This December I organized a trip for my family to Marrakech and the Sahara Desert. My goal was to camp in the desert at least one night, see Aït Benhaddou, and ensure we had private transport for our group of seven. We had a great experience with Superb Morocco Tours and I would definitely recommend this company to family and friends.
Choosing the right tour company in Morocco
When searching for a tour company in Morocco there are a couple of things you’ll want to consider.
- Reviews: Is the company legit? Do they have a website, social media following, and reviews from real people? Check for reviews on multiple sites.
- Price: Are you getting ripped off? Compare price packages from similar companies to confirm if you’re being charged a fair price.
- Travel style options: Are you traveling as a couple or family and want a private guide and transport? Or are you okay with joining a big group of 15+ people? Make sure the company offers the option you’re looking for.
How much does a Sahara Desert tour from Marrakech cost?
I ended up booking the 3-Day Desert Trip package with Superb Morocco Tours. It was the perfect amount of time and we got to see some fantastic scenery and sites along the way.
Total cost: €180 per person
- Private transport: We had a private van for our group of 7 people.
- Accomodation: The package included one night at a hotel near Dades Valley and one night in a private tent in the desert (with our own bathroom).
- Food: Breakfast and dinner included. Lunch apart.
- Camel trek: The price included our camel trek to the campsite.
NOTE: We booked an additional quad excursion in the desert which cost €40 per person. My family also chose to tip our guide and driver which incurred additional costs.
Should you book your Sahara Desert excursion in advance?
On our flight back from Morocco I sat next to a guy who had booked his tour last-minute once he arrived in Marrakech. He was a solo traveler and joined a group of 3 people. He paid €120 for a similar excursion (we actually passed each other while riding camels in the desert!)—the main difference between the two packages was we had an upgraded tent in the desert with private bathroom. The other people in his group booked the same tour in advance and paid €240 each. Conclusion? You can book last-minute and potentially save money, but if you’re familiar with the correct price range you can get a fair deal. Personally I always book ahead of time, especially when traveling with a large group of people. Research your options to ensure you’re getting the right price and tour package for your trip.