We are planning a 15 day holiday in Morocco in June 2014. We will be in Fes and want to travel to Merzouga and do the overnight camel trek into the desert, then 2 nights between Merzouga and Marrakesh. My questions are - how long is this journey by car? (Fes to Merzouga). I guess it is between 6 and 8 hours. Is it too long to do in one day to then go on the camel trek the same evening? Would it be better to stay overnight along the way and if so where? Should we hire a driver/guide for this part of our trip (Fes to Marrakesh) as the distances are vast and I think we would be able to appreciate the scenery/journey better if we were not doing the driving ourselves.
Do all the overnight camel treks leave from Merzouga or are there other places they leave from? Any advice or ideas are appreciated - thanks!