Sahara Desert Adventures

Desert is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in the world, and a visit to Morocco would not be complete without a visit to the Merzouga oases on the edge of the Sahara; The Erg Chebbi dunes at Merzouga are indisputably one of the greatest sights of Morocco, These giant hills of smooth golden sand are a must see for everyone.

The Erg Chebbi dunes at Merzouga are indisputably one of the greatest sights of Morocco, These giant hills of smooth golden sand are a must see for everyone.

Historically, getting to the dunes was a hardship on Moroccans and other traders passing through Erg Chebbi, as they followed the Saharan Caravan Route to carry salts, gold, and spices to Timbuktu. Today, arriving to the Erg Chebbi dunes of Merzouga is a breeze in comparison to decades prior; there are many options to take you there.

Highlights:

  • Ride a camel as you trek over Morocco’s Erg Chebbi Dunes.
  • Experience the tranquility of the desert.
  • Enjoy a camel trek and sleep in Berber tents in the middle of the desert
  • Meet the local desert people.
  • Get to spend a night in a Berber Tent.
  • Watch the charming sun rise over the sunset on the top of the highest soft sand dunes.
  • Play a drum and listen to the traditional Berber music around the campfire after feasting on a traditional Moroccan tagine meal
  • Sleep under the stars
  • Experience the lifestyle of desert nomads as you sip tea and share meals with Berbers
  • See pink Flamingoes splashing in an oasis lake and search for other desert wildlife

Erg Chebbi Activities:

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By the public transportation: Soupratour, Marrakech to Merzouga is about 10 hours drive (24 USD for the bus ticket), departure at 8:30 am, get’s to the desert around 7pm (including the stops), then we will pick you up with our car to our guest house to have dinner, shower. Overnight at Takojt Kasbah . Activities will start the next day.

If you arrive by your own car: You will easily follow the sign of Takojt Kasbah and meet our stuff; You might be able to check in early, optionally, you can start your camel trekking trip for an overnight in the desert fire-camp.

Also, you can simply choose to book a camel riding trip as a part of our tour packages from Marrakech, including transportation, accommodation and guidance…

There is also an overnight Soupratour bus that leaves around 9 pm, and arrives at 5:30 am (18 USD for the bus ticket). Our stuff will pick you up from the bus station and take you to the Kasbah, you will get some time to sleep (nap) and start your desert discovery by midday…

If you arrive by your own car: You will easily follow the sign of Takojt Kasbah and meet our stuff; You might be able to check in early, optionally, you can start your camel trekking trip for an overnight in the desert fire-camp.

Also, you can simply choose to book a camel riding trip as a part of our tour packages from Fes, including transportation, accommodation and guidance…

The Sahara is the largest desert in the world by a huge margin, stretching from the Atlantic coast of Mauritania to the Red sea coast of Egypt.

Travel in the Sahara Desert holds an almost mystic place in the imagination. It is now possible to holiday in the Sahara for just a week or two. Camel trekking in the Sahara is the traditional way of travel, and camel trekking holidays can be undertaken in Morocco…

Tourism in the Great South is generally characterized with different factors which motivate the curiosity of tourists to seek an oasis of calmness and turn away from the noise and polluted atmosphere of the cities. The great oasis of Merzouga, the gateway to this impressive south, has a special geographic position allowing it to be one of the best tourist destination that Morocco can be proud of. The route to the oasis is to some extent forming an essential part of the great circuit taken by tourists interested in the Sahara desert. The mystery behind this circuit is wonderfully attractive.

The Sahara route has a worldwide impression as it is considered the most legendary on the planet. According to Moroccan newspaper La Vie Touristique Africaine, the American New York Times calls this route in one of its published issues as “the route of challenge” (“La route”2003,p.6). The tone of adventure in this area of the world has a special taste for desert tourists. Dunes of sand are the best example over which we should shed more light. Erg Chebbi, sand dunes in the great oasis of Merzouga, is one of the great sights of Morocco. It constitutes a miraculous wall-like structure of dunes. Besides, it is aligned almost completely north-south. The charm of Erg Chebbi, in which the highest dunes attain 200 meters, raises different attractive points considered to be the tourists true motives to visit the great Oasis.

The colour of the dunes depends, of course, on their chemical composition, but the colour also differs according of the inclination of slope, thus according to the angle of the incidence of the sunlight. The Erg Chebbi extends over a distance of 20 km from north to south and 6,5 km towards the east. The beauty of these dunes is a real magnet for tourists both foreigners and Moroccans. These latter target the Oasis to seek cures for some disease such as rheumatism.

The importance of Erg Chebbi encourages many investors to found dozen of “auberges” along its edge. This situation brings the visitors to a close contact with nature as the main source of Quietness. Therefore,­ the great Oasis of Merzouga becomes a well-worth visiting destination for tourists fond of the Great South.

Please note: If you are welling to visit the desert, our camel trekking trips have a degree of flexibility and we are happy to customize the itinerary according to your group’s needs…

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