- Investigating the Skoura green oasis and the Amredhil walled Kasbah.
- Visiting the cosmetic cooperatives in Klaat MGouna that produce goods with Damascene roses.
- stopping in Berber communities to get a glimpse at daily life there.
- shooting pictures of your party wearing nomad turbans while riding camels in the orange sand dunes.
- observing the spectacular sunrise and sunset.
- having supper while stargazing, then spending the evening listening to Berber music.
- Spend the night at a camp in the center of the Merzouga desert in your own private, comfy nomad tent.
- Going through the Dra’a Valley, you will see many palm palms and historic kasbahs.
2 days tour from Ouarzazate to Merzouga Desert Overview:
On this 2-day desert journey, you’ll see one of the most well-known Moroccan desert and Sahara desert and dune locations, Merzouga. To get to the desert, it travels the desert along the High Atlas Mountains’ southern desert slopes.
The diversity of the landscapes, ways of life, and experiences you will have make your journey to the well-known red dunes of Erg Chebbi near the Merzouga desert camp remarkable. The experience of riding camels across these enormous dunes is unique. Even in desert camp, nomads take pleasure in the gradual sunset, which adds to its perfection. Around a campfire and nomad music, the day draws to a lovely conclusion. You have a luxury desert camp with a cozy private tent to sleep in at night as your mind processes all the wonders you have seen during the day.
You can take in Skoura’s lush oasis, the fortified, multigenerational Kasbah of Amredhil, the dades Valley, of the Roses’ sweet-smelling cosmetics made from Damascene roses, a tour of the Dades Valley’s oddly shaped rocks, a camel ride and a stroll by the river while traveling to the desert.
The splendor of the sunrise, stopping at towns and a mountain pass that was featured in a Hollywood film, traveling through the Dra’a Valley, passing through 44 different varieties of palm trees, adobe Kasbahs, and Berber communities are just a few of the fresh air and attractions that await on the second day of desert tour.
The Merzouga desert tour from Ouarzazate – itinerary:
Day 1: Ouarzazate – Merzouga Erg Chebbi Sahara Desert (368 km):
At 8.30 in the morning, head for the Dades Gorge while passing the Skoura Oasis, which is home to a number of historic kasbahs, some of which are beautifully restored others are tragically in ruins. Waiting for a very worthwhile visit is Kasbah Amredhil. It is beautiful kasbah that has been meticulously preserved and provides a vivid illustration of living in such homes. Due to the thickness of the walls, adobe, a great building material, is used exclusively in its construction.
From there, our trip passes via Kelaa Mgouna, often known as the Valley of flowers, where we stop to view the locally created cosmetic products made from the numerous flowers in the valley. These goods are well-known and highly esteemed across Morocco.
For lunch, you make a pit break in the stunning, perpetually green, Dades gorges’ gorge. Millions of years ago, the region that makes up the Dades Gorges was at the bottom of the sea. Around massive coral reefs, huge amounts of silt were deposited, and over time, this material was compacted into a variety of sedimentary rocks including sandstone and limestone. The Atlas Mountains and the surrounding terrain were eventually formed as a result of the region rising above the sea due to the movement of the earth’s crust.
The journey continues via the Ziz Valley, noted for its annual Date Festival in November, Erfoud, well-known for its abundance of fossils, and Rissani, where the River Ziz vanishes. It was the site of the renowned desert metropolis, Sijilmassa, where riches in gold and slaves were sold by caravans that crossed the Sahel between the 14th and 18th centuries. You may go on a 1.5-hour camel ride in the Sahara in the afternoon. The sunset is magnificent from the top of the dunes (250m).
You eat supper and spend the night in an opulent luxury desert camp, with a private bathroom, king-sized mattresses, lovely Moroccan furniture, and tastefully placed lighting to enhance your enjoyment of the solitude and beauty of the desert dunes. The desert luxury camp itself also has exquisite Moroccan furnishings.
Day 2: Merzouga Desert Camp – Ouarzazate (368 km):
If you get up early enough, you may witness the dawn, when the dunes’ color and the shadows’ interaction create an amazing sight. The route continues to the Draa Valley past the Babel movie’s Tazzarine village before continuing the paved road to NQob for lunch.
The drive brings us to Tansikht in the desert camp until late afternoon, when we bridge the Dra’a River and head north along the historical caravan route to comprehend and enjoy local life in the oasis with their enormous palm trees and historic settlements.
Before returning to Ouarzazate over the mountain pass of Tizi-n-Tinfifte with its remarkable rock formations in the mountainsides (1660m), in Agdez, at the top of the Draa Valley, there will be a visit to Kasbah Tamnougalte, the oldest kasbah on the valley and where around 13 families reside. Around 18:00, your trip of the Merzouga dunes from Ouarzazate comes to a conclusion.
Good to know about 2 days tour from Ouarzazate to Merzouga:
- This 2 day Ouarzazate to Merzouga dunes tour can be tailored to be more personal and special
- You can add an extra full day in the desert to explore Merzouga famous attractions or trek for a full day
- To go to Erg Lihoudi dunes, please visit the desert tour from Ouarzazate to Erg Lihoudi Desert 2 days
- You can choose to go to the camp either on camelback or by 4×4 (then you go for a camel ride from there)
- You can ask us if others are interested in sharing the tour, or in case of an early booking, let us know that you are interested in this yourselves
- We require a 20% deposit of the total price to book the car, while the balance is payable to the driver or to us in the office in Ouarzazate
- We accept payment through PayPal, bank transfers in Europe, by credit card, or cash (USD, Euro, GBP or MAD)
- There is a 25% reduction for children under 12 years old, whilst we do not charge children under 5
- These prices are liable to fluctuation according to the current exchange rate
- Our prices are subject to an increase over the Christmas and New Year period
- Also, due to globally increased fuel prices, you may receive a higher quotation in our correspondence during other seasons