Take a short break to the isolated desert paradise of Dakhla.

Want to add something different to your Moroccan adventure, you ask? If you have a taste for adventure and a lust for something new, take a short escape to the Dakhla peninsula, where you can discover sand dunes and sparse countryside on the edge of Sahara that’s seriously off the tourist radar. Take a 4WD adventure through the desert, relax next to crystal clear beaches and appreciate traditional Bedouin hospitality. Enjoy renowned seafood straight from the catch and marvel at the beautiful Bahia de Dakhla lagoon. It’s real out of this world stuff, but luckily for you, it’s only a short trip from Morocco.


Start
Marrakech, Morocco
Finish
Marrakech, Morocco
Destination
Morocco
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer
Code
XMSD
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Be a true explorer, as you leave mainland Morocco for a beach and desert adventure, isolated from the tourist trail and a place out of the ordinary – Dakhla was largely inaccessible until only a couple of years ago!

  • Discover white sand dunes, crystal clear beaches and countryside on the edge of the Sahara, and enjoy the fresh seafood from its Atlantic waters.

  • Spend a night under the stars in a Bedouin camp. After a day of 4WD-ing through the inland desert of Imlili, relaxing into their traditional hospitality is well worth it.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Just as a heads up before you book: this trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

  • Dakhla has not seen that many tourists to the region. Intrepid is keen to take travellers to new and exciting places, but please be prepared for a more traditional area, with less infrastructure that may be expected from similar beachside destinations.

  • On Day 3 you will stay in a Bedouin camp. The shared facilities are basic and simple, but their hospitality will certainly make up for any lack of comfort. It’s all about the experience, right?

  • There is some off-road driving on Day 3 and 4. Please make sure you are equipped with any motion sickness tablets, if you happen to need them.

  • This short trip includes two internal flights. Please consider your luggage allowance and pack light to allow for ease of travel.

Itinerary

Salaam Aleikum! Greetings from Marrakech. Your Dakhla adventure begins with an evening welcome meeting with your group. After the important meeting, why not check out Djemaa el-Fna – the main square and meeting place of Marrakech. With food stalls, crafts, musicians, artists and an overall infectious vibe, it is the place to be of an evening.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.
This morning, take a flight to the desert peninsula of Dakhla. The flight is expected to arrive late morning, but scheduling changes may occur. After you are checked in to the hotel, head on an orientation walk with a local leader who will help you get your bearings. Dakhla is located on a 35-kilometre-long peninsula, with a landscape of rolling sand dunes, desert beaches, and sun almost all year round. It is a calm and serene place, and being so isolated, provides an ideal reason to switch off and immerse yourself into the world around. Dakhla is popular for adventure seekers, with a large range of water-based activities on offer, and the warm waters surrounding the peninsula are also a great fishing area, with a significant portion of southern Europe’s oysters coming from here. In the evening, seek out some food, perhaps at the local market in Dakhla town, and be sure to have a traditional mint tea later on.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Leader led tour of Dakhla
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today, head off to ‘dune blanche’ – the White Dune. Situated about 30 kilometres from Dakhla town, it is a stunning sand dune that juts out of large lagoon, with a small body of water in its centre. It is a paradise for flamingos – you’ll get some pretty cool photos here. Afterwards, head to the stunning shores of Portorico Beach, for a laze around and maybe a swim. Today will also include a 4WD adventure inland to Imlili. This unique landscape in the western Sahara has a series of saltwater and freshwater lakes which are teeming with small fish, ready to give a foot pedicure. On the way, you’ll drive over dunes, pass by wild camels and stop for an included picnic lunch. In the evening, head to a traditional Bedouin camp. Bedouin is a generic name for a ‘desert-dweller’, and this form of camping gets you right in the heart of the desert with traditional hospitality and a real taste of what local living for these people is like. Even though the conditions are basic with shared facilities, this experience is something you won’t forget.
Accommodation
  • Bedouin camp (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Portorico Beach visit
  • Tour of Imlili
  • Dune Blanche walk
  • Bedouin camp visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
You have the morning to explore Dakhla at your own pace, possibly heading into Dakhla town’s souq for a look in the artisan stalls, partaking in a Saharawi tea ceremony, or simply just relaxing on one of the desert beaches around. Enjoy a fresh seafood barbecue for lunch, and later in the afternoon, take a flight back to Marrakech, where you will be transferred to a hotel for the night.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • BBQ seafood lunch
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
With no activities planned for today, you are free to leave the accommodation at any time today. That doesn’t mean your short break has to come to an end! If you’d like to spend more time in Marrakech, we’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

4 breakfasts, 2 lunches

Transport

Private minivan, Plane

Accommodation

Hotel (5 nights)

Included activities

  • Leader led tour of Dakhla
  • Portorico Beach visit
  • Tour of Imlili
  • Dune Blanche walk
  • Bedouin camp visit
  • BBQ seafood lunch

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Important notes

PASSPORT DETAILS
In order for our local operator to be able to buy flight tickets we need your passport details. Please advise these at least 6 weeks prior to the trip's departure.

INTERNAL FLIGHTS
Please note the luggage limit on the included flights between Marrakech and Dakhla is 20kg.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A Single Supplement is bookable on this trip, subject to availability at the time of booking.

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