In Morocco, the northwest region of the sprawling Sahara Desert, March marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. There's usually still snowfall (and cold temperatures) in the nearby High Atlas mountain range, but weather is generally comfortable in the desert. Expect highs in the upper 60s and lows in the lower 40s.
Compared to sunny February, March sees more cloudy days—and there's a slightly higher chance of rain, not to mention the possibility of a sandstorm. Even though you might not have a glorious sunset over the dunes each night, you'll usually have good weather for outdoor activities during the day. And thanks to the rising temperatures that come with the start of spring, you won't have to pack your warmest winter clothing for after nightfall, either.
For more, see our article on Morocco in March.
Crowds & Costs
High season for tourism in Morocco happens later in the year. March is an excellent time to plan a visit: you won't have to battle crowds of tourists or book your excursions months ahead of time, and you won't have to worry about uncomfortably warm temperatures or elevated prices. That said, any kind of travel in the desert can be logistically complicated, so always plan your itinerary in advance, especially if you want to camp.
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What To Do
Hike in the dunes, take a camel ride, stargaze by an open fire, visit desert towns: pleasant weather (and the relative lack of crowds) make March a wonderful time for any kind of outdoor activity in the Moroccan Sahara.
One special attraction at this time of year is the International Nomads Festival, taking place in and around the far-flung oasis village of M’Hamid El Ghizlane. With three days of celebration featuring music, art, and food, it's an event worth planning your visit around—especially since a trip here takes you off the beaten path. From M'Hamid, you can go on a Jeep adventure to Erg Chigaga, a massive "sand sea." You can camp here, too, if you plan ahead: it's an unforgettable experience.
Events in March
mid-March to early April - International Nomads Festival This three-day open-air festival, which takes place in the oasis village of M’Hamid El Ghizlane, celebrates the music, dance, crafts, and poetry of the Sahara's nomadic cultures. Check the website for exact dates: the festival usually happens in the latter half of March or early April.
dates vary - Ramadan Muslims fast during the daylight hours, from dawn to sunset.
Visiting the Morrocan Sahara in March? 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.