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4 Day Sahara Desert Safari in Morocco

Dar Hassan, Hassilabied, Morocco

SIghtseeing and Desert Safari in Morocco

Discover the Berber traditional life and the magical dunes of the Sahara Desert in this desert safari from Fez to Marrakech via Merzouga Sahara Desert. Gboo Morocco Tours invites you to discover the magic of the Kingdom of Morocco, a kingdom of wonders that has so much to offer you. It's truly a kingdom that rewards the curiosity.

Key information

  • Maximum group size: 8 persons
  • Starting point: Fez
  • Ending point: Marrakech
  • Languages: English, French, and Spanish
  • Entrance fees not included.

Meet the guides

Abdelhadi
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Highlights

  • Tour the Merzouga dunes
  • Camel trip in the Sahara Desert
  • Spot monkeys and a variety of birds
  • Private transportation in a 4x4 vehicle
  • 3 nights luxury accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and dinner

Styles


4 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer available:
Fes–Saïss Airport (US$175 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
08:00
Check-out Time:
18:00

During this tour, you will be provided with luxury accommodation in the following riads and camps:

  • First night: Dar Hassan, Hassilabied
  • Second night: Orient Desert Camp, Merzouga
  • Third night: Dar Chamaa, Ouarzazate

Program

Day 1: Fez - Ifrane - Azrou - Midelt - Ziz Valley - Merzouga

Pick up from your hotel in Fez very early in the morning and departure for the south of Morocco. You will have a stop in Ifrane, known as the Switzerland of Morocco, to enjoy its beauty and to have some memorable photos. After that, you will head toward Azrou to see the monkeys in the cedar forest. Continue to Midelt for a lunch meal in a restaurant.

In the afternoon, you will cross the pass of Tizi N Talghamt to reach Errachidia while admiring the views of Ziz gorges. Later you will have a stop for a panoramic view of Ziz Valley. The drive continues to Erg Chebbi Dunes, passing by Aoufous and Erfoud (the last is famous with fossils and dates) where you may want to visit a local fossil craft workshop.

After that you will continue to the captivating dunes of Erg Chebbi, these dunes are called also Merzouga Dunes. Arrive at the hotel where you will spend the night. Dinner in the hotel.

Day 2: Merzouga - Hassi Labied - Khamlia

This morning after breakfast in the hotel, you will have a tour of the dunes on 4x4, allowing you to visit the black volcanic rocks of fossils, visit a nomad family living in a tent, visit Khamlia village, and entertainment of their spiritual music of Gnawa.

Visit the lake Dayte Sarji that forms in springtime which attracts pink flamingos and wildlife. Then you will have a break for lunch in Merzouga or Hassi Labied. After lunch, you will see the canal irrigation system and have a walk on the oasis located on the foot of the dunes.

In the afternoon, get ready for a camel trek for an hour and a half to enjoy the sunset. While on the back of your dromedary, you will continue to the camp for an overnight in a traditional nomad tent. Dinner and spend the night in a bivouac in the middle of the dunes.

Day 3: Erg Chebbi Dune - Erfoud -Tinejdad - Todra Gorges - Boumalne Dades

Wake up early in the morning to enjoy the sunrise on the top of the dune in the Sahara Desert and then have your breakfast. After these beautiful moments, you will ride your camel back to Merzouga. Depart towards Tineghir, passing by Erfoud and Tinejdad, then have a break for lunch.

In the afternoon, you will continue to Todra gorges via Tineghir, stopping along the way for photos and admiring the views. Arrival to Todra Gorges and enjoy its marvelous Canyons views while hiking on foot. Later, you will drive to Boumalne du Dades and stop for a panoramic view of Dades valley. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Boumalne Du Dades - Kelaa M’gouna - Ouarzazate - Ait Ben Haddou -Tizi N’tichka Pass - Marrakech

This morning after breakfast in the hotel, you will depart to Marrakech. The next site to visit is the Rose Valley going through the big Skoura palm grove, a beautiful place to contemplate more than 700.000 palms and numerous kasbahs that are built in the surrounding area.

In this Valley damascenes, roses are raised for cosmetic use such as the valued rosewater. The Rose Festival is held here annually in May, it is an important museum for Moroccan culture.

Next stop is in Ouarzazate, also known as “the gate of the desert” that in the Berber language means “noiseless or without confusion”. Here you´ll see the Taourirt Kasbah, one of the most spectacular ksars in Morocco. Stop for a panoramic view of the kasbah of Taourirt then another photo stop near the Atlas film studios.

After that, you will continue to the ksar (fortified village) of Aït Ben Haddou where you will visit the famous Kasbah (declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986). Famous films have been shot in this spectacular stage, including Gladiator, Obelix, The Mummy, The Jewel of the Nile, and Sahara with Penélope Cruz.

Free time for lunch in town. In the afternoon, you will drive to Marrakech over the mountains of high Atlas, passing through the Tizi N’tichka pass (2260 meters in altitude). Drop off in Marrakech in your hotel / riad. This marks the end of Gboo Morocco Tours' services.

Guides

Abdelhadi Ouchibi

Location

Spend four days to explore the Sahara Desert of Morocco starting in Fez and ending in Marrakech. On the way, you will discover the middle Atlas which is a Moroccan mountain range oriented south-west / northeast. This chain belongs to the Atlas Mountains and more precisely, to one of the three elements of the Moroccan Atlas, the other two being the Middle Atlas and the Anti-Atlas.

You will also visit Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou, a group of earthen buildings surrounded by high walls, which is a traditional pre-Saharan habitat. The houses crowd together within the defensive walls, which are reinforced by corner towers. Ait-Ben-Haddou, in Ouarzazate province, is a striking example of the architecture of southern Morocco.

Also, you will discover Ouarzazate, Gorge Dades, Gorge Todgha and Sahara Desert of Merzouga Dunes of Erg Chebbi. Once you arrive in Sahara, you will have the chance to ride camels over the dunes of Erg Chebbi. You have a night in traditional Berber camp inside dunes of Erg Chebbi. More than that, you will enjoy fantastic and amazing sunrise and sunset in the desert over the dunes of Erg Chebbi.

Merzouga

Merzouga is a small Moroccan town located in the Sahara desert, near the Algerian border. Merzouga opens on Erg Chebbi, an immense expanse of sand dunes north of the city. To the west is Dayet Srji, a seasonal salt lake, often dry in summer. When it fills again, it attracts a wide variety of migratory birds and desert, including warblers, nightjars and, sometimes, flamingoes.

Gorges Dades

The Dades Gorges are gorges located in the upper Dades valley between the localities of Boumalne Dadès and M'semrir and a popular tourist destination. The gorges are originally formed by sedimentary rocks deposited in the marine environment over a long period, from Jurassic to Eocene. Then these rocks were exposed during the Oligocene alpine orogeny.

Dades was formed during the uprising; it has thus sunk by way of antecedence in the rocks which were pushed upwards, digging gorges in the marls, sandstones, or limestones.

Food

During this tour, your daily breakfast and dinner are included in the price. You will be served with traditional Moroccan food. Coffee and tea are also included.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Private transportation during the trip in a 4x4 air-conditioned car or minibus
  • Fuels and tolls
  • Services of a professional English-speaking driver
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Camel trip in the Sahara Desert and camel guide
  • All applicable taxes

What's not included

  • Drinks
  • Lunches
  • Travel insurance
  • Fee to enter the monuments
  • Tips
  • Personal needs

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Fes–Saïss Airport (FEZ). Gboo Morocco Tours offers transfers from and to the airport for 150 EUR. You can also book your flight to arrive at Málaga Airport (AGP) or Gibraltar International Airport (GIB).

Airport: Fes–Saïss Airport Airport transfer available: Fes–Saïss Airport (US$175 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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