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God made the desert and called it peace.

The Arabic word for desert is Sahara and it is during your tour of Morocco that you will get the opportunity to witness this wonder of the world for yourself.

The Sahara covers almost four million square miles and is larger than the USA but is not always sandy. The desert takes many forms from black rock and gravel to mountain ranges and incorporates oases of palm groves, lakes, towns and of course, the evocative rolling sand dunes.

However, it is Erg Chebbi, the 150m high dunes at Merzouga as they change from the palest cream to deep oranges which will inspire you, day or night. Whilst some easily accessed areas have become touristy, with So Morocco you can experience the romantic desert of your imagination, where the only other footsteps you will see are those of your camel. If you have more time available and are looking for something even more wild and remote from tourism, we will take you to Erg Chigaga, M’Hamid.

The sky is vast and clear in the day and filled with millions of dazzling stars at night. You can choose to sleep in your exotically cosy Berber camp or lay out under the stars absorbing the mystical power of the desert.

Time spent in this area, with the people of the desert, is an exceptionally spiritual experience and I have never yet met a single person who wasn’t moved by it. If you need to heal, if you need to discover or if you just need to relax, deeply – explore the Sahara with us.

★★★  How to Train Your Camel  – check out this beautifully written blog by a Desert Nomad Storyteller from M’Hamid. ★★★


Merzouga is a village in the Sahara Desert right on the dune line of Erg Chebbi which is an area of sand dunes up to 500feet high.  Access is 25miles from Rissani renowned for its souk.

Kamlia is a village in Erg Chebbi Dunes where you can visit and listen to the music of the Gnaoua people, descendants of sub-Saharan slaves. In spring, there is the opportunity to see pink flamingos on the large lake of Merzouga at the foot of the dunes, a fascinating place where the nomads bring their camels to drink and graze.


The name of this town means without noise. It is the largest Saharan town (city) in Morocco, a main crossroads of the South and an excellent stopping point en-route from Marrakech to the desert.

It was created as a French Foreign Legion Garrison town and it is thanks to its location, not its looks that it holds the important tourism position that it does. Famous for its huge movie studios and well known for its carpets and pottery.

The Door of The Desert


The Skoura Oasis runs along a tributary of the river Drâa, the Oued Ameridil. An extraordinary and extensive palmery, with a confusing maze of criss-cross tracks winding through the landscape to a number of scattered kasbahs.

The most wonderful of which is Kasbah Ameridil which is featured on the fifty dirham note. This 17th century kasbah is a living museum and contains some amazing artefacts.

A beautiful oasis perfect for long walks or cycle rides.


Todra Gorge is a canyon in the High Atlas Mountains. Both Todra (Todgha) and Dades have rivers which have carved out these spectacular canyons in their final stretch between mountain and desert.

With gigantic walls of 300m which change colours all day long this is a stunning sight and is in the heart of nomad land and you will see them moving their herds through the winding roads of the canyons. This is the Real Morocco” in all its splendour.


A modern Berber market town in the Draa Valley.

Zagora is dominated by a mountain from which it takes its name and from which you can see the sand dunes beyond. At the top of the mountain are the remains of an Almoravid fortress.

An authentic trading town, there was a well known sign here stating Tombouctou 52 days. This is referring to the time it was supposed to take to get to Timbuktu, Mali by camel.

Zagora has a twice weekly market and fairly relaxed feel although tourists are likely to find themselves hassled. The town is lined with cafes serving excellent local food and North African atmosphere.

Here you will see the local men dressed in the famous blue robes of the desert and within a one mile walk you will be in the palm oasis Amazrou.

20th Century Desert Town

So Morocco Ltd support Jarjeer Mules Donkey Orphanage, Morocco and pledge to donate £15 from every booking taken in 2018 directly to this foundation. (The Machin Foundation).