LIVE A FEW DAYS IN THE MOROCCAN DESERT
Morocco, the land of the setting sun, is the westernmost country of North Africa and belongs to the Mediterranean, Oceanic and Saharan worlds at the same time. For a discovery, adventure or family trip, we propose a desert tour for cultural, historical and tourist visits. Let’s go to the Berber regions of the south!
Live the adventure of the Sahara with Residence Merzouga
ZOOM IN ON THE MERZOUGA DESERT IN MOROCCO
There are several deserts in the south of Morocco, the largest of which is the Merzouga Desert, also known as Erg Chebbi. This desert near the border with Algeria is the largest sandy area in Morocco. The Merzouga Desert is also famous for its spectacular golden sand dunes, some of which are over 150 meters high.
As mentioned above, the Merzouga Desert is located near the border with Algeria. The easiest way to get there is to rent a car. From Fes the journey takes about 8 hours, from Marrakech 10 hours and from Ouarzazate 7 hours. From Fes the journey takes you from village to village, through mountains, gorges and beautiful lakes.
For those who do not want to reach Merzouga by car, the nearest airport is Errachidia (130 km from Merzouga). To reach Merzouga, you have to take a big cab or a public bus. And if you really have time, you can take buses from Marrakech and Fez to Merzouga every day; there are lot of them departed in different time.
WHAT CAN YOU DO IN THE MOROCCAN DESERT?
The Merzouga desert has become a tourist attraction, offering numerous options for accommodations and activities. It is possible to spend only a few hours or several days in the desert. As for comfort, you can sleep in traditional bivouacs under Berber tents, in comfortable camps in the middle of the desert or even under the stars.
Residence Marzouga is welcoming you.
The activities in the desert of Merzouga are many and varied, from the traditional camel ride to and from the bivouac to sporting excursions by off-road vehicle, motorcycle or quad, sandboarding, sledding or even skiing in the dunes. In the desert, anything is possible!
For my own experience, I tried sandboarding, which is very nice. After struggling up to the highest dune with the surfboard under my arm, I came down. Strong sensations and guaranteed falls.
A stay in the desert is also an opportunity to take beautiful photos of the dunes and admire the sunset and sunrise. In March, the sun rises in the desert of Merzouga around 6:40 am and sets around 6:20 pm. For the best view, I recommend you to look for the highest dune and climb to the top. The best thing to do in the desert, in my opinion, is to deeply enjoy and admire this magnificent landscape.
Camel trekking is one of our activities
VISIT THE DUNES OF MERZOUGA WITH Residence Marzouga
To make the most of the desert, I recommend that you contact Residence Marzouga. The residence is located at the entrance to the desert of Merzouga. It offers various desert excursions, such as watching the sunrise or sunset on a camel or in a 4×4, spending one or more days in the dunes, or staying in a bivouac in the heart of the dunes.
The essential desert’s experience – Sand-bath in Merzouga desert
Bathing in the desert! is an unusual activity that you probably have never considered, to say the least. You may think it is a simple distraction, but in fact it is the opposite. This is actually an arena therapy that has been handed down through the ages and has many benefits. In Morocco, it is often used to relieve rheumatism, back pain, and skin diseases. This natural therapy is excellent for eliminating toxins and improving circulation.
Originating in North Africa, this natural remedy is still little known in Europe. In Morocco, it is practiced in the dunes of the Sahara Desert between June and September, when the temperature of the sand is around 45°C. Simply lying down in a hole dug in the sand is all that is required to experience the benefits of this treatment. You are then completely covered with sand and remain that way for about 10 minutes.