Explore Moroccan Kasbahs and Camp in the Sahara (2020, archived)

Stroll through remarkable gorges, explore ancient kasbahs and ride camels through the dunes to a Berber camp

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Explore Moroccan Kasbahs and Camp in the Sahara (2020, archived)

Stroll through remarkable gorges, explore ancient kasbahs and ride camels through the dunes to a Berber camp


3 nights




2 days off work




Up to 14 people


Menara Airport, Marrakech


Hotel · Campsite



Based on 23 reviews


More of a cultural adventure than a physical one. All hiking optional and the camel riding just involves holding on!

Wander the winding streets of ancient, walled kasbahs and throught the pathways of dramatic deep gorges

Spend a night at a traditional Berber camp and sleep under the huge desert sky spotting shooting stars

Experience the best of Moroccan culture and nature as you soak up vast landscapes and learn about ancient traditions

Day 1

From Marrakech to Ait Benhaddou

You will be picked up in a modern 4x4 or minibus before setting off on a journey that will take you up and over the Atlas Mountains before descending to the desert on the other side. Along the way you'll stop at a high mountain pass, a 17th Century kasbah, and an oasis where you'll learn a bit about Berber folklore and grab lunch. The day ends in Ait Benhaddou, a red clay city where films and shows like Gladiator and Game of Thrones have been filmed. Relax with dinner and sunset in this picturesque walled city.

Day 2

Draa River Valley and Camel Trekking in Merzouga

Heading to the scenic Draa River Valley today you'll check out the area’s numerous kasbahs and oases. Calm water backed by the snowy Atlas Mountains makes this valley particularly beautiful. Later in the day you will arrive in Merzouga to meet your camels and gear up for a night in the desert. The 1.5-hour sunset camel trek will end at a traditional Berber camp in the dunes. Enjoy hot mint tea and fresh dinner around the fire, and sleep under the stars or in a comfortable Berber tent.

Day 3

Dades Valley and Todra Gorge

After a leisurely breakfast in the camp (and a incredible sunrise if you're early enough) you’ll be picked up by your driver and taken to Todra Gorge, an impressive canyon with sheer 160m cliff walls. Hike around to check out the views, and when you’re done exploring continue the drive through the Dades Valley to your hotel. Known as the 'Valley a Thousand Kasbahs', this rose red landscape is spectacular.

Day 4

Ouarzazate to Marrakech

This morning’s drive will take you along the Rose Valley to Skoura Oasis, a surprisingly verdant village in the desert. Continue onto Ouarzazate to have lunch at a kasbah, then finish the trip with a leisurely drive back over the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. You can catch a flight home that night or stay another night in the city.



Expert, English-speaking local guides


2 nights in a hotel and 1 night in a Berber camp


Munch on tasty food throughout


Airport transfers and all travel on the trip

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Some meals as described

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share




Day 2

Campsite · Twin share




Day 3

Hotel · Twin share




Day 4

Departure day




What is the food like?

Moroccan food has a unique blend of sweet and savoury flavours. Local specialities include tajines (a stew cooked in an earthenware pot), couscous, and pastilles (flaky pastries stuffed with meat and dusted with cinnamon and sugar). Food is often spiced with cumin, turmeric and ginger.

The food is fresh and healthy. Example meals: Breakfast: Jam, bread, cookies, fruit, juice, butter, coffee, milk Lunch: Salad, tomatoes, carrots, lentils, beans, rice or pasta, fish, seasonal fruit Dinner: Soup, classic Moroccan tajine, couscous, olives, nuts, fruit

What is the accommodation like?

Ait Benhaddou and Dades Valley

On Day 1 and Day 3 you'll sleep in small local hotels both featuring private rooms with unique decor and ensuite bathrooms.

Berber Camp

The Berber camp provides permanent carpeted tents with beds, or, if you prefer, blankets for sleeping under the stars.


For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room and tent can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

If you choose to add accommodation in Marrakech, you will be staying in beautiful riad accommodation, most likely Riad Boussa or Riad Dar el Souk. Riads are traditional Moroccan houses with an interior garden or courtyard. The exact riad you stay in will be confirmed nearer the time based on availability and group size. All are chosen for their excellent reputation, location, beautiful decor and welcoming service.

The Area




Marrakech City Centre or Marrakech Airport

09:30 or 10:30


Marrakech Airport or Marrakech City Centre

17:30 or 18:00


Your adventure begins at your accommodation in Marrakech or at Marrakech Airport. If you’re arriving the day the trip starts, please schedule your flight to arrive more than 30 minutes before this time, your guide and driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals area.

At the end of your adventure, you will be dropped back at Marrakech Airport or Marrakech city centre, please let your host know when booking.

Travel options

There are daily flights to Marrakech from major airports across the UK and Europe.

What about all the carbon?

We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.

Enjoy 12.5% Off Outdoor Gear

In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 12.5% discount to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runner's Need.

What's provided?

  • Bedding for the night in the camp

What do I need to bring?

  • Good walking shoes
  • Light-weight long-sleeve shirts and trousers
  • A warm jacket for night
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunblock)
  • Camera
  • Medium sized rucksack for easy transportation and storage of your belongings

Pre/Post Trip Accommodation Double/Twin Room

Payable Before Departure

Pre/Post Trip Accommodation Double/Twin Room

Per Night

Pre/Post Trip Accommodation Single Room

Payable Before Departure

Pre/Post Trip Accommodation Single Room

Per Night

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade

- Olivier(February 2020)

Good trip. The hosts, Ibrahim and Mehdi were great, friendly and knowledgeable. Don't expect to physically exert yourself very much on this experience, but do expect some culture, a night under the stars and a great camel ride!

- Nadine(December 2019)

Our guide and driver, as well as the small group size of five people, were great.

- Caroline(December 2019)

What an adventure!

- Kate(December 2019)

The guides Ibrahim and Yusuf were great and couldn't do enough for us. Great variety of experiences from Kasbahs to camel riding in the Sahara. More coach travel than necessarily advertised but it meant that we saw a lot of the country. Great value for money, would definitely recommend. However many layers you think you need for the desert, pack more!

- Kevin(December 2019)

Really great trip a fantastic way to spend the New Year. The guide and driver both added so much to the trip. Loved Ait Benhaddou and the Sahara camping. The gorge walk was great and the hotel at Dades valley was the coolest hotel, I’ve ever stayed in.

- Nick(December 2019)

Nice way to spend New years eve.

- Dave(December 2019)

The trip was extremely well organised and the accommodation was great, especially in the desert.

- Alessia(November 2019)

Intense but glorious journey!

- Guelda(April 2019)

Our guide, Hussein, and our driver, Omar, were excellent. They were friendly, amusing, informative, helpful and fun. There was a lot of driving, but the up-side to that was that we saw a huge amount of amazing places, with stunning scenery. The Atlas mountains are beautiful, and our camel trek and camping in the dessert were great fun. The whole trip was very well organised, and the accommodation we stayed in (and the food) was excellent.

- Beata(April 2019)

Both Omar and Hussain were great. The trio was fantastic

This is a relaxed trip that is mostly cultural exploration with a dash of activity. The camel trek, though a little uncomfortable, is easy and fun for most travellers. Any other hiking is optional and entirely up to whether you want to join or not.

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

The desert can get quite hot, with daytime temperatures averaging 15 - 40°C from March to October, and 5 - 20°C from November to February. As much as 10mm of rain can fall in any month, particularly from October to January, but generally the desert is dry and weather isn’t an issue.

Sure can. If you would like to leave anything in Marrakech, your host will look after this for you.

We recommend checking out the country specific information here and also talking to a travel nurse.


For current advice about travelling in Morocco, have a read of the UK Foreign Office pages here.


Tips are not included in the trip cost. These are entirely at your discretion but there is an expectation to tip for good service. Your guide will help with advice however we suggest a minimum of 150 - 200 Dirham per person.

Of course, you are free to tip more or less and the amount should be reflective of your perception of service and quality - a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our adventures. Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure.

Your insurance policy should also include specific Covid-19 cover, including cancellation and curtailment cover if you, your travel companion or a close relative are diagnosed with Covid-19.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

You're in good company. Our adventures are typically made up of a mix of solo travellers and small groups of two or three friends who simply love adventure, pushing themselves and meeting awesome like-minded people. See here for more info about our lovely bunch of Much Better Adventurers.

Want to book a private trip? Just tap ‘Private Group’ in the dates and prices tab.

Your trip is led by carefully curated local hosts and expert guides. See here for more info about the guides we work with.

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