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Sahara Desert of Morocco

Updated: Apr 7, 2023

If you’re looking for an adventure, look no further than the Sahara Desert in Morocco. This vast and desolate landscape is a playground for those who love to explore. With its sand dunes, ancient ruins, and oases, the Sahara is sure to leave you with lasting memories.

How was the Sahara Desert formed?


The Sahara desert is a vast, arid region in Northern Africa. It is the largest desert in the world, covering an area of 9.0 million square kilometers. The Sahara desert is one of the world's most fascinating landscapes. But how was it formed?


It is thought to have been formed around 6,000 years ago. The desert is located in the rain shadow of the African continent. This means that the Sahara receives very little rainfall. Instead, the Sahara is a huge expanse of dry, sandy desert.


The Sahara desert is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the west, the Red Sea to the east, and the Sahel region to the south. The Sahara desert is thought to have been formed around 3 million years ago, when the climate in the region became increasingly dry.


How hot does it get in the Sahara Desert?


The Sahara Desert is one of the hottest and driest places on Earth. It is located in the north African countries of Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Sudan, and Tunisia.


Temperatures in the Sahara can reach up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit (50 degrees Celsius) during the day and can drop to below freezing at night.


How big is the Sahara Desert?


The Sahara covers about 9 million square kilometers (3.5 million square miles), making it the largest desert in the world.


Getting to the Sahara from Marrakesh, Morocco


The Sahara desert is one of the most beautiful and secluded places on earth. The drive from Marrakech to the Sahara Desert is about six hours. Along the way, we will pass through some stunning landscapes, including the Atlas Mountains.


The experienced drivers of Journey Morocco will expertly and safely navigate the winding roads through the gorgeous High Atlas Mountains, stopping to rest, eat, and take photos along the way, including a breathtaking view from the famous Tizi n'Tichka pass.


Where to stay when visiting the Sahara Desert?


Have you ever wanted to camp in the Sahara desert? Desert camping in Morocco is an incredible experience.


When you book a private expedition with Journey Morocco, you can choose to stay in a luxury camp with all the amenities, or you can go for a more rustic experience and camp in a traditional Berber tent.


This is a once in a lifetime experience where you can enjoy the beauty of the desert while being pampered in luxury. From the moment you arrive, you will be treated like royalty.


You will have your own private tent with a king-size bed and a private bathroom. You will be served gourmet meals and have access to a private pool and lounge area. This is the perfect place to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.


We will take care of all of the details to make sure you have an unforgettable time.


Fun activities to try on your visit to the Sahara Desert


There is no shortage of things to do in the Sahara, whether you are looking for adventure or simply want to enjoy the stunning scenery. From hiking and camel riding to exploring ancient ruins and spending a night in a traditional Berber camp, there are plenty of ways to experience this unique corner of the world. Here are just a few of the many activities that you can enjoy in the Sahara Desert.



  1. Visit the Erg Chebbi dunes, one of the most iconic landscapes in the Sahara

  2. Go on a camel trek and experience life as a nomad

  3. Visit the oasis town of Tinerhir and explore the palm groves and kasbahs

  4. Enjoy stories and dancing as you sip Moroccan mint tea and dine on tagine and spiced fruit after dusk

  5. Learn to sandboard and surf the dunes

  6. Ride an ATV four wheel quad on the Sahara's famous dunes

  7. Get lost in the sand hills of Erg Chigaga

  8. Marvel at the natural wonder of the Sahara's rock arches.



Photo Gallery: Morocco's Sahara Desert







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