Merzouga desert tours

Visit the Merzouga desert

Merzouga desert tours – discover Erg Chebbi, the most popular gateway to the Moroccan Sahara

If you are looking for activities during your Morocco holidays or the best places to visit during your trip in Morocco, you have certainly noticed Merzouga.

Merzouga is famous for its high dunes, some of them reaching 150m! Merzouga or Erg Chebbi, is a very beautiful place in the Sahara covered with golden dunes. At Erg Chebbi, you can discover the Morocco desert, spend a night in a Merzouga nomadic camp. You can also enjoy the sunset in Erg Chebbi, do a camel ride, go trekking in the Sahara, or do a 4X4 excursion tour. 

Merzouga desert is one of the places to discover during your Morocco holidays. You can get to Merzouga from Marrakech, Ouarzazate, Casablanca, Fez… Ready for a Sahara desert experience?

Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour

How to get to Merzouga from Marrakech? It depends on the way you organize your Morocco trip. It’s possible to plan a Marrakech Merzouga tour. In view of the distance, between Marrakech and Erg Chebbi, we recommend you to opt for a 3-day Merzouga excursion from Marrakech. All the long of the trip you can discover the Kasbahs and typical villages; You will pass by Ouarzazate and the Valley of Roses. The first overnight is planned at the Dades Gorges. On the second day, discovery of Erg Chebbi, camel ride, overnight in a authentic Sahara desert camp in Merzouga.

3-day Marrakech to Merzouga trip

2-day Ouarzazate to Merzouga trip

For this Morocco desert tour, you can do a short trip to Merzouga from Ouarzazate. The 2-day tour to Merzouga is perfect to spend an overnight in the Morocco desert. At Erg Chebbi, there are many desert camps and Sahara luxury desert camps for a unique experience. This Merzouga desert tour is perfect if you prefer a short trip to the Morocco desert. The 2-day Ouarzazate to Erg Chebbi trip is one of the most popular. 

Erg Chebbi tour from Ouarzazate 

Fes to Merzouga desert tour

If you plan to start your Merzouga trip from Fes, know that it’s better to plan a 3-day Morocco desert tour. On the first day, you will make many discoveries, the journey takes about 8 hours. The visits on the road allow you a pleasant trip. The landscapes are very varied. It’s one of the advanatges of the Fes to Merzouga desert tour. From the green mountains (snowy) of the Middle Atlas to the golden dunes of the Sahara at Erg Chebbi.


This Merzouga excursion tour program can be customized. If you have more time for your Sahara holidays, we recommend you a 7-day Merzouga trip from Fez. You can spend more time to visit every place and enjoy a longer stay in the Sahara. You will also discover the big dunes of Erg Chigaga. It’s a trip for those who like desert!


All of our Morocco desert tours to the Sahara could be tailor-made depending on your wishes. We mainly organize private Morocco Sahara experiences. 

Merzouga camel trekking tour

Camel trek Merzouga 3 days : a short adventure trip in the Sahara

Hike to the Oasis of Merzouga
Your camel trek in the desert of Merzouga begins with a walk to the oasis. The Merzouga desert trek  continues in the beautiful sand dunes. You will arrive at the Oasis of Merzouga at the end of the day, at the right moment to enjoy the beautiful sunset at Erg Chebbi, on the big dune high of about 150 m. After dinner, an evening around the campfire is planned, during which you can listen to the rhythms of the drums. You will spend the night in the Merzouga desert, in a wild camping.

Merzouga Oasis and Aznigi Desert
On the second day, your camel trekking tour in Merzouga continues to the desert of Aznigi. At noon, break and picnic in an oasis. Your hike in the Moroccan desert will then take you to Aznigi. A typical Berber dinner is planned and the meeting with nomads with whom you will share the meal. You will spend a second night in Erg Chebbi, sheltered under a tent or directly under the stars.

Aznigi desert – return to Erg Chebbi
During your Morocco camel trek in Merzouga, you will visit some villages: first Tamardanit, then Mifiss (and its old mines), then Gnawa. The discovery of the Merzouga desert ends after a break with traditional tea.


What activity to practice at Merzouga?

Quad biking at Merzouga : Quad biking in the Morocco desert is incredible! Do you want to try a Quad bike in Erg Chebbi? Is a different way to discover the Merzouga dunes. Different formulas are available from one hour, half-day or a day quad excursion Erg Chebbi. For this activity you are accompanied by a professional guide who will show you the most beautiful desert landscapes. 

Camel ride in Merzouga : The camel tour is one of the most practiced activities in the Morocco desert. You can enjoy one hour camel ride at Erg Chebbi for the sunset, for example. If you are doing a Merzouga desert tour, camel ride is included in the program. It’s a very appreciated experience by travellers. 

4×4 Merzouga desert tour : A day 4×4 excursion in Erg Chebbi is one of the atractive activities you can opt for during your Sahara stay. More than only driving experience, this Morocco desert excursion is the opportunity to meet nomads and know more about their lifestyle and traditions. The 4X4 Merzouga excursion tour includes lunch or tea with locals. 

Sandboard at Erg Chebbi : The high dunes of Erg Chebbi are ideal for sandboarding activity. 


What to see near to Merzouga? 

Visit Erg Chebbi is already impressive but know that the surroundings of Merzouga hide nice suriprises. There are many places you can visit during your Merzouga desert tour. The trip to the Sahara is an opportunity to discover more about the culture, the wild life, the history…

The village of Khamia – Kasbah of the Gnawas : It’s the place to visit if you enjoy a Sahara stay in Erg Chebbi. You will have the opportunity to discover a mix of traditional arabic music and African percussions. 

Erfoud : Erfoud is known for its fossils and also of being the capital of the date in Morocco. Don’t forget to taste dates and to enjoy the Festival celabrated in October. 

The city of Rissani : On the road to Rissani, you can visit the Fossil and the Mineral Museum. You will pass through Rissani on your trip to Merzouga. At Rissani, you can also go visit the Souk which is one of the biggest in the surroundings ot Merzouga.

The Dayet Srij Lake : It’s the ideal place to observe migratory birds. The best period for this visit is in September.

Taouz : The fans of history have to make a stop at Taouz to discover rock carvings dating from the prehistoric times.