50 Kilometres south of Erfoud, the village of Merzouga shows the beginning of Sahara and the huge dunes curve up in spectacular formations. Watching the sun rise or set over the sand dunes of Merzouga may be the most spectacular experience you have on your trip to Morocco.
The Erg Chebbi, the name of these sand dunes, is said to have some of the highest dunes in Morocco about 160 metres. Indeed, the dunes and the desert wildlife are impressive. Merzouga is an excellent base from which to explore the desert and bird-watchers will be enthralled with what they see. In spring, a lake (Dayet Srji) forms near Merzouga which attracts pink flamingos, sheldrake and Kittllitz’s plover. The desert is also the year round environment for many desert reptiles and mammals, including the Algerian sand lizard, Berber skink, jerboa, desert hedgehog and desert fox.
Taking a camel ride is the best way to see the dunes and the vast sandy expanse. Occasional sparse sprigs of grass spring up in the rolling dune formations that seemingly change colour from a golden yellow to a rich red depending on the light of day striking the sand.
To get you started with planning your holiday to Merzouga, we have showcased below some popular itineraries requested by our clients which we hope will inspire your visit to Morocco
Tailormade Holidays to Merzouga
On the Go are expert at planning holidays in Morocco — tailored to suit your individual requirements. Please have a look at some of the tailormade itineraries below that we have created for our clients which include Merzouga.
Kasbah Tombouctou is originally an old guesthouse that has since been remodelled and restored to its former glory as in days of old. It now has a modern climate and décor, giving both luxury and comfort.
Les Portes du Desert has the feeling of a large home, with a mix of styles and comfortable rooms. This hotel provides the perfect atmosphere for watching the amazing sunset over the Sahara.
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
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