How to Take a Sahara Desert Tour in Morocco (The Right Way)

Let me preface this post about our  morocco desert tour in Morocco by saying that I despise signing my life away to anyone else managing my time for more than a few hours.

As a child, this meant that I hated summer camp with the passion of a thousand fiery suns, and only made it through a couple of them (despite growing up to love most of the actual activities that campers participate in).



As an adult, it means that I am deeply suspicious of organized group tours and generally avoid being part of them at all costs.

So, when I say that Jeremy and I found that the final night of our 3 day/2 night Sahara Desert tour in Morocco to be the most rewarding thing that we did in the country–I really, really mean it.

Sahara Desert Tour Marrakech, Morocco

Erg Chebbi, the giant dune that most tourists seek out when trekking to the Sahara in Morocco, is one of the most remarkable things I have ever seen. marrakech sahara tour The complete silence that greets you in the desert, and the way you can truly lose yourself in sand that stretches as far as the eye can see, is incredible.

The sand in the Sahara Desert is the that softest I have found–no beach or desert that I have ever been to before can compare: this was akin to sitting on velvet, or running your hands through water. It is so soft.

And, the stars–don’t get me started on the stars. morocco travel  , I have been to some fairly remote places, but the Sahara Desert is about as dark as it gets: when the sun went down, the sky utterly erupted with more stars than I thouht it could hold, complete with a crystal-clear view of the milky way.

To add to the ambiance, we trekked to our campsite by camel at sunset, and then out again at sunrise. It sounds romantic to do it that way (and it was)–but really, I’m pretty sure the sunset/sunrise schedule has more to do with shielding the tourists from the heat than anything else.

Sahara Desert Tour Marrakech, Morocco

Either way, though, the camels definitely added to the atmosphere.

Initially, I was a bit disappointed that our 3 day tour only included one to two hours of camel ride, but I quickly got over it–first, because as it turns out that was one to two hours each way, and second, because the similarities between camel riding and horseback riding are somewhat limited. I was so sore by the end of the second ride that I couldn’t wait to dismount. About half our group abandoned the camels entirely on the way back and chose to walk alongside them instead.

    The camels of the Sahara Desert in Morocco have one hump instead of two, and are therefore technically “dromedaries”, or “Arabian camels”. Everyone in Morocco just called them “camels”, though, either for the tourist’s benefit or otherwise, so I’m going to stick to that for simplicity here.

Due to a combination of refusing to close our eyes and stop watching the stars, and being roused at the literal crack of dawn to jump on our camels again and leave (I think it was less than 10 minutes from opening my eyes to sitting on the camel–the Berber boys running this show were incredibly efficient), we barely slept–but it was so worth it.

Sahara Desert Tour Marrakech, Morocco

Raving about the desert seems to be a pretty consistent reaction among people who have been there–I really can’t speak highly enough about being consumed by a very different kind of nature than most of us are used to, and I will forever nag anyone who is headed to Morocco to be sure to add a night in the desert (preferably by camel–you can go by 4-wheeler, by unless you have a physical limitation, I don’t recommend it) to their itinerary.

… Which begs the question: how should you get out there? We did a multi-day Sahara Desert Tour in Morocco, but while you certainly need to hire a trekking company to head into the desert for the night, it is possible to get yourself to Merzouga (the “entrance point” to the desert) and find a company there, rather than signing your life away for multiple days.


The right answer, I believe, depends fully on your travel style, experience, and expectations.

Based on our experience, here are the pros and cons of using a multi-day tour to visit the Sahara Desert in Morocco.


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  1. _ويعد النمل الابيض من اهم الآفات التى تهدد الثبات الاقتصادى والمنظومة التجارية والصناعية لانها تدمر كل ما تتجاوز به من مواد اساسية فى حياة الانسان والمجتمع والتى يمكنها ان تقلل الرصيد الاستراتيجى للغذاء له لمهاجمتها للمحاصيل الزراعية ومخازن ومستودعات الغلال وبالتالى فان الاثر السلبى يكون هائل ولذا فان استعمال المبيد الحشرى آداة مهمة للتخلص من هذه الآفة اللعينة الى الابد ولذا فان مؤسسة بخ نمل ابيض بحائل توفر افضل المبيدات التى تقوم بابادة هذه الحشرة والحفاظ على ممتلاكات الشخص والمجتمع

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