5-day Morocco desert itinerary from Marrakech. Discover “the Great Hidden South”: Ouzina, Merzouga… and much more…

5-day Morocco itinerary starting and ending in Marrakech

Join us on a 5-day Morocco itinerary from Marrakech to explore the diverse and captivating landscapes of Morocco’s hidden south. From the majestic High Atlas Mountains to the Erg Ouzina and Erg Chebbi dunes, this journey promises to be a thrilling adventure into the heart of Morocco’s natural beauty and cultural richness. During your itinerary, you will come across many breathtaking landscapes and cultural sites, from beautiful palm tree oases and unique rock formations to traditional medinas and historic kasbahs, offering you a complete and enriching experience of Morocco.


Enjoy a 5-day Morocco desert itinerary from Marrakech. Explore the High Atlas Mountains, Ait Benhaddou’s Kasbah, and Atlas Studio in Ouarzazate. Stroll through the scenic Draa Valley and navigate off-road desert tracks in the captivating Ouzina Desert. Marvel at the dramatic beauty of the Dades Valley and explore the canyons and valleys of Todgha. Immerse yourself in the mesmerizing Merzouga desert as you enjoy a camel ride and find serenity in the comfort of Berber tents. This Moroccan itinerary promises an unforgettable experience combining natural wonders and cultural richness. The adventurous landscape offers an enticing blend that leaves a lasting impression.

Travel plan: Morocco desert itinerary 5 days

Explore Morocco’s diverse beauty with a 5-day, 4-night itinerary starting from Marrakech. This hassle-free tour provides transportation, accommodation, meals, and visits to attractions such as Ait Ben Haddou and the Sahara Desert. Join us for a comfortable ride in a 4×4 with air conditioning, and explore the unique landscapes and cultures of this fascinating region. Please see the detailed schedule below for more information.

Day 1: Marrakech - Ait Ben Haddou - Ouarzazate - Draa Valley

At the beginning of your journey, our private driver will pick you up from either the airport terminal or your hotel in Marrakech. The first stop on our trip will be the Tizi n’Tichka Pass, located in the High Atlas Mountains. Here, you’ll see traditional Berber settlements and enjoy the stunning panoramic views. Our next destination is the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famously known as the Hollywood of Morocco.

You will have the opportunity to take photos and enjoy lunch here. Afterward, we will visit the Museum of Cinema in Ouarzazate to explore its connection to the film industry. Before leaving the city, we will also visit Taourirt Kasbah. Then, we will drive to Agdz, passing through the Draa Valley and its large palm grove, the biggest one in North Africa. In Agdz, you will stay at a beautiful riad for the night and have dinner.

Summary of the first day

Day 2: Agdz - MHarech - Track of Paris Dakar - Ouzina Desert

On the second day of our 5-day itinerary in Morocco, we will have a delicious breakfast at the riad of Agdz. After breakfast, we will journey alongside the Draa River’s vast palm grove. Next, we will drive on a sand track that the Paris-Dakar Rally also passes. During this journey, we will pass through Berber settlements as we cross the Oumjrane plateaus. Finally, we will reach our destination for the second day: the dunes of the Ouzina desert, also known as Erg Ouzina. Here, we will admire the sunset from the dunes and enjoy the atmosphere of the desert before bedding at a hotel in the Ouzina desert for an overnight stay.

Summary of the second day

Day 3: Desert and village of Ouzina - Khamlia - Erg Chebbi Dunes

Our 5-day trip to Morocco is a unique experience on the third day. We will first have breakfast at the hotel and then head to the small village of Ouzina, home to desert nomads who live in traditional adobe houses and some in nomadic tents. You can learn about their way of life and enjoy tea with them in a friendly atmosphere. Next, we visit Khamlia, the village of the blacks, and experience African percussion rhythms. 

After lunch, we will head to the dunes of Merzouga for a sunset view. To reach them, we will switch from 4×4 to dromedaries. Finally, we will arrive at a luxury desert camp where we can drink Berber tea and have dinner. We will enjoy music and dance around the fire while admiring the starry sky for a magical night in the Sahara.

Summary of the third day

Day 4: Erg Chebbi - Todra Gorge - Dades Valley - Ouarzazate

On the fourth day of your tour in Morocco, we will wake up early in the desert to see the sunrise, and after breakfast, we’ll ride camels to Merzouga. Our first stop is Rissani Medina. This small city is known as the birthplace of the Alaouite dynasty and the first imperial city of Morocco. Next, we will explore several beautiful places, including the Dades Valley, the Valley of the Roses, Thousand Kasbahs Road, and Todra Gorges. The Todra Gorges, a stunning canyon, is popular with climbers and travelers. We will take a break for lunch and snap some pictures before continuing to our final destination, Ouarzazate, where we will spend the night in a comfortable hotel and enjoy a delicious dinner.

Summary of the fourth day

Day 5: Ouarzazate - High Atlas - Marrakech

After having breakfast, we will travel 200 kilometers to Marrakech. Our road will take us across the High Atlas Mountains via the Tizi N’tichka pass, providing another opportunity to appreciate the lush landscapes and Berber villages we encountered on the first day. Our services will conclude at Marrakech Airport or any other location. We will bid you farewell with gratitude, best wishes for the future, and the hope of reuniting for more adventures.

Summary of the fifth day

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In Morocco, I went on a 5-day excursion that included sightseeing. Hassan, our tour guide, was fantastic and thoroughly explained everything about the trip. The desert and the camel ride were my favorite parts of the trip. It was magical when we arrived at the camp; the sky was full of stars, and they performed music for us. In general, I'd want to express my gratitude for their assistance and suggest them to anyone planning a trip to Morocco.


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My family and I enjoyed a fantastic luxury tour through the Sahara desert from Marrakech to Ouzina and Merzouga. We had a great time together. The tour's highlight for me was when we arrived in the desert. My family was enthralled with it, and we went to see the nomads, which was an incredible experience. This is an experience I will definitely repeat in the future. Until then, I'd like to express my gratitude to these individuals for organizing our trip and making my family happy!


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