Merzouga is a small village in southeastern Morocco, dusty town on the edge of Morocco's Sahara desert, about 55 kilometers from Erfoud, and about 50 kilometers from the Algerian border.
Travelers who want to experience the beauty of the Sahara Desert should look no further than Merzouga, Morocco. This top desert destination offers visitors a once in a life time experience in this magical landscape of impressive dunes of constant changing color, transformed in the sunlight from hues of coral to gold and fiery red.
While many of Morocco's top attractions are easily accessible by train, Merzouga and other close by villages of Rissani and Erfoud, are only accessible by car. Find out how to get to Merzouga, where to stay and things to do from the guide below.
Sunrise / sunset over the dunes. Folk dances and black G'naui music. Visits to villages near Merzouga inhabited by Senegalese musicians and dancers such as Khamlia can be arranged with some guides.
See the ducks, and in early spring, flamingos, on the Dayet Srji salt lake, just west of Merzouga. There are many other species of birds (ruddy sheldrack and Kittllitz's plower during the spring migration, Tristram's desert warbler, the Egyptian nightjar, the arabian buzzard and falcons), and the desert sparrows are unique to this region and can be seen all year round.
There are also reptiles (Algerian sand lizards, Berber skinks and snakes), mammals such as gerbils, desert hedgehogs, field mice and desert foxes, and scarab beetles. In the morning, you can often see their tracks in the sand. Brown scorpions can occasionally be seen, but they come out at night and tend to avoid humans.
The most popular activity for those who visit Merzouga, is camel trekking. Explore the dunes of Merzouga on the back of a camel in this ocean of Saharan sand, taking an incredible journey on a sunrise or sunset tour filled with picture-perfect photo opportunities.
The more adventurous, and even the not-so-adventurous, should consider desert camping by spending a night or two in the desert on a variety of tours. Travelers can take a trek to an oasis in the dunes, stopping to lunch with nomads by day and spending an evening with a Berber family one night while the next night enjoying authentic spicy Berber tagine prepared over an open fire and staring into the clear night filled with intensely shining stars.