Sahara Desert Tour Highlights

  • Visit Historic Ait Ben Haddou on the way
  • See ancient Kasbahs
  • Camel ride through the Sahara
  • Make camp in nomadic tents
  • Comfort and safety of modern 4x4 vehicles
Marrakech to Sahara desert tour route

Sahara Tour, Camel Rides & Desert Camps

Departure/Arrival Location: Marrakech
Tour Duration: 5 Days/4 Nights
Transport: Luxury 4×4 Toyota Landcruiser, Camel Ride (
Max Travelers: 4 per vehicle.
Food & Accommodation: Both provided to suit budget. Includes 2x nights in Nomadic tents in the desert.

Sahara Desert Tour Itinerary

Like most of our Morocco tours, our Hello Sahara journey begins in Marrakech and will take you and your companions through the mighty Atlas Mountains, past the Gateway to the Sahara to where the paved roads end, and then beyond…

Day 1: Marrakesh → Ouarzazate → Agdz

Your journey departs from busy Marrakech in the morning using the pass of Tizi-n-Tichka in the high Atlas mountains, affording you some amazing panoramas of this stunning and often snow-capped range. Don’t worry, this may be a Sahara desert focused journey, but there’s always time to stop and take pictures.

From there we shall descend down to Ouarzazte, often called the Gateway to the Sahara and home to many impressive Kasbahs, including the Kasbah of Taourirt right at the centre.

We’ll organize some amazing local food for lunch including both meat and vegetarian/vegan options before departing to the Dra’a Valley and the village of Agdz where we will make a palace our home for the night, with the vast expanse of the Sahara waiting for us.

Day 2: Agdz → Zagora → M’hamid → Erg Lihoudi Dunes

After a hearty breakfast of your choice we’ll start the day by visiting a Kasbah in Agdz bfore hissing the road to Zagora along the remainder of the stunning Dra’a valley, and then on to M’Hamid.

There the paved roads end, and the option to continue to our desert campsite at Erg Lihoudi on camel-back will be available, taking most people around 2 hours to complete.

We’ll bed down in a traditional nomadic tent with tea and supper as we watch the magnificent Saharan sunset.

Day 3: Erg Lihoudi Dunes → M’hamid → Erg Chigaga Dunes

Waking up in the desert for breakfast is always a strange sensation for our guests and often one that generates a mild sense of disbelief!

After breakfasting we’ll take another camel ride back to M’hamid where you’ll already be excited for lunch again in this beautiful oasis of palms.

From there it’s back into the comfort of our luxury Toyota Landcruisers, chosen by us for their desert-crossing ability as we deliver you across the Saharan sands to dunes of Erg Chigaga where we will again camp in the style of Nomads.

Day 4: Erg Chigaga Dunes → Foum Zguid → Taznakht

Another 90km of desert driving after breakfast will give you enough photo opportunities and memorable sights to satisfy the Saharan portion of your adventure as we pass out of the desert past Lake Iriqui and into the mountains.

We’ll stop at Foum Zguid for lunch and then head back to Ouarzazate past Taznakht.

Day 5: Taznakht → Ouarzazate/Ait Ben Haddou → Marrakesh

Finally, they’ll be time to visit the Kasbah of Tifoultout as well as the world famous cinema studios, before heading to Ait Ben Haddou – a jewel of Moroccan culture where we will also have our final lunch before heading back to Marrakech taking a little bit of the desert soul with us.

Camel Rides and Camping in the Sahara

The highlight of our Hello Sahara tour for most people is the 2 hours of camel riding across the dunes as a caravan followed by a traditional nomad camp and supper accompanied by a stunning sunset.

Wine is available to cool off as the sun sets before everyone retreats to their traditional tents, followed by a hearty breakfast the next morning to sustain you for the 2 hour camel ride back to civilization.

Don’t forget, every part of your Moroccan tour is customizable with Morocco Sunny Days, so please don’t hesitate to ask if we can accommodate your requests.

Hello Sahara Desert Tour FAQs

How many stops are on this tour?

In terms of named places, there are 11 towns, villages and cities and dune fields on our trip.

Because we take 5 days to complete the journey, there is usually ample time for you to explore and get to know each one, with extra time to stop and take photographs at beauty spots known by your driver/guide along the way.

What kind of food is available on this Saharan tour?

Let us know what you like and we’ll be sure to select restaurants from our well-kept list of tried and trusted venues chosen for their authentic Moroccan cuisine and hygiene standards.

Of course, the desert itself presents a few challenges for cooking, but we will still provide both meat and vegetarian options (we suggest a tagine).

Be sure to let us know about any food allergies and/or intolerances before you travel.

How many people can go on the Saharan tour?

With Morocco Sunny Days we can comfortably bring 4 people per vehicle on this tour, however this is no strict limit on how many vehicles we can bring.

Generally though, we recommend no more than 2 or 3 vehicles on this trip, simply to keep the sense of personal wonder in the desert section as you are temporarily cut adrift from the mayhem of modern life.

Are the camels well-cared for?

We take measures to ensure that the camel ride portion of the journey is only performed with animal welfare standards and safety at the forefront. We love our humped friends who are well suited to the desert and don’t wish to cause them any stress.

Is travelling through the Sahara desert safe?

Although the Sahara can be unforgiving with temperatures rising incredibly high, our Saharan tour has been planned carefully with safety in mind. The camel section of the trip is not so far from civilization that we can’t be picked up by 4wd if needed, and all the water and food you need will be provided.

The second leg of the trip is performed in one of our trusted 4×4 vehicles well suited to the routes we will be taking, driven by an experienced guide.

While we can’t recommend setting off in the Sahara alone, you’re perfectly safe with our guides.

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Bespoke Sahara Tours Service

Part of the unique service offered by Morocco Sunny Days is that any given part of our journey can be customized, bespoke to your liking, tastes or budgets.

While many people are happy to go along with our advice and take out one of our pre-set tours, we love to offer guests an experience that is unique to them. This means that if you have a place in mind you want to visit, talk to us about taking a detour. A food you want to try? We know the best places to try it.

You name it, we’ll do our best to accommodate it – just get in touch using the form below and give us a try!

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