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From Marrakech: 2-Day Zagora Desert Trip

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Activity provider: Ecolodge Adventures

From Marrakech: 2-Day Zagora Desert Trip

Activity provider: Ecolodge Adventures

From US$ 103.13 per person

On this 2-day tour from Marrakech you’ll travel through the desert to Zagora, a town in the Draa River Valley in the Drâa-Tafilalet region of southeastern Morocco. Spend the night in a private tent in a Berber camp and enjoy camel rides in the desert.

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Duration 2 days
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Live tour guide
French, English, Spanish
Pickup included
Pick-up and drop-off is provided at your centrally located hotel or riad. If you are staying outside the city center there is an additional charge of €20 total per group (minimum of 2 to a maximum of 10 persons).
Wheelchair accessible


  • Experience the life of a Berber at a desert camp in the Sahara
  • Cross the shifting sand dunes on the back of a camel
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Ben Haddou
Full description
You’ll be picked up at your hotel or riad in Marrakech at 07:20 to begin your 2-day desert excursion. On the way to southern Morocco, you’ll cross the High Atlas Mountains via the Tizi N’ Tichka Pass (2,260 meters in altitude). The drive takes you along zigzagging roads as you enjoy the views of the Berber villages of Imouzzar Valley. Stop to explore Ait Benhaddou, one of the best-preserved villages in southern Morocco. This fortified village was built by the Ait Aissa tribe in the 15th century for caravan traders traveling from Timbuktu to Andalusia via Marrakech and Tangier. The village served as a natural setting for several international movies including The Gladiators, Ali Baba, Ben Hur and Lawrence of Arabia. Enjoy a guided visit to the top of the hill that dominates the whole area. Afterwards, you’ll head to Ouarzazate to visit the Taourirt Kasbah with a short break at the entrance of the city to see the cinema studios and old movie sets. You’ll also have a break for lunch before continuing to Zagora via Agdez and through the Draa Valley. Your camel ride starts about a kilometer from Zagora. Enjoy the sunset along the way as you ride to the nomadic camp in the Nekhla dunes. Dinner will be served at the camp and you’ll spend the night in a private tent. On the second day, wake up early to enjoy a spectacular sunrise followed by breakfast. You’ll have the option of a camel trek back to meet your driver. The drive back will take you along the Draa Valley, with breaks to take in the views and for lunch, before returning to Marrakech via Ouarzazate.
  • Hotel pick-up in Marrakech city center
  • Drop off near Jemaa el-Fna Square
  • Transportation by air-conditioned minibus (maximum 17 passengers)
  • English-speaking driver
  • Camel trek in the Zagora dunes at sunset and sunrise
  • Berber Sahara desert camp tent (hot showers and toilets outside your tent)
  • Dinner and breakfast
  • Lunches
  • Drinks
  • Local guides
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off outside Marrakech city center (available at €20)

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Customer pick-up starts at 7:00 am but please allow for a wait of 30 minutes due to early morning traffic
  • If your accommodation located in an area which cannot be served by the pick-up service, you will be sent an email with details of the nearest meeting point 24 hour before the day of your tour
  • Please bring comfortable shoes, sunscreen, a camera and long pants
  • A private tent is available for €5 per person
Customer reviews

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4.1 /5

based on 89 reviews

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It was a wonderful experience... It completely exceeded our expectations; starting with the kindness of our driver Mohamed Tinghir and all the staff. The road is complicated (many curves) but with an anti-sickness pill it is solved. The stop to eat on the way there has been somewhat disappointing, because the food was expensive and of poor quality, but once in the camp things were incredible.

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January 13, 2020

Well-rounded experience for two days! While there was a lot of driving, our driver Lahcen was really nice, the van was comfortable, and we we had a lot of stops and bathroom breaks. We got to see various sites all around Morocco and the overnight campsite was in excellent condition. Highlight was the camel experience! My only note would be to bring lots of cash because I there are multiple guides along the tour who expect tips.

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November 8, 2019

very nice excursions, landscapes and top guides

we are delighted with this excursion? beuacoup of journey by bus but the frequent stops on superb sites make it possible to forget the journey. our driver Haziz was very kind to everyone, taking the time to give explanations in English and French. always available for any questions. the night in the desert is great too, the team on site is also great and very welcoming. the tents are comfortable and the meals are very good in short an excellent memory we take full eyes

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March 7, 2019

Product ID: 93303