In Er Rachidia a guy proposed to take us to the desert. This wasn't in my planning but the suggestion and practical possibilities were attractive.
He would take us to HIS hotel where we could chose between a normal room (with shared bathroom) for 30 Dirham per person, a beduin tent (25 dirham) or sleeping in the open air (20 dirham).
The kids had never seen a desert so we went... and slept in the comfortable tent with good matrasses
We wanted to experience sleeping in a bivouac (nomad tent) in the middle of the desert and we got what we wanted. Though when we got to the hotel/campground, the manager showed us the hotel rooms in case we want to stay in the hotel instead. The rooms were really small...no windows and no air condition. The tents sounded much better. The staff were really nice...actually extra nice, service was great and food was great.
The hotel/campground is located right on the dunes.
Price was unbelievable. $15/night includes dinner and breakfast.
If you choose to sleep in the tents, shower and restrooms are available. As for the bivouacs, they are set up with 2 single beds/clean sheets, lamps and they are carpeted. Was a little bit worried of scorpions but didn't see one.
I spent 2 weeks there. It was great. Everything is clean there, and the food is awesome!!!! The hotel's owner is a French woman. She's always telling us all the secrets of the desert... she is a very nice woman. Also all the stuff is nice, always smilling.
The context is gorgeous. The hotel is just by the send dunes.
The architerture, is very typical. It is really a litle haven.
On the western edge of Erg Chebbi, literally within spitting distance of the start of the dunes, are about two dozen 'auberge' hotels. They all seem pretty similar and offer the same tours and facilities, same food and same 'authentic' Berber experience, so which one you choose is entirely up to you.
I chose the Auberge Yasmina , north of the village of Hassi Labied, and right at the far northern end of the dunes. I worked on the principle that this end of the dunes, being farthest away from most people's point of entry, would be emptiest. Of course sometimes other people have the same idea and the master plan backfires! Fortunately this time it worked out - it's not that I'm anti-social but somehow the magic of the desert is reduced if there are dozens of others there with you.
Anyway, the rooms were fine as was the food and the staff, although it's a bit more expensive than some of the others nearer the main drag. It's also right by the lake (if you're there in March) and good for seeing rare birds.
Auberge Berberes Merzouga Erg Chebbi
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Auberge Berberes is a special place on the dunes of Erg Chebbi, South Morocco. The Sahara welcomes you to enjoy nature in our company!
Auberge Berberes is located right where the dunes of Erg Chebbi start. From here, as you jump out the front door you’ll be already in the dunes.
A visit to Morocco is not completed if Erg Chebbi dunes are not visited. Here you’ll enjoy fine orange sand dunes that extend as far as 30km.
Sahara Desert invites you to spend some time with us. Our hotel is equipped to fully satisfy your stay.
Auberge Berberes - Chez OUNIR Frères
Dunes of Merzouga
Regional Saharan Cuisine
Excursions in camels to Sahara
Erg Chebbi Dunes
Erg Chebbi is a part of Sahara with amazing orange dunes. If only about 30% of Sahara Desert itself is sand, Erg Chebbi is part of it, with something special: Its unique energy and fantastic sceneries makes you arrive somewhere you will never forget. A visit to Morocco is not completed if Erg Chebbi dunes are not visited. Here you’ll enjoy fine orange sand dunes that extend as far as 30km diameter.
How to get to Auberge Berberes?
Merzouga is the most famous villages surrounding Erg Chebbi
After Rissani’s entrance gate you will take 19km of asphalt road direction Merzouga until you reach or road sign with advertising the hotel (You can see the picture aside). From the sign you will drive yourself 10km of desert tracks following the small white sticks on the tracks until you reach our hotel. You can also take the more difficult 38km desert tracks from Erfoud directly to our Hotel without passing in Rissani. If by any chance you don’t feel comfortable on doing this by yourself, we will be more than happy to wait for you on the road near the sign. Please contact us before you reach Rissani.
Auberge Berberes offers Single Rooms, Double Rooms, Triple Rooms and Berber Tent in Sahara. Our rooms are decorated with Saharan taste and will make you enjoy each moment. Our staff will join you for that “Tea in Sahara” you always dreamt of.
Double Room 150DH p/pax half-board
Single Room 150DH p/pax half-board
Restaurant with Berber Moroccan cuisine
You can taste the real food of Sahara and Morocco in our hotel’s restaurant. We can offer you diverse home made food made by our specialized staff. You can try our famous couscous or tajine.
Full meal 70DH p/pax
Breakfast 20DH p/pax
Our Berber tents are without a doubt one of the best from all the tents in the region. Our tents are located right on the dunes and you can have your own space and live right on the dunes. We orientate our tents to a central communal space that has a fire place that will be the perfect thing for you to enjoy cold Sahara nights watching the starts.
200DH p/pax half-board
Our groups of tents are enough to provide space to big groups that wish to enjoy Sahara with lots of music, party and all Sahara has to offer. We have a group of tents that group all together to a main one (big tent) and several other small tents for desert accommodation.
Dromedary Excursions into Sahara
Our hotel has a group of dromedaries (camels have 2 humps and they don't exist in Africa). From our hotel you can head the dunes and enter a unforgettable journey into deep Sahara, where for a couple of hours you’ll be taken by us to where your mind no longer controls directions, where you’ll deliver yourself to the dunes, the starts, your guide and finally our Oasis. This price includes camel trip, guide, Oasis welcome tea, Oasis Berber Tent, dinner, breakfast;
2-Sun set and Sun rise
You can enjoy a 2 hours journey into the dunes until you reach that special place to enjoy the best Sun rise/set of your life.
1dirham (DH) is about 1 euro.
This is were we stayed in the golden dunes. We were already used to spending the night in a Berber tent (see Zagora) : very comfortable, very protective against the sun during the day and the cold during the night. But they aren't definitely waterproof ;-) Our friend Maud could tell you. She was sleeping just under a hole when the rain started ! Sarah and I had a more or less good night sleep. We were fully equiped with our cheich, the hoods of our sleeping bags and of our jackets or pullovers. Desert under the rain, an off-the-beaten-path experience not a lot of people have had anyway !
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The doors of Sahara open to salute and receive your visit. «Les Portes du Désert» is a new Hotel on the bottom of the dunes of Erg Chebbi just 2 km out of Merzouga Village. Merzouga is a interesting Saharan village located right below the big Dune of Chebbi.
It’s with great effort that Les Portes du Désert tries to maintain a unique ambiance to give great satisfaction to its clients. The entire hotel is decorated with great sensibility blending various styles of décor, from Arabesque to Andaluse to a mixture of European style in its practical conception and comfort. Although we do achieve great ambiance on the hotel itself, the place where the Hotel is located already gives great and unique atmosphere.
Les Portes du Désert has French/Moroccan management combining this way two different views that work together to pursuit European quality service thru an traditional Saharan establishment. The Hotel is located right aside the dunes and you can enjoy great Terrace views and unique scenes. Indeed Les Portes du Désert is a place to visit and get lost in the Sahara.
Double and Single Rooms
One of our first priorities of «Hotel Les Portes du Désert» is to give the maximum comfort possible for a Saharan environment. This way we offer in our accommodations European Style comfort along with Moroccan design. You will find in all our rooms useful design utensils fully decorated with arabesque décor and fully equipped European style private bathrooms.
Did you ever wish to have a house style accommodation right on the edge of the dunes? «Hotel Les Portes du Désert» offers 3 private Suites right on the dunes, combining comfort in a king size bed room, double room and a living room. This family type suite is the perfect place to gather your family and enjoy all Sahara has to give in a cosy magnificently decorated Suite.
*All accommodations have private bathroom/shower and air conditioner
Hotel Les Portes du Désert» specializes in giving great local cuisine in a magical well decorated dining area. It’s always a preoccupation to give authentic south Moroccan flavours to our clients so our Moroccan kitchen crew does the real cuisine making you feel invited to a friend’s house and not to a hotel restaurant. Our creative staff will serve you with great enthusiasm and local musical animation. This region of Sahara is indeed very rich in musical rhythms and variety of styles.
One of the must impressive features of «Hotel Les Portes du Désert» is without a doubt the terrace view. Has our hotel is located right where the dunes start and part of the hotel is actually constructed on the dunes, you will have an excellent view of the great orange dunes of Erg Chebbi. During Spring and Summer evenings this 300m2 terrace is fully animated with dinning area and local entertainment in 3 big nomad Berber tents where you can enjoy great views, relax and enjoy life at its best.
Hotel Les Portes du Désert» swimming pool area is in fact on of the favourites along our clients. When Sahara get warmer, this is the perfect combination for great service, fine ambiance and Sahara Sun. Hotel Les Portes du Désert has its swimming pool area open 24h a day with bar service, so you’ll be able to enjoy that 1 o’clock in the morning private moment drinking delicious mint tea.
Hotel Les Portes du Désert» arranges bivouac service, camel excursions to the dunes to enjoy Sun rise and Sun set on the dunes and several days camel epeditions in the dunes. We have already some pre-arranged destinations but we are open to your requests and desires. Tell us what you have in mind an have a great time in our company!
Quad & 4x4 Expeditions
Hotel Les Portes du Désert rents Quad Services. You can rent 4x4 moto and ride yourself on the dunes and in the region.
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The dunes of Erg Chebbi are a must while in Morocco. Morocco is vast in different landscapes, but yet, a visit to this country is not completed if Erg Chebbi dunes are not visited.
« Auberge de Charme - Ksar Sania» » is a special Auberge located right in front of the big dune of Erg Chebbi that provides fine service with superb quality accommodations right in the dunes of Merzouga.
« Auberge de Charme - Ksar Sania» » settles in a little Oasis on the bottom of the big dune of Merzouga, the Grand Erg – The Erg Chebbi- Sahara. The big dune of Merzouga rises up to 150m high and it shares with visitor’s excellent energy and amazing sceneries
The French management of Françoise, created in Ksar Sania an unbelievable Auberge where an excellent “décor de bon goût” and fine quality accommodations gets comfort in Sahara to its best. Sania neo-traditional decoration and chosen background music indeed makes a different ambiance from what the Sahara is use to. «Charme» and Sahara all together.
« Auberge de Charme - Ksar Sania» stands for the most special Oasis along the dunes of Erg Chebbi. Ksar Sania is a special Auberge located right in front of the big dune of Erg Chebbi that provides fine service with superb quality accommodations right in the dunes of Merzouga.
Françoise, your host, welcomes you to pass unbelievable holidays on her «Auberge de Charme.»
The Salon will be the first area you will be in contact with. This Salon shares space with Reception desk and will welcome you making you feel already the ambiance and quality of our service
Ksar Sania has 26 rooms all with a different letter from the French alphabet:
“A” for “Afrique”, “B” “Berbere”, “C” “Caïdele”, “D” for ”Dune”, “E” for ”Essaouira”, “F” for ”Fibule”, “G” for ”Gnawa”, “H” for ”Himble”, “I” for ”India”, “J” for ”Jacaranda”, “K” for ”Kasbah”, “L” for ”Lixus”, “M” for ”Majorelle”, “N” for ”Nomade”, “O” for ”Oasis”, “P” for ” Potiers”, “Q” for ” Quartz”, “R” for ” Rifaine”, “S” for ”Safron”, “T” for ”Todra”, “U” for ”Univers”, “V” for ”Volubilis”, “W” for ”Warda”, “X” for ”Xerus”, “Y” for ”Yucca”, “Z” for ”Zaouia”.
Ksar Sania has a profound ambiance and charismatic decoration. Our special suites offer a lovely stay and will make you time in Sahara even better. Our special ornamented rooms are decorated with local chosen handicraft creating a special ambiance with fine taste and extreme comfort. The Luxurious Suite “L” for “Lixus” is a palace type decorated suite with air conditioner, complete bathroom and cozy environment
Ksar Sania offers great refined cuisine all with local ingredients. You can taste all Moroccan specialities in our interior dining area or enjoy the relaxation of our swimming pool terrace.
The swimming pool makes our clients enjoy the hot weather of Sahara with style. Our well decorated terrace as a central swimming pool and all along its edges you can relax in sofas and drink that min tea you are so anxious about.
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For leisure, business or celebration, Hotel Yasmina offer you choice, fantasy quality in the real Sahara!
Hotel Yasmina celebrates its new rebuild hotel facilities in order to provide the best conditions for its clients combining both the Saharan ambiance and clean comfortable accommodations.
Kasbah Yasmina Hotel offer great lodging while in South Morocco in Erg Chebbi Dunes - Merzouga. With excellent ambiance, camping and car parking facilities, our hotel is ideal venues for pleasure, family vacation, short breaks, offering high standards of accommodation and service within Sahara desert.
Yasmina is located right on the bottom of the dunes of Erg Chebbi, more precisely in "ras al-erg" which mean in the head of the dunes, the dunes of Erg Chebbi. Yasmina has one of the best views for the dunes, as it is settled on the top a a hill, surrounded by a lake and sand dunes. The best spot in Merzouga.
Hotel Yasmina - Erg Chebbi Dunes - Merzouga
Hotel Yasmina is the well known hotel in the region of the dunes of Erg Chebbi due to its surrounding lake. Anyone wanting to see flamingos in Morocco has to come to the lake which already has the name "Yasmina Lake". Yasmina is located right on the bottom of the dunes of Erg Chebbi, more precisely in "ras al-erg" which mean in the head of the dunes, the dunes of Erg Chebbi. Yasmina has one of the best views for the dunes, as it stands on the top a a hill, surrounded by a lake and sand dunes. The best spot in Merzouga.
Already with more than 20 years of tourism experience, Yasmina enters into a new era of renovation. The newly hotel upgrades and rebuilding offers now better quality, better accommodation and comfort right on the dunes of Sahara Desert.
Yasmina has 20 rooms at you disposal. These newly built rooms are fully equipped to European standards and makes the perfect combination with the strong environment of Sahara.
We offer great service, dromedary excursions, excursions in 4x4 all over Morocco and in the region, traditional music soirees, folklore festivals.
Our rooms are well equipped to fulfil your travel needs, all with private toilet, clean, newly constructed, private terrace where you can enjoy chill nights watching the stars. We have 20 rooms available and at your service. We have Single Rooms, Double Rooms, Triple Rooms, Family Rooms. Our prices are very competitive and its our special service that makes the difference.
Every room has a different colour which gives the hotel a whole energy very appropriate to Sahara Desert, Music and happiness.
Our capable local kitchen staff will make you taste the food from the region. Morocco and its internationally well known dishes is indeed the place to experience new flavours. The Saharan region also has its specialities, and from couscous to different Tajines, you'll taste it all in our company.
Live Berber Music from Sahara
Every night we offer live music. The Saharan music from this region of Merzouga is quite special and diffeent from others in Morocco. For music lovers, our music is indeed something to listen and play! You're always invited to play with us or just feel the beat dancing in our Hotel front lobby or in the front terrace facing the dunes and the amazing view of Erg Chebbi.
4x4 Tours in Morocco
If you decide to have our help to see Morocco, we provide 4x4 transportation services all around Morocco. We can drive you throughout the best sites in the country and make you experience what Morocco has as best.
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The Sahara welcomes you to one of the most interesting places to stay while visiting the amazing dunes of Erg Chebbi South East Morocco.
Auberge Restaurant Café du Sud makes your journey into the heart of the Moroccan Sahara a truly memorable experience.
Our friendly staff invites you to spend time with us and enjoy adventure or relaxation in the Sahara, the most mythic desert of the world.
Auberge Restaurant Café du Sud is located right on the bottom of the biggest sand dunes of the whole northwest part of Africa called "The Dunes of Erg Chebbi", having all the magic, wonderful and unique energy of the Sahara.
Our Hotel has a restaurant with great Moroccan food with all the typical dishes of the region.
Our rooms decorated with pure Saharian taste are indeed something to remember after you visit us.
Auberge Restaurant Café du Sud's special crew will give you thrill and adventure through out Sahara Desert and organize trips to other amazing places in Morocco. We organize programs like nights in Berber tents below the stars in the Sahara; Trips on dromedaries throughout the dunes and lost Oasis; Private groups to desert adventures; Journeys in 4WD to the South of Morocco and Desert tracks along the surroundings of Erg Chebbi Dunes and New Year parties.
Berber tents in the Sahara
Trips in dromedaries
Private groups and organizations
Journeys in 4x4
New Year's Eve Party in Sahara
Hotel Auberge Cafe du Sud now have new LUXURY rooms that for the ones that wish to spend a bit more on a very nice experience in Sahara you can choose a little bit more expensive then the other rooms they have and get the full experience! hehe, they have 4 new decorated rooms each with different moods from the desert: the cave, with stones from all the region, the camel room with drawing and stones making camels, the tent and the sahara room. they are all double bed + small bed rooms. all with lux private bathroom, amazing rooms. check out all the pictures.
Auberge Restaurant Café du Sud.have new Luxury rooms decorated with pure Saharian style that will make you remember your stay for ever.
Auberge Restaurant Café du Sud has different types of facilities for you and one of the most asked are the Berber tents. Either in the middle of the Sahara or near our main building, you can experience the real life of a nomad inside a real desert tent. This experience is perfect for star lovers and makes the perfect romantic spot for lovers.
Auberge Restaurant Café du Sud excelent tours in dromedaries are one of the most chosen services and probably along with others the most well kept in your memory after your trip to Morocco. Our special crew will take you on unforgettable trips through the Sahara's dunes of Erg Chebbi, where you can reach our private Oasis or where you can enjoy Sun rise or Sun set on the dunes.
Auberge Restaurant Café du Sud can arrange everything you wish to organize your friends vacations. Special events can be arranged in order to make you and your group of friends have an amazing time in their Desert experience. Bikers, Campers, Classic cars, Young people, etc. Just let us know in advance.
Auberge Restaurant Café du Sud can arrange wonderful trips in the Sahara's Desert tracks driven by professional drivers. Also races, expeditions, private tours, renting 4x4 can be arranged.
Journeys in 4WD to Southern Morocco and Desert tracks along the surroundings of Erg Chebbi Dunes will give you thrill and adventure. Contact us for information.
Auberge Restaurant Café du Sud organizes New Years Eve activities and parties.
We prepare music, games and an amazing dinner that you'll never forget while you spend you new years party in the Sahara Desert. Have you ever thought in any other better way of starting the New Year?
Sorry, this is not in Merouga but Tamtattouchte, beyond of Tinghir.
You can spend quiet time in the beauty of a rural scene.
Pick up with you your sleeping bag and sleep under one of the greatest skys of the world covered of stars. It's an incredible experience and the sand floor is soft enough to be comfortable.
The unique problem is if it is windy, because sand is going to be everywhere.
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