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New year in Morocco


Celebrating New Year in Morocco exactly in the desert of Morocco can be an incredibly unique and memorable experience. The Moroccan desert, particularly the Sahara Desert, offers a stunning backdrop for ringing in the new year.

Open your mind to great emotions, images difficult to describe as it is the sunset and dawn in the desert surrounded by giant dunes, visit movie cities, ride a camel, adrenaline in pure state on the quad route by the sea of sand, visit and enjoy the company of a nomadic Berber family while we taste their tea, and spend the night in the desert in an authentic jaima, after hearing the wonderful percussion of Berber drums breaking the silence of the night, under the cloak of stars that fly over you.


Here’s what you might expect if you’re planning to celebrate New Year in the desert of Morocco:

Camp Accommodations: Many tour operators offer special desert camps set up for New Year’s celebrations. These can range from basic tents to more luxurious accommodations, complete with comfortable bedding and amenities.

Desert Landscapes: The Sahara Desert is known for its vast sand dunes and breathtaking landscapes. You can take part in camel rides or 4×4 excursions to explore the dunes and watch the sunset over the desert.

Cultural Experience: Morocco has a rich cultural heritage influenced by its history and diverse populations. During your desert stay, you might be treated to traditional Moroccan music, dance performances, and perhaps even the chance to try on traditional clothing.

Bonfires and Stargazing: The clear desert skies are perfect for stargazing. Many New Year’s celebrations in the desert include bonfires where you can gather around with fellow travelers, enjoy local cuisine, and watch the stars come out.

Countdown to Midnight: As the clock nears midnight, you can join in the countdown with your fellow travelers. Many camps and groups arrange for festive celebrations that may include fireworks, music, dancing, and traditional Moroccan dishes.

Quiet Reflection: The serene desert environment also allows for quiet reflection as you transition into the new year. The vastness of the landscape can help you appreciate the passage of time and your place in the world.

Challenging Weather: Remember that desert temperatures can be extreme, especially during the winter months. Nights can be cold, so make sure to bring warm clothing and layers to stay comfortable.

Booking in Advance: Given the popularity of celebrating New Year’s Eve in the desert, it’s advisable to book your accommodations and activities well in advance to secure your spot.

Cultural Considerations: As with any travel, it’s important to respect local customs and traditions. Learn about Moroccan culture and etiquette to ensure you have a respectful and enjoyable experience.

Disconnecting from Technology: The desert offers a chance to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Enjoy the opportunity to unwind and embrace the slower pace of the desert environment.


All this you will find in the best new year in Morocco desert trip that we have prepared for you in the desert of ERG CHEBBI, whose translation is the sea of the desert, the king of the deserts of Morocco, for its giant dunes, exoticism and its great extension.

A journey full of new experiences, emotions and fun. With us you will receive 2024 in the best possible way.

It is a great opportunity to say goodbye to the year 2023 with family, friends, co-workers, in the Sahara desert under the starry sky, and receive the new year with a spectacular sunrise that you will never forget.


December 29, 2023: Marrakech - Ouarzazate - Dades Gorges.

First thing in the morning, our guide will pick you up at your Hotel/Riad in Marrakech. We will leave towards the south of Morocco through the high Atlas mountain range, one of the best roads in this area, will take us to the port of Tizi N’Tichka, which reaches its peak at 2,260 meters.

A place where you will have the opportunity to enjoy beautiful panoramic views and a landscape that will change at every turn until our arrival in Ouarzazate, the city of cinema and the thousand Kasbas, where we will have free time to eat. After this rest we will continue our journey passing by the «Palmeral de Skoura» discovering its numerous Kasbas,, we will continue through the famous valley of roses. Typical Moroccan dinner and accommodation in a quality hotel or riad in the Dades Valley.

December 30, 2024: Dades Gorges - Todra Gorges - Merzouga.

After enjoying a delicious breakfast at the hotel we will continue our year-end trip to the desert, crossing the Gorges of Dades where we will make stops to observe several typical villages built in adobe. We will arrive at the gorges of TODRA, located in the south of Morocco, will have free time to take a walk and enjoy its impressive cliffs, then we will continue crossing the immense palm grove of TINGHIR, one of the most beautiful in Morocco to reach the city of ERFOUD.


From there, we will head to the wonderful Sahara Desert, exactly to Merzouga to the golden dunes of Erg Chebbi, where we will spend the night in a hotel with pool at the gates of the desert, a true oasis in the heart of the Sahara.

December 31, 2023: Excursion around the desert

It is advisable to get up early to see the sunrise from the top of the great dune. Breakfast, new desert day in the area, the Oasis of Merzouga, the village of Negros, nomads in Jaimas and the village and the Oasis of Tissardmine.In the afternoon we will change the 4×4 by the dromedaries ‘8×8’. Climbed camels, we will cross the dunes until we reach the remote camp of Jaimas located in the heart of the desert, starry night accompanied by the silence of the desert. Festival of drums and special dinner New Year in the camp.

January 1, 2024 - New Year: Desert to Ouarzazate

We will rise early to contemplate the beautiful spectacle of the sunrise on a sea of sands. We will ride again on dromedaries back towards Hostel to take a shower and a good breakfast, then we will head towards Rissani first imperial city of Morocco to visit its legendary market and Continuation towards Tazzarine passing by Alnif, in the middle of the Mader basin. we will continue our journey towards the wonderful Valley of Draâ richest in the production of dates. with its millions of palm trees, panoramic tour of the valley then we will cross the anti Atlas and arrive at the end to Ouarzazate.

2nd of January: Ouarzazte to Marrakech

In Ouarzazate you can visit if you like cinema, the film studios where many famous Hollywood films have been shot. Then we turn off to visit the famous Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou (World Heritage). Free time to stroll through the kasbah and climb to its summit to contemplate the views. We will cross again the mountains of the Great Atlas with its beautiful landscapes. We will arrive in Marrakech in the afternoon. This is the edn of our New year in Morocco.


The price of his New year in morocco tour can vary depending on the number of people in the group, and the level of accommodation. Generally, a budget-friendly tour can cost around $450 per person, while a more luxurious tour can cost upwards of $500 per person.


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    Is this a private or group tour?
    Only a private option is available for the 2-day tour from Marrakech to Merzouga.

    How long does the camel journey take?
    The camel ride to the camp takes about one hour.

    Is there another way to get to the camp besides Camels?
    Yes, for travelers who prefer not to ride camels, we use a 4×4 car to transport them to and from the camp at no extra cost. You simply need to notify us at the time of booking.

    Cancelation Policy:
    To receive a full refund, cancel at least 15 days before the start date of the experience.

    Are the tents at desert camp private or shared?
    The tents are always private, but the bathrooms at standard camp are shared, whereas at luxury camp, the tents are private with private bathroom.

    Can we hire a quad bike in the Merzouga desert?

    Of course, yes, simply you should only let your driver or guide know about your activities in the desert.

    Why the 2 Day Desert Tour Marrakech?

    The 2 Days Sahara Desert Tour to Erg Chebbi dunes and back to Marrakech are highly recommended simply if you are on a tight schedule.


    There are many tour options available from Marrakech to Merzouga desert, but here are some of the best tours that are highly recommended:

    Private or shared 3-Day Desert Tour from Marrakech to Merzouga: This tour is one of the most popular and highly recommended tours to Merzouga.

    3-Day Desert Tour from Marrakech to Fes: This tour is a perfect choice for travelers who want to combine between Marrakech and Fes and experience the magic of the Sahara desert.

    Private 4-Day Desert Tour from Marrakech to Merzouga: This tour offers a more personalized experience as you’ll have a private driver and vehicle throughout the tour.

    2-Day Zagora Desert Tour from Marrakech: This tour is perfect for travelers looking for a shorter and budget-friendly tour option.

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