3-day Erg Chigaga Dunes Tour from Marrakech

A 3-day Erg Chigaga desert tour from Marrakech will take you to explore the wild desert dunes of Morocco and some other exciting and impressive places along the way.

On this excursion of 3 days in Morocco, you will cross the Atlas Mountains to arrive in the Sahara Desert through the stunning Draa Valley palm groves and oases, the incredible landscapes and the rocky formations. Travel with a private driver on a 4WD vehicle through the mountains, valleys and Saharan trails, spend the first night at a Kasbah hotel and second in the desert camp or luxury ensuite, take a sunset camel ride and enjoy the silence of the desert.

While searching for Morocco tours from Marrakech to Erg Chigaga,  off the beaten path explorers with limited time tend to go on a real Sahara experience embark on our 3-day Erg Chigaga Dunes tour from Marrakech to fit as many attractions as possible such as Ait Benhaddou, Draa valley, Mhamid and night in tented camp. Our itinerary include off-road trails and bumpy roads, runs on a daily basis from Marrakech and includes and intensive day of driving back from Erg Chigaga to Marrakech through the arid landscapes is the best balanced trip to take.

As an established Marrakech travel agency, we have the ability to offer the perfect customized itinerary so that you can easily book your trip and get to enjoy the Sahara.

What is included

Hotel or Airport pick up and drop off.
Carefully maintained vehicles.
All Accommodation.
Multi-lingual drivers and local guides.
24/7 assistance while traveling.

Daily Itinerary:

3 Days
2 Nights
Iriki Lake

3-day Mhamid desert tour in Morocco

  1. Explore Zagora Desert in a 3-day desert trip departing from Marrakech.
  2. Our 3-day Erg Chigaga Dunes Tour from Marrakech is a great itinerary to get off the beaten paths 
  3. This tour takes you to explore the UNESCO site of Ksar Ait Benhaddou, the Fabulous Draa valley, the famous Tamnougalt Kasbah, and the desert region in Zagora.
  4. After 3 days of touring Morocco, you return back to Marrakech and will get dropped off at your hotel.

Map & Itinerary

Embark on our 3-day Erg Chigaga dunes tour from Marrakech and get collected from your hotel in Marrakech towards Ouarzazate and Zagora, through the Tizi-N-Tichka mountain pass at 2260 meters in the High Atlas Mountains. From Marrakech to Ouarzazate, you will enjoy a scenic drive, beautiful landscapes with different colors, and the Berber villages along the way. Taking the road to cross the High Atlas Mountains via the Tizi n’Tichka pass towards Ait Benhaddou village, you will visit the fortified ksar with it’s beautiful Kasbahs. Ait Benhaddou has served as a natural decor for many movie producers since the 1960s. Once you reach the village, you take a walk to go to the top of the hill. The fortified town is an attractive place and served as a movie set for many famous films such as Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth, or even Gladiator. Eventually, we arrive in Ouarzazate to have lunch next to the famous Kasbah of Taourirt. After lunch, you carry south and cross the second pass at Tizi N’Tnifift with 1710m, through the volcanic mountains and Ait Saoun village, the former route of caravans for Sahara traders coming from “Timbuktu.” You will reach the first administrative center called “Agdez Village” that marks the Draa Valley origin, with its palm groves and kasbahs. You will continue through the lunar landscapes and the pre-Sahara routes until you get to Zagora, a small town and the native region of the Saadian dynasty that used to rule Morocco in the XVII century. Night and dinner in a local hotel.

After breakfast, you will head to Tamagroute and visit the Zaouia Nasiryaa, one of the country’s oldest libraries. Driving along the Draa valley to M’hamid, you will get impressed by the vast dunes of Chigaga appearing from the horizon. Here you go for a camel ride and overnight in a desert camp.

From Erg Chigaga to Marrakech, the drive takes you through Iriki Lake, along the dunes and peaceful wilderness. Thirty years ago, this lake was full of water and different kinds of birds. Today this place is a Natural Park and conservation area. After a long off-road trail, you get into the paved road and pass the small town of Foum-Zguid. Taznakht, a former trading post and one of the country’s biggest carpets centers come a bit more forward on the road. You cross the High Atlas Mountains again to return to Marrakech.

3-day Erg Chigaga Dunes Tour from Marrakech

  1. You will be picked up from your hotel at 8:00 am (7:30 during winter months) by one of our colleagues, an English-speaking driver that will take you to our tourism licensed vehicle.
  2. Drop off around 5:30 p.m or 6:30 pm during winter months.
  • Prices differ taking into account the number of people, accommodation preference, and other personal factors.
  • Send us a reservation enquiry through the booking page, and we will get back to you as fastest we can.

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  • Private Vehicle with Air Conditioner (SUV, 4X4, or minibus).
  • English speaking driver
  • Pick up & Drop off at your Marrakech hotel.
  • Night in ensuite bedrooms with A/C – dinner & breakfast (vegetarian meals possible).
  • Sunset or sunrise camel trek.
  • Night in desert camp (private tents) with dinner & breakfast.
  • Free time to explore attractions such as Ait Benhaddou, Cinema Studios, Taourirt Kasbah, etc.
  • International flights.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Lunches and drinks.
  • Attraction tickets
  • Tips.
  • Anything not mentioned as included.
  • Save time and money – Our prices are the lowest available in the market.
  • Our Morocco tours are private.
  • We are an operator, not a broker – You buy directly from us, the supplier.
  • Our prices are fixed.
  • No hidden fees.
  • Assistance 24/7.
  • Deposit payment upon confirmation and the remaining at the start of the tour.
  • Payment methods such as PayPal, Credit/Debit Cards, Bank Wire, etc…