Day 1: Fes to the Sahara Desert
Many 3-Day Sahara Desert Tour leave from Marrakech and Fes. We opted to go to Fes the first part of our trip and therefore booked one that picked us up in Fes at our riad. Our tour up have six people. Day 1 was a long day of driving. We passed through Ifrane, a winter ski resort built in a Swiss Village style. Our first stop was in the forest of Azrou where we got to see and feed some monkeys. They were very friendly and playful. We continued to pass through the Middle Atlas Mountains and stopped for lunch in the town of Midelt. Since we were visiting Morocco during Ramadan, our driver had to make arrangements with a local restaurant to ensure we had some food.
After lunch, we continued the long drive. We finally reacher Merzouga in the late afternoon. One of the most amazing sites we saw was an oasis in the middle of the sand dunes. We then had to transfer to a 4 X 4 vehicle to reach the hotel where our luggage would be stored for the night. At the hotel, we were greeted with mint tea and given time to pack our bag for the night.
Camel Ride to the Desert Camp
Once everyone was ready, we embarked on our 1-hour camel ride into the Sahara Desert. Upon arrival at the camp, we were assigned our Berber tent for the night and had time to try sandboarding or hike some of the dunes. We enjoyed a sunset while sitting on the dunes. Later we were served a chicken tagine dinner and had the opportunity to listen to some Berber tunes before bed.
Life at a Burber Camp
The Berber tent we stayed in was very Good -quality accommodations. This was a budget camp! There were beds, shower and everything was very clean . Throughout the night, the winds kept hitting the tent. It sounded like someone was banging on the side of the tent all night long. Although it was the best night of sleep I have ever had, moreover, it was worth it to see the sunrise over the Sahara.
Day 2: The Sahara Desert to Ouarzazate
We were woken up early to watch the sunrise over the dunes. After the sun came up, we loaded onto our camels again and were taken back to the hotel our luggage was stored at. We had the opportunity to shower and freshen up before eating breakfast. The next part of the journey took us along the road of a Thousand Kasbahs. This area has been used to film many movies. Prior to our lunch stop, we stopped for a walk through the Todra Gorge. There was a small stream that ran through the gorge, and many vendors were selling items along the walk. This was a great opportunity to buy souvenirs. We stopped at another restaurant where our food was pre-ordered again for us due to Ramadan. After some more driving, we arrived at our hotel for the night: Hotel les Jardins de Ouarzazate.
Hotel les Jardins de Ouarzazate
Hotel les Jardins de Ouarzazate was a very beautiful hotel. There was a swimming pool, rose gardens, a restaurant, and some guest cottages. We got to stay in the cottages. The rooms were spacious and clean. We had a very tasty dinner in the restaurant that was included in our tour.
Day 3: Ouarzazate to Marrakech
We had another delicious breakfast at the hotel before we embarked on the road again. We stopped to take a few pictures of Ouarzazate and the Atlas Movie Studios on our way to Ait Ben Haddou. Ait Ben Haddou is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It has been used to film many shows and movies such as Gladiator and Game of Thrones. This is another great opportunity for some souvenir shopping. There were lots of little shops to buy art, clothes, and accessories. We made a lunch stop before continuing on the road to Marrakech. This drive took us through the High Atlas mountains and past many little villages. They then dropped us off at our riad in Marrakech.
Other things to note about the Sahara Tour: 3-Day Sahara Desert Tour
- Lunches, drinks, and tips are not included.
- Accommodation included
- Breakfast and dinner included too
- Privat car with multilingual driver
- If you stay within the medina, you will a guide to take you there for city tour. He will carry your luggage for you.
- The guide is also the driver. They will speak decent English, you may have no trouble communicating with them at times.