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15 Things I Wish I Knew Before My Sahara Desert Tour

Taking a Sahara Desert tour and riding camels into the orange-hued sand dunes, illuminated by the setting sun was a big bucket list item of mine. 

Perhaps it’s because I watched Aladdin far too many times as a kid (sorry Mom).

Or maybe because after riding horses and going dog-sledding in several places around the world, riding a camel in a Moroccan desert seemed like the logical next step?

Or perhaps it was the solitude of the desert and the immensity of the dunes that compelled me.

Either way, I was sold: I’d absolutely be taking a Sahara desert tour from Marrakech on my trip to Morocco .

Whatever the reason, when I was in Morocco I spent nearly two days of my trip traveling by minivan from Marrakech to the Sahara Desert (and then back to Fes afterwards).

Was it worth it to go through all that effort to ride camels in the Sahara Desert? Yes, but… it’s complicated.

Photo of shadows in the sand dunes in the Sahara Desert in Morocco. A line of camels is walking in the desert on a sand ridge.

Like with much of my Moroccan experience, there were some serious highs and lows. This is par for the course for my time there.

Even though I read several blog posts about Sahara desert tours before I went, I wish I was more prepared for what an overnight Sahara tour would actually entail — which is exactly why I’ve written this post for you.

As a rule of thumb, I found that managing my expectations and not romanticizing things in an unrealistic way was key to enjoying my time in Morocco. I suspect it will be the same for you.

So, is a Sahara tour worth it? I personally think so, but I’ll let you decide after reading this post.

If you’re wondering if a Sahara Desert tour is worth the money, I can’t answer that for you directly, but I can share all the good, the bad, and the truly WTF experiences I had along the way so you can make the right call.

Without further ado, here are the top 15 things I wish somebody told me before my Morocco desert tour… and what I’d do differently next time!

Ripples of sand and sand dunes in a beautiful orange color in the Sahara Desert in Morocco

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My Top 3 Picks: Sahara Desert Tours from Marrakech

Fair warning… I have a lot of thoughts about my Sahara desert experience.

If you don’t have time to read the entire post, fair play — I’ve made it easy for you by listing my top 3 most-recommended tours. The clusterf*** of a tour that I took is, obviously, not included.

I’ve done extensive research on them to make sure I am recommending tours way better than the disaster of a tour I took, which I am not listing because it was a truly awful experience.

#1 TOP PICK

a person with a hat on throwing sand in the sahara desert

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3 Day Sahara Desert Small Group Tour ✔️ Best bang for your buck ✔️ Includes all accommodations & meals (except lunch)

camels winding their way through a path in the dunes in the sahara desert

3 Day Private Sahara Desert Tour ✔️ Entirely private tour, just you and your group ✔️ Customize the itinerary more to your liking

sahara desert sky in the beautiful desert landscape

3 Day Marrakech to Fes Desert Camping Tour ✔️ Provides transfer to Fes instead of returning to Marrakech ✔️ Hotel, camping, breakfast, and dinner included

Morocco Desert Tour FAQs

How do you get to the sahara desert in morocco.

Man sitting atop a shaggy camel on the sand dunes in the Sahara desert at sunset, with orange dunes and pink and purple clouds in the sky above.

The best way to get to the Sahara Desert is typically by guided tour from one of Morocco’s main tourist hubs, usually Marrakech. 

You can also take a bus or drive a rental car to Merzouga and then book your desert activities separately, like staying in a luxury desert camp and organizing your activities via them. 

Alternately, if you really want to avoid the drive, you can fly to Errachadia Airport.

However, it’s still 2 hours away by car from Merzouga, and you won’t be saving  that  much time.

How do I get to the desert from Marrakech?

4x4 white jeep-like car cruising through the orange rolling dunes of the sahara desert with beautiful, dramatic shadows and landscapes

Visiting the Sahara Desert from Marrakech is the most common way to access it. But it’s not close!

It’s typically about 12 hours to the desert (one way), spread across two days of transit on the way there, going via the breathtaking Atlas Mountains.

On the way back, you don’t make any stops except to eat and use the bathroom, so it just takes one full day on the way back to Marrakech.

Alternately, some tours will bring you onwards to Fes if you are traveling north after Morocco, like if you’re following my 10-day Morocco itinerary which includes Fes, Chefchaouen, and Tangier.

In my opinion, a guided tour is the best and easiest option. However, it only allows for limited time in the desert itself: most of the time is getting to the Sahara.

Other more adventurous options include booking a bus to Merzouga, renting a car and driving to the Sahara, and flying to Errachadia and then booking a taxi to get you to Merzouga.

What are the best desert tours in Morocco?

The rooftops of Marrakech with the tall minaret of the mosque and Atlas Mountains in the distance on a sunny day

I’ve done a ton of research on what the best tour companies are after my subpar experience (which you can read about more below). 

But here are my quick picks based on where you want to start and end, and if you want a group tour vs. a private desert tour.

  • Marrakech Group Tour: If you’re coming from Marrakech and want to return there, I suggest this tour .
  • Marrakech Private Tour: If you’re coming from Marrakech and want a fully private tour with just your group, I suggest this tour .
  • Marrakech to Fes Group Tour *: If you’re coming from Marrakech and want to end in Fes, I suggest this tour . *This is what I did
  • Fes or Fes to Marrakech Group Tour : If you’re coming from Fes, and want to return to Fes or head onwards to Marrakech, I suggest this tour .

If you are coming from Essaouira, Rabat, or Casablanca, it’s a lot further to the desert.

To streamline things, I suggest making a waypoint at Marrakech first.

What sand dunes will I see in the Merzouga Desert?

A caravan of camels following a desert tour guide in the orange sands of the Sahara desert on a sunny day

Since most desert tours from Marrakech go as fast as possible, you will likely see the Erg Chebbi dunes, which are the closest to Merzouga.

Note that on a 3-day tour to the Sahara, you will not see Erg Chigaga, the largest dune in the Sahara.

This would require different planning than your standard Sahara desert tour and it’s simply not offered by most mainstream desert tours as it’s not located near Merzouga at all.

If you really want to see Erg Chigaga, you’ll have to plan for that specifically as it’s further south.

This tour includes visiting the area around Erg Chigaga and staying the night in a luxury desert camp near the dune.

However, you’d have to get yourself to M’Hamid first for this tour, which is rather far from Merzouga and not the easiest to travel to, as this tour does not include transport to M’Hamid.

What are the best things to do in the Sahara Desert?

Person wearing a hat, sweater, pants going down a sandboard in the Sahara Desert, with a desert camp visible in the background

There are all sorts of activities you can do in the Moroccan desert — from camel trekking to desert glamping to sandboarding to ATV riding and more. 

While it sounds like a lot of time, a 3-day tour actually gives you fairly limited time in the Sahara Desert.

Once you get to the desert, you will do a sunset camel trek, have a desert camp meal, stargaze, sleep in a tent and be able to watch the sunrise before leaving again — that’s about it.

If you want more time in the Sahara Desert, I suggest taking the bus to Merzouga and planning an independent trip there rather than taking one of the Marrakech tours.

You can stay at one of the desert luxury camps for however long you like and organize desert exploration activities directly with them.

How do I visit the Sahara Desert independently?

Eco tents in a glampsite in Morocco with views of the dunes and some desert shrubbery on a hazy day.

If you don’t want to do a tour, you can visit the Sahara Desert (fairly) independently by getting yourself to Merzouga, either by bus or rental car, and then renting accommodations in the desert.

There are all levels of budget and luxury for desert camps available.

Since picking out unique accommodations around the globe is one of my main passions I’ve cultivated over my near-decade of travel blogging, I’m here to help!

I’ve written a guide curating the 9 best desert camps in the Sahara Desert here to help you narrow down the immense options.

Red moroccan style carpets and sitting areas at a luxury desert camp out in the Sahara desert

There are some great luxury glamping options such as the  Sahara Desert Luxury Camp  and the  Desert Bivouac Merzouga  which offer improved amenities such as private bathrooms and beautifully designed rooms.

There are also more bare-bones accommodation options like  Desert Berber Fire Camp  and  Dune Merzouga Camp .

Expert Tip: When pricing out your trip and making decisions, don’t just look at the base price, but also look for what’s  included  in each property and make an assessment based on that.

You may have to pay for transit, meals, etc. which could eat into your “savings” compared to a higher-priced but more all-inclusive experience.

Value in Morocco can be hard to suss out until you really get into what’s included and excluded on each option, so check the tour or camp’s inclusions before deciding.

15 Things to Know Before Your Morocco Sahara Desert Tour

You cannot do a sahara desert trip on a day trip from marrakech ..

Sunrise at the beautiful desert camp in Sahara Desert, Morocco, with lamps and sitting areas and tents visible in the distance

Merzouga, the gateway to the Sahara, is 350 miles or around 560 kilometers of winding mountain passes and dizzying curves away from Marrakech. 

As a result, you shouldn’t expect to be able to reach the Sahara in a day from Marrakech!

At a bare minimum, you need 3 days to visit the Sahara Desert from Marrakech, all of which will entail serious amounts of driving. 

It’s about 12 hours of driving in a van each way between Marrakech and Merzouga (not including stops), so expect to spend a good portion of your 3 day Sahara desert tour on the road.

If you only have time to do a day trip from Marrakech, you will simply not be able to see true sand dunes like you can see in Merzouga and Erg Chebbi, full stop. Adjust your expectations so you won’t be disappointed! 

Cushions set up around tables to enjoy tea in the rock desert outside of Marrakech

If you only have one day for a desert trip from Marrakech, you can do a camel ride through the rocky Agafay desert and palm grove outside of the city.

It’s not as impressive as the dunes in the Sahara, that’s for sure, but you will get that quintessential desert vibe.

Prices are quite reasonable – you can  check prices for one-day tours here .

With two days, you’re a little better off – you can get to the Zagora Desert and do a sunset camel ride, sleep in a desert overnight, and have a sunrise camel ride the next day. 

Tours to Zagora are a little pricier than just a day trip, obviously, since it includes accommodations and more meals, but it’s still a good value –  learn more about two-day tours here .

As a bonus in their favor compared to day trips, trips to Zagora also include a visit to Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO site that is also a Game of Thrones filming spot.

While Zagora isn’t quite as impressive as Merzouga (and I’d say that is true by a good margin), it’s still a worthwhile option to compare.

Not sure what to pick? I wrote quite a bit more on how to decide between the two in this post on choosing between Merzouga vs. Zagora for your Morocco desert trip.

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If you can spare the time and the money, then I highly recommend picking the Sahara Desert as your final destination (the three day tour option).

 In my opinion, the rock desert and palm oasis outside of Marrakech is  nowhere  close to how spectacular the Sahara Desert is.

As a result, the palm desert should only be booked if you have extremely limited time or funds, but you still have a camel ride and desert experience on your Morocco bucket list. 

The Zagora Desert is closer to what you would want from a Sahara Desert tour, but it’s still a ton of driving plus an overnight.

At that point, unless time is an absolute deal-breaker, I’d urge you to just go for the  full three day Sahara tour  instead. 

It’s not much more money (about $30 more than the Zagora tour), and absolutely nothing in my life compares to the beauty of seeing the sun rise and set in the Sahara Desert for myself with my own eyes.

Book your  3 day Sahara desert tour  here!

The Sahara Desert is even more magical than you expect .

People in the Sahara Desert on a camel trek through the sand dunes led by Berber guides

In my now 70+ countries of travel, I’ve still never seen anything quite as beautiful as the Sahara Desert.

That’s true even to this day, and even despite some rather negative experiences I had there (more on that in just a bit).

There is something otherworldly about the contrast between the orange sand and the blue sky, and the way the sand ripples in perfect formations that look as if they could only drawn by an artist’s hand.

As sunset fell, I almost wanted to pinch myself to confirm that it was real. But if it was a dream, I didn’t want to risk waking up.

The softness of the orange sand, the seeming infiniteness of the rolling dunes, the way that footsteps looked as they left magical trails in the sand, the inky blackness of the sky punctured by a million tiny stars at night… there’s simply no comparison to the Sahara.

Getting to the Sahara Desert from Marrakech is a royal pain, and yet somehow it is completely and utterly worth it.

Book your Sahara tour in advance so you can read reviews .

berber guides leading a small group of four people through the sand dunes of the Sahara Desert

The worst piece of advice that I read (and unfortunately followed) about taking a tour to the Sahara desert is that you shouldn’t book it in advance.

Their bad advice was that you should try to get a better deal by waiting for a tout in the souks to offer you a better price than what you can book online.

Here’s the thing I’ve discovered about trying to cut cost and corners in a place like Morocco:  you can likely get a cheaper price, but you will not get a better deal .

What do I mean by that? You will make up for that price difference somewhere, either with poor quality service, bad guides, or through scams and upsells along the trip. 

I went on one of the cheapest tours I could find, and I don’t recall the company name as I booked it from a random tout in the souk (as I was told to do by bloggers who I won’t name).

One of the worst parts of my tour experience getting told that the A/C in the van is “broken” on a 115 degree Fahrenheit day so they could save money on gas. 

They put on the fan and insisted the A/C wouldn’t work, and they only put it on after I insisted many, many times… upon which, the A/C magically worked perfectly.

If I hadn’t insisted and begged for them to do so, I would have roasted in the car for hours all based on believing a lie.

I was constantly up-charged on everything, from lunch to the made-in-China scarves that they insisted was mandatory for the desert.

A variety of colorful cotton scarves for sale in the Sahara desert

At this point, two days into being scammed and disrespected, I was so stubborn that I spitefully tied a shirt around my head at this point — just to prove a point.

Oh, and I also got scammed by a rug vendor in a Berber village we visited… but more on that later.

Instead, I highly recommend booking your Sahara desert tour in advance with a company with a good reputation and a strong online presence. 

Quite frankly, it’s not because of any merits of the company itself or the uniqueness of the tour.

View at night of a desert camp in the Sahara with beautiful stars overhead and a fire near the tents

All tours follow a similar route (typically included are the High Atlas Mountains, Aït Benhaddou Kasbah, the Dades Valley & Dades Gorge, Todra Gorge, Ouarzazate, etc.)

It’s just because a company that has put in work to establish a solid online presence has a ton more to lose.

Compare the level of service they have to provide with the hundred or so indistinguishable tour companies who make their profit off of selling to tourists on the street, for whom reputation and word of mouth means little. 

A desert tour with good reviews and a large digital footprint will be more scrupulous and careful as to protect their reputation and their livelihood, and that’s a good thing for the consumer.

A pair of dromedary camels with seats on them in the Sahara dsert, resting and waiting for travelers

After carefully researching dozens Sahara Desert tour offerings and comparing them to my own experience, this tour is the one I’d recommend for travelers on a budget who want a good group tour experience.

With an average of 4.5 stars out of nearly 4,500 verified reviews, including several positive reviews from solo women, this company is tried and tested in a way that I’m comfortable with recommending despite not having tried this exact tour for myself. 

You can check tour specifics, itinerary details, and prices  here on Get Your Guide , which protects your purchase and provides free cancellation if your plans change. 

A sunset happening in the Sahara desert with an orange-toned sky.

In the sake of fairness, it’s important to note there are some bad reviews, mostly from people who said that there’s too much driving — unfortunately, this is true no matter what company you go with. 

Be aware no matter what you choose that the Sahara desert is huge, as it’s the largest desert in Africa (and the largest hot desert, period , after the Antarctic and Arctic deserts). 

Morocco’s section of the Sahara Desert is basically on the border of Algeria, and you have to cross through the High Atlas Mountains, so there is simply no avoiding the drive. 

Any shorter tour will  not  take you to the Sahara, but instead to far less impressive rocky deserts closer to Marrakech.

If you want to go onward to Fes after your trip instead of returning to Marrakech (a common choice to avoid backtracking, and one that I made), they also run a tour from Marrakech to the Sahara ending in Fes, which  you can find here .

Be cautious and do your research if you are a solo female traveler .

The sun setting over the Sahara Desert with brilliant pink and dark clouds

I’m telling you this because I, in my eternally stupid penny-pinching ways, did exactly the opposite and paid the price. 

I don’t remember what the exact name of the tour company I went with: something incredibly generic, literally like Sahara Tour Morocco .

I should note that I did this tour before becoming a more diligent note-taker as a blogger.

I followed the (bad) advice of others and just went wandering through Marrakech and booked it in-person from one of the men in the medina selling tours.

Again, this is what I was told was the best ( read: cheapest ) way to book a Sahara desert tour by other backpackers. 

While sure, it was cheaper (I paid about the equivalent of $100 USD for a 3-day trip in July, after some haggling), I ended up having a pretty horrible experience. 

They lied about many things: the inclusions, the air conditioning, how I’d get to Fes after my tour finished.

Shadows cast by camels in the desert , seen from above while sitting on a camel

But on the tour, I was sexually harassed by my guides, and even worse, I was nearly groped while I was sleeping in the desert.

It all started innocently enough, in my mind. I was sitting after dinner, chatting with a guide trying to learn more about Berber culture. 

Without victim-blaming myself (as a person or two have done in the comments…) , I must say that I need to remind myself that North American (and specifically Californian) friendliness is not always the smartest move.

Especially with men from more conservative cultures, they can mistake courteous talkativeness as an invitation for something physical.

After a while, this guide got progressively creepier and creepier as the night got darker, continuing to move closer to me as we talked.

I felt paralyzed with the knowledge of what was happening yet also frozen and powerless to stop it. 

Then he asked me if I wanted to go somewhere alone with him to see the stars better  (um, they’re plainly overhead, but k) .

Despite my repeated insistence that I just wanted to sit and enjoy by myself, he continued to ask.

Eventually, I had to tell him quite directly that he was bothering me, that I was upset, and he needed to leave me alone. He went away.

Stars overhead in the desert, with some stars and camps and tents visible

It may sound simple enough, but for a nonconfrontational girl like me who hates conflict, it was difficult. 

After he left, I enjoyed the next few hours a lot, chatting with my fellow travelers and admiring the vastness of the sky and the hints of the Milky Way overhead.

Later that night, since it was July, virtually all of the travelers chose to sleep outside where there was a breeze instead of the stuffy tent .

It was impossible to breathe in tents and there was a nice breeze outside. Meanwhile, a different guide set up his sleeping site about five feet from me. 

He placed a large pillow as a buffer between us, which I took comfort in, and I fell asleep.

I honestly remember feeling glad that I had a benevolent guardian to keep me away from the creep who was hitting on me earlier.

Dark night sky in the Sahara desert with a few stars overhead and tent faraway visible lit up faintly

I woke up maybe an hour later to him staring at me, saying “shhhhh,” just a few inches away from my face, the pillow he had placed between us nowhere to be seen.

It was, in a word, terrifying. 

He tried to tell me to go back to sleep, but you better believe my a** was up and in my hot stuffy tent as quickly as I could manage in my sleep-drunk state.

I didn’t sleep much the rest of the night, obviously.

Since I didn’t book online, had no plans to return to Marrakech (I ended my tour in Fes), or have any papers confirming who I went with, I didn’t really have a way to review the tour.

I also didn’t feel comfortable going to the police for a variety of reasons (namely, the language barrier and gender norms with a culture of victim blaming, etc). 

If I had booked it online, I could have read reviews from other female travelers if they had a similar experience.

Had I been more smart about how I booked the tour, it would have been much easier to report the bad behavior I experienced on this tour.

This way, I could hopefully help ensure it wouldn’t happen to other female travelers down the line. 

I still feel sort of sick to my stomach when I think about not being able to report this. I hate the fact that this behavior will likely continue to other women.

This is why I recommend booking in advance with a reputable company so strongly and emphatically.

Ripples in the sand in the Sahara Desert beautiful orange sand

For solo female travelers, I recommend booking online.

As I said above, I suggest this tour  if you want to go onward to Fes, or  this tour if you want to go back to Marrakech at the end of your trip.

Sadly, this kind of behavior is not that uncommon for Morocco.

Other women have had similar experiences with their guides in the desert (read Lauren of Never Ending Footsteps’ experience  here ) 

I’ve also, of course, heard positive stories as well, though these usually come from men or people who traveled as a couple. 

As a solo female traveler, I can tell you though that it’s better to spend the extra money and book a tour in advance so you can read all the reviews.

That won’t completely shield you from an assault or harassment, but it’s one small (but important) layer of protection.

A lot of fuss is made about dressing properly in Morocco.

I will say that I was covered up almost all the time and not particularly provocative in any way, shape, or form, and I was harassed frequently.

Allison wearing a dress that comes down to her knees and a white light linen jacket

When writing this post, since I didn’t have a personal tour recommendation, I vetted the companies and pored through the reviews pretty thoroughly. 

The tour I recommend above looks to be the best, safest option for solo female travelers, and still looked to be a good option as of this update (January 2024).

If reading this in the future, and you’re a solo woman, I’d do my due diligence and check the reviews from the most recent few months, just in case there is a new guide who is causing trouble.

Read what is included carefully .

Camel shadow on the sand dune in Sahara Desert, Merzouga, Morocco

My Sahara desert tour included round-trip transportation to and from Marrakech and the Sahara Desert. This included pick up and drop off at your riad.

When booking my tour with one of the tour operators in the medina, I told them I wanted to go onwards to Fes, a common thing tourists do to avoid backtracking. 

The tour operators said that  all  the transportation (including to Fes) was included in the price they gave me, but I never got that in writing.

Surprise surprise, when it came time to get a shared taxi towards Fes, we ended up having to fork out about $30 USD or so per person to get there. 

I can say that the price was pretty fair, but the method of being duped, stuck in the desert with no other options, is a principle I can’t stand by.

But at this point, after nearly being groped by one of the guides, I was ready to get out of there — no matter what the cost.

Tip:  If you want to go onward to Fes like I did and avoid backtracking, be sure it is included on your tour! I suggest this  Marrakech to Merzourga to Fes desert tour .

Tour guides in the Sahara desert with their camels

The shuttle bus was comfortable enough, but they kept insisting that the A/C was broken after the first day.

This was extremely was annoying, as I was overheating and feeling incredibly nauseous with only the fan on, since we couldn’t open the windows in the back. 

After enough of the minibus complained, they turned it on again and voila: it was magically working. Strange.

The tour included two nights accommodation, one in a hotel on the way to the desert and one in the desert camp itself.

The accommodations at both were of decent quality, actually, they were better than I expected for the price, to be fair. The tour cost included the camel ride as well.

a dish of meatballs served with bread in a tagine

Here are a few things most tours do not include: no lunch on any of the days, so you’ll have to either BYO food or add on another $10 USD or so for each meal. 

No matter what tour you go on, you can be guaranteed that you’ll be forced to eat at expensive, mediocre restaurants — likely wherever your tour guides get the best kickback, unfortunately! 

Most tours don’t include any beverages, water, etc. either so keep that in mind and bring plenty of cash for the tour.

Keep your expectations in line with reality .

rugs surrounding a campfire and some makeshift tents in the Sahara

The price range of Sahara Desert tours varies wildly based on the level of luxury. 

One blog post I read said their (comped, I might add) tour cost $700 USD per person for a 3-day tour, which is expensive for many — and definitely an outlier for Morocco, at about 5x the cost of the tour I recommend.

However, it would absolutely be worth it for a special occasion like a honeymoon when you won’t want to be crammed in a van with 15-odd other travelers. 

Meanwhile, on the low end, you can spend about $120 USD for a 3 day, 2 night tour.

You won’t be staying at the luxury desert camps you’ve seen the Instagram girls enjoying, but rather bare-bones tents with an outhouse and very few creature comforts. 

But who needs showers when you can bathe in the gorgeous light of a million tiny stars in the clearest night sky you’ll ever get a chance to see?

Most tours cost somewhere in the ballpark of $100-200 USD for a 3 day, 2 night Sahara tour, and that’s a fair price.

The tour that I recommend shakes out to about $40 per day, which I think is fair given all the inclusions and its good reviews. 

Check out the ratings & reviews of this Sahara Desert tour

Riding a camel is not at all like riding a horse .

A group of camels near the dusk hour sitting on the sand

If you’ve romanticized a camel ride in the desert, let me demystify that for you. This is no pleasant horse ride through a meadow. 

Riding a camel is among the least comfortable things I’ve done, and I’m amazed that people actually even trained camels to be ridden after feeling how freaking uncomfortable it can be!

While camel trekking, my thighs were sore by the end of the first hour. I could barely feel my butt when I got off the camel. 

The camel slid in the sand quite a bit, leaving me lurching and clutching on for dear life (camels are even taller than they look).

Anyway, the next day, I was given the option to ride on the roof of their ATV or go back the same way doing a camel trek – you better believe I chose the roof (though to be honest, that choice was mostly to avoid the creepy guide).

Despite my complaining about the discomfort, however, I’d do it again – the views are simply that magical, and the camel ride — as uncomfortable as it is — is a huge part of the desert experience.

Just be prepared! As I mentioned at the outset of this post, managing expectations is the key to enjoying your Sahara desert trip.

Going in the summer isn’t the worst idea ever .

view of Erg Chebbi Dunes in the Sahara Desert - at sunrise, in Morocco

I did my Sahara Desert tour in July… aka the stupidest time in the world to go to Morocco. 

It was 115° F (46° C) in the desert the day we arrived… so that may have had something to do with why the price I negotiated was so low.  

The car was hot and stuffy, but that was because my driver purposely shut off the A/C, something that won’t happen on a reputable tour.

Still, I’ll say that 115° F in Morocco isn’t nearly as bad as 90° F and humid in NYC.

I’m a Californian who grew up in a particularly hot and dry part of the state, and I will fight to the death that dry heat is 100x better than wet heat.

To me, the desert heat wasn’t a deal-breaker, especially since we arrived at the desert at sunset when the night breeze was already coming in nice and cool.

And at night, it cooled down to a nice 75° F (24° C) or so, and it was downright pleasant and beautiful with a light wind.

However, the tents were still like an oven that would have been impossible to sleep in, but outside underneath the stars downright pleasant (minus the gropey guide…)

On the other hand, it will be freezing in the winter .

Man wearing winter clothes standing in the Sahara dunes

Many people approach the Sahara Desert with the misconception that it’s hot year-round, but this is patently false. 

The desert is home to wild temperature swings – even in the summer, a 115° F day dropped to a 75° F night, a 40° F temperature variation. This is standard. 

This is true even in the winter. In the peak winter months such as January, the desert will be around 65° F / 18° C in the day and hovering around 32° F / 0° C at night.

And yes, it even snows sometimes in the Sahara!

If you visit the Sahara Desert in winter, you’ll want to bring some thermal tops (I like  these from 32 Degrees ) as well as a   thin down jacket  to keep you warm.

Be prepared for long days of driving and some dull stops .

Atlas mountains in Morocco with a road below it at a mountain pass on a sunny day

It’s about two long days in a van from Marrakech just to  get to  the Sahara desert (not including the 12 hour drive on the way back). 

If you have 2 or  3 weeks in Morocco , that’s fine – but if you have a really limited amount of time for your trip, it’s a lot of time in a car.

The views are simply beautiful, particularly the Atlas Mountains and the Dades Gorge, so keep your camera at the ready to snap some shots.

You’ll pull over a few times at scenic overlooks throughout the trip, which helps to break up the drive.

However, besides stopping at the UNESCO site of Ait Ben Haddou and a pretty gorge, most of the stops are pretty uninteresting. 

Many stops were aimed at getting as much money out of you as possible as opposed to being interesting for sightseeing.

This is common with group tours, even small group tours, but it was cumbersome nonetheless.

I will say that they did give us a lot of bathroom stops, which as someone with a clinically small bladder, I really appreciated!

Bring some anti-nausea pills .

Allison, the author of the article, standing with a dress with matching seasickness bands and shoes

There are so many twists and turns on the road to the Sahara Desert because you have to pass through the Atlas Mountains, the Dades Gorge, and the Tizi n’Tichka mountain pass — all of which involve countless hairpin turns!

I get motion sickness quite easily, so I lulled myself into a state of near-constant semi-slumber for the two days with the help of my  Sea Bands . 

They worked okay at keeping me from barfing, but I would have preferred actual  Dramamine .

Personally, I’d choose the normal version over the non-drowsy that I usually opt for, to better help me sleep off all those hours in the van.

I’d also bring some stomach medicine like  Pepto Bismol tablets  just in case.

Morocco has some issues with food safety and undrinkable tap water that can end up messing with some travelers’ stomachs. 

I was fine during my two weeks in Morocco, but I know several people who got food poisoning while they were there, so better safe than sorry. 

Bring plenty of cash (about $100 USD worth) .

A wallet on a table with 20 50 100 and 200 dirham notes

There are plenty of little add-ons throughout the Sahara Desert tour that end up driving up the price quite a bit. 

Figure about $1 per bottle of water, $2 per soda, money for tips for various people you encounter along the way, and extra for souvenirs and strongly “recommended” purchases along the way.

Your guides will also take you to expensive and uninspiring restaurants for lunch, though since I wasn’t a big fan of Moroccan food to begin with, that wasn’t a huge loss in terms of flavor. 

The cost of lunch while on your Sahara desert tour is usually about $10 USD per meal, which is about 3 times the price of a meal elsewhere in Morocco.

This is pretty standard for every tour and is part of the reason why the price of your Sahara Desert tour is so low.

Virtually all tour guides are getting a kickback for bringing people to the restaurant, guides, and shopping stops, so they make up the money there.

Be aware that most stops are designed for the guides to make more money

Clothing for sale at a stall near the Sahara desert

Pretty much every stop we made along the way to the desert was rushed and not that interesting. 

All of these stops seemed designed for us to spend extra money, rather than to enjoy a particularly beautiful location.

For example, the stop at the rug store, the gift shops at Ait Ben Haddou, and the completely unnecessary stops to encourage us to buy specific scarves to wrap around our heads for the desert tour.

I understand this is how they make up for their slim margins, but I just wish the tour cost a bit more.

I’d rather pay more so that we didn’t spend so much time making a million souvenir stops.

Instead, I’ve had preferred to spend more time at the few stops that  are  interesting, like Ait Ben Haddou and Ouarzazate and the Draa Valley and the Dades Gorge. 

But that’s just how guided tours in Morocco go, I guess, unless you opt for a private tour and can tell them you’re not interested in these stops.

Buy a rug with caution .

A man pouring mint tea at a rug shop

In a moment of weakness, I splurged on (what appeared to be) a gorgeous hand-woven Berber rug at the village near Tinghir, paying about $40 USD for a very tiny lambswool rug. 

Mind you, when I took this Sahara desert tour, I didn’t even have a home — so why I needed a rug was beyond me… but alas, FOMO got me yet again.

Anyway, when I unwrapped it a few days later, I discovered they had swapped it out for another one entirely!

Despite not having touched the rug until I opened it, I opened it to find it completely and totally falling apart at the edges.

I ended up trashing it rather than lugging around a fraying rug for the rest of my trip. Fool me once…

Consider the pros and cons carefully.

A hazy sunrise in the Sahara desert

While I had a mixed bag of experiences, in my opinion, it was still absolutely worth taking a Sahara Desert tour, as it was a huge bucket list item. 

However, if I could do it again, I would have researched what tour I took, and not have just gone with the cheapest desert tour option that a tout offered me on the streets of Marrakesh.

My safety and overall enjoyment is worth more than a few dollars, and so is yours.

I don’t want to scare you from taking a Sahara desert tour: thousands of solo female travelers take them, and take them safely.

But in the spirit of full transparency, I want to share my experience with you so you can be prepared should any shadiness occur in the Sahara. 

(And judging by the fact that my story is not unique, that is a possibility).

I will readily admit that traveling Morocco can be frustrating as a woman.

Adjust yourself accordingly: be courteous, but distant; not rude, but not friendly, and you’ll likely have a more positive experience than I did.

I’m of the belief that you shouldn’t let fear dictate what you do or take away from your dreams. 

Even though I had a bad experience on my Sahara desert tour, there are a few things I could have done differently. 

Guide leading a traveler on a camel through orange sand dunes

I could made friends with and stuck with other female travelers rather than chatting with the guides. 

I could have vetted the tours more carefully and picked one with better online reviews rather than trying to seek out the lowest price.

To be clear, this is not to victim blame myself, nor to victim blame anyone who has had something similar happen to them. (Though a few people in the comments have chosen to go that route…)

It is solely upon the predator to not be a predator, and not on the victim to prevent harassment or an attack.

However, just like there are measures to can take to avoid theft, there are a few things you can do to make yourself slightly safer against harassment from men. 

I hate that I have to write this here, but my experience is so not out of the ordinary that I feel compelled to share these tips.

Sadly, these are just facts of life for traveling alone in a country as unfriendly to solo women as Morocco is.

View in the desert in the morning in the Sahara

If you don’t like the idea of a Sahara desert tour, you could take the badass alternative and rent a car and  driving out to the Sahara Desert , like the bloggers at Along Dusty Roads did. 

But again, if you’re solo, this may not be the best course of action – road trips are always best enjoyed with a travel buddy.

Ultimately, you’ll have to make the call, but in my gut and despite what happened to me, I say go for it – the Sahara desert is something that must be seen to be believed. 

Even with all the crap I dealt with on my 3 day Sahara tour — I wouldn’t take it back. I’d just go with another company, obviously.

What to Bring on a Sahara Desert Tour

Person tossing sand while wearing a scarf around their head sitting in the orange sand of the Sahara Desert

Motion sickness pills:  Don’t underestimate how winding the roads will be leading out to the desert! You will cross all sorts of high mountain passes between Marrakech and the Sahara Desert. Motion sickness pills will be your friend. I had motion sickness bands and they helped (but not quite enough). I wish I had Dramamine !

Snacks:  I didn’t enjoy the food at the lunches we stopped at along the way and I wish I had packed enough snacks to skip a lunch or two. Snacks can also be a nice pick-me-up when you need a little sugar rush after countless hours of driving. I like packing Larabars for a pick-me-up.

A camera and tripod (for night photography):  You’ll want a camera with a zoom lens and the ability to use manual settings to capture the best of the desert in all its beauty. A smartphone won’t quite do it, especially for night photos!

This is the camera I used in the Sahara desert. I also suggest a tripod if you want to photograph the Milky Way and do some astrophotography — you’ll likely never find darker skies!

Tents for camping in the Sahara Desert at night, lit up by a fire or lantern, with the Milky Way overhead

Long sleeve shirt and pants:  Even if it’s hot, you’ll want to have your arms and legs covered for multiple reasons during your desert tour. For one, it’ll protect you from the hot Moroccan sun… but for another, it’ll shield you (a tiny bit) from prying eyes.

A scarf:  It can occasionally get windy in the Sahara Desert. Your guides will insist that you have a scarf they can wrap around you like a turban to protect your face from the sand, and they will make a stop in Erfoud or somewhere nearby the desert to buy overpriced scarves. Just bring your own scarf because the scarves you can buy there are not good quality and are basically single-use.

Layers (in winter):  If you’re visiting the Sahara in the winter, you’ll want to bring warm layers as the desert can drop down to freezing in the nighttime (not kidding!). Bring a thermal top/leggings (I like  these from 32 Degrees ) as well as a  thin down jacket  to keep you warm.

Allison Green

Allison Green is a former teacher who has been travel blogging since 2016. She has a Masters in Teaching and a B.A. in English and Creative Writing. Her blog posts merge her background as an educator with her experience traveling to 70+ countries to encourage ethical, meaningful travel. She has been a speaker at the World Travel Writers Conference and her writing, photography, and podcasting work has appeared in National Geographic, CNN Arabic, CBC Canada, and Forbes, amongst others. Now a full-time traveler, she has lived in Prague, Sofia, New York City, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

95 Comments

While that sounds like a really cool experience, it also sounds like quite a lot to go through just to get there. Good on you for making it!

I totally agree! I wanted to represent my experience beyond just pretty pictures of sand, so that anyone who’s considering the same can make an informed choice. For me, it was worth it… just barely.

Thank you for sharing! Your experiences will help us in designing our trip to Morocco!

Hi! Nice and helpful blog! I’d like to know the tour operator you got on this trip. I find it affordable. 🙂 Can you please drop me an email? Thanks!! 😀

Will do Ivy, thanks for commenting!

Hi Allison! Thanks for the post – it’s very helpful! Can you please email me details of the tour group you used?

Thanks Shumaila! Unfortunately, I don’t remember the tour company I used. I also wouldn’t really recommend them due to the harassment issues I had. You’ll find the same tour on offer virtually everywhere in Marrakech 🙂

Thanks for sharing! I’m traveling to Morocco in April 2019 and doing research about the usual stuff (scams/theft, pinching pennies, female travelers).

My plan is to book a 3-day Sahara tour starting in Marrakech and ending in Fes in order to save a little time and money, but I never considered renting a car for my party of two. Very useful tips.

Hi JD! Glad to hear you are doing the research ahead of time. It will pay off in Morocco for sure. I definitely think it could be worth renting a car, especially because it will give you more time to enjoy the desert. Hope you have a great time in the Sahara, it is such a beautiful place!

Thank you so much for sharing this. I wanted to see the actual Sahara too. I love spending the night in Sahara desert and do it every chance I get, but I’ve never seen one quite so orange–that looks amazing. That sounds like an amazing experience in Sahara desert trip but also not like the funniest experience getting there. The Sahara Desert trip also give so many activities to the tourists to do. So I was very excited to go there and do so many fun in the Sahara desert trip.

Thanks Asmaa, it was really beautiful, but you’re right, not the best experience in getting there….

Where does your luggage go? Is there a luggage restriction?!

I brought all my luggage with me as I went onwards to Fes after reaching Merzouga. There was no luggage restriction – my friend brought an abnormally large bag and was totally fine.

Thanks for sharing your experience! It’s very helpful!

You’re welcome! Enjoy your Morocco trip, whatever you end up doing! 🙂

it’s an amazing post very informative. Keep writing Thanks for sharing.!!

Thanks Mark

Thanks for the honest blog! My friend and I, both females, want to do this next year. I’m thinking I’ll book a well known tour from our home here in Australia instead of when we get there. I’m happy to pay more for safety and no gross gropey men. Though I’ve heard morocco is terrible for women travellers. Do you think two 30 year old Aussie women travelling Morocco and Spain will be ‘safe’? I’ve travelled a lot of Asia, Dubai, USA. But Morocco is my next bucket list adventure as is camping in the Sahara.

Hi Lucinda! I had some crappy experiences (mostly what I’ve written here) and so definitely recommend you book online and vet reviews thoroughly before. Get Your Guide is great because they are transparent about the companies they work with (unlike Viator which hides the names which I find so sketchy) so you can read reviews and they take down tours that do not meet standards. I think Spain and Morocco are safe enough, but I would pay for guides in the souks to avoid unwanted attention and stresses. I got spun in circles by people in Marrakech souks trying to get me to buy from their shops and I nearly had an anxiety attack – they put up all these signs saying “to the big square” which just led me… of course… into another shop. Keep in mind though that if you travel with a guide they will usually inflate the prices quite a bit… the guide I had in Fes brought us to a shop that charged about 5x more for argan oil than any other shop and we didn’t even properly bargain at those shops… in short I find Morocco safe enough but so, so exhausting.

Compared to the majority of Moroccans, we Westerners are extremely well off. Even if I am not rich by UK standards, compared to most of Africa, I am wealthy and can afford to travel, though of course not on luxury trips. So please remember that all the Moroccans vying for your cash are just trying to make a living and support their families. Of course they want to get the best price for their goods/services, but they are not malicious or trying to cheat you.

Personally I wouldn’t sleep outside as a lone female in the UK or Europe, so why would I think this is going to end well in North Africa? I think people let their guard down when they are travelling. I don’t do stuff there that I wouldn’t do at home.

I have had some dodgy experiences in Morocco sure, but no worse than in the UK tbh. In my experience on my many trips to Morocco, the people (especially away from the tourist traps in Marrakech) are very kind and welcoming. They will always help a traveller in need. And if they want a tip at the end, how is that different from the person who carries your luggage in the US?

To your second paragraph, because I can’t even with the victim blaiming… Literally, every single person on this tour was sleeping outside because it was 45 C during the day in the desert in July, and the tents were like being baked alive. Surely, the people who you are quite literally paying to guide you and keep you safe should not be expected to attempt to molest you if you sleep outside with, I repeat, the entire tour group. That doesn’t make me somehow deserving of an attempted groping.

I have no qualms with recognizing my privilege relative to where I’ve traveled. I don’t tend to haggle much and prefer to accept a slightly inflated price, knowing I can afford it. What I do not like, however, is having people lie to my face, and that’s what happened to me quite a bit in Morocco. I encountered plenty of friendly people who were doing tourism right, haggling, bargaining, that sort of thing. Unfortunately, I also encountered a lot of people who straight up lied to me, and the same goes for other friends of mine as well. That’s not acceptable behavior in the tourism industry, no matter what your poverty level is, and trust me, I’ve traveled to countries far more impoverished than Morocco and never experienced the same level of cheating.

Your experience seems to be different than mine – which is great, and I’m so happy your memories of Morocco are less fraught than mine. However, you are trying to argue with me about my own experiences, which I’ve tried to present honestly and in service of the reader so they can have a better time than I did. I find that insulting.

The worst of my experiences has also happened at home. Statistically speaking, that’s usually the case, just by virtue of how long you spend there vs. other places. However, out of the 60-odd countries I’ve been to, Morocco was the toughest country I’ve traveled to as a woman in terms of harassment. I’ve heard a lot of stories from other female travelers in Morocco being assaulted or harassed, including at least three fellow female bloggers I can think of who were victims of either assault or attempted assault. It’s something we should be honest with our readers about (even though you risk being picked apart by other lovely women such as yourself!) so that other women can experience destinations safely.

Thank you so much for caring enough to be truthful in your advice and warnings about everything. So refreshing to actually read an honest review. I practically had a nervous breakdown on my trip there. The harassment from a lot of the men can be quite unexpected and unnerving. I even a bad experience with a group of boys that looked about 10 or 11. They surrounded me and lifted up my long loose dress (I was trying to be extra conservative my whole trip) to pinch my butt. This is in broad daylight, with lots of people around in Essouria. When my brother I was traveling with saw, he ran over yelling at them to stop and pulled me from their grasp. They then started picking up rocks and stoning us! I’m not kidding. We had to run away as they continued chasing us, picking up stones and hurling them at us. Thanks again for warning women to be safe and the cultural differences.

Helga, I’m so sorry to hear that you had such a frightening and violating experience. This sadly just goes to show that no matter how women dress or act, we can be targeted at any time, anywhere. Unfortunately Morocco happens to be one of those places where it happens more often. I don’t want to dissuade people entirely from going to Morocco — many women have wonderful trips to Morocco and never experience anything too negative! — but I did want to be fully honest about how I experienced it, and I appreciate you taking the time to be vulnerable and share your experience too. Hugs to you.

Apologies, I thought this was a forum for sharing experiences and views.

It is – that’s why I published your comment, even though it was rather rude and belittling of what I experienced. However, you can’t expect to victim blame me on my own website and have me not respond to set things straight.

Kudos Allison. Speak your truth. I think you handled Kathy’s comments quite professionally 🙂

Thanks for this info. I am traveling with my hubby, but this is great as we begin to plan our trip.

Thanks Stefanie 🙂 I get thousands of comments and generally try to respond professionally… but I’m only human and comments can get under your skin, especially when recalling an unpleasant experience. Glad I handled it OK from an outside eye, and thanks for the encouragement 🙂

I hope you guys have an incredible and memorable trip, and I’m glad it was useful! Despite the problems I had, my night in the Sahara was a magical experience, and I strongly recommend everyone do one while in Morocco – where else can you see such orange sand and such an incredible night sky?

Bravo! I read this thread and support you 100%.

Hi Allison, Thank you so much for sharing your experiences. I would love to get a referral from you on your hotel/riad in Marrakech and which company you used for a souk guide. I’m traveling there in September and have been feeling overwhelmed trying to vet companies, hotels, etc. Female, traveling alone, although a good generation older than you. Were there any Marrakech tours you found exceptional? I’ve been considering Majorelle Gardens, an Atlas Mountain & 4 Valleys day trip. I’ve read other articles that mentioned leaving the friendly smile at home, thanks for reiterating. Thank you!!

You’re welcome Donna! I was on a strict budget (wanted to spend about $20 a night) and stayed at Dar Rosa, which was fine and safe but simple. I have a post on all the best riads in Marrakech on all budgets, which may be helpful: https://eternalarrival.com/travel-blog/africa/morocco/best-riads-in-marrakech-where-to-stay/

I had a souk guide in Fes, not in Marrakech, and it was arranged through a friend of mine’s riad (don’t recall the name of where she stayed). I know GetYourGuide has a souk guide so I would check the reviews of that. Definitely can recommend Majorelle Gardens — 100% worth it. I went to the Atlas Mountains on my way out to the Sahara and it was beautiful but I bet a dedicated day trip would be fabulous. I have some Marrakech itinerary recommendations here as well with suggested tours and activities: https://eternalarrival.com/travel-blog/africa/morocco/3-days-in-marrakech-itinerary/

Hey Allison

I booked a trip from Marrakech to the Sahara and up to Fez through Ando Travel. It came down to them and another and after reading your article I went with Ando. Maybe they have cut some major corners recently but the experience was terrible. Look into seeing if there is a better group you can suggest as this trip just kept stumbling from the get go. Otherwise I appreciate your insight to the adventure!

I’m sorry to hear your trip let you down! Can you be a little more specific as to what some of the problems were? I’m happy to recommend another tour company but need to know what the issues were with Ando to see if people would encounter the same issues on other trips (for example virtually all trips have a ton of shopping stops where they try to make commission, crappy overpriced food, etc.) I see many complaints to be honest when I do the research so it’s really hard to find one that’s universally rated highly – I’ve found one that’s universally pretty positive but it’s quite pricy as it’s a private tour. Let me know more and I’ll see what I can update!

Amazing and well-written post. If you want to experience the desert from Marrakech, you need 4 days. If you only have 3 days, you’ll have to drive a lot from Merzouga to Marrakech on the last day. Thank you for sharing

Very good tip Simo, thank you! It’s a lot of driving that’s for sure!

amazing blog post, Loved it! I just wanted to ask you about what you did with your luggage or what you can do. Do you leave it at the hotel you will be staying in after the Sahara desert tour , or do you take it with you on your Sahara tour, if yes can you take all the luggage with you? Thank you.

Thanks Shania! I brought my luggage with me because I went onto Fes. Most people who returned to Marrakech packed a smaller bag and left their larger suitcase at the hotel. There is room for luggage but not a TON so if your bag is very large, it’s better to leave the bigger bag in Marrakech unless you are not returning there after the Sahara

Hi Allison I liked you blog very much!

You are welcome when you like to return here.

Very detailed assessment, Allison. I read in one of your responses that you went from Merzouga to Fez. Was that through a tour or on your own? We will most certainly book the Get Your Guide tout but could not see an option of Marrakech – Merzouga – Fez.

Hi Arjun! I took a tour from Marrakech to Merzouga and then paid separately for a shared taxi onwards to Fez. However, there is a GYG tour available that does Marrakech – Merzouga – Fez: https://www.getyourguide.com/marrakech-l208/private-3-day-marrakech-to-fes-desert-tour-t54315?partner_id=3EC2E85&cmp=MarrakechtoFez it’s run by Ando Travel who seem to have a decent reputation overall (although I’ll note one commenter here didn’t enjoy their trip with them but didn’t elaborate on how so I’m not sure what was substandard).

Great blog. Very informative. It helped. Thank you, Nanlee

You’re welcome!

Hello Allison: I read everything about your Morocco trip. Thanks a million. I wish I had read yours before booking a tour with Gate 1. Since we leave town on Friday, there is no way we could catch the Saturday tour you recommended, Do you or other travelers know any decent 3-day group tour starting on Sunday from Marrakesh? We plan to go directly from Casablanca airport to Marrakesh by train. (Saturday – losing 1 day). Stay overnight. Then take the 3-day Sahara tour then catch the train from Marrakesh to Rafat to catch our tour.

I particularly thank you and other travelers for sharing the learned lessons because it takes courage (to share your lessons) and generosity (helping others to avoid them). Life is too short to learn all my lessons on my own. As a single female traveler, I had a very unpleasant experience in New Zealand. So, these advice are greatly appreciated.

Hi Kim! Sorry for my delayed response but I replied to your other comment which should hopefully answer your questions. And I also appreciate your support in sharing my story <3

Hello Allison:

Thank you very much for your blog and articles and passed on your lessons. I learned a lot from them. I wish that I have read them before booking Gate 1 Morocco tour. Now, we are trying to squeeze in what we learned from you and adapted it to our tour.

We live home on Friday and arrive at Casablanca airport on Sat at 2:30 PM. Do you think that we have enough time to get to Marrakech that night to take the next day 3-day tour Saraha? After the Saraha tour, we need to take the train that night to Rabat. Which is the best reasonable Riad nearest to the train station in Marrakech? Or should we go on to Fes with our luggage then try to go from Fes to Rabat to take our tour on Wednesday night? Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Also, do you know of any private tour for 1-day tour in Fez? My travel partner read many blocs and found none of the recommended ones have a solid record, without complaints on stirring shopping since we have only 1-day in Fez.

If we want to go to Chefchaouen, we need to take the tour from Fez, do you know any tour to Chefchaouen from Rabat? Again, thank you very much for all the information.

Hi Kim! I think you should have enough time to get to Marrakech the following day. If you want to travel comfortably and stress free I found this transfer: https://www.getyourguide.com/casablanca-l244/one-way-private-transfer-from-casablanca-to-marrakech-t24449/?partner_id=3EC2E85&cmp=MarrakechTransfer otherwise the cheaper way would be by train, here’s a guide here: https://vagrantsoftheworld.com/on-the-train-again-casablanca-to-marrakech/ .

As for riads near the train station – mostly you’re going to find riads in the medina, not by the train station. Instead, if you want a riad, I’d suggest staying in the medina and then taking a taxi to the train station, which shouldn’t be more than $5 USD tops (and should be less). I have a post on Marrakech riads here: https://eternalarrival.com/travel-blog/africa/morocco/best-riads-in-marrakech-where-to-stay/

As for private tours — I actually don’t! I did a tour with my friend’s riad’s recommended guide (I can’t remember the name of the riad nor the guide) but I wasn’t impressed as we were brought to many shops with ultra-inflated prices… we’re talking 5x the price for argan oil. The best reviewed I could find was this one: https://www.getyourguide.com/fes-l829/fes-private-full-day-sightseeing-tour-of-the-holy-city-t66936/?partner_id=3EC2E85&cmp=Fes but the reviews are mixed.

And nope, sorry, I don’t know any tour to Chefchaouen from Rabat, sorry. I personally went Marrakech–>Sahara–>Fes–>Chefchaouen–>Tangier using publi transit or shared taxi so my route was quite different than yours!

Thanks a million, Allison. These are very helpful. I will follow up with your lead.

You’re welcome! Have a great trip!

Thank you so much for this, Allison. I am a senior citizen with some back and hip problems. I REALLY want to have this wonderful experience but an hour and a half on a camel does not sound like a smart idea for me. Do any of these companies offer the option of a short camel ride with the rest of the treck done in a van?

Hi Vickie! Yes, with some back and hip problems a camel will surely be quite uncomfortable. I can’t speak to this tour specifically but I know when I went, there was an ATV which they brought all the gear for cooking dinner in the desert, etc. and I was able to ride this back in the morning. If you e-mail the tour operators about your concerns, you can most likely take the ATV into the desert and not have to ride the camel but still get to experience the Sahara. I don’t know if they’ll be able to accommodate the short camel ride as well but you can ask!

Very interesting

Hi! I loved your post, it is really helpful for women who are going to morocco. I tryed to book my tour with ando travel but They dont have tour during my days in morocco. Do you have any other companies to recommend? Thank you!

Hi Isabela! I’m happy to hear that. Marrakesh Travel Services also has a well-reviewed tour (avg. 4.4/5 with 300+ reviews) which you can find here: https://www.getyourguide.com/marrakech-l208/3-days-sahara-merzouga-erg-chebbi-t56040/?partner_id=3EC2E85&cmp=3Day – maybe they have availability during your trip?

Hello Allison, thank you for all of this very helpful information. A question- in the article you mentioned Ando Travel as a company you’d recommend for a Sahara desert trip. My partner and I would like to a 4 day (rather than a 3 day) Sahara desert trip from Fez to Marrakesh. Ando Travel only offers 3day trips from Fez to Marrakesh, not 4 day trips. Do you have any other Sahara travel companies that you’d recommend that might offer a 4day trip from Fez, rather than the 3day? If so, please advise! Thanks in advance, Allison!

Hi Aaron! This 4-day tour is really well-reviewed, but it’s quite a bit pricier (but looks to be higher quality): https://www.getyourguide.com/marrakech-l208/sahara-desert-discovery-tour-4-days-t17850/?partner_id=3EC2E85&cmp=4Day . I also found this one: https://www.getyourguide.com/marrakech-l208/atlas-mountains-sahara-desert-4-day-tour-from-marrakech-t15903/?partner_id=3EC2E85&cmp=4Day but it looks to have a bit of mixed reviews. Without firsthand experience it’s hard to find a recommendation but these seem to be the best reviewed options I could find. Hope that helps! Have a fantastic trip!

You’re awesome. So many insights on what to do, what to expect, etc. I plan on visiting Marrakech in March, I don’t know if I am going solo or not. I had planned on staying 5 days total in Morrocco. Do you think its worth visiting the Sahara Desert with the limited time because I also want to see the blue city and tour Marrakech in general as well.

Hi Rashida, those are all really far apart… I would perhaps suggest Fes instead because you can do the blue city (Chefchaouen) as a day trip from there. I wouldn’t suggest the Sahara Desert with that limited of an amount of time, unless you skip the Blue City entirely

I love your honesty….the good, the bad, the ugly. You’re very gutsy! Lots to consider. I plan to give the Sahara a miss. Thanks

Thanks Patricia! I always want to be honest with my readers, as I’d feel bad if someone had a bad trip based on incorrect or lack of information. Have a great trip, even if you don’t see the Sahara 🙂

Hi Allison, it was so comforting to read your post. I just returned from Morocco and a trip to the Sahara Desert. I went in September knowing it would be hot but didn’t count on it being “fly season” as well. We spent a lot for the “luxury” desert camp but felt so disappointed. Between the heat, the flies, and windowless tents (that were oven hot and claustrophobic), it was not fun. Then my husband got food poisoning from the “gourmet” dinner (not good food). What made me most sad however, were the number of scammers. It was hard to trust anyone even people who seem totally benign.

How nice to read an honest review as many bloggers these days are simply advertising rather than giving the full picture. Happy Travels!

Hi Rachel. So sorry to hear your trip was not what you hoped it would be 🙁 You’re definitely not alone and I hear that a lot which is why I tried hard to research better companies (though I hear mixed things about basically every company so it’s not an easy task!). It’s such a bummer that your luxury experience sounds basically the same, if not worse, than my own budget experience. I hope you have other positive memories of Morocco to help balance out how disappointing the Sahara was for you. Morocco was way more full of lows than highs for me personally, it’s a really difficult place to travel in my opinion, so know that you aren’t alone!

Hi Allison! Thanks for this post – it’s very helpful. I am contemplating a 4-day trip but am stuck on whether to do it round trip from Marakkesh or back via Fez instead. Which would you recommend?

It depends where you are flying out of and how you’re planning your journey. If you want to see Fes and Chefchaouen then I’d suggest going onwards to Fes rather than going all the way back to Marrakech and backtracking. But if you’re flying out of Marrakech, or want to spend more time along the coast such as in Essaouira etc, then going back to Marrakech is a good idea. Personally, I really didn’t like Fes that much, but I loved Chefchaouen and it made sense because I took the ferry to Spain via Tangier. But for other itineraries it’s hard to say 🙂

Hi Allison,

I just wanted to say that your review was super informative and I’ll definitely be booking the company you recommended for our trip this coming Christmas. Thank you so much for the writeup!

You’re welcome! I’d love to know how it goes after so I can keep future travelers in the loop on what my readers recommend! Keep us posted 🙂

Hi Allison, thank you for all the info. Would you recommend a desert tour to a solo (male) traveler? I will be solo traveling for the first time and although I enjoy the perks coming from that, I feel that a 3-day experience could be a bit extreme. What are your suggestions?

Hi Luigi! If you want to see the desert, yes. If you want to go to the Sahara, it is a minimum of 3 days… unfortunately there’s no getting around that due to how far away it is and how you have mountains in between Marrakech and the Sahara. I was glad I went, despite my own personal bad experience, and still recommend it!

Do you think a private tour is worth it compared to a shared tour for a group of 8? For us it is 1.5x more expensive for the private tour. This is for 3-Day Sahara Desert To Merzouga From Marrakech

Hi Chippy, I’d be inclined to suggest the private tour because you’ll have more control over the itinerary and its stops, especially if you are a group as large as 8. I think you’d have a better time!

Hi! This is super helpful, thanks for the review. I was wondering if by any chance you could remember the shitty tour you experienced if you saw a name or logo? I booked one here [redacted] nd when i read your review i got scared it might be the same! I’m going in January so I’d still have time to change if you happened to remember or recognized it. Thanks!

Hi Natalia! That doesn’t look to be the same tour I took… but I couldn’t guarantee it [I removed the link as its against my comment policy :)]

I hope you have a fantastic trip regardless of whether you go with them or the company I suggested!

was our first time visiting Morocco and we definitely made the right choice by choosing this tour. I picked this one specifically because I didn’t want a tour company that had seen so many tourists that they start to not care about taking people around their country. Where it’s more a money-making business, where you are part of a big group and you will not receive any sort of bespoke individual experience. We were so lucky to have ismail as our tour guide as he was a genuine and nice person, who loves his country.

From the very first email ismail was extremely polite and helpful, more than any other tour company I’d spoken to. We ended up travelling with just him, my husband and me. We went from Marrakech to Ait Ben Haddou, to the Todras, Atlas Mountains, several Oasis and obviously to the Sahara desert. It was still a whistle stop tour as we only had 3 days but it was definitely the way to go. Having stayed in Marrakech for 2 days I was very much ready to leave the hustle and bustle (and generally being harassed at the souks) to explore what Morocco was really about.

Todras gorge was really lovely. There had been some rainfall so you could walk into some of the water. Really nice. It was quite busy though, but no more than the other big landmarks like Ait Ben Haddou.

My favourite place was actually Skoura, one of the little Oasis on the first night. The place we stayed was run by a family business and you can really tell. It was remote, but stunning. Not at all touristy, and very authentic. The food was the best I’d had in Morocco, just divine! Just as an aside, although I love tagines, you do want some change, so this was the one that stood out as it felt a little more authentic. Most of the food you’ll get in Morocco (not just in the tour) is very similar — varying types of tagines, wraps or kebabs, with rice or salad. Not a huge amount of variety unless you really look for it. We loved Nomad in Marrakech, this restaurant has amazing food!

The trip to the Sahara was amazing, albeit short. We set off on camel when the sun was quite low, maybe 6–7pm and then arrived at the camp by nightfall. We had dinner with a few other people on the tour, and the locals did a song and dance for half an hour or so. We then ventured out to the desert to see the stars, and although we went back to the camp around 1am, the moon was so bright you could have slept under it for sure. The temperature was perfect. However we had to leave at about 5am to catch the sunset, so thought we’d better sleep in the bed. The camp was extremely clean and nice given it’s in the middle of nowhere, so if you’re a clean freak like me, you’ll have no problems! There’s good toilets and running water. You sleep in a type of metal room, which is probably ventilated but still quite warm. The beds aren’t exactly comfy, quite hard really, but there’s electricity and sheets, what else do you need!

You can see more of my adventures and what I experienced from my pictures. All in all, what you see is what you get. The tour speaks for itself. You visit all the places on the itinerary and you’re greeted with nice people and go to places that are really quite unique. On top of that, you’ll be with a guide who knows a good deal about Morocco and will work hard to make sure you have a good time. We were even privileged enough to see ismail home, meet his family (they were very shy!) But an insight into how Moroccan people actually live? That is something you can’t buy.

Thanks for sharing your experience in so much detail!

Well, I am SO glad I saw this as I am planning my trip to Morocco. I love your writing and the info you include is so helpful. Keep writing!!

I just have to say this was incredibly informative and very in depth! Well written, thank you so much for sharing 🙂 Did you feel the tourists sites along the way to Merzouga were worth the stops? we’re torn between selecting a 3day/2night tour that is spent either 2 nights in the desert (basically driving from marrakech>merzouga in one day and back on the third day) or 1 night in a hotel in Dades and one night at the desert camp (Marrakech>Dades hotel, Dades>Merzouga, Merzouga>Marrakech) that has more time for tourist stops along the way. Again great blog post! 😀 can’t wait to experience this (the good parts lol) for ourselves.

I thought the tour stops besides Ait Ben Haddou were a bit dull – so I’d go for one with less stops and more time in the desert!

Hello Allison,

I am headed to Lisbon at the end of the summer and then on to Morocco. I am not sure that I will have enough time to experience the Sahara the way you did. Any suggestions on what I could do to get some of the experience?

If you only have time for a day trip I suggest doing a trip to the Agafay Desert outside of Marrakech, you could hot air balloon or ride camels there.

Such a great and informative article about Morocco desert tours and the Sahara excursions. Thank you for sharing

Thanks Alex. Have fun!

We are flying into casablanca this week. Then making our way to marrakech. So hard to pick a desert tour company and a hotel. We still havent booked anything.

It is overwhelming – I hope my article was helpful to suggest where to book?

This article is great. I hope you can help provide more info – Unfortunately I suffer from motion sickness and signed up with a group of women who’s organization has planned a trip to morocco with a jaunt at the end to the Sahara desert from Fez. I am nervous whether or not this is the trip for me due to my motion sickness. I would love to correspond with you more.

I can’t know how bad your motion sickness is but for me I found it quite dizzying. But I also went on a horrible tour (not linked here) where they pretended the air conditioning was broken because they were trying to save money by not keeping it on and just using the open windows. I would suggest Dramamine.

Great post Allison!

My girlfriend and I are planning to rent a car from Marrakech Airport going to Merzouga. How would you describe the roads and driving this route? Is it safe in your opinion?

Thanks, Rune

The driving is very winding but other than that I think it is pretty well paved and safe. It is very long though so prepare for 8+ hours of driving.

Thank you. I think this is very helpful information.

You’re welcome Brenda, enjoy!

This looks like an amazing tour! I’ve always wanted to explore the Sahara Desert and this looks like the perfect opportunity. Can’t wait to hear more about it!

Have a great time!

I really enjoyed all the details you put into this itinerary Thank You! I will definitely do my booking via your preferred links. One question, after the 3 DAY Shara Tour how many hours’ drive is it to go on to FEZ? Curious if it’s also a brutal long drive as it was to get to Sahara from Marrakech.

Thanks , Mike

Hi Mike! It was also a long drive but we did it in a straight shot with very minimal stops (bathroom breaks, lunch) so it wasn’t too bad. I don’t recall exactly, but it’s 460km and it’s estimated to take about 7-8 hours without stopping which feels about right.

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A fount of solitude and the desert of childhood imaginings, the Sahara Desert is like nowhere else on earth. It is the world’s largest desert, at once continental in its scale and exquisite in its detail, from a sand sea the size of a small European country to an orange sand dune sculpted to perfection by the wind. Covering a territory roughly equivalent to the United States, the Sahara crosses around 20 lines of longitude and encompasses at least 10 countries.

Parts of the Sahara are currently off-limits to travellers, but such is its scale that significant areas can still be visited, most notably in Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt. In these places, experiencing the Sahara is all about remote campfires, slow camel journeys and more wide-ranging 4WD expeditions.

A caravan walking through the golden sand dunes of Erg Chebbi near Merzouga in Morocco, Sahara, Africa © evenfh / Shutterstock

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A journey into the Sahara can be as varied as the desert itself, but there are some quintessential experiences. Most begin in the gateway towns where expeditions out into the desert are organised. Often oases, these towns are centres of Saharan culture, places where the architecture emerges naturally from the earth and the slow pace of life has changed little in centuries.

For exploring beyond town or village limits, there are two major means of getting around. A slow march across the sands astride a camel re-enacts the great camel caravans of Saharan lore – on a camel safari, travellers slow down to a pace well suited to the Sahara’s unforgiving climate, allowing you to appreciate details and pass through this spectacular terrain at one with your surroundings. In a 4WD expedition, travellers can range further, stirring up the sand as you tick off a list of iconic Saharan landscapes.

Nights in the Sahara are clear and starry © Jianwei Zhu / Shutterstock

Sleeping between four walls is an experience that ends in the towns. Out amid the sands or remote Saharan mountains, evenings are spent around a campfire, and a soft bed of sand is the night-time mattress of choice. Most Saharan excursions carry tents, but many travellers prefer to sleep outdoors beneath the clearest show of stars on earth.

Travel in the Sahara is best between October and April or early May when daytime temperatures are generally bearable. In the depths of the Saharan winter (especially December and January), nighttime temperatures can fall below freezing. Sand storms are possible from January through May, while no sensible person ventures into the fierce firestorm of heat that blankets the Sahara from June to early September. Rain is rarely a problem.

Sand dunes in Erg Chigaga with blue sky, Morocco © Zdenar_Adamsen / Shutterstock

Southeastern Morocco , in the lee of the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains , is the most accessible slice of the Sahara. It was in the Draa Valley – a picturesque world of expansive palm groves, earth-red kasbahs and Berber hamlets – that trans-Saharan camel caravans began and ended their 52-day journey across the Sahara to Timbuktu. These days, shorter camel excursions head out from M’Hamid into the Erg Chigaga , a stunning 40km-long ribbon of extraordinary sand dunes. Further east, from the tiny village of Merzouga , camel forays and 4WD trips lead out into Erg Chebbi , a glorious collection of seemingly eternal dunes. Both Merzouga and M’Hamid are a one-day bus journey from Marrakesh .

Tunisian granary. Ruins of an old building, Ksar Ouled Debbab, Tataouine, Tunisia. Star Wars film shooting location © Aleksandra H. Kossowska / Shutterstock

Tunisia ’s south cuts a deep wedge into the northern Sahara, carving out what could just be the Sahara’s most celebrated corner. It was here that film directors found sufficient cinematic beauty to provide a backdrop for the Star Wars series and the English Patient . The two main gateway towns are Tozeur , a seven-hour bus ride or one-hour flight from Tunis , and Douz , a nine-hour bus ride from Tunisia’s capital. The former sits close to the immense salt lake of Chott El Jerid and some of the most evocative sites of Star Wars filming; the latter is the last stop before the soul-stirring sand summits of the Grand Erg Oriental, one of the world’s largest seas of sand that spills over into Algeria. For true Saharan immersion, the remote outpost of Ksar Ghilane, 147km south of Douz, has an abandoned fortress and the Tunisian Sahara’s most splendid scenery.

4WD travelling through the Black Desert in Egypt © Martin Vrlik / Shutterstock

The west of Egypt is a vast yet beguiling corner of the Sahara. A string of oases, connected by barely discernible tracks across the sand, begins in the north at Siwa , home to a crumbling medieval mud fortress and a temple that date back to the time of Alexander the Great. Away to the south, the oases of Al Kharga, Dakhla, Farafra and Bahariya provide focal points for expeditions into the void, while beyond the last outpost of human habitation lie places of Saharan longing, including the White Desert  and  Black Desert . All of the oases have direct bus services to and from Cairo that will take at least a day to complete. Once in the oases, 4WD are much more common than camel excursions. Some governments advise travelling to the western deserts of Egypt only if it's essential.

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Ali was an incredible guide and I would thoroughly recommend booking with Morocco Joy Travel. We travelled with our 2 kids (8 &9) and Ali made it such a wonderful adventure for our family. He was so warm and kind, knowledgeable and thoughtful. We opted for the luxury accommodation and it surpassed our expectations. There was a lot of driving but the vehicle was very comfortable and Ali was so knowledgeable and a pleasure to tour with. We are left with wonderful memories of sunsets, fossil digging, sand dune exploring, camel riding, drum playing, spectacular scenery, delicious meals…thank you Ali…we cannot wait to visit again!
I recently returned from a fabulous tour with Morocco Joy.....4days/3 nights Sahara Experience. Never having travelled solo before, I was a little concerned about this new experience. I needn't have worried at all. Ali put me at ease from the first moment I got in his van. He was very knowledgeable and did everything he could to make my tour the tour of a lifetime. He even went so far as to help me take photos of a toy my young granddaughter asked me to bring with me and take photos of as we traveled around the country. We were in fits of laughter when Ali tried to teach the doll how to drive. My granddaughter and I will never forget this trip! Thanks, Ali.
It was an unforgettable tour and the amount of things we could see and do in only one week was unbelievable. Even though we spent a big part of the time driving, there were enough stops in between and I also got this strange feeling that time was passing more slowly on this trip, simply because we experienced so much. In the car, we could watch the scenery from the windows and people when driving through towns and villages. We could also take naps in the car, all in all it was a relaxing trip despite being full of adventure as well. Karim was a great guide, not least due to his humor and smiling. I also saw that he was good at dealing with different people within our group. He seemed to know almost everyone personally wherever we went, chatting briefly with people on our way. A few negatives though, a tiny part of the overall experience. We stopped 2-3 times shops for traditional handicraft (e.g. pottery) which I disliked as I'm not into shopping and found these stops too commercial. A stop at a place for making argan oil products was also too sales driven for my taste although I thought it was interesting to hear about the production process. Some of the women on the group bought something there, so they probably had a more positive view. There was also one stop at the end of the 4x4 excursion in the desert to listen to local music, which I think nobody particularly enjoyed. If you are going to Morocco for the first time, I would highly recommend this tour.

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My two-week trip through Morocco did not disappoint. Every aspect of the landscapes, people, & culture left me in awe, wanting more. However, one particular experience during my Morocco Highlights tour stood out the most:

An unforgettable night in the Sahara Desert.

THE JOURNEY TO THE SAHARA

The journey to the Sahara was a long one, but I knew it’d be worth it. After stepping into the only non-muslim permitting mosque in Casablanca and shopping in the maze-like Medina in Fes, our tour group made our way south to Midelt. Situated in the high plains between the middle & high atlas mountains, this stop allowed us to witness the Berber way of life. It was the perfect way to break up our 2-day drive just before arriving in Merzouga, a small town that sits right at the edge of the Sahara.

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ARRIVING TO MERZOUGA

We arrived to remote Merzouga midday after driving through massive gorges and lush green valleys. We dropped our bags off at a hotel overlooking the desert, packed small overnight bags, and set off for the experience we’d all been waiting for – a night camping the Sahara. I remember asking all 9 members of our group what they were looking forward to most and the majority admitted that they expected our desert trek to be the highlight of the trip. I couldn’t help but feel the same amount of excitement for what was to come.

Before jumping on our camels, we prepped ourselves for the elements by wrapping scarves around our heads in traditional Berber style and fueling up with some Moroccan mint tea. We walked out onto the sand to meet the camels who’d be carrying us through the dunes. Since this was my first time seeing a camel in real life, I was completely taken aback at just how tall these animals were. They seemed calm & confident, which helped ease some of the fear a few people in our group had. One by one, our Berber guides helped us get mounted on top of our camels. We were told to hold on tightly as the camels abruptly rose from the ground to an upright position. As I sat atop my camel’s hump, I could hardly believe that this was real life. Woah! I was seriously about to ride a camel!

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RIDING CAMELS THROUGH THE DESERT

Up then down, was the continuous motion as we set off into bright orange dunes are far as the eye could see. There was not a single soul or building in sight. Other than the squeals we’d occasionally release as the galloping camels jolted our bodies, you couldn’t hear a sound. The desert was completely silent. Despite the silence of the Sahara, I was overwhelmed by the power of the dunes that towered around us. We all expressed how surreal the experience was in the moment. I began to tear up as we rode into sunset and our shadows silently dance along the seas of sand.

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DRUMS UNDER THE SKY

We arrived at our desert camp at dusk and our guides helped us off of the camels. We quickly realized that the 2-hour camel ride would leave us sore for the next few days, but we all agreed it was worth it. The ride was unforgettable! Before getting settled in our tents, we ran to the top of a nearby dune to take in the views during the last bit of light. After only several days, it was like we forgot that we started this trip as strangers. We were cracking inside jokes, rolling in the sand, and snapping photos. I sunk my hands into the powder-like sand and thanked the universe for gifting me these new friends to share this experience with. We headed back down to the desert camp and the first order of business was Moroccan mint tea, of course. We looked at each other in the eye, clinked our glasses, and gushed about the fact that we were spending the night in the Sahara together. We sipped on our tea as the desert guide served us a traditional Tagine. This was the best Tagine of our trip, and I think the extraordinary setting had something to do with it.

SLEEPING UNDER THE STARS

After eating, we all gathered around a campfire for some traditional Berber music. It was just us,  the warmth of the fire, and the sound of drums underneath the night sky. We danced, we sang, and we rejoiced under the starlight. Millions of tiny stars filled the pitch-black sky. It felt like we were in a dream. We all decided to scrap the tents and sleep outside right under the stars. If there was any place made for sleeping outdoors, this was it.

FINAL MOMENTS IN THE SAHARA 

We awoke at a silent 6 am to prepare for our trek back into Merzouga. With sore bums, we jumped back onto our camels with the hopes of witnessing a miraculous sunrise. Unfortunately, the fog prevented us from doing so but that didn’t make our last moments in the Sahara any less magical. I sat on my camel, looking out into the sand, absorbing the calm, and trying to soak in the entire experience. In fact, I decided to demount my camel and stay in the dunes a bit longer as the rest of my group continued on. I stood completely alone surrounded by sand for nearly an hour, trying to process what exactly my eyes were seeing. Being out there in complete solitude was nearly too much to handle. It was both powerful and humbling.

My feet sank with each step as I finally made my way back to the hotel to meet up with the rest of my group. I took one last look around at the magnificent mountains of sand that surrounded me and I felt an immense amount of gratitude. This would be my last moment in the Sahara desert, but I knew that the experience would be imprinted in my mind forever.

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Sahara Desert Trek A Comprehensive Review

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This comprehensive Sahara Desert review gives you a good insight into what the Sahara Desert trek is all about, including some useful tips.

When you’ve read this trip review, you should go away with some perspective of the difficulty (for you), what to expect accommodation and food-wise, what you need, and where the challenges really lie..

Who’s Writing?

Terry Crosby (founder and MD of Travel and Trek Limited) has led Sahara Desert treks many times, including large & small groups, those with children, and also a world record attempt by a wheelchair-bound lady.

Terry Crosby, (founder and MD of Travel and Trek Limited), has led Sahara Desert treks many times, including large & small groups, those with children, and also a world record attempt by a wheelchair-bound lady.

This is a great experience and one that exceeds the expectations of the vast majority of the people that go. Given that the physicality is less than a mountain trek, it suits a wide range of people and can be adapted for families . And the weather makes a difference too! There is also camel support for those that may need it. The real challenge lies in the potential high heat, relatively basic living conditions (although they are still good), and the exposed (very little overhead cover) soft terrain. See our Sahara image gallery .

Days 1 and 2 – Travel Days

Day 1 – Fly from London to Marrakech, an overnight hotel in Marrakech.

Day 2 – Drive from Marrakech to Ouarzazate. This is a ~5 hr drive, over the beautiful High Atlas mountains, with stops, and shows just how diverse Morocco’s terrain is. You should arrive mid to late afternoon and you may take a diversion to visit Ait Ben Haddou . This UNESCO site is where many films and TV programmes are filmed and well worth seeing. Both the ‘ Gladiator ’ and parts of ‘Game of Thrones’ were filmed here.

The overnight stop is in a local Riad and once settled in, you should use whatever time you have to re-organise your clothing and equipment ready for the desert tomorrow. Any clothing and equipment that you are not taking into the Sahara desert can be left here (securely stored) until you return. It could be about now that you’re thinking, am I fit enough ?

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TIP … don’t be drawn by the ‘it will always be hot and never rains in the Sahara Desert’ scenario. It can be chilly, it can rain, you may get a sandstorm. Follow the kit list, and go well prepared. Read our useful article on the Layer Clothing System .

The Weather

With over 300 cloudless days a year, there is a reasonable expectation it will be warm, if not hot. It is after all the Sahara Desert! We tend to go in Mar/Apr and late Sep/Oct to avoid the very hot summer stuff (it would be too hot) and equally to avoid the very chilly nights of the winter months. But even then, we have experienced frost on the tents overnight, or 20°C overnight, sandstorms, heavy rain, and high winds.

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Whilst you can rely on warmth, the Sahara weather is not entirely predictable. If the sun decides to be hot, it can be over 40°C.

Don’t be drawn by the ‘it will always be hot and never rain in the Sahara Desert’ scenario, be equipped for whatever may come and that includes carrying waterproofs (a top at the very least). We have had clients close to hypothermia before now when the heavens open up, the breeze got up and they had no protective clothing. It doesn’t take long for the body to cool down.

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A sudden sandstorm, or even light breeze, can reduce visibility drastically

TIP … make sure you have a decent daysack, with a capacity of around 35 litres. Your daysack will be on your back for a significant number of hours throughout this trip. It’s your friend, make sure it’s fitted to your back. Talking about your back, try to use a daysack that has an ‘airflow’ system (or similar) that keeps the daysack off your back directly. The airflow system creates a gap between your back and the daysack allowing air to flow and prevents sweaty backs.

Why a capacity of 35 litres? A daysack of this size may look big when you first see them but you will need the capacity. It’s not for weight carrying, but bulk.

There is an air of excitement this morning, as you progress into ‘trek’ mode. Bags will have been re-packed ready for the Sahara Desert and everyone will be dressed accordingly. At breakfast, people suddenly look different; apprehensive, and yet excited.

There is still another ~5hr drive to do, through more spectacular scenery only this time, it soon begins to flatten out and more and more sand appears. There is a scrumptious picnic lunch either en route or when you arrive at the drop-off.

It won’t be until about 30 mins from drop off that you will realise you’re close to the Sahara Desert. So far, what you thought may have been the Sahara, will pale into insignificance when the real desert makes its presence felt.

You will drive through the desert village of M’Hamid, and then the road literally runs out of tarmac and becomes sand. There, to welcome you will be a scaled-back team of camelteers and their camels ready to load your bags (onto the camels) and head off to the first night camp.

Welcome to the Sahara Desert.

Given that you will have been in a predominantly cool air-conditioned environment since leaving home 2 days ago, the change in temperature could be a shock to the system! Be ready for it. In Sep 2019, a charity group stepped into a 40°C+ searing dry heat and within 30 mins, one person required serious assistance and was evacuated the next day. It was an adventure this group will never forget as the soles of footwear literally melted off, and timings were adjusted in order to avoid the sun (very early morning starts). Read the story of a charity group’s Sahara Inferno !

Your first night’s camp will be 1 – 2 hrs away and a good opportunity to stretch the legs and get used to the new environment. For those not used to camping and all that comes with it, take the time to get used to what’s what and seek help if needed from either your fellow group members of the staff.

The terrain is a little stoney (based on the sand of course) as you cross a river bed within the first kilometer. Once past that and the Palm plantation, the terrain opens up. The dunes will be low level with more vegetation (scrub bushes) than perhaps you were expecting. I prefer boots in this early terrain as the pebbles are big enough to annoy you to death if you wear sandals. You can switch tomorrow. See what works as Sahara footwear .

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A typical Sahara campsite

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Use whatever shade you can to aid acclimatisation in the early stages.

The camp will consist of:

  • White marquee dining tent, big enough for the group size. This tends to act as a social hub.
  • Smaller white marquee tent for the kitchen.
  • Numerous 2-3 person sleeping tents, for group members.
  • Toilet tent.

On arrival at the campsite, your main bags will be offloaded from the camels and placed in a central place from which you collect it. After the first night, so too will your sleeping tents*. The bottled water will also be here for you to take.

*You will be expected to put up/take down your own sleeping tents. It is the only ‘chore’ expected of you. If you need help, please just ask for it. Tents can vary in design so it is worthwhile ’tagging’ your tent with something easily identified by you, so you get the same tent each night and don’t have to get your head around a different design each time.

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Campsites are always based on more solid ground (baked river bed), rarely sand.

The weather will dictate what time the Guide plans to start trekking, but 0800hrs is normal. So a 0630hrs wake-up, up, washed and dressed by 0700hrs breakfast is the routine. By breakfast, you really want your tent down and packed as the camelteers will want to sort the loads out for the camels. All of this allows time for a nice leisurely breakfast as the sun rises.

Being the first full day, some will still be undecided about footwear. Boots or sandals? You should be clear of the pebbles by now so I would opt for sandals but I would also carry the boots in case I need to switch for whatever reason. Feet can sometimes take time to settle.

It won’t take long to clear any vegetation, if not already. The dunes will still be relatively low level and you will trek steadily forwards, either over them or around them, until the lunch stop (see ‘the food’ section).

The afternoon will be a shorter session until you reach the night stop, already inhabited by the support team! Having left them behind when you started trekking this morning, they will have miraculously by-passed you and set up camp.

You can imagine what a map would look like? A sheet of sandpaper. Contours wouldn’t work, the sands are constantly shifting. It’s down to experience and landmarks. What landmarks?? They are subtle, but they are there. The problems can often occur in a sandstorm when visibility reduces to a matter of 10 – 20m. That’s when they earn their money!!

By the time you get to camp, you’ll be tired. Distances are not huge but the combination of the potential heat, soft terrain, and up/down of the dunes will take its toll. But it’s a nice tired. There will be hot drinks and a snack ready for when you arrive, or shortly after.

There’s time to relax, get your tent up, have a good wash, and generally chill out until dinner time around 1900hrs.

Picture this … you are now some distance from civilisation, in a desert. There is no-one else about. No sounds, no ambient light, no roads, no people, just sand. There is no-one else to worry about, no cooking to do, just you. You can sit on the highest dune around, dig your bare feet into the deep warm sand and just watch, think and do nothing. And once the sun is down, the skies fill with millions of stars. Bliss, and it will make you smile. Raw nature.

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Early days – decide to go over, or around the dunes?

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The Sahara sun can be fierce

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Sahara ‘shower’ at one of the few water wells in the area

Yesterday, as you approached the night stop, the Guide may have pointed out Erg Zaher in the distance. Erg Zaher (nicknamed Eric) is a huge dune (1900’ above sea level) and the biggest in the area. The night stop tonight will be close to its base from which you’ll climb it in time to see the sunset.

After the usual morning routine, you’ll be on your way, and depending on the progress made yesterday, you’ll get to the night stop at some point from midday onwards. You’ll notice a big change today. Big dunes. Lots of them. And they’re soft and knee-deep.

Soon, it’ll be time to scale Eric. The Guide will ensure you leave on time for it will take about an hour to get to the top. This is not a single dune but an area of numerous dunes so take your time. The final 20 mins or so will be along classic knife-edge ridges, with very soft sand, and at times, you’ll be on hand and knees, it’s that steep. If it was any steeper, the sand would roll down.

It’s a great feeling reaching the top ridge and once there, settle down and watch that sun dip down below the horizon. It’s a magical moment.

It’s a good idea to take your daysack with some warmer clothing + water + a head torch as it’ll be dark by the time you get back to camp. The dunes all look the same in the dark!

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The imposing Erg Zaher (1900′)

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Knief edge sand ridges are great to trek along

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The sun setting from the top of Erg Zaher

‘Stunning’, ‘How on earth do they produce that quality of food out there’, ‘never again will I take crap from my chefs’ are just a few comments we have received from clients.

Think about this ….. all food and drinking water, from the outset, is carried by camels for the entire duration of the trek. One, or two chefs (depending on group numbers) has to plan the meals, buy it all and then pack it all on camels, and know where it all is to be able to operate efficiently. And don’t forget this is in potentially high heat, so the storage of food (and what type) is also a factor. They cook on 2 gas stoves.

That in itself is a logistical marvel but when you see the presentation and taste it, you will also wonder how on earth they do it.

Breakfasts – delightfully, this usually takes place outdoors, buffet style. A large mat/blanket is laid out upon which the food and drink is laid out for all to tuck into. Tea, coffee, juice, bread, jams, soft cheese, other spreads, cereals (various, including porridge) and sometimes omelettes. Suffice to say, it’ll fuel you up for the day.

Morning snack – this is not a meal provided but it is as well to be aware of it. During the morning trek, there will be a ‘break’. The Guide often passes round a large bag of mixed nuts, raisins, sultanas and dates for consumption! But this is usually the time to snack on your own reserves of whatever you decided to bring with you for this purpose (pre-planning required!).

Lunch – a mix of hot food (lentils, or soup, both extremely tasty), huge cold salad spreads, with bread and fruit, and hot drinks.

Depending on the day, lunch can be either on the move or at the campsite on arrival.   If it’s on the move, a small support team will have gone ahead to set up the lunch stop (dining tent for shade if needed) and will be ready for the group’s arrival. Lunch stops are leisurely affairs, eat, drink, footwear off and generally lie down and relax. A break of a good 90 mins is not uncommon.

Snack on arrival at campsite – hot drinks and biscuits or their version of doughnuts, or similarly welcomed sugary food.

Dinner – a 3-course meal. Soup & bread, followed by the main meal. This can be a tagine but it is generally vegetable/rice/lentil based. You may get chicken on day 1 as they will not be able to store meat. Tinned fruit for desert followed by ‘sleepy tea’ (Chamomile).

Drinking water is bought in large containers (usually 5 litres) and carried by the camels from the outset. You fill your own bottles on a daily basis. Experience shows that planning for 3 litres of drinking water, per person per day, is about right but rest assure, if we need more, we’ll get it. We will not run dry of drinking water.

You will see other water containers. The water contained in those are for cooking and washing, not drinking.

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The presentation of the midday meal (usually salad-based) is just delightful.

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Look forward to the 3-course evening meals.

Another full trek ahead, initially through the big dunes but smiles all round. By now, the whole group will be well and truly into the desert way of life. Footwear, washing, clothing, eating, all honed to suit the way you want it. Any sense of fashion has disappeared as is how you look! You’re in the Sahara desert and all things are relative. This is freedom and it’s great fun.

Two things may happen today:

  • Your trek route may pass through one of the few water wells in the area. This is to resupply the washing/cooking water as well as refuel the camels. You may not see this happen but it does.
  • Bread making. The bread you eat on a daily basis will run out at some point. So they make some more, either in sand ovens or over a hot ember fire. They make the dough and cook it. Watch it happen, and it tastes so so good!

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Bread making takes place on about day 4 to replenish supplies. It tastes sooooo good!

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Some dough, a fire, a stick, hey presto, gorgeous bread!

The length of the trek today will depend on how far you travelled yesterday but you should make the pick-up point by lunchtime. It’s time to say goodbye to your wonderful, hardworking support crew, and the Sahara Desert before boarding the minibus and hightailing it back to Ouarzazate.

How do you feel?? Mixed emotions will flow from the elation of finishing the trek to the sadness of leaving the Sahara Desert (or is that just me?), to the thought of a good shower and a bed! The local shops welcome your arrival both en route and in Ouarzazate as the money flows on anything and everything you’ve missed in the past days, although it does seem a lot longer!

Ouarzazate can’t come fast enough. In the shower and what looks like a bronzed body suddenly begins to wash down the drain as you realise some of it is engrained sand! If you’re brave enough, get in the swimming pool (weather dependant). And then let the party begin but please be respectful, Morocco is a Muslim country.

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If you think you’d love to do this as a family, read the 5 reasons why you should take your family to the Sahara .

Day 8 – Return to Marrakech

A drive back to the pink city, and all that comes with it. There’s still a lot to do with your time in this intriguing city, whether you wander in the maze of the Medina, relax in the hotel or find a nice restaurant, or even book a Spa.

Day 9 – Return to UK

The obvious ‘challenge’ facing you is the possibility of high temperatures. It can be hot, very hot during the day, and also overnight making it difficult to sleep. This can be debilitating for some. The remaining challenges tend to be a combination of everything else; the ever-present fine sand, minimalistic living in terms of what you have with you, the sheer effort of walking for miles every day over what can be undulating deep sand dunes, sparse living conditions, and toilet facilities, all over a number of consecutive days. It can take its toll. For some, that point comes sooner than others. If you need some inspiration, read how Luisa Pearce did this in a wheelchair .

The good news is that the vast majority get into the Sahara desert ‘groove’. The sooner that can be achieved, or accepted, the better.

  • Accept you’ll get grubby.
  • Accept any fashion sense will disappear; wear whatever works!
  • Accept a lack of communication from the outside world.
  • Accept the Sahara desert way of life as quickly as you can and it’ll all be fine!

TIP … save yourself time and effort by thinking about, and potentially buying your own snack bars for the trek (or similar snacks) prior to departure (but watch the weight, it can add up to several kilos!). In doing so, consider the heat (potential to melt!). You can buy it in Marrakech if you wish, although choices there may be limited.

What To Take … It’s easier to point you to our kit list but in short, the main items you should concentrate on are; footwear and a daysack. Go to the Sahara webpage and you will find more useful information on these items, plus the Kit List itself. You will find a very useful document Sahara Footwear there too.

The Sahara Desert trek itself may only be 5 days but it will feel much longer than that, such is the experience. It’s a good trek and overall experience and one that will leave you with life-long memories and many friends. Due to its suitability for a wide range of abilities, it tends to exceed most people’s expectations.

The drive across the High Atlas is also a bonus, showcasing Morocco’s vast array of differing terrain. Go well equipped, expect the unexpected and you will have the time of your life.

What are you waiting for …. get across to our Sahara Desert trek webpage and check out the dates, and if you have a preformed group, we can help you select other dates.

The Sahara Desert trek is purpose-made for a family adventure. It’s flexible, adaptable, extremely safe with no roads, no people, nothing for miles. What more can youngsters want than a wild adventure, sleeping under the stars in a desert with camels for company!

We are experienced in taking families into the Sahara. We can answer your questions on the familiar subjects that crop up, such as toilets, sleeping, food, the weather, fitness, and what happens if someone gets ill or injured. There are 5 good reasons why you should take your family to the Sahara .

Given that the weather window for trekking in the Sahara is spring and autumn (generally), the school holiday periods of spring half-term, Easter, and autumn half-term are prime times to use. Consider booking early to ensure you get a slot for your family.

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Looking for the ultimate luxury Sahara desert tour from Marrakech? You’re in the right place!

Checking out the Sahara desert is a bucket list adventure for loads of folks. Morocco’s your go-to spot for easy access to the Sahara. You’ll find all sorts of tours kicking off from Marrakech, making it a hot spot for travellers from all over the world.

A luxury tour offers an unparalleled level of comfort, relaxation, and personalized service. It allows you to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of the Sahara desert without having to worry about any logistical or accommodation arrangements.

With luxurious accommodations, gourmet meals, and exclusive experiences, a luxury tour truly elevates your desert experience.

I visited the Sahara on a 3-day tour from Marrakech to Merzouga, and it was an unforgettable experience. Driving through the Atlas Mountains , camping under the stars in a desert camp, and climbing giant dunes were just some of the highlights.

But with so many tour options available, how do you choose the best one for you? Here are 12 of the best luxury Sahara desert tours from Marrakech to help you plan your dream trip

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Why Choose a Luxury Sahara Desert Tour?

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Choosing a luxury Sahara desert tour elevates the entire experience to an extraordinary level!

These exclusive tours blend adventure with comfort, offering plush accommodations, gourmet dining under the starlit sky, and unparalleled personal service – Imagine traversing the vast, golden sands in a 4×4 vehicle, with every detail tailored to your preferences.

Luxury tours also often include unique experiences not available to the average traveller, such as private camel treks at sunset, visits to secluded oases, and intimate Berber cultural encounters.

For those seeking to immerse themselves in the beauty and mystique of the Sahara without sacrificing comfort, a luxury tour is the perfect choice. It’s not just a trip; it’s an unforgettable adventure where every moment is crafted for pleasure and relaxation!

Luxury Sahara Desert Tour From Marrakech: My Top Picks

Yellow Hellicopter Flying

Helicopter Ride & Luxury Desert Camp

✅ Private helicopter ride

✅ Overnight in luxury camp

✅ ATVs & camel ride

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8 Day Private Luxury Tour

✅ Private tour

✅ Multilingual driver

✅ Custom itinerary

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3 Day Sahara Tour – Marrakech To Merzouga

✅ Camp in the desert

✅ Accommodation and meals included

✅ Camel safari

12 Best Luxury Sahara Desert Tours From Marrakech

1. helicopter ride with overnight in luxury desert camp – tour from marrakech.

Yellow Hellicopter Flying agianst the blue sky. Taking a helicopter to the desert is one of the best options for a Luxury Sahara desert tour from Marrakech

⏳ TOUR LENGTH:   2 days | ✅ Book it!

This is the ultimate luxury desert experience! It’s perfect for those on a once-in-a-lifetime trip who want to make it unforgettable.

The tour starts with a scenic helicopter ride over the breathtaking Atlas Mountains, before landing in the heart of the desert where you’ll spend the night in a luxurious camp.

You’ll have a private tent with your own en-suite bathroom, as well as fine dining and entertainment options. And to top it off, you’ll get to enjoy an exclusive camel trek at sunset.

After a night under the stars, you’ll start the next day with a hearty breakfast at the camp, followed by a thrilling ATV or buggy ride across the sand dunes—a truly exhilarating adventure!

After an hour or two of fun, you’ll have the unique opportunity to meet some nomads, diving deep into their rich culture and traditions.

This tour truly offers a unique and unforgettable experience and is also a great way to cut down on travel time and maximise your time in the desert.

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2. 12 Days Private Tour in Morocco: Cities, Atlas and Desert

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⭐️ RATING: 5/5 Stars | ⏳ TOUR LENGTH: 12 days | ✅ Book it!

Discover all of Morocco’s best natural, historical, and cultural highlights and hidden treasures on this 12-day private tour from Marrakech!

Embark on a thrilling 12-day adventure across Morocco , where every day is a new discovery. From the bustling coastlines to the serene desert, from majestic Imperial cities to the awe-inspiring Atlas mountains, this journey has it all.

Imagine exploring the Sahara’s beauty with a 4×4 tour and spending a magical night under the stars at a luxury desert camp.

On this tour, everything is taken care of for you so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

With all transportation provided, along with a knowledgeable driver-guide, comfortable accommodation, and selected entry fees and activities included, you’re set for an unforgettable experience.

This tour is perfect for those who want to experience the best of Morocco in just 12 days, without having to stress about logistics or planning.

“We felt so incredibly safe and well cared for by our driver Hassan. He has truly been one of our family this whole trip.” – A Tripadvisor Reviewer ( Read more reviews )

3. 10 Luxury Days Tour to Casablanca via Desert from Marrakech

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⭐️ RATING: 5/5 Stars | ⏳ TOUR LENGTH: 10 days | ✅ Book it!

The 10 Luxury Days Tour to Casablanca via Desert from Marrakech offers you the exclusive opportunity to immerse yourself in the majesty of the Moroccan Sahara.

This isn’t just any trip; it’s your gateway to experience the Sahara in its full glory, where the sands tell tales of time, and the stars light up the vast desert sky like nowhere else on Earth.

You’ll be accompanied by an experienced driver-guide, fluent in English, ensuring that communication is seamless and every query answered.

Your comfort is prioritized with travel in a fully air-conditioned vehicle, cutting through the desert heat and ensuring your journey is as comfortable as it is memorable. This is your chance to live the dream and witness the magic of the Moroccan desert, all while enjoying the luxury and convenience this tour has to offer.

Along the way, you will make several stops to take in the breathtaking villages and landscapes that Morocco has to offer.

Since this tour is private, you have the flexibility to tailor the itinerary to your preferences. If there’s a particular scene that catches your eye, or a village that piques your interest, feel free to ask your driver-guide to make a stop.

This level of personalization ensures that your adventure is exactly as you want it to be, offering a unique opportunity to explore the beauty of Morocco at your own pace.

“10/10 is highly recommended” – A Tripadvisor Reviewer ( Read more reviews )

4. 8-Days Private Tour Luxury to Fez via Desert from Marrakech

⭐️ RATING: 5/5 Stars | ⏳ TOUR LENGTH: 8 days | ✅ Book it!

Explore the vibrant city of Fes and its bustling souks, immerse yourself in the rich culture and heritage of Morocco, and experience the breathtaking beauty of the Sahara desert on this 8-day private luxury tour.

From Marrakech, you will journey through stunning landscapes and visit charming villages before reaching Fes, where you will discover the ancient medina and its hidden gems.

Along the way, you will have the chance to visit the Sahara desert, stay in luxurious accommodations and enjoy local delicacies.

With a private driver-guide at your disposal and a customizable itinerary, you can relax and fully enjoy your adventure in comfort and style.

“It has been one of the best experiences I have ever had” – A Tripadvisor Reviewer ( Read more reviews )

5. 7 Days Luxury Desert Tour From Casablanca to Marrakech via Fez  

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⭐️ RATING: 5/5 Stars | ⏳ TOUR LENGTH: 7 days | ✅ Book it!

Get ready for an amazing week exploring Morocco with this private luxury tour!

Kick things off in Casablanca and wrap up in Marrakech, with tons of cool stops in between. You’ll get to experience the vibrant streets of Fes, trek through the Atlas Mountains, visit Berber villages, wander the Sahara desert, chill in Erg Chebbi, and loads more.

Experience the diversity of Morocco with this week-long private tour, tailored exclusively for you and your group.

Accommodation with breakfast is included throughout your tour, ensuring you start each day refreshed and ready to explore. To make your experience even more memorable, a few select dinners are also included, allowing you to savour the authentic flavours of Moroccan cuisine in stunning settings.

The highlight of your adventure is undoubtedly the luxury desert experience, where you’ll have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ride camels through the serene dunes of the Sahara. Watch the sunset paint the desert in golden hues, an unforgettable sight that promises to be one of the highlights of your trip.

This unique blend of comfort, culinary delights, and exotic activities is crafted to make your Moroccan adventure truly spectacular.

“Fantastic trip of a lifetime!” – EdselMaurice_S ( Read more reviews )

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6. 3 days From Marrakech to Merzouga  

⭐️ RATING: 5/5 Stars | ⏳ TOUR LENGTH: 3 days | ✅ Book it!

This multi-day tour from Marrakech to Merzouga stands out by including a nighttime camel trek into the Merzouga Desert.

Picture it: you’re mounted on a gentle camel, slowly traversing the cool, vast dunes under a sky glittering with stars. It’s not just a trip; it’s an immersive experience that connects you deeply with the natural beauty and tranquil silence of the desert at night.

Following your trek, you’ll spend an unforgettable night at a traditional Berber camp, sharing stories and enjoying the warmth of a fire under the desert sky. This unique experience promises to be one of the most memorable highlights of your Moroccan adventure, offering not just travel, but transformation.

Other highlights include stops at Tizi N’Tichka Pass through the High Atlas Mountains, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Aït Ben Haddou, and Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate.

“We highly recommend this trip! We saw wonderful landscapes along the way and stopped in many interesting places.” – A Tripadvisor Reviewer ( Read more reviews )

7. Marrakech: Private Desert Tour 3-Days to Fez  

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⏳ TOUR LENGTH:   3 days | ✅ Book it!

Unleash the adventurer within without compromising on comfort with this Luxury Desert Tour from Marrakech to Fes. This opulent 3-day expedition is designed for those who wish to explore Morocco’s ethereal landscapes while indulging in the luxury and comfort of premium accommodations.

Your journey begins in the bustling city of Marrakech, from where you’ll travel in a private air-conditioned 4×4 or Minivan, ensuring your comfort as you traverse the diverse Moroccan terrains.

Accommodations include the finest riads and luxury desert camps, where modern amenities meet traditional Moroccan hospitality. Imagine sipping mint tea while lounging on plush cushions under the twinkling Saharan sky — it’s an experience straight out of a dream.

But that’s not all – your adventure is peppered with thrilling activities. Take the reins during an exhilarating ATV ride across the desert dunes, and feel the gentle sway of a camel as you ride into the sunset, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Each day is concluded with sumptuous meals, allowing you to indulge in the rich flavours of Moroccan cuisine.

This tour doesn’t just offer sightseeing, but a comprehensive package of luxury, adventure, and cultural immersion, promising you a seamless and unforgettable travel experience.

8. 2-Day Luxury Sahara Desert Tour From Marrakech

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⭐️ RATING: 5/5 Stars | ⏳ TOUR LENGTH: 2 days | ✅ Book it!

Enjoy a 2-Day Luxury Desert Tour from Marrakech if you’re looking to uncover the majestic beauty of the Sahara in a concise but memorable way.

This expedited adventure crosses the formidable Atlas Mountains, offering breathtaking views and unforgettable photo opportunities. You’ll then explore the enchanting city of Ouarzazate, where you can marvel at the stunning architecture and film studios that have hosted numerous Hollywood blockbusters.

The tour continues through the lush Draa Valley, lined with ancient kasbahs and palmeries, leading you to Zagora—a desert town with a rich history and culture, inviting you to step back in time.

Despite the shorter duration, this tour proudly offers the same level of luxury and comfort as longer tours.

Deluxe accommodations ensure you rest in the lap of luxury, preparing you for each day’s adventures.

From camel treks that offer a unique perspective of the vast, tranquil desert to star-gazing in the clear Saharan night, your immersion into the magical Moroccan landscape will be complete and utterly unforgettable.

“The entire experience was great! Our drivers and guides took great care of us and were informative and friendly.” – Jose ( Read more reviews )

9. Marrakech: 3-Day Trip to Fez with Sandboarding & Camel Ride

Sandboarding is one of the best things to do in the Sahara Desert

⭐️ RATING: 5/5 Stars | ⏳ TOUR LENGTH:  3 days | ✅ Book it!

Discover the magic of Morocco on an adventurous 3-day tour from Marrakech to Fez via Merzouga.

This immersive trip is designed to give you a taste of Morocco’s vast landscapes, rich culture, and timeless traditions.

The adventure begins with a scenic drive, taking you through the heart of Morocco’s dramatic landscapes towards the golden dunes of Merzouga. Here, you’ll experience the thrill of sandboarding down the slopes of Erg Chebbi, an experience that promises both adrenaline and awe.

As the sun sets, prepare for a magical night under the stars at a traditional desert camp. Relax around the campfire, share stories, and enjoy authentic Moroccan cuisine in an unforgettable setting.

The highlight for many is the camel ride at dusk or dawn, offering a serene yet profound way to explore the seemingly endless seas of sand.

The tour includes comfortable accommodations, ensuring that you’re well-rested to soak in the unique experiences each day brings.

“The experience in the desert was magical” – A GetYourGuide traveller ( Read more reviews )

10. From Marrakesh: 4-Day Private Atlas Mountains & Desert Tour

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⭐️ RATING: 5/5 Stars | ⏳ TOUR LENGTH: 4 days| ✅ Book it!

This trip isn’t just a tour; it’s an invitation to immerse yourself in the beauty and diversity of Moroccan landscapes, from lush palm groves and ancient kasbahs to the sprawling dunes of the Sahara.

Your adventure begins with a drive through the High Atlas Mountains, witnessing the breathtaking views and traditional Berber villages along the way.

The tour’s first major stop is Ouarzazate, known as the gateway to the Sahara Desert, followed by a visit to the iconic Aït ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site famed for its historical kasbahs and striking architecture.

As the landscape transforms, find yourself in the captivating valleys and palm groves, each offering a unique glimpse into the local way of life.

The pinnacle of your journey is the exploration of the Sahara Desert. Enjoy a mesmerizing sunset camel trek across the dunes and spend an enchanting night under the stars in a traditional desert camp, complete with local cuisine and Berber music.

This meticulously crafted tour includes comfortable accommodations to ensure a restful retreat after each day’s adventures, as well as delicious meals showcasing the rich flavours of Moroccan cuisine. It’s more than a trip; it’s a heartwarming experience that promises memories to cherish forever.

“The tour with our guide and driver Hassan was really great! Over the four days we were able to see beautiful landscapes in the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara.” – A GetYourGuide traveler  ( Read more reviews )

11. From Marrakech: Overnight Luxury Camping Trip to Zagora  

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Embark on an authentic desert adventure that promises not only the thrill of riding camels across the desert but also the opportunity to immerse yourself in local culture.

As night falls, the adventure continues with a stay in a luxury desert camp. Here, under a canopy of stars, you’ll indulge in the tranquillity of the Sahara, enjoying the comfort of deluxe accommodations while being serenaded by the melodies of Berber music.

This unique blend of adventure, cultural immersion, and luxury provides an unparalleled experience that will stay with you long after the adventure has ended.

“Perfect trip” – A GetYourGuide traveller ( Read more reviews )

12. 2 Days Private Tour to Zagora Desert with sunset Camel Treks

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Explore the majestic Moroccan desert on a breathtaking adventure that takes you through some of Morocco’s most spectacular landscapes.

Your journey will lead you through the enchanting Ksar of Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its traditional mud-brick architecture and its role as a backdrop in numerous films. This leg of your adventure not only promises stunning views but also immerses you in the rich history and culture of Morocco.

The adventure doesn’t stop there! Continue your voyage to the serene Tinfou Dunes, where an unforgettable overnight stay awaits you under a traditional Berber tent. Experience the warmth and hospitality of the Berber people, indulge in local cuisine, and fall asleep under the starlit Sahara sky.

This unique blend of natural beauty, cultural exploration, and relaxation offers an unforgettable escape into the heart of Morocco.

“We had a wonderful stay in the desert and the camp was awesome! I would definitely recommend booking this trip!” – A GetYourGuide traveller ( Read more reviews )

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Choosing a luxury sahara tour.

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When considering a luxury Sahara desert tour, there are several factors to keep in mind:

  • Duration: Luxury tours can range from 2-12 days depending on the itinerary and activities included. Consider how much time you have available and what experiences you don’t want to miss.
  • Accommodations: Most luxury tours offer accommodations in luxurious desert camps or traditional riads. Make sure to research the accommodations included to ensure they meet your expectations.
  • Activities: Luxury tours often offer a variety of activities, such as camel rides, quad biking, and stargazing. Consider which activities you are most interested in and choose a tour that includes them.
  • Group size: Luxury tours typically have smaller group sizes for a more intimate experience. If you prefer a more personalized trip, consider choosing a tour with a smaller group size.
  • Price: Luxury tours can be more expensive than standard tours, but they often include premium accommodations and experiences not available in other tours. Make sure to budget accordingly and choose a tour that fits your budget.

What To Expect On Your Luxury Sahara Desert Experience

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Once you’ve chosen your luxury Sahara tour, here is what you can expect during your journey:

  • Comfort: Luxury tours cater to comfort and relaxation. Expect comfortable transportation, high-quality accommodations, and delicious meals.
  • Personalized service: With smaller group sizes, expect more personalized attention from your tour guides and staff. They are there to make sure you have the best experience possible.
  • Unique experiences: Luxury tours often include exclusive activities, such as private desert dinners and traditional Moroccan music performances. These experiences will make your trip even more unforgettable.
  • Cultural immersion: In addition to the luxurious aspects, luxury Sahara tours also provide opportunities for cultural immersion. You’ll have the chance to interact with locals, learn about their traditions, and gain a deeper understanding of the Sahara’s history and culture.
  • Stunning landscapes: The Sahara desert is known for its breathtaking landscapes, and luxury tours allow you to fully immerse yourself in them. From watching the sunrise over endless sand dunes to stargazing under a clear night sky, your tour will provide unforgettable views.

What to Pack For The Sahara Desert Luxury Tour

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When preparing for your luxury Sahara experience, here are some essential items to include in your packing list:

  • Comfortable and lightweight clothing: The desert can be hot during the day and cool at night. Pack breathable fabrics that will keep you comfortable throughout the journey.
  • Sun protection: With long hours of sun exposure, don’t forget to pack sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses to protect yourself from the harsh rays.
  • Proper footwear: Whether you’re trekking through sand dunes or exploring ancient cities, be sure to bring sturdy shoes that can handle different terrains.
  • Camera: You’ll want to capture every moment of your luxury Sahara tour, so don’t forget to pack a camera with extra batteries and memory cards.

FAQs: Luxury Sahara Desert Tour From Marrakech

Can you visit the sahara desert from marrakech.

Yes, there are various luxury tour options that depart from Marrakech and take you to the Sahara desert.

Which country is best for Sahara Desert tour?

Morocco is known to offer some of the best luxury desert tours in the Sahara. With its diverse landscapes and rich culture, it’s a popular destination for travelers seeking an unforgettable experience. Other countries that offer Sahara desert tours include Egypt, Tunisia, and Algeria. However, Morocco stands out for its top-notch accommodations and experienced tour operators.

How long does it take to drive from Marrakech to the Sahara desert?

The drive from Marrakech to the Sahara desert can take anywhere from 8-10 hours, depending on the route and stops along the way. However, most luxury tours include stops at other destinations, making the journey more enjoyable and manageable. It’s recommended to plan for at least a 2-3 day stay in the desert to fully experience all it has to offer.

Is it worth going to the Sahara desert in Morocco?

Absolutely! The Sahara desert in Morocco offers a unique and luxurious experience that is worth every penny. From the breathtaking landscapes to the rich cultural experiences, a luxury tour in the Sahara is sure to leave you with unforgettable memories.

How do I choose a desert tour in Morocco?

When choosing a desert tour in Morocco, it’s important to consider the level of luxury you are looking for, the length of the tour, and any specific activities or destinations you want to include. It’s also recommended to research and read reviews of different tour operators to ensure a reputable and high-quality experience.

Is it safe to stay in the desert in Morocco?

Yes, it is generally safe to stay in the Sahara desert in Morocco . Luxury tours typically include experienced guides and high-quality accommodations, providing a safe and comfortable experience. However, it’s always important to follow safety precautions and listen to your tour guide while exploring the desert.

How to see the desert from Marrakech?

There are various ways to see the desert from Marrakech, with a luxury tour being the most popular and comfortable option. These tours typically include transportation from Marrakech to the desert, as well as stops at other destinations along the way. Another option is to rent a car and drive yourself, but this can be more challenging and time-consuming.

Do tourists visit the Sahara desert?

Yes, the Sahara desert in Morocco is a popular tourist destination. Thousands of tourists visit each year to experience the unique and luxurious offerings of the desert, such as camel rides, stargazing, and staying in traditional nomadic camps. However, due to its vast size, it never feels overcrowded and offers a peaceful and serene escape from bustling cities.

What is the most beautiful desert in Morocco?

The Sahara desert is often considered the most beautiful and iconic desert in Morocco. Its expansive sand dunes, stunning sunsets, and unique cultural experiences make it a must-visit destination for many travellers. However, there are also other breathtaking deserts in Morocco such as the Agafay Desert .

What is the best time to visit Sahara Desert?

The best time to visit the Sahara desert is during the cooler months of October to April. The temperatures are milder, making it more comfortable for outdoor activities and exploration.

Are Morocco desert tours safe?

Yes, Morocco desert tours are generally safe as they are operated by experienced and licensed tour companies. However, it is always important to be cautious and follow the instructions of your tour guide to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. It is also recommended to purchase travel insurance before embarking on any adventure in the Sahara desert.

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Final Thoughts: Luxury Sahara Desert Tour From Marrakech

A luxury Sahara tour from Marrakech is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that combines comfort, adventure, and cultural immersion. With expert guides and luxurious accommodations, you can fully enjoy the beauty of the desert while creating unforgettable memories.

These 12 luxury sahara desert tours are waiting for you to book. Whether you’re looking for a short excursion or a longer journey, there’s an option that will fit your preferences and budget.

So pack your bags, and get ready for an unforgettable journey through the magical Sahara desert!

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Is the Sahara desert worth visiting

A trip to Morocco without a visit to the Sahara desert is incomplete. The Merzouga Sahara desert is becoming one of the top selected destinations in the world and not only in Morocco. Due to its orange sand dunes where you’ll find your peace of mind and tranquility.

Why is the Sahara desert worth visiting?

Visiting the Sahara desert of Morocco , is suitable for everyone who wishes to explore this lovely country. Eithier, if you are a couple traveling for a honeymoon tour package , wedding anniversary, group of friends, family traveling with kids or any other kind of traveler. Absolutely everyone will love it.

Moreover, the Sahara desert offers a wide range of desert activities and things to do. Including camel trekking over the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi to witness sunset and sunrise.

A camel riding and night in the Sahara desert is offered and additional other activities. Including the ATV quad biking, Buggy dune drive and Off-road 4×4 desert tours. All these activities and much more are provided by our travel company Marrakech Desert Excursions.

When is the best time to visit the Sahara desert?

The best time of the year and the advisable time to visit the Sahara desert is between February and May or between September and November. Actually, the Sahara desert also can be visited during the winter between November and February but it’s quite cold at night. But it is still coller during the day of this period of the year.

Visiting the Sahara desert during the summertime, also still possible but it is recommended to spend no more than one night. Because the temperatures are quite hot during the day.

We have published here some helpful information about how to get to the Sahara desert and the best way to get there.

We also organize a wide range of Morocco desert tours from Marrakech, Fes or from any other destination in Morocco that include your stay for one night or several nights in the Sahara desert. This depends on the time you have in Morocco.

Here we have shared some of the best Morocco desert trips where you can choose your perfect one. All of these desert tours cover the Sahara desert of Merzouga.

  • 3 Days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga
  • 4 Days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga
  • Marrakech to Fes 3 day desert tour
  • 4 Days tour from Marrakech to Fes
  • 3 Days tour from Fes to Merzouga
  • Fes to Marrakech Desert Tour 3 days
  • Fes to Marrakech desert tour 4 days

If you don’t find the right Morocco desert trip for you here. Please do not hesitate to check our Morocco tours page or just contact us and we’ll tailor any trip that meets your needs and requirements.

Choose your Morocco desert tour today with Marrakech Desert Excursions for a unique Morocco experience!

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When you tell your friends you’re planning a vacation to the Sahara Desert, don’t be surprised if they respond, simply, “Why?”

It’s a fair question. The Sahara is one of the world’s largest deserts. It’s nearly devoid of life-giving rainfall, and it’s considered one of the toughest places on earth for life of any kind.

Lots of people would say that makes it a questionable spot to take a vacation — but those people would be…misguided. In fact, the Sahara offers the adventure of a lifetime to travelers of all persuasions. You can even explore the area in plush comfort if you know where to look.

Whether it’s been on your bucket list for years or you’re just in the mood for something completely different, the Sahara Desert may be your next favorite vacation destination, or at least the most memorable. Here’s what you need to know to get the most out of your trip to the King of Deserts.

Sand dunes in the Sahara desert.

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Where Exactly Is The Sahara Desert?

Short answer: The Sahara is in Africa. But as we mentioned, the Sahara is the largest desert in the world, outside of the polar areas. Covering almost one third of the African continent and spanning over 3.6 million square miles , this desert is a vast tranquil ocean of sand — and so much more.

Scientists divide the desert into six distinct ecoregions , each with its own system of plant and animal life. In that sense, then, there isn’t just one Sahara Desert. There are many Saharas. And not all of them are equally great for a vacation.

Likewise, not all of them are in a single country. Most North African nations, including Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, and northern Niger (which is not technically a North African nation, but that just goes to show how huge the Sahara really is), encompass some of this enormous region. While some parts of the desert are off limits, there are still plenty of places to safely experience the beauty of this natural wonderland.

In fact, the only areas you should typically avoid are those restricted due to civil and political unrest . You’ll be safe as long as you follow specific guidelines for entry into and passage through the desert. You can (and should) always check the U.S. State Department’s website for detailed information about security concerns for any country you plan to visit.

But for now, let’s focus on the two Sahara-access countries that U.S. travelers tend to favor, both for the bustling tourism infrastructures already in place and for the incredible food, lodgings, services, and experiences that await visitors there: Morocco and Egypt.

How To Get To The Sahara Desert Through Morocco

Morocco is probably the most popular destination for access to the Sahara. As of this writing, Royal Air Maroc is the only airline that offers direct flights from the United States. You can also fly Delta, Air France, American, Qatar Airways, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, Norwegian, Air Europa, or Condor — if you don’t mind layovers.

A direct flight from New York to Marrakech airport takes about nine hours, whereas flights with international stops will require at least 11 hours of travel. Some of these flights can take over 20 hours with layovers factored in. Of course, that may be well worth it if you catch a cheap fare.

Whatever airline you choose, fly into the Moroccan city of Marrakech. This will put you within reach of the most popular Sahara attractions without having to travel too far by land. Once you’re in the region, of course, you’ll need to get out of the city and into the desert.

View of Marrakech, Morocco.

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Morocco has a great bus system that can take you into the Sahara. The two main bus companies are Supratours and CTM . Currently, Supratours is the only one offering direct rides to one of the most popular desert city destinations, Merzouga.

If you want to get to Merzouga as quickly as possible, the 12-hour Supratour bus ride is the best option. Or you can break up the trip into multi-night stops to experience more of the area.

Cities like Ouarzazate, Ait Benhaddou, and Dades Gorge all have beautiful sites, museums, tours, and restaurants worth checking out. Why not make your Saharan vacation into a complete tour of the settled region?

How To Get To The Sahara Desert Through Egypt

Another option for visiting the Sahara is to travel through Egypt. From the United States, you can fly directly into Cairo via EgyptAir flights, or you can use Lufthansa, Emirates, Delta, American, United, or Air France for flights that stop here and there in other countries. A direct flight from New York will take about 10 hours and 30 minutes, whereas flights with even just one stop range from 13 to 25 hours of travel time.

View of Cairo, Egypt from the pyramids.

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Once you arrive in Cairo, you have a few options for Saharan adventure, all of which are located in the western portion of the country. There are direct bus lines from Cairo to multiple desert oases, such as Siwa, Al Kharga, Dakhla, Farafra, Bahariya, and the White and Black Deserts .

It’s possible to plan your entire Saharan trip yourself, but why bother, when there are so many excellent and reasonably priced organized tours ? If relying on busses and taxis, negotiating ride fares, and booking your own hotels sounds too overwhelming, a tour might be the way to go.

When Is The Best Time To Visit The Sahara?

There are lots of factors to take into consideration when deciding on the time of year to visit the Sahara Desert. Of course, you should start by thinking about that desert heat. The Sahara is at its hottest between June and September, so if you’re not a fan of sunscreen and extra water bottles, avoid this season.

But that doesn’t mean you should restrict travel to the winter months. From November through February, daytime temperatures are mild—but once the sun sets, temperatures plummet, sometimes even below freezing. Dust storms are prevalent from February to April. All that considered, the landscape is seemingly at its most pleasant from March through May and September through October.

Sahara Desert Luggage Essentials

When packing for your trip, consider the activities you have planned. Will you ride camels through the desert? Camp under the stars? Or will you relax in a luxurious resort while taking brief day trips into the wilderness beyond the city?

Generally speaking, there are a few items every Sahara visitor should include in their checked luggage. For instance, be sure to pack long, comfortable pants for walking and leg protection when riding camels. Bring a light jacket, a hat, and a scarf to wrap around your head and face for protection from blowing sand and sun.

And don’t forget sunscreen. Bring your favorite comfortable sneakers, hiking boots, or hiking sandals. Finally, you’ll definitely want a camera and extra batteries — plus a brush to clear sand off the camera lens.

Camelback tour through the Sahara Desert.

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Activities And Attractions In The Sahara Desert

The Sahara Desert is full of beautiful ancient ruins, sand dunes as tall as mountains, and wondrous oasis towns. You can ride a camel, camp outside under the desert night sky, watch wildlife at play, or even have a desert spa experience .

Whatever your interests, this sparse environment is packed with lush opportunities. Here are just a few of them to get you started:

The Majorelle Gardens

If you fly into Marrakech, Morocco, be sure to visit the Majorelle Gardens before leaving on your desert quest. French painter Jacques Majorelle spent 40 years perfecting this little oasis in the city. The grounds are filled with banana trees, palms, marble pools, water channels, and fountains with pathways woven throughout. There’s also a Berber culture museum on the grounds that’s not to be missed.

The gardens and museum are open every day, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. between October 1 and April 30. They’re open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. between May 1 and September 30. And they’re open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the month of Ramadan. Admission costs around $20 for the gardens and $10 for the museum.

Camping under the stars in the Sahara Desert.

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Located just two days by car from Marrakech, Erg Chebbi is an easily accessible, tourist-ready section of the Sahara that hasn’t sacrificed a bit of its natural, wind-swept grandeur. An erg is the desert as it exists in your imagination: sand, sky, and dunes as far as the eye can see.

What makes Erg Chebbi so special is the wealth of experiences available to visitors. Located so close to the city, the locals have had plenty of time to build a thriving tourism economy.

Take a camel trek across the dunes, or camp in luxury beneath the stars. Stop in a Berber village and watch the sun set over the sand. If you want to experience the pure, sandy Sahara, Erg Chebbi is a great choice.

The oasis of Siwa, Egypt.

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Siwa is a true Egyptian oasis area on the western edge of the nation. The desert gives way to green olive groves and, seemingly out of nowhere, water. Siwa is ripe with mineral springs, salt lakes, and swimming pools — including Cleopatra’s Pool, where the Ptolemaic ruler is said to have soaked herself more than 1,000 years ago.

Stop in the Siwa town of Shali to tour the ancient ruins of the Shali Fortress. Trace the footsteps of Alexander the Great to find the historical site of the Oracle of Siwa. Experience desert beauty, startling history, and luxury comforts here and all over the Sahara.

Just be sure to take lots of pictures. They’re the best answer to your friends’ doubtful question: “Why?”

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From Marrakech to Marrakech up to Erg Chebbi

4-days tour departing from Marrakech and back with intermediate stops at AitBen Haddou, Ouarzazate, the Dades valley, the Rissani market, the dunes of Erg Chebbi, Skoura.

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5-days tour from Marrakech to discover the BLUE cities of Morocco: Essaouira, Rabat, Chefchaouen and Assilah

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Tour of North Morocco

The tour leaves from the cities of Fes and Meknes, then crosses the Rif to Chefchouen, the blue pearl of Morocco and then the coast with the visit of Tangier and Assilah, city of artists

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From Marrakech to Marrakech

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Discover sweeping dunes, sparkling night skies and ancient Amazigh culture in the Sahara Desert.

Journey into the heart of the Sahara where a sea of wind-whipped sand stretches for what looks like forever. We like to explore the Sahara the Intrepid way. We're talking sunset camel rides, getting lost in the narrow streets of an ancient citadel, exchanging stories over mint tea with a local Amazigh family and feasting on  Moroccan food in a desert camp. Heed the call of the dunes and join us on a bucket-list North African  adventure.

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Where is the Sahara Desert?

The Sahara Desert is in North Africa. It spans a mighty 9,200,000 square kms across 10 countries, including Morocco, Egypt, Mali and Libya.

It's the world's largest hot desert and third-largest after Antarctica and the Arctic.

What is the weather like in the Sahara Desert?

As a desert region, the Sahara can experience extreme weather. Winter (December to February) can be very cold, with overnight temperatures dropping to 5°C or lower.

You'll need a sleeping bag, thermals, a scarf, gloves and a warm jacket for travel in winter.

Oh, and be prepared for cold showers at your desert camp!

Summer (June to September) can be very hot with intense temperatures that can reach the high 40°Cs. This might be too uncomfortable for those not used to the heat. It's super important to use sun protection and stay hydrated. That said, the desert can still get pretty chilly at night when the sun goes down, so you'll need a fleece to rug up.

Spring (March to May) sees the arrival of strong winds and there is an increased risk of sandstorms in April – but don't worry, your leader will always check the forecast beforehand to see if it's safe to stay in the desert.

When is the best time to visit the Sahara Desert?

The best time to visit the Sahara Desert is during the spring months between March to May, as well as the autumn months of October and November. During these times, the desert temperatures are hot but manageable and the nights don't get quite as cold. However, one thing to note is that between January to May there is usually a higher number of sandstorms recorded, especially in April.

What clothing should I wear in the Sahara Desert?

What to pack will differ slightly depending on the time of year and the activities you'll be doing. But below are the basics you'll need:

  • Light scarf or face mask can be handy for preventing you from inhaling desert dust
  • Sun hat – wide-brimmed, ideally, to protect your face and head from the sun's rays and strong winds
  • Sunscreen – when you're in the desert, it goes without saying!
  • Small daypack for day trips and excursions
  • Light, loose-fitting pants
  • Joggers or jeans for camel rides
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Fleece – for all seasons
  • Warm layers (for winter trips) – you'll need thermals, gloves, a woolly hat and a fleece to rug up as the temperatures can drop to below freezing at night
  • Small head torch – handy for going to the bathroom at night
  • Thongs (flip flops) for camp
  • Hiking shoes or runners

What animals live in the Sahara Desert?

The Sahara Desert is one of the fiercest environments for animal life.

A wide range of mammals live in the Sahara, from cheetahs, dromedary camels, desert foxes, gazelles, ostrich, and hyrax to African wild dogs.

Reptile life includes the desert crocodile, sand viper and the desert monitor.

Other common species include the deathstalker scorpion, the Saharan silver ant, and over 90 species of birds.

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We are committed to making travel widely  accessible , regardless of ability or disability. We do our best to help you see the world, regardless of physical or mental limitations. 

We are always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them toward the most suitable itinerary for their needs and, where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.

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Start on a magical journey with our Sahara Travel Excursions Company to explore the wonders of Morocco, a land filled with mystery and enchantment. With over 14 years of experience, we offer a diverse range of Morocco desert tours , day trips , and Sahara desert treks , tailored to make your Moroccan adventure truly memorable. Whether you’re seeking budget-friendly options or a luxurious desert trips , we have the perfect package for you. As a licensed and fully bonded Morocco tour agency , our team of experienced travel experts, drivers, and guides are dedicated to ensuring your satisfaction.

Having honed our skills in organizing seamless Morocco desert tours , we take pride in our attention to detail. Our commitment to delivering unbeatable value-for-money experiences sets us apart. Choose from our carefully crafted desert tour packages that cater to any budget or preference. Contact our team today, and let us start planning your dream Morocco desert tours . Join us on an unforgettable journey through the Moroccan Sahara Desert — an experience that will stay with you forever!

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The prices change based on how many people join the tour – the more, the merrier, and the less you pay! Since the transport cost stays the same, we divide it by the number of people. Plus, the total cost also hinges on where you’ll stay, and you have the power to pick the best spot for yourself. Or, if you’d rather, let us handle it like the pros we are!

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We’re here to assist you every hour, every day – just a message away via email, WhatsApp, or our social platforms. Simply let us know your desired tour or preferences, and we’ll customize a new one just for you. A small deposit secures your plans upon confirmation. Count on us for hassle-free travel coordination!

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Morocco has it all – beautiful beaches, atlas mountains, the cool Sahara desert, and old ruins in lively cities. Every visit is a mix of nature and history, making it a great adventure each time.

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“Sahara Travel Excursions” stands out with its exceptional team—professional drivers and multilingual local Berber guides deeply versed in their homeland’s history. With over 14 years in the tourism sector, our expertise shines in organizing memorable Morocco tours. Count on us for comfort with our fleet of air-conditioned 4WD vehicles and spacious mini-vans. Your adventure begins with us!

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« Welcome to Sahara Desert Adventure , the home of exclusive tours, incredible experiences, unique accommodations, and tailor-made delights. » Regardless of your destination, our company represents decades of professional travel experience for the discerning visitors. Allow one of our specialists to coordinate your holiday with some of Morocco’s most respected cruise tours ? so you can enjoy your most valuable commodity… 

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SURE, we feed on your passion to explore the best of customized Moroccan natural and cultural tours. It is what let us to work diligently with each guest particularities. Enjoy our travel and tours, whether you like to hike the Atlas Mountains, trek the Sahara desert, and discover the Medinas also explore the colorful souks of Imperial cities. We are the right hosts to arrange a memorable trip experience for you. Sample from our pre-packaged tours or call on our experts for unique customized tours to Morocco.

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Discover jaisalmer's authentic desert experience.

Dive into the heart of Jaisalmer with our authentic desert experiences. Guided by Mr. Desert Emeritus Jaisalmer, we offer an immersive journey through untouched sand dunes and captivating landscapes.

Delivering unforgettable desert journeys.

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Had the most amazing experience! We paid for a private safari and we highly recommend doing it with them. I was amazed about how good the food was.

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Amazing stay and hospitality. The rooms are spacious, the staff is friendly and welcoming. Excellent service with camel and jeep safari. Highly recommended.

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Our music reporter Ben Sisario takes us on a journey through West Africa’s guitar music scene past and present, highlighting a handful of songs from the genre’s most innovative and influential bands. This playlist showcases an eclectic mix of styles — from desert blues and psychedelic rock to Afro-Cuban music.

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    The Sahara occupies four-fifths of the country, so it's pretty hard to miss. Spend between 10 and 15 days in the country on a small group tour and you'll enjoy plenty of time in the dunes. On your trip, you can either drive down from Algiers or take an internal flight straight to the desert towns of Timimoun or Bechar.

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