Marrakech is not very close to the Sahara, desert-like areas, well. The Sahara Desert stretches across many countries in the continent of Africa, including Morocco. Marrakech is about 561 km from Merzouga’s high sand dunes which are known as Erg Chebbi. The nearest Sahara desert from Marrakech is about 520 km, Erg Chegaga. The Erg Chegaga Dunes are one of the highest dunes in the Sahara reaching about 150 m high. It is located about 60 km off road from M’hamid and around 160 km from Zagora.
Tourists who want to discover the majestic desert should take into account that the trip takes a minimum of 3 days. The journey goes through the Berber village, passing some of the prominent tourist attractions. The famous places you will encounter on your way to the Erg Chebbi desert are Ait Ben Haddou, Valley of Roses, Dades Gorges, and Todra Gorge. Exploring these amazing places will definitely make the journey even more enjoyable!
What are the best months to visit the Sahara Desert in Morocco?
The Sahara Desert is located on the continent of Africa and stretches across many countries, including Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, and Morocco. The Moroccan Sahara Desert is one of the most picturesque regions of Morocco and it is something that you must visit at least once in your life. Previously, we wrote a post about the reasons why the Sahara desert is worth visiting, check it out!
The Sahara is usually sunny and hot from June to mid-September. The temperature reaches about 45°C during the day and around 30°C at night. From November to March the daytime temperature is around 27°C and at night it usually drops to around 0°C. In the other months, day and night temperatures are about the same, ranging from about 25 to 30°C.
In my opinion, it is best to visit the Sahara desert in Morocco in the spring or autumn when the weather is at its best: cool, but not so cold and certainly not so hot. So the best months to visit the Sahara are from April to May (spring) or from September to October (autumn).
Try to avoid the summer.