Take this 4-day private tour in the Merzouga Desert and enjoy VIP treatment. Your own fully qualified and accredited driver will allow you to discover Merzouga in the best possible way.
Pickup time: 8:30 am
Duration: 4 Days
Category: Private Tour
Clothing: comfortable clothing, comfortable shoes, hat, jacket and sunscreen.
Payment : Payment at the time of departure
Day 1: Marrakech – Ait Benhaddou – Ouarzazate – Skoura – The Dades Gorges
Departure in the morning to Ouarzazate. You cross the High Atlas through the pass of Tizi n’Tichka (2260 m altitude) and through many Berber villages. Stop to visit the kasbah Ait-Benhaddou: a world heritage site which has had the shooting of several famous films. You then continue to Ouarzazate to visit the Ameridile kasbah before reaching the Dades gorges through the Valley of Roses and Kelaa Mgouna … Stop in the Dades gorges for dinner and first night at the hotel.
Day 2 : Dades Gorge – Tinejdad – Arfoud – Merzouga
After breakfast, a short walk in the palm grove of the Todra valley before taking the road to Arfoud. On the way, you pass by Tinejdad and several Berber villages before stopping at the Marbles of Fossils in Arfoud. You continue to the impressive dunes of Erg Chebbi in Merzouga. On arrival, you leave your vehicle for a beautiful camel ride. In the evening, you watch the fascinating sunset in the dunes. Your second night will be spent in a bivouac in the middle of the desert after a traditional dinner around the campfire.
Day 3: Merzouga – Rissani – Alnif – Tazarine – Ouarzazate
After admiring the beautiful sunrise over the dunes of Merzouga, return to the hostel on camelback for breakfast. You then leave Merzouga to visit the town of Rissani and the palm groves of Tafilalet before reaching the town of ouarzazate. On the way you will also visit the two villages of Alnif and Tazarine… Dinner and third night in the hotel in Ouarzazate.
Day 4: Ouarzazate – Agdez Valley – Marrakech
Your driver will take you, on the last day, to discover the small villages and beautiful kasbahs of the large palm grove of Agdez. Then, you continue to Ouarzazate by crossing the Anti Atlas mountain via the TiziTinififft pass (1660m) then the Tiz-Tichka pass (2260 m) to arrive in Marrakech. Return to your accommodation.
Morocco has three large erg deserts.
The Erg Chebbi near Merzouga and the Erg Chegaga and the Erg Lihoudi. The latter one is located south of Zagora, near M Hamid.
The gate of the city of Rissani :
The road from Rissani to Merzouga has been paved since 2002.
It is the N 13, which extends over 40 kilometres. At the beginning, the road is very winding through the palm groves and oases of Rissani. Later, the road becomes straight and on a clear day, the dunes of Erg Chebbi can be seen for kilometres on the horizon in yellow and pink. The closer you get to Merzouga, the more you will see many roadside signs of hotels and other accommodation establishments that advertise for customers. Be careful you have to book in advance to avoid any surprises.
In case of heavy rains, the track may become impassable for foreigners. Then, the only thing that helps is a detour through difficult terrain, i.e. a 45 kilometre long track from Erfoud to Merzouga (caution – track experience absolutely necessary), or waiting for a local to cross the flooded passage. Then you have to remember the route in the water and follow it as closely as possible.
The great sweetness of Erg Chebbi.
Erfoud, with its 24,000 inhabitants, is the capital of Tafilalet.
The area of Tafilalet extends from here to about 32 kilometres to the south and is between 3 and 15 kilometres wide. It is the largest contiguous oasis area in Morocco, with date palms, fruit trees, vegetables and cereals planted.
The Erg Chebbi dune area is dotted with palm trees and tufts of grass.
a special travel tip not to be missed:
- A sensational and unique cultural experience can be found near Fezna. Here you can see the famous works of the artist Hannsjörg Voth.
- The Stairway to Heaven
- The spiral of gold
- The city of Orion ( virtual view https://virtualglobetrotting.com/map/hannsja-rg-voth-stadt-des-orion-city-of-orion/view/google/)
Roadmap from Rissani to Merzouga on the Algerian border
The best time to visit the Moroccan Sahara is in autumn and spring.
Summer is used by many travelers to benefit from the healing power of the hot desert sand. Many rheumatics come during the summer months to sink into the sand and recover.
Erg Chebbi sand dune in the Sahara desert.
The Erg Chebbi shifting sand dune in Merzouga is the largest shifting sand dune in Morocco, in places where there is quicksand. It is therefore better to have a guide to show the right way.
At the edge of the Erg Chebbi, the daily rush of tourists has been taken care of, there are restaurants and some simple hotels.
Those who have a little time should spend the night, as it is an experience to watch the dunes, which partly reach a height of 100 m, at different times of the day. The contrast between the dark colour of the stone desert and the ochre pink of the sand hills is particularly fascinating in the late afternoon.
However, there is hardly any solitude here, because even on long hikes, one is usually accompanied by Merzouga boys who want to guide the tourists. Kirz after the desert, the Atlas Mountains with their great variety of shapes start again, the first vegetation after the desert on the breathtaking backdrop of the Atlas Mountains.
In the many oases there are many hotels and guest houses. An overnight stay in a traditional Berber tent is an unforgettable experience. Prices vary and are usually negotiable, if you need to, contact us, we can provide you with nice addresses.
Travel advice :
– If you travel with us, you can enjoy the impressive sunset and sunrise in a calmer and more atmospheric way directly in the dunes and away from the hustle and bustle of tourists on the many campsites along the Erg Chebbi.
– The roads to Erg Chebbi are sometimes flooded. A 4×4 vehicle is then necessary