Centred around the enormous number of dates grown around here, being one of the biggest - if not the biggest - palmeraie in Morocco stretching from Er Rachidia down to Rissani, this festival is timed with the harvesting time for dates.This was the first time that Ive been in the area and to ERfoud in time for the harvest and for the festival and...more
if you have to stay in a town well Rissani is the choice - its the historical town/city for the sahara in that area, the major city for the caravan routes that went down through there - there are things to see in Rissani such as the souks which are rather specifically things well worth seeing when in that area - i wouldnt go to the area or Rissani...more
The sand dunes of Merzouga are one of the stars of the Moroccan tourist circuit.Most tour groups use Erfoud rather than Rissani as the staging post before Megouza: it has the necessary restaurants and hotels. Trips by Landrover can easily be arrranged, many leaving at a thoroughly ungodly hour in order to cantch the sunrise.At eleven or so they...more
It is about a 45 minute drive by four wheel drive from the hotel in Erfoud to the Saharan dunes. The drivers let you out and point you eastward. You can be lazy and take a camel across the dunes or you can set off on foot. We chose to hoof it. There is no danger of getting lost because a host of Touaregs will descend on you as soon as you set forth...more
Ok. Ok. It's not really possible to take much of anything from the Sahara. But still, words of wisdom to live by when visiting any fragile ecosystem. The Sahara is spectacularly beautiful in its starkness, but we would not want to have the whole world to be this barren.more
B.P. 64, Erfoud, Morocco
Good for: Business
205, Route Errachidia, Erfoud, 52202, Morocco
Good for: Families
B.P: 251, route Errachidia, Erfoud, Morocco
Good for: Business
You can have all sorts of moroccan dishes from Tajines to Harera, Tanjia, salads etc.
Be sure not to pay more than 35 or 40 dirhams for a tajine. usualy is 25 but it some times depends.
Be sure if you're a vegetarian and if you ask for a vegetarian tajine to say 100 times that you don't even want the taste of meat in you plate, cos they'll just take the meat out and let the sauce in.
Erfoud is pretty quiet. I have to say that there did not seem to be any group tours around during my short stay - all the tourist restaurants at the bottom of Av Mohammed V were quiet or dead -
The place shuts down fairly early, with the busy cafe of the Hotel Mergouza empty and closing up by eleven. At one in the morning I went up to the roof of my hotel to have a smoke and look at the rising moon. The quiet was absolute, the silence deep enough for me to be able to hear the clicking of an unseen dog's claws as it ran acoss along the pavement.
Its a soft, yet bumpy ride from Erfoud to the Saharan dunes. Noting but sand. The road peters out by and by. The drivers pick their way through the sand dunes while keeping the wheels moving. Don't want to get bogged down in the sand and have to push out. We were in a convey of seven four by fours. The drivers seemed to race each other as they...more
The main stores selling stone articles, fossils & decorative minerals are strung out along the main road from Er Rachidia to Rissani.
Smaller workshops can be found South of town - on the road that leads over the Ziz towards Burj Est, The same stuff but cheaper.
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Im still reading here and there, and noticed it showing still on the new edition of the Michelin map, of which I have always recommended as the best map for the roads around Morocco, that the main road to Merzouga and therefore the desert dunes and so on as being direct from Erfoud bypassing Rissani ie the piste/rough road is from Rissani and the...more
Our Taureg dune guide was very cheerful and really eager to please. He was insistent that he take our photograph. I handed over the camera and later found out that I had been cut off at mid forehead. Oh well, that's ok. I know what I look like and don't need to have pictures of myself cluttering up the photo albums.more
If you thing that the desert is a lonnely place with sand, hot and camels... you are wrong!
It is crouded, lots of people, mostly turists, and of course locals.
Unique Suggestions: If you must, go, but take some money with you, because you will find locals asking you to
Over there, on the far side of that big dune, lies Algeria. Just a couple miles from where we watched the sunrise. I'd love to be able to paint Algeria blue on my world vt map, but unless I physically cross the border, it doesn't count, does it? If I understood our Taureg correctly, his encampment was in a small oasis in Algeria. Tauregs roam the Sahara with little regard for national boundaries.
Favorite thing: This is the place where all the actions goes in Erfoud. If you need a cab it's here, if you need a bus its here, I mean everything. Bus tickets, groceries, food, etc...