4-day summer tours from Marrakech
A summer Sahara Desert tours for those wishing to sleep under the stars
It is very hot in the desert from June to August during daylight hours. During this time our camp is closed, and we operate a summer camp.
The summer camp is for one-night stays only. At our summer camp one arrives about two hours before sunset and departs about two hours after sunrise. It is really far too hot to spend the day in the desert (over 50° Celsius).
The summer camp is beautifully simple and a perfect way to enjoy the desert. Beds will be provided with good quality mattresses and high-quality linen. The beds will be set up outside, surrounded by bamboo for privacy. There will be a lovely relaxing area with pouffes, cushions and hammocks, and dinner will be served al fresco. Cold drinks will be provided. However, if you prefer to sleep under cover, or in the event of a sandstorm, two of our spacious en-suite tents will be constructed. Because of the heat they will be equipped with less furniture than we normally have, but they will still have very comfortable beds, lighting and an en-suite bathroom. In fact, you have the best of both worlds – you can sleep outside under the stars, or if you prefer sleep under a canvass cover.
The summer camp is only for exclusive hire.
The suggested return trip from Marrakech is for three nights. However, it is only a suggestion. If you would like to extend or shorten the programme, that can be easily arranged. The trip below includes spending one night at a guest house en route to the camp and one night on the way back. Because your trip is private you may stop where ever you like en route for sightseeing, photography and refreshments.
So the trip would be as follows:
- One night at the delightful L’Ma Lodge in the oasis of Skoura en route to the desert. This is a trip of about 4 hours.
- One night at the summer camp at Erg Chigaga. This is 6 hours from Skoura.
- One night at either Riad Caravane or Kasbah Ellouze en route back from the desert. This is a trip of 5h30 from the desert.
- Return to Marrakech. This is a trip of 4 hours via the awesome Ounila Valley, location of the Kasbah of Telouet and many traditional Berber villages.
The cost of the above trip would be 1250 euro for two people. This includes two nights at the guesthouses, one night at the summer camp and the private transport in a 4x4 with driver. At the camp, all meals, all drinks, camel treks and activities including sandboarding and evening sundowners on the dunes are included. At the guesthouses breakfast and dinner are included.
The guesthouses have excellent swimming pools, which is essential in the summer!
But, it’s just a template…and can be easily amended to suit your wishes! If you only have three days for the trip, that can be arranged too.