2 Days 1 Night Desert Trip From Marrakech To Erg Lihoudi Dunes - Marrakesh

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: Flexible
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    08:00 AM
  • Return Details :
    Marrakech
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

The private 2 days Marrakech desert tour to Erg Lihoudi in the sahara desert near Zagora is one of our pre-made private 2 days desert tours designed for people limited time to have a complete desert experience. Erg Lihoudi dunes is the best desert destination accessible in only 2 days. We highly do not recommend going to Tinfou dunes or some very small dunes around Zagora. It's very touristy and provides a very bad travel experience.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast
  • Transport by private vehicle

Exclusions

  • Drinks
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch

Additional Info

Service animals allowed

Public transportation options are available nearby

Specialized infant seats are available

Suitable for all physical fitness levels

May be operated by a multi-lingual guide

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required

Traveler Reviews

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  • 28-Jul-2023

    Organised this tour from Marrakesh. As with all things where you book online, you are never sure of what to expect. First thing to check was that these guys are officially licences with the Moroccan Tourism Board. Ismail sent copies of the paperwork, but we also found out that Police can check this at any of the many roadblocks you encounter on the way. First thing to note is there is a lot of driving. Ismail was supernatural… I couldn’t have done it in a day, that’s for sure. The Tichka pass was something we were a little nervous of having seen various stories and images. However the road was widened 2 years ago and is nothing like as scary as it may once have been. It is spectacular though. We stopped off along the way at various locations. One was a women’s cooperative producing argan oil products. Of course we paid tourist prices, but happy to do so in the circumstances, however the when ringing up the sale, I worked out that 50% of what I paid was going somewhere and while there a man came in and took a lot of cash from the woman at the till. This was perhaps our only reservation, it nothing to do with the tour itself. Ismail made the call for us to head out to the camp sooner and do the various excursions on the second day. I think this was a good option as it gave us more time in camp that evening. It meant arriving back later in Marrakesh, which was ok for us, but meant a longer day for him, but was much appreciated. We did stop for a good break at his brother’s hotel.l for lunch. Note it has a pool, so take your swimmers. We went in our spare clothes as we hadn’t known about the pool stop, but we had about an hour and a half break, which meant it was cooler for our arrival In the desert. The ride to the camp as the sun was setting was fantastic. The hour ride was more like 99 mins as our lovely guide Ahmed was really happy to stop to take photos for us and he knew just when to break for water. It was less hot by then too, although being July, we were still up in the high 30’s by sunset. Again, as it was so hot, we found that the camp was empty as we arrived with only four other people jointing us about an hour later. Camp was relaxed and I worked out when Ismail stopped en route in Zagora that this was run by Caravan du Sud, who have look reviews in the Lonely Planet. These were merited. Our accommodation had en suite that we had to pay extra for, but was necessary for us, but maybe not for everyone. When the camp was this quiet it might not have been an absolute requirement. The rooms and linen were spotless. The LP suggests that some of the desert camps at Erg Lihoudi were tired and in need of renovation… this is not one. It was more that we expected in the desert. It’s not the super luxe experience that our villa hosts tried to suggest, but it felt far more in keeping with the desert surroundings. It was really relaxed. After some tea with our hosts we were left to decompress before our meal. The meal was the delicious. Too much food as seems to be the way in Morocco. We have a mix of vegetarians and non-vegetarians. All parties were well fed. After this another bit of relaxation and some star gazing before music around the camp fire. We all slept well. The tents have no fans, but considering the heat of the day had kept relatively cool. Of course we’ve spent a few days already in Marrakesh so have gradually acclimatised. Besides after the journey and the camel ride we were all pretty tired. Next morning watching the sun rise over the dunes was very special. Get yourselves up early for this. It is worth it. We then had our typical Moroccan breakfast and a quick bit of sand boarding. The camel ride back was optional… some might prefer a rod in the 4x4, but it was a quicker ride than the previous evening in quickly rising temperatures and fewer photo stops… it took about an hour in a straight line versus 30mins in the 4x4. We stopped again at the hotel In Zagora, but for a drink rather than a swim. Then three extra tourist stops on the way. First was a boutique of ancient Berber crafts. There was surprisingly little pressure to buy (we didn’t) but a really full and interesting explanation of the many wonderful goods on display, many of them ancient…. It was more like a museum. Next stop was the Atlas Film studios. A tour was optional, and we were undecided because of the heat, but very glad that we did pay the 80 MAD each. The sets are really interesting and you get the feeling that with CGI this is the increasingly the main income here. I’m doing this we opted to eat at a service station close by to save time. Food was good and the place was very new, spotless and the food good if less authentic and more European. It did allow us more time in the day though, which was well spent. We used the rest of the day for a tour around Ait Ben Haddou, with a guide. You could go without one easily enough, but happy to spend 50MAD per person to support the local economy. Thoroughly recommend this stop. The place is really special. You can see it getting overcrowded in high season though. We thankfully only passed one other group during our visit, which was probably in the hottest part of the day, but there was plenty of shade and a lot of wind. Hold onto you hats. The views were wonderful, so even in the heat, as long as you stop in the shade, it’s worth it…. Perhaps with event in Europe, we were overly cautious about the Moroccan heat, but so far it has been good. Only tip really is to grab your water before you enter the old town as you are a captive customer by then. The drive back was via the Ounila Valley. I’d definitely suggest this to your guide. Tichka was spectacular, but this route was truly stunning. Passing Kasbah after Kasbah with the lush green of the river valley contrasting with the reds of the rock and the setting sun. The road is narrower than Tichka, so a bit slower, but well worth it. Thank you Ismail for making this executive decision even though it meant prolonging the tour. It was very much appreciated. All in all I thoroughly recommend this. If you’re English speaking, try to get Ismail to accompany you. Most of their clients are Spanish speaking and they are seeking more UK clients. Ismail’s English is great so if you can get him or another English speaking guide, don’t be put off by the fact that most reviews here are from Spain… they will make arrangements for you. This two day tour was jam packed. Yes we were tired after, but we’re are relaxing now with many special memories. We had other options, but very glad we took this one! Thanks again Ismail. My sister is coming to Marrakesh next year with her Spanish family, we will definitely recommend that she uses you.

  • 28-Jul-2023

    Our family of five had the most incredible trip to the dunes. We packed so much into the trip including two camel rides, sand dune surfing, swimming, and amazing visits including to the incredible UNESCO site Ait Ben Haddou and the film studios. Ismail took us on the tour and was so friendly and helpful. The camp itself, which we arrived at by camel, was beautifully situated in the dunes. The tents were great (we had one with a bathroom), the staff were so friendly (and played the drums by the camp fire in the evening), and the evening meal was delicious. We would thoroughly recommend the trip and are so happy to have been with Ismail and his company. Despite going at the start of the summer season (July), the temperatures were manageable. We would certainly do it again. Thank you!

  • 28-Jul-2023

    The tour was fantastic, in the amazing company of our driver Ismael whose friendliness and knowledge made even the lengthy car journey extremely enjoyable. Other highlights include a fantastic sunset camel ride with guide Ahmed, which was an unforgettable experience - don’t expect to escape slightly tired legs though! We briefly stopped off at Ait Ben Haddou for some amazing views, and for a tour at the Atlas Film Studios which was a great experience, especially if you have watched the featured films such as Gladiator. Once at the desert camp, we were met with some beautiful tea, and a huge tagine (both the vegetarian and meat option was great). The tents were extremely clean and spacious, and waking up in the morning to the view of the sand dunes was incredible. It was an amazing two days and I thoroughly recommend it to anyone.

  • 18-Feb-2023

    This trip was an absolute highlight of Morocco. Our driver was very knowledgeable, easy going, friendly and his English was excellent by the local standards. He did his best to incorporate our wished into the program. Drive to the desert camp was long, but we enjoyed the views on the way. The camp was almost empty as it was off season, but we had some great local food and music in the evening by the local berbers. We caught both the sunset and sunrise over the dunes, which was absolutely magical. The tents were comfortable enough and the beds were done with clean bedding. There were showers with warm water and clean toilets. I absolutely adore camels and we were able to find some extra time to leave the camp on camel back, just as we arrived. We stopped at the desert city, Ouarzazate, which was on my MUST VISIT list. Our driver was able to secure us a local guide, who gave us a great tour of the place.

  • 30-Dec-2022

    Prachtige ervaring, rijdend op een dromedaris met PRACHTIGE zonsondergang (gelukkig waren we net op tijd hiervoor) en geweldige sterrenhemel. Heel mooi kamp, boven verwachting en super geslapen. Eten was goed en afgesloten met zonsondergang en de terugtocht naar het busje op de dromedaris. De buschauffeur Hassan Jouidi reed uitstekend.

  • 25-Dec-2022

    Increíble viaje. Ismail es una persona tranquila, simpática e increíble conocedora de todos los sitios, los paisajes y las costumbres Un viaje de ensueño

  • 20-Jul-2022

    Punto de encuentro en un camping donde nos sirvieron una comida muy buena antes de salir y nos ofrecieron baños y duchas, aunque eran básicos se agradecían. Ismail con quien hablamos para contratar desde España nos recibió y es un chico muy atento y el guía Rachid también. Fuimos con nuestro coche con el guía hasta prácticamente el campamento por lo que teníamos todo el equipaje a mano. El campamento tiene wc y ducha. No recomendamos ir en Julio… pasamos muuuucho calor y no se podía dormir. La comida excelente ! El mejor tajine que nos hemos comido en Marruecos. Recomendamos la experiencia.

  • 01-Jul-2022

    Très belle expérience, service parfait! De beau paysages. Une belle nuit dans le désert. Repas et collations au rendez vous.

  • 01-Jul-2022

    Expérience exceptionnelle, transport et chauffeur au top, les personnes sur place sont adorable ! Des paysages à couper le souffle. Je recommande vivement.

  • 19-Apr-2022

    Nous sommes partis avec nos 2 enfants de 7 et 10 ans. La prise en charge fut parfaite du début à la fin. Ismail connaît très bien la région et nous a fait découvrir les merveilles de l'Atlas, la région du Draa et le désert (erg Lihoudi) à dos de dromadaires. Notre cours séjour à Marrakech ne nous a pas permis de faire le circuit de 3 jours et de pousser l'expérience vers Chegaga ou Merzouga : c'est notre seul regret!!! L'ambiance sur le camp fut formidable malgré la période de Ramadan. Nous sommes répartis avec des souvenirs plein la tête et des étoiles dans les yeux et de belles rencontres avec la population locale. Merci encore à Zagora Desert Travel!!! Céline et Christophe

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