The Sahara is the largest desert in the world, extending across a wide swath of Africa. Naturally, weather varies throughout the desert's subregions. In Morocco—in the desert's far northwest—February means comfortable and sunny weather during the day and chilly temperatures after dark.
Expect highs in the mid-60s and lows in the upper 30s. It's one of the driest and sunniest months in the region: at this time of year, you have a 60% chance of a sunny day and only a 3% chance of rain. Thanks to these ideal conditions, February is one of the best months of the year to visit the Moroccan Sahara.
For more, see our article on Morocco in February.
Crowds & Costs
February is not a peak travel time in Morocco, generally speaking: the high season happens later in the year in early autumn. The relative lack of crowds, combined with the sunny, cool weather in the Sahara, make February an appealing time to visit.
Due to the particular logistics of traveling in the desert, you'll want to plan ahead, as you would for any other trip—but you won't see higher-than-usual prices or booked-out hotels, as you would at some other times of the year.
What To Do
February, with its sunny days, pleasant temperatures, and a low chance of rain, is a perfect time for taking a camel ride or trekking the dunes at Erg Chebbi. It's a wonderful time to explore desert towns at a relaxed pace—you won't have to constantly seek shade or shelter, as you would in summer—and to seek out world-class photo ops at Ouarzazate, the desert oasis nicknamed the "Hollywood of Morocco." Check out the Cinema Museum of Ouarzazate to learn about the filming of “Lawrence of Arabia” and various other film and TV projects that have used this spectacular landscape as a set.
If you're interested in skiing or snowboarding, that's an option, too, in the nearby Atlas mountains. By night, enjoy stargazing—the days are slightly shorter now than they are in spring, summer, or fall, but the weather is perfect for relaxing by an open fire after dark.
Visiting the Morrocan Sahara in February? Check out these itineraries.
Moroccan Highlights: Fes, the Sahara Desert, & Marrakech - 6 Days This whirlwind trip takes you to Morocco's top attractions, including Fes, the Sahara Desert, and Marrakech.
Marrakech & Grand Tour of the Sahara Desert - 6 Days Explore the peaks of the High Atlas mountains and the vast sandy landscapes of the Sahara on this outdoorsy tour.
Morocco's Imperial Cities & the Sahara Desert - 13 Days See Casablanca, Fes, Essaouira, the Erg Chebbi Dunes and more on this well-rounded trip plan.