Sahara Mini Adventure

3 Days | Just the quick trip to the Sahara you’re craving, stuffed with local flavour

5 out of 5 based on 54 reviews submitted.
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If you only have days to spare and a hankering for the sand and stars of the Sahara, this 3-day round-trip journey from Marrakech is the perfect fix. Venture into the desert and over dunes on the back of a camel, watch the sun set and rise over the windswept Erg Chebbi waves and camp under the star-filled North African sky. Along the way, visit the ancient ksar of Ait Benhaddou and the lush Todra Valley, and get the special opportunity to sip tea and break bread with members of change-making women’s associations in both spots. A locally based licensed Intrepid leader will accompany you in comfortable transport the whole way, offering insights into local culture, history and geography at every step of your journey.

Trip overview

Map of Sahara Mini Adventure including Morocco
Start
Marrakech, Morocco
Finish
Marrakech, Morocco
Theme
Short breaks
Destinations
Morocco
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
XMHA
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Camp under the desert skies of the Sahara and travel by camel to incredible sunset views over the Erg Chebbi dunes.
  • Travel with an expert local leader and ride in comfort in a private vehicle from the bustle of Marrakech to the serenity of the Sahara.
  • Visit with the women of the Tawesna Association and a Todra women’s association to learn about the work they’re doing to support local Moroccan women.
  • Make stops in the ancient ksar of Ait Benhaddou and the lush Todra Valley and get a feel for local life.
  • Enjoy iconic Moroccan and Amazigh dishes each day and feel the warmth of Moroccan hospitality.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll learn about our Intrepid Foundation partner, the High Atlas Foundation. Donations help manage their sustainable agriculture programs in Morocco's High Atlas Mountain region, which builds plant nurseries and provides skills training for locals. Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Don’t let the heat keep you from exploring the world! Summer temperatures can be extremely high in Morocco (over 40°C), so it’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water.
  • As Morocco has a tipping culture, travellers are expected to tip small amounts for most services, so please be prepared. Your trip leader and the 'Money Matters' section of our Essential Trip Information will help to provide you with some suggestions as to what amounts are appropriate.
  • Although you shouldn’t expect any aggressive selling techniques in Morocco, please be aware that you may be approached by shop owners and street vendors offering their goods to you on regular occasions.
  • We've sourced our accommodation very carefully and picked the best possible hotels in line with the Intrepid style of travel, but please note that service and accommodation in Morocco may differ from Western standards. You’ll spend one night in a basic desert camp with shared facilities and no electricity.
  • As accommodation on this trip is twin-share, solo travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same gender. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other like-minded people, so embrace it! Please note that a single supplement is not available on this trip.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 29 June 2023 to 31 December 2024.

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Map of Sahara Mini Adventure including Morocco

Inclusions

Meals

2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner

Transport

Camel, Private Bus

Accommodation

Camp site (1 night), Hotel (1 night)

Activities
  • Kasbah Ait Benhaddou visit
  • Tawesna association visit and lunch
  • Todra Gorges visit
  • Local Amazigh Brunch in the valley
  • Sunset camel ride
  • Dinner at camp
  • Breakfast at camp
  • Sunrise dune walk

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Important notes

1.The bus will depart at 8 am sharp. Please arrive at the meeting place at least 15 min prior to departures to be able to finalize boarding.
2. Your desert camp is a simple affair, with bedding and basic toilet facilities provided. The blankets provided are usually sufficient for most travellers between April and October, but you may like to bring your own sleeping bag for extra warmth, especially between November and March.
3. There’s no electricity at the campsite, so it’s important to come prepared with fully charged phones, cameras and everything else you may need.
4. On this trip you must pack as lightly as possible because you will be expected to carry your own bag and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage, we strongly recommend keeping the weight around 15kg / 33lb. Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps to accommodate the cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs and steps you are likely to encounter while carrying your luggage. We also recommend a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc.
5. Your arrival back in Marrakech will be, depending on traffic, between 8 or 9 pm on your last day. If you have to fly out on this day please don't book a flight earlier than midnight.

Essential Trip Information

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Reviews

5 out of 5 based on 54 reviews submitted.
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Alana · Traveled June 2024
This Sahara Adventure was incredible. So many special experiences, amazing food and meeting local people. Jawad is the perfect tour leader and guide. He is informative and helpful, friendly and funny. This trip would not have been the same without him and I am so grateful.
Review submitted 14 Jun 2024

Nicholas · Traveled June 2024
The Mini Sahara trip blew us away! It was one of the best travel experiences we have had. Riding the Dromedaries across the dunes at golden hour was perfection. Great trip - well worth the time spent in transit
Review submitted 13 Jun 2024

Sarah · Traveled June 2024
This trip is the perfect way to see the desert while visiting Morocco. Jawad Ouali was an incredible leader and made my time in Morocco so fun. This trip allows for a fun time with a group and an unforgettable experience.
Review submitted 13 Jun 2024

Daniel · Traveled June 2024
A great way to see beautiful southern Morocco in a short time frame. Camel rides in the desert were a particular highlight, as was the amazing food. Be prepared for long (but comfortable) journeys though.
Review submitted 16 Jun 2024

Spencer · Traveled June 2024
The Sahara mini adventure really opened my eyes to a country I knew nothing about. The landscapes are stunning. The desert of course but the lush valley was unlike anything I’ve ever seen. You should definitely try this one.
Review submitted 15 Jun 2024
Sahara Mini Adventure
From
USD $200