The ochre-dusted sands of the Sahara Desert in Morocco, North Africa, are like nowhere else on the planet. Sculpted by dry winds, the Sahara stretches approximately 3,000 miles across at least 10 countries and is even comparable to the size of the United States – so rest assured that every time you visit, you’ll see a different side to this otherworldly landscape.
Remaining largely uninhabited, aside from the nomadic Berber communities that set up camps here, you’ll find the best way to explore the Sahara is by camel. So, why not let our expert guides lead the way on our incredible adventures in Morocco?
On our Morocco desert tour, you’ll get to journey deep into the Sahara Bedouin-style, by camel. During our Marrakech & the Sahara adventure, you’ll have the opportunity to enter through Ouarzazate, known as the “door to the desert” and embark on a 2-hour camel ride where you’ll end the evening in a traditional Bedouin camp, surrounded by stars.
While on our Highlights of Morocco desert tour, your group will head into the Sahara and visit the sand sea, while also exploring the dunes on foot and by camel. Or why not head on an incredible Premium Adventure with award-winning film-maker, Allan Langdale, where he’ll guide you on Sahara Desert holidays in Morocco? Alongside discovering the unique treasures of Marrakech, Casablanca, Rabat, Meknes and Fez, you’ll approach the golden dunes of Erg Chebbi and head into the Sahara the following day where you’ll enjoy a camel ride, watch the sunset over the dunes and enjoy an incredible desert stay at Luxury Camp Yasmina on the edge of the desert.
Our Best Morocco Desert Tours
15 DaysfromUSD 1,567
Guided Group (Incl. Taxes)
Imperial cities, Atlas Mountains, Sahara Desert and the Atlantic coast
1). Camel Ride: When you picture the Sahara Desert, it’s likely the first thing you’ll envisage is an Arab riding a camel across vast golden sands. So, it’s only fitting that on Sahara Desert holidays, you experience this for yourself first hand. Camels are an important part of Moroccan culture as they were often used to carry all sorts of goods, such as salt, gold and tea on the Trans-Saharan trade route. On our Morocco desert tour of the Sahara, you can enjoy a 1.5-hour camel trek along the sandy dunes of this vast and beautiful desert which culminates in an otherworldly experience as you watch the sunset transform the land into a sea of fiery orange and red.
2). Visit Fez Medina: In stark contrast to the tranquility and remoteness of the Sahara Desert, Fez Medina is a frenetic labyrinth of alleyways and squares filled with aromatic food stalls, fountains and souks where local artisans sell wares such as leather, copper and brass. The medina of Fez is one of the largest in the world and is an integral part of Moroccan culture, dating back to the 9th century. Some of the most interesting sights to look out for include the huge brass entrance to the Bou Inania Madrasa, the Chouara Tannery, and the beautiful old Islamic school, built on the 1300s.
3). Experience a Traditional Hammam: Nestled into the High Atlas Mountains, Tigzha is one of only four traditional villages in the valley. Exodus has supported the village with various responsible tourism projects for over 10 years and a trip to Tigzha on our Sahara Desert holidays introduces you to the beating heart of Moroccan culture. While you’re here, you can enjoy an authentic experience at the local hammam where you’ll have the opportunity to mingle with the villagers and learn more about their fascinating way of life.
4). Stay in a Bedouin Camp: Life in the Sahara Desert, Morocco is a far cry from our usual daily lives and a journey into the sprawling sand dunes takes us away from civilisation as we know it. This is a unique and totally enthralling trips that needs to be experienced. After travelling by camel on a Morocco desert tour of the Sahara, you’ll spend the night at an authentic Bedouin camp. When it’s not too cold, sit outside and spend the evening gazing up at the vast, star-studded sky as you try to comprehend the magnificence of your surroundings.
5). Attend an Argan Oil Workshop: Morocco is the only country in the world where you’ll find argan trees and we guide you into the High Atlas Mountains to the women’s cooperative Argan Oil farm. The Berber women pick the nuts from the Argan trees and crack them open ready for selling at the market. As well as being able to buy an array of Argan Oil products, you’ll also get to see how the oil is made with a hands-on demonstration. On our Sahara Desert holidays, we want to bring you closer to the heart of each destination and this is a wonderful experience that gives you a much greater knowledge of the local people and their customs.
Although we experienced an earthquake it was handled very well by our tour guide, Hassain. He made sure we were safe and it didn’t affect our trip too much.
This trip included a really good range of experiences in this eclectic country. We feel that we have got to know a bit about how the people of the country live in quite different environments from mountain village to city, desert and seaside. Our guide, Tariq, worked hard at explaining the culture and was keen to show us the many different ways in which Moroccan people live. He encouraged us to explore and shop (and barter!) on our own. There were some long days but they were well planned with coffee stops and visits to places of interest en route. Our group of 16 enjoyed the journeys by coach which was air conditioned and even had wifi available for some of the time. We stayed in a range of hotels, each of which were comfortable and often had something special to appreciate, such as the amazing painted ceilings in the riads.
What an amazing adventure this turned out to be. This 14 day trip covered 1300 miles through different landscapes, stopping off along the way and learning about this diverse country. Fez Medina was like stepping back in time with the narrow streets in the souk lined with stalls and donkeys transporting their wares around them. The tanneries were another glimpse into a bygone age. The Roman town of Volubilis was a revelation and the guide was superb. The Sahara experience is one I’ll never forget. Moving on we stayed at Kasbah Oliver in the High Atlas Mountains and had a glimpse into how remote some villages are. We had a really pleasant hike from Kasbah Oliver along a path used by locals starting in the cool of the morning and an unforgettable experience in the local small hammam. Our holiday happened to coincide with a large music festival in Essaouira which added to our experience, although sadly we were unable to stay in the Medina.