Merzouga Travel Guide

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Merzouga Things to Do

  • Dayet Sriji - of course

    Near the dunes is a really Saharan lake Dayet Sriji, the rest of the ocean, where comes various birds, incl. flamingo.But now there are not salt water of course and if does not rain for some time, which happens more often then the water dries up and then it is just sand without water so flamingos have to search water elsewhere.Camels like to go to...

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  • Go behind sand dunes

    You can do the trip by 4x4 behind sand dunes. Between them and the Algerian border is only hamada were are living nomads, who lives mainly on sheep, goats and camels, but also on to weave the cloths of camel hair for Bedouin tents, and on tourism. They are happy if you stay with them a little, maybe take lunch there and talk together.On the way you...

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  • Camel trek

    You can go to the dunes on a camel and sleep in a small oasis in a Bedouin tent, watch the sunrise and sunset, walk, climb up to the highest dune, etc. If you have quad or 4x4, then you can also try riding the dunes. You can also sky there. You can stay in the dunes for several days, riding on the camel from one oasis to another, learn more about...

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Merzouga Hotels

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  • Ksar Bicha

    A friendly, family-run kasbah, this is the favourite base to see the Merzouga dunes of the Sahara...

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  • Auberge Camping Sahara

    > Arrive before night fall > The Bourchok brothers are the very friendly inn hosts > Ask...

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  • Riad Nezha

    Darren, Thank you for a wonderful trip. While I have been on various other photographic tours, I had...

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Merzouga Restaurants

  • The second best

    In Khamlia village which is my absolutely favorite place in Morocco is only one restaurant, Cafe Nora. It is only restaurant, nothing other, I mean not a part of the hotel or camp or so.There I eat the second best food in Morocco, every time I am there I visit this cafe and if I not have the dinner so I take only the coffee, the best coffee, with...

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  • good local dishses such as Kalia!

    We had lunch at the auberge/hotel Kasbah Mohayut - you dont have to be an overnight guest at many of the hotels around the desert - give them a call if you can to let them know youd like to come for lunch or dinner is best to make sure and most places will normally be pleased to your custom and visit The norm is to be served condiments of olives...

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  • Don't miss the tagine

    When I took a 2 day trek into the Sahara, the guy who went with me hooked us up with some local food that some Berber tribe we met out there cooked. It was Tagine which is a slightly sweet stew served with bread. There were my two other backpacker friends, the guide, and five of the Berbers eating in a big circle. We each got a round of bread and...

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Merzouga Nightlife

  • Playing music, singing, telling stories...

    Yes, this activity requires a lot of concentration as you can see !! Like in Zagora, we spent the night eating tajines, telling stories, playing music and singing a little (especially our Berber guide because we don't speak Berber ;-)

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  • Full moon watching over dunes 1

    This is an amazing show, the moon, the sand dunes and the lake give and outstanding scene that you'll never forget.

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  • An early morning sunrise

    Nothing's much more fun than climbing up a gigantic sand dune for nearly an hour and then sitting down on it's crest to watch the sunrise or sunset and then running all the way back down the dune so fast that you lose your balance and tumble in the powder like sand.

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Merzouga Transportation

  • driving to Merzouga from Risanni

    Its definitely good tar sealed road all the way from Risanni to Merzouga - though maps still have the road as coming from Erfoud down the back way to Merzouga this road is not correct as it is really for those that know the way or for well skilled at driving in sandy conditions or have a 4x4.The actual tar sealed road, which has been insitu for...

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  • Take a camel out into the desert!

    Amazing ships of the desert!? I keep reading of people referring to camels as being stubborn, cantankerous and agro and all that stuff - i havent seen it yet!A trip to visit the desert around Merzouga is amazing! ive been privileged and blessed to have been driven way away by car off the usual tourist paths - along with the dealing with getting...

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  • Public transport to and from Merzouga

    I prefer travelling with my own transport, and have travelled here either with my own rental car or with Moroccan friends and recommend that for efficiency and just simply easier travelling re luggage, weather and temperature conditions and the number of places in the area that can be visited but with difficulty if without transport. For those...

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Merzouga Shopping

  • Headscarf

    a Touareg scarf is not only a nice souvenir or gift from the desert, but it also a practical sun and sand protector! hats only won't cover it, and i needed an extra scarf to protect my neck and shoulders....it is cotton and usually naturally coloredthe dark blue is for men, the light blue for womenthen, ask your guide to tight it up for...

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  • attractive Moroccan stamps for yr...

    Like most postoffices around Morocco they are open every day except Sundays and maybe a public holidays such as Mohammads birthday but they are few - some post offices shut for a 2 hour lunch break or so and some just have a short day such as 9am til 3pm which is the hours for the post office here at Merzouga 9-3pm Buy your stamps for your letters...

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  • Big carpet shop at Hassi Labied

    Was taken here to see the range and if anything special to take opportunity of - did see a very nice green rug of the style that is called Rabat - and a couple of others - but many carpet shops in Morocco are supplied with rugs made at Tazenakht - a production line for carpets to make quickly and sell for tourists - these would still be nice...

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Merzouga Local Customs

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    me and Ricardo on top of the big dune. almost 300 meters high. you can see plam trees and tents above.

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  • Meet the locals 11

    this is my friend Ricardo again. This picture is really good. could you imagine a guy with a mohac haircut in the middle of the dunes. well...nor did the locals, they just laughed ver much.

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  • Meet the locals 8

    Ricardo Diaswell... he's not quite a local you know... i made him this wonderful mohac. nice contrast this one with the oasis down below. this is from the top of the big dune of Erg Chibir

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Merzouga Warnings and Dangers

  • Scorpions and spider "Max"

    In Erg Chebbi you can meet scorpions and spider called "Max" from locals. Unfortunately I not know the right name of this spider. Both if you are bit of both you can be in dangerous.If scorpion bites you so the best is to try to cut a bit and suck out the poison, but immediately go to the doctor or health center to help you.Max can cause greater...

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  • No pharmacies or ATMs at Merzouga

    In Morocco pharmacists are able to provide and prescribe many drugs over the counter and are very knowledgeable and therefore very helpful if you become unwell...problems such as gastric upsets, diarrhea, urinary infections and so on can be set on the right track with a visit to a pharmacist. But Merzouga no longer has a pharmacy so anything you...

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  • rotten rachid refaff at SableD'or now at...

    one of the rottenest of the faux guides in Risanni, Rachid Refaff- telling me he must drive the piste to the lahmada and nearly writing the tyres off on the rocks totally unable to drive for the conditions, another time nearly ran a guy over on his motorbike and then was going to head into town after him to 'put a knife through his head'!! lead me...

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Merzouga Tourist Traps

  • Rissani

    Rissani, a small oasis town in Morocco, lies near the northwest edge of the Sahara, the last major city of about 40km west of Erg Chebbi. At the entrance to Rissani on the left side are ruins of the medieval city Sijilmassa and in the center is Ksar Abouaam, in English "The father of the year" which is just Moulay Ali Cherif who taught religion...

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  • its not difficult to get to Merzouga!

    faux guides at Risanni - the nearest town before heading out to the desert village and area of Merzouga - will maximise their chances of getting business by telling you its terrible piste to get there and you need their expertise to guide you!but its excellent tar sealed road all the way these days right through to even Taouz which is another...

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  • Do locals go to Merzouga, rent camels,...

    Of course they don't, that's why this can be seen as a "tourist trap". But like I said, the locals may not do it, but it's worth doing. Find a good, fun guide. Ali, my guide, was a young guy who was having a good time the entire trip telling us jokes and catching geckos or whatever those things were he kept throwing at us.

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Merzouga What to Pack

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    by karentids Updated Mar 17, 2007

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Head scarf is very useful, particularly in the dese4rt/sand dunes, if it is windy the scarf prevents grains of sand in your hair and face. It also looks attractive.
    Comfortable footwear for walking in the dunes

    Photo Equipment: Be careful grains of sand does not get into camera equipment, sometimes you cannot feel the sand but it can still get into lenses etc.

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Merzouga Off The Beaten Path

  • Sijilmassa

    Can not discuss Erg Chebbi without mentioning the sumptuous and mythical Sijilmassa. From 8 to 14 century it was a separate kingdom. Thanks to an important caravan and religious center, the city was in the eighth century an unprecedented prosperity during the next four centuries and trans-Saharan trade in West Africa has been well...

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  • Cidade perdida Hasi Ba Hallou

    A real off road trip is to the Lost City, Cidade Perdida Hasi Ba Hallou, but it takes a whole day or several days if you have time for it. It is further away from Taouz, against Tafraout (not mix it with Tafraoute located in Anti Atlas) and against Zagora can be said.You go through wonderful landscape, cross the river and continue along Tafilalet...

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  • Kasbah Taouz

    Taouz is in end of paved road, last military post also in this part. Town is small and nice with some coffee also. There is even small shops, the elementary school, college, post office and municipal authorities.But also near is old Kasbah Taouz, quite preserved can I say. Worth to visit. From there it is wonderful view over landscape also.

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Merzouga Sports & Outdoors

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    by johnsakura Written Jun 7, 2003

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    If you want to join them on a game their'll be more than happy to have a foreigner playing with them. It should be matter for conversation for the following moths on the village.

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Merzouga Favorites

  • The desert and blue sky

    Although most of the tourists stay only in Erg Chebbi and around so they not know much about surrounding which is marvelous.Take in your itinerary more days while planning your trip and allow you to learn more of the beautiful desert around Erg Chebbi.

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  • High speed internet in the Sahara

    You won't believe it, but in the very tiny village there is a modern internet cafe with high speed computers!We had to wait here a couple of hours, and decided to updat our weblog about our morocco holiday.These computers were high speed and well equiped. And we didn't had to pay much.

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  • The Weather in the area

    It's very important to check the weather before you visit that part of Morocco, athough, if you go in summer, you can bet it will be very very hot.Check these sites for Er Rachidia, which is very close to Merzouga:- www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/MOXX0020- weather.yahoo.com/forecast/MOXX0020.htmlHow to convert Farenheit into...

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Old painting near Taouz
Off The Beaten Path
do the overnight trip by camel out into the desert
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as everyone knows out into the dunes is the thing
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Bus and Desert Tour- Fes to Merzouga
Transportation
sleeping in the desert
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Rent-a-camel
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Scarab beetles
Off The Beaten Path
Several carpet and craft shops in town
Shopping
lake near Merzouga
Off The Beaten Path
A wonderful berber guide in Merzoouga!
Things to Do
Stay a night in the desert!
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Take a ride to Lake Dayet Sriji
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Listen live Gnaoua music
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Take a sand bath
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take a camel trip
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Don't lose your way
Warnings and Dangers
Drive in a normal car - no 4x4 needed
Transportation
Getting to the dunes
Off The Beaten Path
Overnight by camels
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khalia, wonderful khalia!! native to the sahara
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Camel caravan around the lake in the desert!
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The lake at the Yasmina, northwest Merzouga
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Changing Colours on the Dunes
Favorites
Rissani
Off The Beaten Path
Rental Cars on Pistes
Warnings and Dangers
Across the pistes
Transportation
Plane from Le Petit Prince
Off The Beaten Path
Sunrise on the Dunes
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Sunset on the Dunes
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Saharan Winds
Warnings and Dangers
Dunes of Merzouga
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Absolutely nothing
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Camel trip
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Rissani
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Visit a local dwelling in the desert
Off The Beaten Path
Gnawa Village
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be out and walk amongst the dunes!
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see a sahara sunrise!
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Desert Trip , treks on the Erg Chebbi
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Camel Trekking
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Map of Merzouga

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