2 Day Desert Tour From Marrakech Through The Atlas Mountains & Camel Ride - Marrakesh
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- Free Cancellation
- Duration: 2 Days
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From your Hotel or Riad in Marrakech
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To your Hotel or Riad in Marrakech
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This tour starts in Marrakech and takes you to the south side of Morocco for duration of 2 days. The tour give you a chance to see and visit some of the most interesting sites in Morocco, such as Telouet Kasbah and Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, passing through the High Atlas mountains including the magnificent oasis of Agdz and sand dunes. Here you will be riding camels, watching Saharan sunsets and enjoying the tranquility of the Moroccan Sahara Desert.
Excellent value for money
Romantic experience, perfect for couples
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The journey begins inside a modern air- 4x4, we will head towards the Atlas Mountains. Our first port of call is at the Kasbah in Ait Ben Haddou.
This walled city actually is home to around six Kasbahs and youll be amazed at the ancient feel of the place. After our stop off at the Kasbah, we will head to the city of Ouarzazate. Here you can witness the place where many Hollywood blockbuster films were shot. The Living Daylights, Gladiator, and Lawrence of Arabia, among others, have all seen the clapperboard in this city.
We also stop off at the Atlas Film Studios. There is a 3.00 euro entrance fee to the studios, which has not been included in the price. Entry to the studios is at your own discretion.
The afternoon is when we make our way through the Draa Valley. You will see a beautiful oasis and a stunning landscape that will have you taking photographs at regular points. At the end of this day, we will meet up with our camels and ride to the desert Berber camp.
The Overnight Stay
The overnight stay in the Berber tents will include a sumptuous evening meal and breakfast in the morning.
Day 2: Zagora, Draa-Valley, Ouarzazate, Marrakech
After breakfast, we take an early morning camel ride to explore the surrounding area and back to our vehicle.
We return back to Marrakech taking the road through the Draa-Valley, Ouarzazate and over the Atlas Mountains with many highlights stops on the way.
We reach Marrakech around 6 pm or 7 pm depending on traffic.
Join a camel trek and spend the night in the Desert under the stars.
Discover the UNESCO World Heritage site of At Ben Haddou
Camel trek and cross the dunes of Zagora Desert
Spend the night in a Berber desert camp
Travel through the High Atlas Mountains to the gateway city of Ouarzazate
Food Dinner and Breakfast
Accommodation at a desert campsite
Camel trek in the Desert
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transport by a modern air - 4x4
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Minimum age is 2 years
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
A few things to consider before you take this trip:
1) ~16 Hours in a car over two days. Make sure you pre-plan some personal entertainment by downloading movies, books, podcasts, etc...
2) Go to Atlas Movie Studios if you love pop culture. A lot of movies/television were filmed here (Gladiator, The Mummy, Game of Thrones)
3) Buy beer or wine beforehand to enjoy at the Desert Camp. You can ask your driver to stop at a place along the way.
4) Tip your Camel Guide after the first ride through the desert. They will help make your experience in the camp more pleasurable by providing you the best tents as well as provide a more private experience for watching the sunrise the next morning.
5) Be prepared at the Ait Ben Haddou to be forced to use a "Travel Guide". This was our most disappointing part of the trip. No where in the description was it clear that a guide was required for the experience. Our driver was trying to help negotiate, but at the same time you couldn't but help but feel they weren't on your side. Really the only time in Morocco we felt a little taken advantage of. We ended up negotiating pretty hard and our guide was so mad he didn't say anything as we walked through the location.
6) Download and check We Chat. The day before our trip, received an email saying our driver would arrive between 7:20 and 7:40. Went to bed early and woke-up early to be outside at 7:20, to only later find out that I received a text through We Chat that our driver was not planning to arrive until 8:00. Because of some confusion on our location, ended up not getting on the road until 8:20. Not the end of the world, but definitely frustrating to wake up so early and ultimately wait around for an hour.
Advertised to include 4x4, but instead included a bus with 15 more people (it is almost 8h each day on the road, and the bus was very uncomfortable, specially when you paid for a 4x4). Desert is rocky instead of smooth dunes like shown in the pictures. Bus driver and camel riders barely spoke any english. In general we feel the advertisement was misleading and the pricing was excessive. We wrote to the tour operator with our complaints and have not heard back. WE ARE EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED AND DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS TOUR.
While the drive to and from the desert is rather long, the experience once at the desert campsite is wonderful. Our driver was kind and took breaks for bathroom and food on the drive to the desert. There were also stops at other attractions and cities along the way. The campsite was nice as were the people at the camp. Overall, a good option if you want to go to the desert but don’t have time to go all the way to the Sahara!
We booked this tour as part of a week holiday in Marrakech. We were aware that it would involve a lot of travelling but were prepared for this.
Abdel was fantastic and stopped at some amazing sites along the way. He also linked us with a local guide called Ali at Ben Hadou which was great.
The sunset camels and desert camp is very special and a brilliant experience.
It was an amazing experience, the guide Mustapha was very nice with me, and the experience was pretty cool, you have to be in the car for a long time but it’s worth It when you get to the dessert, I have a great time!
An amazing experience but when the description says private it doesn’t mean just your booking but we had another couple join us also - luckily they were lovely.
Long drive but the views during the drive are beautiful through the mountains.
Aït Benhaddou was amazing and definitely a place to visit - lots of steps but there is no rush to get to the top if you want to venture that far.
I would give the film studios a miss, some cool sets but no description or indication of what movies they are from so you are left a little clueless.
The Sahara desert experience was amazing, we weren’t as far into the desert as we thought or the pictures made out but our Berber camp was tucked off from the road behind sand dunes and still beautiful to experience sunrise over the desert. Facilities there at the camp were amazing.
Our tour guide became ill overnight so the company arranged another guy to drive to back to Marrakesh - both lovely guides and allowed a level or flexibility to when and where we stopped.
I would recommend this trip.
We were collected by our driver, Brahim Tenmen an efficient 10 mins early and driven through some stunning scenery through the Atlas Mountains before stopping off at the Ait Ben Haddon kazbah where Gladiator was filmed. A fascinating place and full of atmosphere. At this point Brahim handed us over to a local guide who was excellent. We drove a short way to a pleasant lunch stop and then continued the journey to the place where we picked up the camels. Brahim left us in the capable hands of the camel driver and we arrived at the camp at dusk, where the camel driver entertained is with mint tea, biscuits, nuts and his delightful company.
The evening meal was pleasant, but not 'sumptuous' as described.
All the guests joined together outside to be entertained with Berber music. Unfortunately it was cold and very dark so we couldn't see the drummers and went to bed after a short while.
The rooms in the tents were delightful and though the beds were hard, they were comfortable enough.
Sunrise at the top of the dunes was lovely.
We tracked back by camel and rejoined Brahim who drove us safely on to the film studios (80Dm pp) - a good stop, and then back to Marrakech.
This was an amazing experience we would not have missed for the world. We would have liked longer to allow for more stop offs and photo opportunities.
Thankyou Brahim, the guide at the kazbah and our camel driver for such a great experience .
If you are looking to "check the box" and see the desert of Morocco, this is a good way to go. In summary: It is a long two days of driving from Marrakesh. We were in the car at least 6 hours each way. But, it was worth it. You get to see a lot of the countryside and how people live in Morocco. Despite the long drive, there are many stops along the way and some cool things to see. When you finally arrive, you get out of the car and jump on the camels for a 45 minute "ride" to the campsite. Once there, you are greeted by a very friendly camp staff and served some sweet mint tea. Dinner is served that evening and the next morning you have breakfast and then (optional) hike to see the sunrise.
Some specific comments:
1. It is a long drive - be prepared
2. The desert camp is nice enough - but don't expect a 5-star resort, it isn't. Bed are clean and there is running water, toilets and even showers!
3. Only pack/bring what you really need. You'll be hauling it on the camel with you as you trek to the camp.
4. No alcohol is served...but you can bring your own (as we did). It was nice to be able to drink some wine after dinner while enjoying the stars.
5. Dinner and breakfast were a little sparse/light. Probably good to bring some supplemental snacks.
Our guides name was Mustaffa and he was great. Very friendly, knowledgeable and his english was great.