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Merzougua

Merzougua Sahara can offer you exact desert experience you’re looking for. Maybe you want to travel with a group of friends and stay with traditional Berber nomad families as your camel caravan explores the dunes. Or perhaps you would prefer to enjoy a desert retreat entirely alone. Some travellers just want to spend a night in the desert, admiring the sunset under the clear bright constellations and shooting stars. Departure should be just after sunrise the following morning, avoiding the heat of the day. Others want to come for days on end and truly immerse themselves in the dry heat and immense open spaces. Whatever your taste, it can provide you with exactly what you are dreaming of. A sample eight-day itinerary combines within it a just a few of the many choices open to you in the Moroccan Sahara that Hassan knows so well. So, it’s not just one itinerary but eight and more. Hopefully it will give you an idea of just how much you can enjoy. Moreover you will have many days to spend exploring the Sahara and its people in accordance with nature’s rhythms and…..camels’. Merzougua is a good place to make daytrips from to nearby highlights .

Merzouga village:

Located opposite the big dune of Erg Chebbi where a green oasis contrast with the orange color of the sand.This is the biggest and most developed village in the region.Merzouga is the village that gives the unofficial name to Erg Chebbi Dunes, as many people find Erg Chebbi somehow more difficult to memorize, Merzouga from the beginning of the first tourist arrivals to the region gave the name to the dunes. Merzouga saw a huge development in the last decade and now provide all basic amenities to its populations. The houses in the village of Merzouga blend into the colour of the desert, forming part of the landscape. The village is 2 km from Kanz Erremal Hotel and Kasbah and about 60 km south of Erfoud. We can take a walk along the busy main street, which has all kinds of establishments: bazaars, grocery shops, clothes, call shops, repair workshops... Visitors can discover the life that exists in the palm grove, and visit the home of a family and enjoy tea. Ladies have the chance to practise applying Berber makeup to their hands and eyes and buy some traditional perfumes. Merzouga is at the foot of the largest dune in Erg Chebbi, the Great Dune. It can be climbed on foot. At the top, we can enjoy the marvellous view and the sound of silence. The descent is also quite spectacular and one of the best souvenirs of your stay in the desert.

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Hassilabied village:

Located just 4km from Merzouga, it currently serves of residential place for local nomadic peoples who over time have settled along the oasis. The name means “the white well” as tell the story that some nomads once got to this place and found a empty well, with its inner walls white due to the salt water. Nowadays the oasis has great drinkable water and its oasis full of palm trees is something worth a visit.

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Khamlia village

Known as the “village of the black men” is an interesting place because all its population have dark skin, being themselves, descendants of the peoples from sub-Saharan Africa in Mali or Guinea that stayed in the region after the camel caravan routes between North and Sub-Sahara Africa ended. Every year there is a festivals where people from all the region travel to Khamliya and enjoy with local folklore and unique Gnawa music and dance, somewhat reminiscent of the Gnawa tradition of southwestern Morocco.

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Fossil Quarries

In Erfoud you can find many of the best fossils quarries in the World.There are many workshops, shops and even museums you can visit and ask around for private tours to the quarries. Best examples of found fossils in Erfoud include Orthoceras, Trilobites, Crinoids and Ammonites.

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sunrise camel ride

our sunrise camel ride start in the early mourning , We will meet you at our hotel or front your riad or hotel in the desert two hours before the sunrise.depending on the sunrise and our appointment timing),Depart for a thrilling desert camel ride over the golden sand dunes, deep in the heart of the desert to see the surprisingly beautiful Sand dunes with its playful fusion of light and shadow, during the color parts of the mornings at the sunrise . A fabulous view of the sun setting over the desert dunes are some of the memories you will cherish from the camel safari. Arrive at the the sand dunes ,leave the camels to raise approximately 80 meters up to the highest dune of Erg-Cebbi. For those that prefer having a Panoramic Sight of the putting sun, they will have to raise up to the top of the dunes what supposes approximately 15 minutes more of increase; those who prefer remaining below, will be able to enjoy the putting sun in the local surroundings where we leave the camels, after the sunrise on our ways back to the hotel , we will vist the oases , from where local of the village survive, as the sun is not that hot you can have a close look to local people how they maker theire agricluture in the desert and how they can get water ,that will be an important mourning to learn about irigation , local people work, and how the rolle is devide betwen man and women ,after the oases viste we are going to visit the depot nomade where all local peopple and nomade put their things for showing part of their culture ,experience theire Berber & Arabic costumes and hav a picture , not that their stuf is also for sell as it help them of making their living , for who have an overnight in the desrt they can add some activity to their visit such jeep safari , duneboarding , quadbike , Dune buggy , sand rolling , camel safari There is no minimum people required for this package, even 1 person can do this. Pregnant women and very elderly people are also not recommended.

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sunset camel ride

This tour Begin in the afternon two hours before the sunset, We will meet you at front your riad or hotel in the desert two hours before the sunset , depending on the sunset timing).Depart in the afternoon for a thrilling desert camel ride over the golden sand dunes, deep in the heart of the desert to see the surprisingly beautiful Sand dunes with its playful fusion of light and shadow, during the color parts of the evenings at the sunset .A fabulous view of the sun setting over the desert dunes are some of the memories you will cherish from the camel safari. Arrive at the the sand dunes ,leave the camels and raise up to the highest dune of Erg-Cebbi. For those that prefer having a Panoramic Sight of the sunset, they will have to raise up to reach a high dune from where you can watch the sunset across a desert landscape ; those who prefer remaining below, will be able to enjoy the sunset in the local surroundings where we leave the camels, after the sunset on our ways back to the hotel for diner and overnight in the hotel , we will vist the oases , from where local of the village survive, as the sun is not that hot you can have a close look to local people how they maker theire agricluture in the desert and how they can get water ,that will be an important mourning to learn about irigation , local people work, and how the rolle is devide betwen man and women ,after the oases viste we are going to visit the depot nomade where all local peopple and nomade put their things for showing part of their culture ,experience the Berber & Arabic costumes and hav a picture n no that their stuf is also for sell as it help them of making their living.Return to the hotel for the night. There is no minimum people required for this package, even 1 person can do this. Pregnant women and very elderly people are also not recommended.

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Overnight camel ride

our overnight camel ride Begin in the evning two hours before the sunset, We will meet you at front your riad or hotel in the desert at5:30a.m.depending on the sunset timing). Depart in the afternoon for a thrilling desert camel ride over the golden sand dunes, deep in the heart of the desert to see the surprisingly beautiful Sand dunes with its playful fusion of light and shadow, during the color parts of the evenings at the sunset .you will have several photo-stops during an exciting camelsafari to the first destination the big dunes.A fabulous view of the sun setting over the desert dunes , We stop to watch the beautiful sunset ,are some of the memories you will cherish from the camel safari. continues across the desert to our reach our desert camp, where a traditional Berber welcome awaits each of you. Enjoy the true Berber ambiance, at this typical Nomade campsite, with traditional berber carpets, low tables and cushions for comfortable seating. At the desert camp,where an authentic spicy Berber tagine is being prepared over an open fire by nomade tents. We'll have a chance to explore this magnificent desert landscape - if you're feeling energetic you can climb the dunes for sunrise or sunset to watch the light and colour of the sands change. As the stars come out you can often hear the rhythmic beat of tribal drumming carried on the still night. Camel safari may not be the most comfortable means of travelling for some, but it is undoubtedly a 'must' for every traveller as a way to experience the mode of transport of the Berber nomads of the Sahara. Wake early in the morning to climb a dune and wait, in the pre-dawn stillness, for the sun to rise across a desert landscape. Return for breakfast and shower on the hotel .

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sunrise jeep safari

This tour Begin in the mourning two hours before the sunrise, We will meet you at front your riad or hotel in the desert at 5:30a.m.depending on the sunrise timing). departs in the Mourning head east into the Sahara on basic 4x4 off-roads across the desert of Erg chibi with several photo-stops, passing first through rocky terrain then progressively entering sandier landscapes during an exciting dune drive to the first destination a nomads camp use to graze their herds of camels visit one of the families who live in hand-woven goat and camel hair tents.Continuing deeply in to the desert having great fun sand bashing through the sandy river, our way is following over the magical sea of orange dunes and contrasting spaces of black shiny volcanic rock. Well crossing all uvial fans, ridges, dry river basins, and sandy areas , abondan village of M'fis and the khamlia village of black people, descendants of slaves from Sudan and Mali, who founded the famous music of Gnawa , The drive continues across the desert. We stop to watch the beautiful sunset on the like sirji on road to our hotel .

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sunset jeep safari

This tour Begin in the mourning two hours before the sunset, We will meet you at front your riad or hotel in the desert at 5:30a.m.depending on the sunset timing). departs in the afternoon head east into the Sahara on basic 4x4 off-roads across the desert of Erg chibi with several photo-stops, passing first through rocky terrain then progressively entering sandier landscapes during an exciting dune drive to the first destination a nomads camp use to graze their herds of camels, visit one of the families who live in hand-woven goat and camel hair tents.Continuing deeply in to the desert having great fun sand bashing through the sandy river, our way is following over the magical sea of orange dunes and contrasting spaces of black shiny volcanic rock. Well crossing all uvial fans, ridges, dry river basins, and sandy areas , abondan village of M'fis and the khamlia village with it's inhabitant descendants of slaves from Sudanand mali, The drive continues across the desert. We stop to watch the beautiful sunset on the like sirji on road to our hotel .

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overnight jeep safari

this tours Begin in the evning two hours before the sunset, We will meet you at front your riad or hotel in the desert at 5:30a.m.depending on the sunset timing).we will drive you around the dunes that form the field of Erg Chebbi it has approximately 60 km long and 25 km wide from average, since in some points of his configuration there are less kilometers and in others. The escape about the Erg can be realized throughout one day or in the half day. The trip is the same, but the number of stops in the different places and the duration of the same ones is different well. In the option of the excursion of a complete day we will stop to eat in an oassis where there is a small people in the way of the desert. They will prepare a warm meal for us, sat in ground as it is they who live. The trip for the dunes will allow us to happen for the small oases of Giving Kaoua and of Hassi Merdani. This trajectory presents the opportunity to enjoy a panorama of the dunes and to do an excellent contact with the hamada (stone desert). Stay a virgin oasis in the desert When we speak to this one we go in direction of the border in Algeria. This border clearly delimited by a mountain range is approximately to 40 km. In this territory the desert is absolute, the life is absolutely wild. The proposal of this excursion consists of seeing virgin desert for two hours of trip in 4X4 up to coming to an oasis only visited by the nomads bereberes. To the oasis we will eat and, stretched on the mantes, we will have a perfect evening to do a siesta in the shade of the palm trees, to read, to draw, to play the checkers bereberes, to walk, etc. Two hours of trip more will bring us A Merzouga, bathed by the desert, with the engraved well images and having listened one more time, the silence of the desert. Along the whole trip we will do all the stops that are wished to do photos, to walk and to observe all that that I attracted attention of us in the trip. To the spring, many animals have his babies which makes especially interesting and tender to realize certain stops for observing the nature in this season.

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engravings

Departure in the morning after breakfast, we navigate through a cord of small dunes of erg Ouzina along the foot of Black Mountain, we arrive at the first rock carvings of Jdaïd where we do stop to admire the Palm Grove, and then we continue by the track to another site of engravings near Taouz, passage on sites of fossils (layers of orthocone and crinoids) We also visit the vein 12 and lead mines, vanadinite, barite, and then visit of the quoted antique Ouafilal, then we depart due east to the village of Barboza, we will visit a layer of Jurassic (the bones and teeth of animals), we will eat our basket picnic in an oasis, the afternoon return to the auberge by the Dakar Road.

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The purpose of this excursion from Merzouga is to ridethrough the desert for two hours in a jeep, until reaching anoasis that is only visited by Berber nomads. Here, the desertpervades everything and life is lived in commune with nature. We have lunch in the oasis and then lie on our blankets and have a nap under the shade of the palms. During the trip we can stop to take photos, take a walk and observe whatever draws out attention along the route. Visit to a fossil quarrynear Erfoud, where we'll found: Orthocers, gonatites, trilobites, phacops

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Rissani is about 15 km south of Erfoud, in the centre of the region of Tafilalet. At this point, the Ziz valley ends and merges with the desert. The market is very busy, since the village is the centre of attraction for local farmers and livestock breeders who find everything they need. The city is on the caravan route and was once an important stopping place on the ancient Sub-Saharan gold trade route. It is an extremely important historic centre. From this site, the ancestors of the present-day king started out to conquer Morocco, and the mausoleum, which is forbidden for non-Muslims, contains the tomb of the founder of the dynasty, Mulay Ali ash-Sharif. We then travel a circuit of 21 km through the palm groves south of Rissani, along narrow local roads, where we see the ruins of fortified cities and ancient fortified towns, some of them still inhabited by the Berbers. We then pay visit to the mausoleum of Mulay Ali Ash-Sharif and wander through the ruins of the legendary city of Sijilmassa. A true journey back in time! Departure after breakfast in the direction of erg Chebbi and the big dunes of Merzouga, arrived in the small town of Rissani, the capital of Tafilalet, dates town, the Palm Grove and Crafts gardens. You are in the heart of the Tafilalet who played an important economic role in the history of the Morocco since located on the road to gold and caravans from Sudan and Guinea. The day is devoted to the visit of the market (Souk), Rissani, visit of Ksar Oulad Abd Ilhim and Ksar el Fida, former residence of the alaouite sultan Moulay Abderrahmane witness of the ksourienne architecture. Lunch with the Berber Pizza (speciality of Rissani), in the afternoon return to the Auberge Porte De Sahara, enjoyin the evening with music and the rhythm of the Tamtam with mint tea.

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The mines of Mfis are located on a high plateau that has a wonderful panoramic view of thedune sea and desert landscape. They are at one end of Erg Chebbi, near a small military town. The mines are open cast and still operating and the Berber workers experience the daily adventure of working in pits that are more than 30 m deep. Then, following the river bank that is part of the Paris-Dakar rally route, we come to Khamilia, just 15 km from Taouz, at the end of the road, where we can listen to the music of Gnaouas, atraditional type of music played by the descendents of the first freed Sub-Saharan slaves. The half-day excursion ends with a visit to Dayet Srji lake, which only contains water during the winter months, as much as 5 km. The water comes from the river Ziz. It serves as a resting place formigratory birds that spend the winter in Morocco, such as flamingos and waders.

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hotel nasser palace

Nasser Palace is located on a small village called Hassilabied just 4km away from Merzouga on Erg Chebbi Dunes, south-east Morocco.

hotel riad Mamouche

Hotel Mamouche is located in Merzouga, on the edge of the Sahara Desert. Built in the Berber tradition, you will feel that you’ve been transported back in time to an ancient world