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5 Day Dakar Track and Merzouga Desert Trip

48 reviews | 392 travellers
It's been a great trip. The driver and guide Youssef was very nice, pleasant and very attentive, always telling us details about the places we were visiting and never tired of taking photos of us. The hotels, the landscapes, the dinners, the people... everything has been phenomenal! The only bad thing is that we suffered a sandstorm in the desert, but it was still worth it. A big hug from Spain Youssef!
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Immerse yourself in the depths of the Sahara Desert as you drive along the Dakar Rally track on a 5-day private trip from Marrakech.

Immerse yourself in the depths of the Sahara Desert as you drive along the Dakar Rally track on a 5-day private trip from Marrakech.

5 Day Dakar Track and Merzouga Desert Trip

Day 1: Marrakesh - Aït Benhaddou -  Ouarzazate

On the first day we leave behind Marrakech in the morning to hit the road towards Ouarzazate. On the way we cross the striking Atlas Mountains, crossing through the stunning Tizi n'Tichka mountain pass, 2,260 metres high.

Shortly after crossing the Atlas, we turn down a road towards Telouet Kasbah. Cross numerous Berber hamlets until we get to Aït Benhaddou Kasbah, the most impressive 800-year fortified city in all Morocco, and backdrop to movies such as Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven.

At the end of the visit, we will head to Ouzarzazate, home to the well-known Atlas Studios. Here we will spend the first night.

Day 2: Ouarzazate – Agdz – Draa Valley – Tazarine – El Mharech Oasis

After a healthy breakfast and visiting the splendid Taourirt Kasbah, we will make our way to Zagora by crossing the Anti-Altas mountain through the Tizi n-Tinifift mountain pass, 1,600 meters high.

Delve into the magnificent Draa Valley along a dirt road and admire various Berber villages and kasbahs flanking the narrow waterway. Leave charming villages behind like N’kob, Tarazine and Alnif and drive to Mharech Gorges. The original Dakar Rally track normally runs past these beautiful landscapes.  

Complete the day by spending the night in a typical riad in the middle of the desert.

Day 3: Mharech - Ramlia Oasis - Ouzina Dunes - Merzouga

On the third day, we will pursue the tracks of the Dakar Rally and marvel at tiny villages, crossing wadis, oasis and the Ouzina Dunes.

Visit the well-known village of Khamlia, founded by the descents of African slaves and enjoy typical folklore music from this area.

From Khamlia, we will drive to Erg Chebbi, the highest dunes in Morocco. Upon arrival, hop on a camel, which will take you to the camp situated in the middle of the large sea of dunes. It will take approximately one and a half hours. You will sleep in an authentic Berber camp.

Day 4: Merzourga – Rissani – Todra Gorges – Dadès Valley

After witnessing a breath-taking sunrise in the dunes, ride your camel back to the jeep. You will stop at a hotel to have a shower (depending on the type of camp, breakfast and the shower might be before the camel ride). 

Feeling refreshed, the driver will head to the town of Rissani, where the Alawi Dynasty are originally from. Rissani was also the first imperial capital of Morocco.

Take the road to Erfoud, famous for its marble quarries until you arrive at the palm grove of Tafilat.

Visit the Todgha Gorges and then make your way to the Dades Valley, where you will spend the fourth night.

Day 5: Dades Valley – Valley of the Roses – Skoura – Marrakech

Leave Dades Valley behind along the Route of the Thousand Kasbahs and drive past the Valley of the Roses until you get to the palm grove of Skoura, where the most famous kasbah of the area is situated.

From here, you will head back to Marrakech.


Standard hotels:

  • Ouarzazate: Hotel Les Jardins de Ouarzazate / Hotel La Valle / Hotel Saghro.
  • Mharech: Riad Nomad / Riad Les Jardins de Tafraoute / Kasbah Ramlia.
  • Merzouga: Haimas Camp.
  • Dades / Valle del Roses: Dar Essyaha / Hotel Babylon / Kasbah Itran.

Luxury hotels:

  • Ouarzazate: Kasbah Dar Chamaa / Hotel la Perle du Sud / Le Petit Riad.
  • Mharech: Riad Nomad / Riad Les Jardins de Tafraoute / Kasbah Ramlia.
  • Merzouga: Azawad Luxury Desert Camp.
  • Dades: Xaluca Dades / La Perle du Dades / Auberge Chez Pierre.

The standard rooms have shared bathrooms, whilst the luxury accommodation comes with private bathrooms.

You can view photos of both camps following the below links.

Both hotels and tents are double occupancy only, there are no single rooms. You can however ask for a triple room or a family room if you prefer. The standard category rooms have communal showers in the camp, while the superior category rooms have a private bathroom in the haimas and showers in the camp.


Children between 2 and 10 years old have 50% off and infants under 2 do not pay. Please contact us if you would like to book this activity with children up to 10 years old. 

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This is a private tour organized for you and your partner, friends or family.

Up to 2 Guests Up to 3 Guests Up to 4 Guests
Standard Accommodation
US$ 1,160
US$ 1,334
US$ 1,509
Luxury Accommodation
US$ 1,478
US$ 1,735
US$ 2,217

Standard Accommodation

  • Up to 2 Guests

    US$ 1,160
  • Up to 3 Guests

    US$ 1,334
  • Up to 4 Guests

    US$ 1,509

Luxury Accommodation

  • Up to 2 Guests

    US$ 1,478
  • Up to 3 Guests

    US$ 1,735
  • Up to 4 Guests

    US$ 2,217

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Covid-19 Measures

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5 days.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.


Private multiple day trip, exclusively for you, your family and friends.

Pick up from your hotel, riad, airport or another meeting point.

Transport by 4x4.

English speaking chauffeur.

4 nights accommodation with dinner and breakfast included.

Fuel, tolls and other associated costs.

Camel ride to get to the camp.

Not included

Lunches and drinks.

Entrance to the kasbahs and Atlas Studios.

When to book?

You can book up until 18 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.


Not wheelchair accessible.


All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code. Specifically, this activity applies the following practices: Show more

No printing of documentation required.

Has a gender equality policy.

Has a carbon footprint offset policy.

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Frequently asked questions

  • Q - Is it possible to take this tour if we are a group of more than six?

    A - Yes, but you must reserve all the necessary tours until you arrive at the total group number, then indicate in the comments section that you will be travelling together. This is because the maximum capacity of the 4X4 is six people.

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you have any other questions please contact us.

Free cancellation

If you cancel after the reservation you will be refunded 100% of the total value. If you do not show up, you will not be refunded.
Per group from
US$ 1,160

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