The desert near Marrakech is of course the Sahara Desert, the largest arid zone in the world. This desert is present in the following countries: Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Libya, Chad, Egypt and Sudan.
The Sahara has a strong tourist attraction. Every year, millions of visitors come to visit it. Marrakech is the main point of departure to go to the Sahara Desert in Morocco.
The two most important areas of the Moroccan Sahara Desert are Zagora and Merzouga.
Desert of Zagora
The Desert of Zagora is the most arid and has less dunes than that of Merzouga. The main advantage of Zagora is that it is closer to Marrakech; it is therefore the most appropriate place to make short trips of two days and one night.
The journey from Marrakech to Zagora takes about 7 hours, since 360 kilometers separate these two cities. Since many stops are made during the trip, the journey is interesting and is not as heavy as one could imagine.
The Desert of Merzouga is the most impressive part of the desert of Morocco. We discover the typical image that we have of the desert in his imagination. Although the dunes of other countries such as Algeria and Libya are more popular, the dunes of Erg Chebbi, south of Merzouga are 150 meters high and have nothing to envy.
A distance of 550 kilometers separates Marrakesh from Merzouga and the travel time is a little over 10 hours, so it is normal to stop sleeping one night both in the outward and return.
Which desert to visit?
If time and budget are not a problem for you, the best is to make a 4 to 5 day excursion to the Merzouga desert. The place is much more beautiful and the trip, although it is longer, seems less heavy thanks to the many marked breaks. The landscapes traveled during the days of the trip are so beautiful that the trip is worth it. Places such as’Aït Ben Haddu, the Valley of Roses, the Gorges du Dades. The Drâa Valley and the Todra Gorges are surprising and very little known.
If you prefer to spend fewer days on this tour, visiting Zagora is the best option. we had a desert camp morocco by Dar Azawad. Since the trip to Ouarzazate is the same as going to Merzouga, you will also visit important places such as Aït Ben Haddou, so the trip will be just as interesting.