morocco private desert tours
The visit of the deserts is of great importance to some tourists, especially foreigners, who prefer to lie in the sun and enjoy seeing the dunes, and go on some adventures and trips on the back of camels, or to explore their footprints on foot, or onboard four-wheel drives.
Over the years, we have had many questions related to planning a desert trip. Below are our most common questions and what we recommend to beginners who come to the desert:
Marrakech is about 600 km from Merzouga, a town near the famous Erg Chebbi dunes and about 360 km from Zagora, near the Ergega Shiga dunes. Fes is 470 km from Merzouga and 670 km from Zagora. Do not be overwhelmed by the distance covered. Much of the driving takes place on mountain paths and well-developed country roads and paths. If you travel to the Sahara from Marrakech or Fez, you have to drive in one direction for at least one full day (8-12 hours). Set your time accordingly. Remember that there is a lot to see, do and experience on the way to the desert. We recommend that you plan a few days for your desert trip to slow down and enjoy all the beautiful cultural landscapes that you will inevitably find on your way.
The dunes of Erg Chebbi and Erg Chakt are the two main components of sand travellers exploring the desert. Everyone has their own experience. As the preferred travel destination, the dunes of Erg Chebbi are easily accessible. The modern hotels located at the foot of the dunes in the coastal resort of Merzouga. It means that you can leave your residence and climb the dunes to the vast desert in about 30 minutes, with a camel ride.
The Erg Chigaga dunes provide a more adventurous experience and are ideal for those who want to travel off the beaten track. About 60 km from the nearest town, Mahamid, the trip to the desert is a more extended, more rugged trip, for about two hours with a half-day camel 4×4 ride across the rock-covered desert until you reach it. Great erg. Sure, it’s hard to get. But it does mean that much of the attraction of yet having not been lost in the crowd.
However, the dunes provide the opportunity to ride camels, climb dunes, run cinnamon beans and fine sand between your fingers, enjoy stunning views, sleep under the starry sky and wake up with a stunning sunrise.
Is MTA organizing tours to the desert?
Yes, we do! We have two special tours that you can take in the desert. Our varied 10-day Moroccan tour takes you to some of the Moroccan imperial cities. It includes an hour-long camel ride in the desert, sunset over Erg Chebbi dunes and an evening in a traditional Bedouin tent in the desert. We also organize a 10-day tour of Erg Chigaga that starts in Marrakech and takes you to the fewer tourist dunes of Erg Chigaga for two nights. All our tours are fully customizable, and you can also contact us to create your trip.
What do I need to travel in the Sahara?
There are bases that you cannot forget when venturing into your desert adventure. all includes:
Jacket or light jacket for cold nights;
Comfortable jeans or other pants to ensure that the legs are protected with raw camel skin;
Appropriate footwear (sports shoes, hiking shoes or sports sandals);
turban or hat to avoid sun and dust.
Divider and sunscreen to protect against sunlight
camera for recovers your beautiful memories of the desert.
Camera lens/brush and dust bag / waterproof to protect the camera from sand;
Flashlight for overnight camping.
An additional day or two of all the medication you need. There are not many pharmacies in the desert.
What to wear in small Moroccan villages and the Sahara?
Morocco is a conservative and religious country, which means that you should always think about your clothing options. Is especially true for rural areas in the country, including the Sahara and surrounding villages, as a rule, you should always try to cover the body parts that are considered “private”. For women, this means covering the arms (or at least the shoulders) and the knees.
What's the best time of year to visit the Moroccan Sahara?
The best time to visit the Sahara is between May and October. During this time, the daytime temperatures are lower. During desert winter (especially December and January), temperatures drop below freezing at night. There are many sandstorms between January and May. The summer months (late June and early September) can be unbearably hot, as the daily temperatures in July and August often reach 50 ° C.
tip: Chefchaouen definitely makes an impression. The first thing you are struck by is most likely the reason you decided to visit. Everything and I mean everything is blue. The taxis, lamp posts, streets, walls, handrails, trash bags, benches, planters, utility boxes, water hoses…