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Sahara Deserts in Morocco

Sahara Deserts in Morocco and other countries; Which the Sahara Desert covers are Morocco, Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Western Sahara, Sudan, and Tunisia.

Marrakech is the main door to the Sahara Desert in Morocco for millions of guests each year. It is currently one of the popular things to do in the country.

The two most popular areas of this arid region are called Zagora and Merzouga.

Sahara Deserts in Morocco

Zagora Desert

The Zagora Desert is flatter and has fewer dunes than Erg Chigaga. The main advantage of Zagora; Is that it is closer to Marrakech So it is the perfect place for a short stay in the Sahara, for instance, for two days and one night.
There is a distance of 224 miles (362 km) between Marrakesh and Zagora, which takes about seven hours by car. Even though it seems like a long drive, it passes by quickly because the bus stops at various attractions along the way.

Erg Chebbi or Erg Chigaga

The Erg Chigaga and Erg Chebbi Dunes are the most impressive part of Morocco’s Sahara Desert, and it is exactly like what you imagine when thinking of a desert, with beautiful reddish yellow undulating dunes. Although the dunes of countries like Algeria and Libya are more renowned, the Erg Chebbi dunes, south of Merzouga, are extremely impressive standing, 492 ft (150 km) high.  This erg made of magnificent dunes is found in the Drâa-Tafilalet area about 45 km west of the little rural oasis town of MHamid El Ghizlane, itself located about 98 km south of Zagora. Some dunes are over 50m above the surrounding landscape, and with an area of about 35 km by 15 km, it is the largest and wildest erg of Morocco.

It takes 9 hours to get to Merzouga from Marrakech by car or by bus (341 miles – 550 km). Since the distance is so vast you’ll normally; Spend a night in a hotel halfway through the journey. 

What Sahara Deserts in Morocco to visit?

If you have enough time for Sahara Deserts in Morocco, we recommend booking a 3 to 4-day tour to Erg Chigaga’s dunes; Or Erg Chebbi dunes at Merzouga Desert. The dunes are breath-taking, and despite the journey taking longer, it is more relaxing and more enjoyable thanks to the various stops. The changing landscape which you will see during the tour is as worthwhile as the desert itself. The highlights of the excursions; Is Aït Benhaddou, Valley Draa, Valley of Roses, Dadès Gorges, Drâa Valley, and Todra Gorg. These are all extremely surprising and remarkable and very little visited.

If, on the other hand, you’d like to spend fewer days in the Sahara Desert, the best option is Zagora and also the only possible place to spend a night in a Berber tent in the desert so close to Marrakech. Since the road is the same for both excursions (until you get to Ouarzazate), you will also get to visit stunning places along the way like Aït Benhaddou, making the journey extremely interesting.

How are the Morocco Sahara Desert tours?

While these Morocco Sahara Desert tours; The final objective is not only to visit the desert. But how we mentioned earlier, one of the main advantages of these organized excursions is that you will visit numerous remarkable places and see a variety of indescribable landscapes.

Once you get to the Sahara desert, you will go camel riding to the desert camp Erg Chigaga or Erg Chebbi. In the resting area, you will spend the night in a Berber tent. Waking up at dawn to see the sunrise is one of the best parts of the trip.

Once the sun is up and you’ve had breakfast, it is time to go back, unless you’ve booked a 4-5 day tour, where you will get to explore the desert.  

Getting around the Morocco desert

Traveling to any dessert by yourself can be hard. In this barren land, it is extremely easy to lose your bearings; Not to mention that you will need a 4×4 to get around. The best option is to book an organized tour from Marrakech, Ouarzazate, Zagora, Mhamid, or other cities.