Things to do: 

Desert tour to Merzouga from Marrakech to Fez

The Sahara Desert is located in northern Africa and partially covers the territory of more than ten North African states. Morocco is one of the most convenient and safest countries to travel to the Sahara desert. Many imagine the desert as numerous dunes, but this is not so. Most of the desert is made up of stones and dry land, but beautiful dunes can not be found everywhere. So, when you travel to the desert of Morocco, It is more than a camel ride, get ready for a unique experience in its stunning golden dunes.

In Morocco, you can look at the dunes in several places, the most famous and accessible of them is the place called Merzouga. Another place is the province of Zagora, a small town-village of Mhamid El Ghizlane, where you can take a trip to the more untouched places of the Sahara. It is unlikely that your trip to Morocco will include only the Sahara, therefore, as part of a two-week or less trip, it is more convenient to visit the desert in Merzouga (minimum 2 nights), but if you have 1 week or less you can allocate 1 night in Merzouga or Mhamid El Ghizlan Zagora.

How to get to Merzouga:

The best time to visit the desert is spring or autumn. It is very hot here in summer, and during the winter months, it can be cold even during the day. However, travelers visit the Sahara of Morocco at any time during the year. 

There are different ways to get to the desert:

Group tours to Merzouga:

If you are limited in time, then this is the best way to see the dunes of Erg Chebbi. Moroccotoptrips organizes group excursions to the desert multiple times during the month, from different cities in Morocco. You only need to contact us and we will assist you to join one of our groups for a tour of the desert.

Private tours to Merzouga:

If you are a group of friends, family, couples, or solo traveler, you can select one of our private tours. We are also flexible to customize your tour, you only need to contact us, give us your through and we will send you an itinerary just for you. 

Where to stay in Merzouga:

You will not be able to visit the desert in Merzouga without at least one overnight stay. The village of Merzouga is stretched along the main road, and the dunes of Erg Chebbi spread over the sides of the village. Riad hotels are available throughout the village. When you reach the desert, you have the choice to have an overnight in the camp inside the desert. The camps look like hotel rooms in the cities, they have comfortable beds, bathrooms, showers, and everything you need. It is a great experience to have an overnight under the stars in the desert. However, if you don’t like to spend the night in the camp, you can choose overnight in the Hotel/Riad in the village.

What to do in Merzouga Sahara Desert:

Camel ride to the camp in the desert

Sleeping in Berber Sahara tents in the desert, you can choose between luxury Desert camps or Standard tents:

Morocco desert camp in Erg Chebbi dunes

Enjoy the drum music around the fire with Berber nomads in the desert camp

Beautiful pictures of Sunset and Sunrise among the golden sand dunes of Erg Chebbi

4X4 adventure in the desert: Explore the region in 4X4

Quads, Buggy biking to discover the beauty of dunes

Gnaoua music in Khamlia

Visit Berber nomads living in black tents in the desert while you are in Merzouga, you can visit the site of “Prehistoric Rock Carving”. 10km off-road from the village of Taouz.

Excursion to Rissani to visit the dates market

Fossils workshop near Erfoud….

Those are our suggestions for things to do and experience in the Merzouga Desert. However, a desert tour is more than that. The famous desert tour to Merzouga starts from Marrakech and ends in Fez or the opposite. It can also start and end in the same city.


While you are traveling from Marrakech to Fez via Merzouga, you should:

  • Explore the beautiful Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou (Unesco site)
  • Explore Atlas studios in Ouarzazate known as the African Hollywood
  • Have an overnight in Dades valley or Skoura
  • Visit of Dades gorges
  • Explore Todra gorges
  • Have a stop in Khettaras between Erfoud and Tinejdad
  • Stop in Aoufous for the panoramic view of Ziz Valley
  • Stop in Cedar forest in Azrou
  • Coffee in Ifrane (Moroccan Switzerland)

Moroccotoptrips has a variety of tours starting from different cities. Take a look at all the tours we have or contact us for a customized tour.


Morocco Top Trips is a travel agency specialized in private tours and vacation packages. We plan holiday trips for individuals and groups with the best travel deals. We have a variety of holiday destinations and our trips are flexible and customisable to make the best of your adventure tours.


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