At the gates of the great red desert …
Notice to travelers looking for adventure! Merzouga and Erg Chebbi are one of the main attractions of south-eastern Morocco. In this ocher desert, the monumental dunes move and deform along the winds, offering the traveler a spectacle as bright as colorful. The landscape becomes more and more wild as one goes east. Family, couple and even solo, it’s an ideal trip!
Merzouga is a small Saharan village located in southeastern Morocco, at the foot of the Erg Chebbi dunes, in the Tafilalet valley. For centuries the region has been a real crossroads between the civilizations of the African desert. Many kasbah inns border Erg Chebbi. Some are held by Berber families who will make you discover all facets of their culture and gastronomy.
As a part of our trip to Morocco, we did a 3-days-tour to visit the desert of Merzouga. It was an incredible experience not only because visiting the desert cannot be compared to anything you’ve ever done but also for the cultural shock it is to visit traditional Berber towns and their people.
If you are planning to visit the Sahara desert in Morocco you have two main options: Merzouga or Zagora. Each destination offers you a different experience so it is up to you to decide which one of them is better for your trip.
Now, some details:
Tours visiting the Merzouga region from Marrakech last 3 days (2 nights, one of them in the desert). This allows tourists to visit other parts of Morocco while travelling to the desert, such as Aït Benhaddou, Tinghir or the Todgha gorges. The town of Merzouga is just at the entrance of the Erg Chebbi sand dunes, which means it is full of hotels and tourist-related activities.
Desert of Merzouga
From the town of Merzouga it is really easy to take a camel ride or a 4×4 and be surrounded by sand dunes, without anything else to see 360º on the horizon. The shock is quite appalling and the landscape extremely beautiful. Erg Chebbi is full of haimas where you can spend the night or a few days, so you have a lot of options to chose; but, on the other hand, having other haimas around you the feeling of solitude is somehow diluted.
Neither the amount of tourists or haimas prevent you from having an amazing experience.