Traveling to Morocco is in so many people’s bucket lists, for good reason. This mesmerizing country has anything a traveler and adventure lover could ever ask for. From sandy golden beaches and high mountains to vibrant cities and historical monuments. Morocco is truly a fest to one’s 5 senses.  

A particularly important aspect of this exotic country is that it is home to the largest hot desert in the world, the Sahara desert. The Sahara desert an incredibly breathtaking locations that attracts visitors from all over the world. However, since the desert is so vast, with an ever changing terrain, it is dangerous to wonder into it alone. To combat this, there are many desert trips available for you to choose from, that will assist you in your visit to this wonder of nature.  

If this is your first time booking a desert trip, it might be a confusing task since you don’t know how the trips normally go. This is where we come in for the rescue! In this article, you will find a detailed guide on how Moroccan desert trips work, so that you can plan your next trip with no hesitation.

Itinerary

Getting to the Sahara desert is a special journey in and of itself. Since this is, well, literally a desert, you can’t expect to find it right outside the city you land in. Depending on your personal time frame and preferred itinerary, there are 4 cities you can choose to start your desert trip: Casablanca, Fes, Marrakech and Tangier. These are the main 4 Moroccan cities that have an airport.

From Marrakech

A desert trip from Marrakech takes up one of the shorter itineraries out of the 4. It usually takes at least a 2 days desert trip to Merzouga to fully enjoy the Sahara desert experience. On the way there, you will cross the High Atlas Mountains, the Todra gorges, Ouarzazate city and the Kasbah of Ait Haddou. You can choose to add to or remove from this itinerary as you wish.

From Fez

A desert trip itinerary starting from Fez to Merzouga city might be the shortest one among the others. However, being the shortest doesn’t mean it falls short from a fun and exciting road trip. This itinerary will take you through the Middle Atlas region’s highlights such as Ifrane, the Cedar forests of Azrou, and Midelt. It will then lead you to the Ziz valley, before finally arriving at Erfoud and Merzouga

From Casablanca

Starting a desert trip from Casablanca can go either one of two way. You can either go from Casablanca to Marrakech, and from there follow the Marrakech desert trip itinerary; or you can go from Casablanca to Fez, and from there continue along the Fes to Merzouga itinerary. This versatility adds a benefit to desert trips starting out from the city of Casablanca.

From Tangier

From tangier, a desert trip itinerary is going to be a long one, but still very exciting. You can choose to visit the famous town Chefchaouen and other interesting sites along the way, or skip them for a faster trip. The desert trips from Tangier will also head to Fez before reaching Merzouga. This itinerary is customizable and can be personalized for you.

Desert trips’ structure

Concerning their structure, desert trips are mostly designed the same, in a way that maximizes the visitor’s experience. Here is a rough description of how your future trip is probably going to look like (keep in mind that all of this varies according to your own schedule and the duration of the trip):

Arrival

Upon your arrival at the Sahara desert, you will be mesmerized by the peaceful nature and breathtaking scenery of the place. You might be offered a cup of mint tea by locals to show their hospitality, so you can enjoy that while resting from your long voyage. Most desert trips will take you on a camel trekking ride at this point, unless they’re leaving it for the second day.

Exploring

Since you will reach the Sahara more or less in the afternoon, nearing the sunset, you can walk around the dunes and explore the landscape surrounding your place of stay. If your desert trip is only going to last one night, this is the time for you to try out any desert activities you wish to. Also, seize this moment to capture charming photographs of the Sahara desert.

Spending the night

Spending the night at the Sahara desert is going to be one of the best parts of your desert tip. You can either go to a desert camp, where you will be sleeping in traditional style tents, or you can spend the night at a Kasbah hotel back at Merzouga. Either way, you will enjoy a session of traditional Berber music and desert drums played by local artists. You can share stories and have memorable moments around a bonfire.

The next day

Activities on a Desert trip

There is a variety of activities visitors can enjoy while on a desert trip, these are usually referred to as desert activities. Desert activities are unique and can hardly ever be replicated anywhere else.

Camel trekking

Camel trekking is one of the main activities that visitors are looking forward to when coming to visit the Sahara. It is an authentic way to feel immersed with the desert culture while enjoying the desert scenery at the same time.

Quad bike riding

Quad bike riding is a fun and exhilarating activities to try out on your next dessert trip. You can enjoy racing with family and friends while feeling the refreshing desert winds blowing out your hair.

Visiting neighboring towns

Ait Bouguemez Valley, also called the valley of happiness, is located in Morocco’s high Atlas Mountains and it is home to multiple Berber villages. The breathtaking mountain landscape and green scenery of the valley, next to the idyllic and slow paced lifestyle of its villages have earned it the well-deserved name of “valley of happiness”. Enjoy your time hiking the valleys and visiting local women cooperatives at Ait Bouguemez Valley. 

Through this article, we tried to bring you a bit closer to desert trips in Morocco and how they work. We hope that we were able to clear up any confusions you might have had, and that now you’re ready to delve in Morocco’s desert adventures! 

 

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