Merzouga Travel Guide

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Merzouga Things to Do

  • do the overnight trip by camel out into...

    Stayed out independently in the desert frequently for a few years but finally did the overnight camel trip for a friend. Its great. You might not necessarily get to experience meeting bedouins to have an omelette with or be given food from the border guards at the Morocco-Algeria frontier...but you could do this with a 4x4 excursion which is well...

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  • as everyone knows out into the dunes is...

    My first trip back into the desert with my best friend instead of 'my man' - which was rather momentous but very special - after all the visits gradually from tourist to almost 'local' i was going out on an overnight camel trip for the first time!I had done the sunrise by camel as a tourist and i have had excellent camps overnight in the desert but...

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  • sleeping in the desert

    We rode a camel for two hours into the desert and waited for the sun to come down while our "camel man" cooked us the best tagine we ate in Morroco! "Camel man" woke us up by clapping his hands at 5am so we could go see the sun rise up on the sand dunes. That was the best moment of our entire trip! It's a MUST for anyone going to Morroco!

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Merzouga Hotels

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  • Kasbah Mohayut

    from arriving at the kasbah mudbrick exterior through an impressive front door to the impressive...

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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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  • Riad Nezha

    Merzouga, Morocco

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Merzouga Restaurants

  • 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

  • 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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  • Don't lose your way

    You can drive to the dunes, but make sure you don't leave the tracks or decide to igneore the marking on the way back as you will have nothing in the horizon to focus on.The road is on level with the sand and can't be seen from a distance. It is easy to lose your bearings so be sensible. Follow the poles and stone piles and other car tracks.This...

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Merzouga Tourist Traps

  • 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

  • Scarab beetles

    I used to do this a lot - funnily I always seemed to wake up just in time for sunrise! - a lovely time in the morning to see the desert, desert life and just beauty of the quietness and glow and colour of the new days sun on the sand - go for a wander with the cool sand under your feet and all the shapes and patterns and whatever else you come...

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  • lake near Merzouga

    if theres been rains there are 2 places that lakes form which are known to bring birdlife, especially flamingoes, up next to HOtel Yasmina at the far end of the dunes - which is sandy piste road following the chain of dunes along - and down near the village of Merzouga.Ive several times seen the lakes in both places but never much in the bird life...

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  • Getting to the dunes

    Rent your own car. It will save you time and you decide where you whish to stop on route. You can get there in 1 day but it means you will miss a lot en route. I would recommend at least 1 nights stop on the way there. A nice route to take is a loop. Marrakech via Cascade D'Ouzoud and the gorges on the way there. And back through the Atlas...

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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

  • 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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  • Changing Colours on the Dunes

    The highlight of Merzouga is Erg Chebbi where there are many miles of beautiful Saharan Dunes. The Dunes stretch for 27 km into Algeria and though they pale in comparison to some of the bigger dune seas in other parts of the Sahara they are still very impressive. I think the most striking thing was the beautiful colours on the dunes. The best time...

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Bus and Desert Tour- Fes to Merzouga
Transportation
Rent-a-camel
Things to Do
Several carpet and craft shops in town
Shopping
A wonderful berber guide in Merzoouga!
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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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Drive in a normal car - no 4x4 needed
Transportation
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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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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Four wheel drive
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Snoozing in a Berber Tent
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Skiing on the Sand
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Camels and Sunset
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Internet Cafe in Sahara - Kemkem
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Merzouga Desert
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Find Dinosaur Bones!
Off The Beaten Path
By your own car!!
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Local Oasis
Off The Beaten Path
Map of Merzouga

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