The Sahara desert is one of the world’s largest deserts and a magical landscape to explore. A visit to the rolling dunes of the desert really does make a wonderful addition to a holiday and the already varied landscapes on offer in Morocco. This said, you should be prepared for long road trips – a visit to the deserts of Morocco can’t be done in a day.
About The Moroccan Desert
Across the high Atlas Mountains lies the beginning of the Sahara Desert. The desert region can be accessed via a number of oasis towns and can either be enjoyed as a day trip, an overnight stay or for the more adventurous for a few nights.
We feel that the best way to experience the desert is to overnight, offering the chance to enjoy the desert landscape in all its glory – the panoramic views during the daytime, the silent star studded sky at night and the magical colours at both at sunset and sunrise.
In order to offer the most authentic experience possible we work with a number of small camps located in both remote desert and oasis surroundings.
For travellers with limited time or unwilling to attempt the long distances on Moroccan roads but wanting to experience the peace and solitude of a desert environment, just 40 minutes from Marrakech is the Agafay desert. Here the experience will be slightly different, there will not be the option to encounter the typical rolling sand dunes of the Sahara but a wild lunar landscape dotted with Berber hamlets and the odd wandering goatherd can be explored. With the snow-capped Atlas Mountains in the distance this desert landscape is easily reached for a day trip or one night.
- Camp out in the desert silence under star filled skies
- See the desert colours change as the sun sets and rises
- Mount a camel for a true desert experience through the dunes
- Dine by candle-light amidst the dunes
Beyond the obvious
Embark on a longer desert adventure either on foot with a camel caravan or by 4WD – a wonderful way to truly get a feel for the sense of space and remoteness of the desert landscape.