4x4 Sahara Desert
Desert Hike & Tour 7 Days
4x4 Tour with Berber Desert Camp 4 Days
4x4 Tour with Deluxe Desert Camp 5 Days
4x4 Tour with Deluxe Desert Camp 4 Days
4x4 Tour with Berber Desert Camp 5 Days
4x4 Tour with Berber Desert Camp 3 Days
4x4 Tour with Berber Desert Camp 4 Days
Sahara Desert tours by 4×4 – the authentic desert experience
Our Sahara Desert tours include the remote Erg Chigaga dunes in the Iriqui National Park. Given our connections to the desert region and our background (read more in the section About Us) we consider this to be the authentic Sahara desert experience. The Erg Chigaga dunes lie in the region west of the village of M’hamid El Ghezlane, within the Iriqui National Park.
The dunes of Erg Chigaga are the highlight (2 hours off-road journey from M’hamid village where the tarmac road ends) but the journey across the desert is a wonderful experience and will allow you to appreciate, arguably, some of the finest remote scenery in Morocco. Erg Chigaga dunes reach 300ft in height and span approx. 40km.
Visiting this region of the Sahara, you will complete a circuit across the desert, through the national park, as you will leave Erg Chigaga in the opposite direction, joining the road again at Foum Zguid after 3 hours off-road drive (around 90km), crossing the dried salt lake, Iriqui, and fossil beds. To reach the dunes of Erg Chebbi, next to Merzouga village, you don’t require any specialist driving or knowledge of the area, so many people can rent their own car and drive to Merzouga, then camel-trek a short way to the dunes from the village.
Highlights of the Desert
The terrain of the Sahara is shaped by wind (the wind can be fierce occasionally!), sometimes rain, and includes not only sand dunes, but also hamada, dry valleys & lakes and salt flats. You may also be surprised at seeing so much vegetation in the desert, including Tamarisk and Acacia trees and palms – April and October are green times of year here.
Once we come off-road our driving time each morning/afternoon will be no more than 2 hours at a time and we will be mostly following the rough outline of a piste for vehicles, necessary to respect the delicate environment around us and to make your ride as comfortable as possible. That’s not to say that we can expect to meet a lot of traffic in the desert! This is still wild territory and the driving thrilling – after all the former Paris-Dakar route passed close by.
However, we will likely stop to meet nomadic families that still live in the region and come across other evidence of human existence here; including the abandoned settlement and agricultural land of Erg Smar close to the Draa River bed (where once approx. 35 families lived), a nomads’ cemetery, nomads’ former souk, a marabout (shrine of a holy man), deep wells, and grazing land for animals still used today.
Desert Hike & Tour 7 Days
With this 7 days circular tour explore the Sahara Desert of Morocco both by foot and jeep. Cross the Atlas mountain range at its two most renowned high passes, each above 2000m, the Tichka and Test passes.
4×4 Tour with Berber Desert Camp 4 Days
Spend one or two nights at camp, various options for overnight points en-route to / from the desert (according to time of year).
4×4 Tour with Berber Desert Camp 5 Days
A condensed version of our 7 days desert hike & tour, following the same circular route overall but with one night in the desert. Cross both the Tichka and Test mountain passes.
4×4 Tour with Deluxe Desert Camp 4 Days
Spend two nights in the desert to appreciate the camp’s location and attention to detail, and one night on the Draa Valley.
4×4 Tour with Deluxe Desert Camp 5 Days
Spend two nights in the desert and two nights en-route to / from the camp. The most relaxed way to cover the distance and enjoy the Sahara.
It wouldn’t be an understatement to say that travelling into the desert is like crossing a frontier into another land. There’s a real sense of excitement as you see the first traces of sand covering the road in front of you, once you get closer to leaving the tarmac behind and to heading off-road along rough tracks & pistes towards the virtual unknown.
The journey south to the desert is a wonderful adventure in its own right as much as being in the heart of the dunes is. Some of our programs may entail up to 9 hours of driving in a day through spectacular scenery. Our routes cross the Atlas and Anti-Atlas mountain ranges via winding roads to dramatic passes, follow the Draa River valley and date palm oases, traverse barren hamada (stone plateaus) or follow corridors of rock walls.
You will be driving through some truly fascinating scenery, arguably the finest remote scenery in Morocco.
Consider flying to Zagora airport to start your private desert tour. Flights operated by Royal Air Maroc.
Hi Emily, I Just wanted to say a huge belated thank you to you guys for arranging the holiday of a lifetime. We felt like we had been away for 2 weeks and not 3 days. Although I was worried about the amount of driving involved I must confess that it was worth it! Our drivers were great and made us feel welcome and safe as well as being fun. It was a true adventure and the accommodation was very special. The camp in the desert surpassed my expectations and again every detail was attended to by the staff there. I cannot believe how such sublime food was produced from the middle of nowhere! Whilst some of my guests were at times a little out of their comfort zones ( mainly on the camels!) it was a fantastic experience for us all. We have wonderful memories and cannot recommend you more highly!!Jenny, James & friends / 4x4 Tour 4 Days with Deluxe Desert Camp Erg Chigaga
Wild Morocco is conscientious and flawless with their preparation and planning. All the details were handled smoothly and carefully. We booked a three-day trip into the Berber camp. Yahya is as astonishingly good driver, calm and very, very capable in some highly difficult terrain. He is also deeply knowledgeable about Berber culture and the desert, giving us interesting insight into our journey. I hadn't realized how exceptionally well planned the three days are: it's a long journey into the Great Dunes and out again, but the two different routes stop as fascinating places so that the trip becomes a diverse, full journey into many different aspects of south Moroccan culture. Everything is beautifully done from the moment Yahya picked us up at our riad in Marrakech to the moment he delivered us back again. Highest of recommendations for a superb little company.Lesley & Bill / 4x4 Tour 3 Days with Berber Desert Camp
Hi and thank you for a fantastic trip to the dessert! We would also like to thanks Yahya for making the trip perfect with being open and very service minded, we always felt that our needs and comfort was a priority 🙂 So thank you so much for a trip we'll never forget and we will absolutely give ours best recommendations when we are back home.Prem & Trude / 4x4 Tour & Trek 3 Days with Berber Desert Camp
I would like to thank you for the awesome tour you've organized for us and for the treatment we've received from you, Brahim and the driver. Please remind that they are good guys!!! We will write a comment on your website as soon we arrive in Italy. For sure if will recommend your company to everybody!Mattia / 4x4 Tour & Trek Zagora to Erg Chigaga with Berber Desert Camp
Thank you for a wonderful week. Thank you Ahmed for all your trouble to keep us happy, looking after us and taking care of us. As promised we send you pictures. A special thanks for my birthday surprise. We are planning to see you again and telling all my friends and family about your company.David & Cheryl / 4x4 Tour Anti-Atlas & Coast 7 Days with Berber Desert Camp night
Thank you for the wonderful Sahara desert trip, we appreciate how well organised it was. Our driver Mohammad, Boboo and the staff at the desert camp were very friendly and attentive to our needs, so thank you!GB and CKC / 4x4 Tour 3 Days with Luxury Desert Camp night