The Sahara Desert is over 9 million square kilometers in area, almost the same size as China ( Morocco).
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 browse it. Marrakech is the main starting point for traveling to the Sahara Desert in Morocco.
The two most important areas of the Moroccan Sahara Desert are Zagora and Merzouga.
The trip from Marrakech to Zagora takes about 7 hours, since 360 kilometers separate these two cities. Since many stops are made during the trip, the ride is interesting and not as heavy as one might imagine.
A distance of 550 kilometers separates Marrakech from Merzouga and the journey time is just over 10 hours, so it is normal to stop sleeping one night both on the way there and on the way back.
If instead you prefer to spend fewer days on this excursion, visiting Zagora is the best option. This is the only way you can sleep in a khaima in the desert overnight. Since the trip to Ouarzazate is the same as to go to Merzouga, you will also visit important places such as Aït Ben Haddou during this excursion, so the trip will be just as interesting.
Once you arrive in the desert, you will most certainly go on camel back to the camp to spend the night in a khaima (Berber tent). At nightfall a typical dinner is usually served, sometimes accompanied by musicians who liven up the evening. Waking up between the dunes is certainly the highlight of the excursion.
After having breakfast, you can take advantage of a full day in the desert to make your way back.
Morocco Sahara desert