Southern Morocco & the Sahara Desert

Once you cross the Atlas Mountains, you enter Southern Morocco and the vast expanse of the Sahara Desert. There are two exceptional destinations to visit if you are considering visiting the Moroccan Sahara. The first is Merzouga and the vast dune of the Erg Chebbi. These lie to the south of Fes, about an 8-9 hour drive over the Atlas Mountains. There are flights from Fez and Casablanca to the Moulay Ali Cherif Airport, about two hours drive from the camp. The second is the area around Zagora, and you can fly here from Casablanca or a 5-6 hour drive Ouarzazate through the stunning Draa Valley.

From there, it’s a 4-5 hour drive back to Marrakech, so you usually stay here or in Skoura. Ouarzazate is known as a film city – Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia and Game of Thrones have all been shot here. Nearby Skoura is a delight. A sleepy village with verdant orchards and rolling hills to walk through. It makes a perfect link between a visit to Merzouga or Zagora on the road to Marrakech. If you really want an experience, we can arrange a cross-desert route from Zagora to Merzouga. Less known is the area to the south-west of Morocco. Inland from touristy Agadir and south of Taroudannt, you find the interesting Anti-Atlas. Needless to say, there are many hidden gems in Southern Morocco and the Sahara Desert, and we will create a tailor-made itinerary around any interest.

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Southern Morocco & the Sahara Desert Accommodation

This is just an overview of the hotels and lodges we feature, from characterful boutique lodges to luxury hotels. We do have a range of other hotels that we use, so if you don't see from our portfolio what you are looking for, we almost certainly know about it and can help plan an itinerary using it.

Azalai Camp

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The Azalai Desert Camp is located in the Chigaga Dunes, about a three-hour drive away from the desert outpost of Zagora in southern Morocco.  

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Azalai Lodge

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Azalai Lodge is located in the picturesque Draa Valley, close to the small desert outpost of Zagora, deep in the south of Morocco.  

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Les Jardins De Skoura

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Les Jardins De Skoura is a beautiful boutique bolthole located in the pretty village of Skoura, about 45 minutes from Ouarzazate. You generally stop here for a couple of nights on the way back from a stay in the Sahara Desert.  

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Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp

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Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp is in the heart of the dramatic dunes of Erg Chebbi in Morocco.  

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Dar Ahlam Nomadic Desert Camp

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The Dar Ahlam Nomadic Camp in the Iriqui National Park is a beautiful place to experience the majesty of the Sahara Desert in style.

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Maison Rouge

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Maison Rouge is a private three-bedroom house located in Aojou (near Issafen) in southern Morocco. It is usually the third stop on Dar Ahlam’s Memory Road (also known as the La Route De Sud), and you will be the only guests here.   

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La Maison Des Arganiers

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La Maison Des Arganiers is a private whitewashed house in the village of Azrarag overlooking the Argan Valley.  

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La Maison De L’Oasis

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La Maison De L’Oasis is a stunning collection of two Berber houses located in the palm groves of Tighmert in southern Morocco.

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Dar Ahlam

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Dar Ahlam is one of Morocco’s hidden gems. It is a luxury Kasbah located in the off-the-beaten-track village of Skoura.  

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Southern Morocco & the Sahara Desert Experiences

This is a selection of experiences that allow you to see the destination in new and interesting ways. Almost all our experiences include a private guide, and can be then tailored to your particular interests. Indeed, many of the experiences we offer are created individually for our guests, so this list is by no means conclusive. In fact, we leave a couple of our best ideas up our sleeves for when you enquire with us.

Ouarzazate, Dades Valley & Todra Gorge

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Draa Valley

Draa Valley & Zagora

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Camel Ride in the Sahara

Camel Ride in the Sahara Desert

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Aït Benhaddou

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