Self drive in the red dunes from Marrakech


DAY 1 – Marrakech – Ouarzazate – Merzouga (camp)

Start from your hotel early morning, take the road of Ouarzazate facing the Atlas Mountains
and go through Tichka Mountain pass (2 260 m) – 2h30 later.
You can make a short stop for a mint or absinthe Moroccan tea at Café Camping Car Tinzzigue before  driving to Ouarzazate.
Leave Ouarzazate to drive along the huge palmgrove of Skoura  (25 km2) before crossing the Roses Valley and Todra Valley.

Arrive in Merzouga at the end of the day. Here you meet with our camp staff before going further. Swap your car for a camel and start your camel – 20 to 30 mn. trek through sand dunes before arriving to your camp for  sunset.
Dinner and night at the camp.

DAY 2 – Erg Chebbi

Live a full day in the desert.
After breakfast, camels are waiting for you for a  trek in the red dunes of Erg Chebbi. With your experienced cameleer you will enjoy the serenity and silence of the desert during 40 mn.

Before noon, we will leave in 4×4 for an excursion in the desert with picnic in an oasis.
Dinner and second night at desert camp.

DAY 3 – Erg Chebbi – Drâa Valley – Agdz – Aït Benhaddou – Marrakech

Early breakfast before taking the road . On the way back we will choose the south road towards Alnif. Landscape surrounded by Anti Atlas mountains reminds bushes of Africa. N’Kob – Village of « 45 kasbahs », links Drâa Valley with Ziz Valley.

With Agdz the Drâa Valley starts, 69 km south to Ouarzazate. Located on the former caravan road joining Marrakech to Tombouctoo. Lunch At Yacob, old kasbah in Tamnougalt village, which has  a nice terrace overlooking the palmgrove.

We continue through the Drâa Valley until Anti Atlas heart. This old and pleated montain range dates from 300 millions years. As the road starts to climb, we gradually enter a starkly beautiful landscape up to Tizi ait Saoun pass (1900 m). there is no more vegetation.

Reaching Ouarzazate, we will go directly to Aït Benhaddou (30 km). UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. This giant fortification, which is made up of six Kasbahs and nearly fifty ksars is a great example of earthen clay architecture of South Morocco. Many films have been shot there.

You have 4 hours drive left to reach Marrakech.


Based on 2 participants (minimum)


  • Rental car without driver for 3 days
  • 1 half day excursion with picnic
  • 2 nights in luxury desert camp in HB
  • All taxes

Not included

  • Extra lunch
  • Gasoline
  • Personal fees and tips