! Our recent trip to Morocco would simply not have been the same without Mouha from Discover Morocco 4x4 guiding us every step of the way! He truly knows every corner of (and seemingly every person in!) the country, from the scenic blue houses of Chefchaouen, to the fish markets of Essaouira! He arranged for private transfers for our group from Tangier to Fes and Fes to Marrakech, with a day trip from Marrakech to Essaouria. All the while, he answered our (numerous!) questions about Moroccan history, culture, and customs. He has been leading tours for more than ten years and has the stories to prove it! Most importantly, however, he provided an honest perspective, letting us know if people were overcharging us in the market and never pressuring us to go to certain places or do certain things (as can unfortunately be common). All in all, Mouha is knowledgeable, trustworthy, and a blast to hang out with. Highly recommend Mouha and Discover Morocco 4x4 for any and all of your Moroccan adventures!
Lindsay
Lindsay
2022-04-28
Discover Morocco 4x4 is simply the best! Discover Morocco 4x4 was absolutely amazing. Mouha, our guide, was extremely friendly and knowledgable. He arranged for private transfers between cities and a private tour of a city for my group of 7. My friends and I always felt safe in the car with him and were excited for everything he had planned. When I travel back to Morocco, I will absolutely have Mouha be my guide again. Thank you Mouha, we miss you!

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