Looking for a fun and exciting way to spend a few days in the Sahara desert? Then look no further than the 3 Days Desert Tour from Marrakech to Zagora and Erg Chegaga! This tour will take you on an amazing journey through some of the most beautiful and rugged desert landscapes in all of Morocco.
You’ll get to experience the true wonders of the desert, from its stunning sunsets and starry nights to its amazing wildlife and friendly locals. And of course, no desert tour would be complete without a camel ride! So whether you’re looking for an adventure-filled trip that will leave you with lifelong memories or just a fun way to spend a few days in the sun, this Erg Chegaga desert tour is for you.
3 Days Itinerary: Desert Tour from Marrakech to Erg Chegaga dunes and Zagora via Atlas Mountain
This 3 days itinerary takes you through the stunning High Atlas mountains, across the Draa Valley, and all the way to Zagora. From there, you’ll head to the Mhamid region and experience the true magic of the Sahara desert at the Erg Chegaga dunes. On the final day, you’ll make your way back to Marrakech via the Foum Zguid and Taznakht.
Meanwhile, you will get exposure to desert camping, sandboarding, camel riding, and star gazing. You will also visit the Berber families and learn about their culture and tradition. To make your trip more exciting you will get a private A/C 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser or Deluxe Van which will make your journey comfortable and relaxing.
The detailed itineraries of this 3 day Erg Chegaga desert tour is mentioned below:
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Marrakech – Marrakech|
|DEPARTURE TIME||8:00 AM|
|WEAR||Baggy trousers are essential for riding a camel. Warm clothing for evenings and nights in winter when the temperature drops.|
In summer, use strong sunblock, lip balm, and UV-safe sunglasses. A scarf or hat will be helpful to protect your face against wind and sun.Sneakers are preferred over hiking boots
For a Shorter trip, you can also avail 2 days tour to Zagora
Day 1: Marrakech –High Atlas mountains- Telouate- Ait Benhaddou – Draa Valley – Zagora
On the first day of the Marrakech to Erg Chegaga desert trip, you will start the journey from your Riad or hotel in Marrakech where our driver will pick you up at 8:00 am sharp and continue driving to Telouate via the Tichka Pass by making the way through the stunning High Atlas mountains which is one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world. Thus you’ll have plenty of time to admire the views until you reach the next destination.
Next, you will visit the Kasbah of Telouet, a must-see for any traveler to Morocco. This imposing structure sits in the village of Telaoute, nestled outside the Onilla Valley.
Where you will visit the Kasbah which is in a state of ruin but still retains its original grandeur so you can explore its sprawling complex, which includes a series of courtyards and rooms. However, this luxurious Palace once belonged to the Pacha of Marrakech named as Pacha Glaoui in the 20th century who ruled this region for many years. The views from the top of the Kasbah are breathtaking and well worth the climb.
After that, you will continue driving to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, located in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. However, this hillside assembly of several multi-storied adobe granaries is one of the most popular film locations in Morocco, having been featured in movies such as Jewel of the Nile, Lawrence of Arabia, and Game of Thrones. You will stop there to discover this ancient fortified city and learn about the history of this city from the locals.
Then, you will set off towards Ouarzazate, a larger town located just a few hours from Marrakech. Since it’s home to a number of studios and production facilities therefore it become a popular destination for both tourists and film crews.
From Ouarzazate, you’ll head into the Draa Valley, a region known for its palm groves and oasis villages.
Finally, you’ll spend the night in Zagora, a town situated on the edge of the Sahara Desert where you can enjoy a delicious yet traditional dinner with us.
Day 2: Zagora – Mhamid –Tamegroute- Sacred Oasis – Erg Chigaga Dunes
After a scrumptious breakfast in Zagora’s hotel, you will continue the Marrakech to Erg Chigaga desert adventure through the palm groves-lined Draa valley.
After a short break in the panoramic view of Draa palmeraie, you will head east to Tamgroute to visit the famous Koran library and an underground Kasbah, you will continue to M’Hamid; a small village – the last town and the major Draa oasis before the Erg Chegaga magical Sahara dunes.
To see the rose valley en route to Marrakech join our 5 days tour from Marrakech to Rose valley
After a long drive of 60 km from M’hamid, you will finally reach the Erg Chegaga dunes and get amazed by the beauty of the largest and major erg of Morocco located in the Drâa-Tafilalet area. Once you arrive at the dunes, you will be able to see the sunset over the horizon while doing camel trekking for 40 min.
After the sun sets, you can head to your traditional desert camp for a night’s stay at the foot of the dune where you will be facilitated with traditional Moroccan tea and a hot and tempting dinner. Also welcomed by Berber musicians hence you spend the night listening to traditional music and living the royal desert life while having an aesthetic view of sand dunes and a sky full of stars under the luxury bivouac.
You may also check our Sahara desert trips from different cities including 7-Day Casablanca Tours, 3 days tour from Fes, or Tour from Tangier
Day 3: Erg Chigaga Dunes – Foum Zguid – Taznakht – Marrakech
After a delicious breakfast, you’ll depart via the old Paris-Dakar race road. This road was once the main route between the two cities but is now only used by the occasional 4×4 or campervan. The road is in surprisingly good condition considering its age and the number of vehicles that must have used it over the years.
As you drive, you’ll pass through some of the most beautiful desert scenery in the world. The landscape is constantly changing, with huge sand dunes, rocky outcrops, and small oases all appearing in quick succession. You’ll also get the chance to see some of the local wildlife, with desert foxes, lizards, and snakes all making an appearance.
After a few hours of driving, you’ll reach the Iriqui lake. This naturally dried lake is a stunning sight, with its white sandy shores and crystal clear water.
You’ll stop here for lunch, before continuing on to Taznakht which is a small town located in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. and famous for its carpet and textile industry
However, you’ll have the chance to see some of the local artisans at work. You’ll also get to try some of the local food, which is a delicious mix of Moroccan and Berber cuisine.
In the late afternoon, you’ll arrive in Marrakech. This city is the perfect place to end your journey through 3 days desert tour from Marrakech to Zagora. With its vibrant markets and lively nightlife, you’ll be sure to have a memorable experience.
In last. You’ll be dropped off at your Riad, where you’ll spend the night.
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