Sands of Serenity: Exploring the Wonders of Agafay Desert

The Agafay desert is located thirty kilometers in the South of Marrakech and extends over several hundred acres. This rocky desert can be likened to a sand desert. Indeed, its white dunes stand and landscape are similar to the Sahara dunes. In the middle of the desert, is a surprising oasis, a haven of peace and tranquility, where the fauna and flora can easily develop. In this paradise, frogs and turtles live peacefully in the oueds, surrounded by water and rocks. Lost in the dunes are still some Berber villages that continue to exist in this austere but sublime nature.

In the Agafay desert, a realm of captivating contrasts, visitors can immerse themselves in a wide range of activities that highlight the unique beauty and culture of the region. Adventurers can explore the rugged terrain on quad bikes or buggies, navigating through the rocky landscape and experiencing the thrill of off-road driving. For a more traditional and serene journey, camel rides offer a timeless way to traverse the white dunes, echoing the ancient caravan routes that once crossed these lands. As evening falls, the desert transforms into a magical setting for dining under the stars. Guests can indulge in delicious Moroccan cuisine at a Berber camp, accompanied by the soothing sounds of traditional music and the warmth of a campfire. Luxury campsites in the Agafay desert provide an unparalleled glamping experience, where comfort meets wilderness, offering well-appointed tents with modern amenities amidst the untouched nature. Yoga sessions at sunrise, set against the backdrop of the tranquil desert landscape, offer a rejuvenating start to the day, while spa treatments in this serene environment provide ultimate relaxation. Cultural enthusiasts can visit the nearby Berber villages, gaining insight into the resilient lifestyle of the local inhabitants and their harmonious relationship with this austere yet enchanting environment. For those who appreciate stargazing, the clear, unpolluted skies of the Agafay desert offer a breathtaking view of the night sky, making it an ideal spot for astronomy enthusiasts. The combination of adventure, relaxation, and cultural immersion makes the Agafay desert a destination that offers something truly unique for every traveler. Whether you are seeking the adrenaline rush of desert sports, the tranquility of a yoga session at dawn, or the rich cultural experiences of interacting with Berber villagers, the Agafay desert promises an unforgettable journey into a landscape that is as majestic as it is serene.

Among the many activities offered, here are some detailed options :

Embark on an unforgettable 2-hour quad ride through the breathtaking landscapes of the Agafay desert. Accompanied by a guide, you’ll explore the desert on a private tour, with several stops along the way to take photos and enjoy a tea break in a traditional bivouac. 


Experience the heart of Agafay on a memorable camel ride. After a one-hour journey, enjoy a traditional tea break. This activity is perfect for discovering the desert with family or friends!


Spend a pool day with lunch

Short on time during your stay and prefer a day trip? We have a great option for you. Choose from a selection of camps offering day passes, which include access to the pool and a meal (lunch or dinner) with a panoramic view of the desert. The menus are predominantly Moroccan, and day pass.

Glamping in the Agafay Desert

Experience the epitome of luxury and comfort amidst the stark beauty of the Agafay Desert with a glamping adventure. This unique activity blends the best of outdoor camping with high-end amenities, offering an unforgettable stay in one of Morocco’s most captivating landscapes.

Accommodation: Stay in spacious, beautifully furnished tents that provide all the comforts of a high-end hotel. These luxury tents come equipped with comfortable beds, plush linens, en-suite bathrooms, and sometimes even air conditioning and Wi-Fi. Private terraces offer stunning views of the desert and the Atlas Mountains, allowing you to soak in the serene environment in complete comfort.

Activities: Glamping is not just about staying in a luxurious tent; it’s about immersing yourself in the beauty and culture of the desert. Enjoy guided quad bike rides or camel treks through the rugged terrain, and explore the stunning white dunes that resemble those of the Sahara. At night, the desert becomes a magical setting for stargazing, with clear skies offering breathtaking views of the stars.

Dining: Delight in gourmet meals prepared with fresh, local ingredients. Many glamping sites offer dining under the stars, where you can savor traditional Moroccan cuisine by a campfire, accompanied by live traditional music. The culinary experience is designed to be both authentic and indulgent, making each meal a memorable part of your stay.

Wellness: Start your day with a peaceful yoga session at sunrise, set against the tranquil desert backdrop. Many glamping sites also offer spa treatments and traditional Moroccan hammams, allowing you to relax and rejuvenate in a serene environment.

Cultural Immersion: Visit nearby Berber villages to learn about the local culture and lifestyle. Engage with the friendly locals, discover their traditions, and gain insights into their harmonious relationship with the desert. This cultural interaction adds depth to your glamping experience, making it not just a luxurious getaway but also an enriching journey.

Contact Riad Hikaya to arrange nightlife and local tours involving the music scene in Marrakech.

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