Marrakech
Desert Safaris

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How many days should you plan for a Marrakech desert tour?

Tours of Marrakech's picturesque desert vary in length from a single afternoon to an adventurous five days. To help you pick the right option, here are some of the best things to do on each.

  • 1. 1 day

    Enjoy a camel tour through Marrakech's rural palm groves, race over the dunes on a quad bike, or even do both! Either way, be sure to stop for tea at a traditional Berber village.

  • 2. 2 days

    Take in the scenic delights en route to Zagora - among them Aït Benhaddou, an ancient city that has been the backdrop to Hollywood movies from "Lawrence of Arabia" to "Gladiator."

  • 3. 3 days

    Trek out to the Sahara's famous windswept dunes at Erg Chebbi or Erg Chigaga, spotting wildlife by day and camping Bedouin-style beneath the stars at night.

  • 4. 4 days

    From Aït Benhaddou, detour through Ouarzazate – "Door of the Desert" – and continue over the Atlas Mountains through the historic village of Tamgrout and Irqui National Park.

  • 5. 5 days

    Take in all of the above and throw in hikes along the breathtaking Todgha and Dadès Gorges, as well as smaller pleasures like flamingo-watching and traditional music shows!

Planning Your Visit

  • How much does it cost?

    Marrakech desert tours and safaris start at around €50 for an afternoon, with prices reaching closer to €1,000 for all-inclusive day trips lasting four to five days. Discount deals can be found if you book online, but be sure to compare comfort factors like transportation, accommodation, and food, especially for longer tours.

  • What's the weather like?

    Marrakech swelters through hot and humid summers that can reach upwards of 104°F. However, despite the desert landscape, it experiences seasonal rains through its damp and mild winters.

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What people are saying about Marrakech

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 5,494 reviews

What an excellent trip! We had great fun on the quads and the food was delicious. Having dinner in the dessert round the fire is really special. The staff were all really friendly and helpful.

Brilliant experience and great value. Good pickup service from the hotel and then 90 mins on the quads - was ample. Had a relaxing tea and olives afterwards.

Despite the long journeys, it is an incredible experience! The landscapes are beautiful, I really recommend

Our guide Mohamed Babala was kind, and everything was well organized. It was worth the money

Really helpful guides, full of knowledge and a really good day out.