Merzouga Morocco Sahara Desert

Located roughly 35 kilometers (22 mi) southeast of Rissani, 55 km (34 mi) from Erfoud, and 50 km (31 mi) from the Algerian border, Merzouga is a small village in southeast Morocco.

The town is well-known as a tourist destination because of its close proximity to Erg Chebbi. It has been called “a wonderland of sand,” and the Erg Chebbi “a desert theme park.” The largest naturally occurring subterranean lake in Morocco was located near Merzouga.

There were catastrophic flash floods in Merzouga in 2006 that caused 1,200 people to be evacuated and some fatalities.

Other known villages may be found close to the Erg Chebbi dunes: Hassilabied, 4 km (2.5 mi), Tanamoust, 3 km (1.9 mi), Takoujt, 1.5 km (0.93 mi), Khamlia, 7 km (4.3 mi), and Tisserdmine, 15 km (9.3 mi).

Bob Marley and his owner at Tiziri camp Merzouga, Morocco

According to legend, Merzouga was once a thriving tropical jungle until God punished people for refusing to give gifts to a poor lady by burying them in the Erg Chebbi sand dunes.

Once abandoned, Merzouga served as a hub for traders traveling to Timbuktu. The Ait Atta tribe’s nomads used it as a pilgrimage site later on, and ultimately it began to draw tourists.

In Merzouga, there have long been historic fortified settlements. Following the Tafilalet conflicts, which took place between 1916 and 1932, French Foreign Legion soldiers constructed fortifications during the period of French colonial administration.

The best time to go to the Sahara

October through May is the ideal time of year to visit Morocco’s desert. With daytime highs of 15–30°C and nighttime lows of 5–15°C, the temperatures vary.

Tiziri Camp - sunset camel ride in Merzouga Morocco
Tiziri Camp – sunset camel ride in Merzouga Morocco

It will be risky to enter the dunes during the day during the hot summer months, when temperatures can reach up to 50°C. You would travel early, right after daybreak, and depart Merzouga shortly before dusk. It will be hard for you to stay in the camps for a few days.

How to get to Merzouga

There are several ways to go from your starting point to Merzouga, depending on your budget and preferences.

You can go to Merzouga by bus with Supratours from Fes and Marrakech or Marrakech to Fes. The bus from Fez arrives in Merzouga at approximately 7 am and is an overnight journey. The Marrakech one comes at nine o’clock in the evening. The price is about 15–18 euros each way. It goes without saying that you can board these buses in any town along their routes.

The simplest way to go to Errachidia from Casablanca is to take a Royal Air Maroc flight. Five days a week, there is a flight that leaves at 22:40 and arrives in Errachidia at 23:50. There are some good hotels in Errachidia where you may stay the night, and in the morning you can take a shared taxi (around 4 € one way) from the city center to Rissani and then another one to Merzouga. As an alternative, you might rise early and board the Fez overnight bus when it arrives in Errachidia.

At Tiziri camp we provide custom trips of Morocco. Any Morocco destination, such as Marrakech, Casablanca, Fes, Rabat, Tangier, etc., can serve as the starting point, and it can last for any amount of days. Three- to five-day desert excursions and six- to eight-day tours to Imperial City are available. Or combine all within ten to fourteen days.

We will collaborate with you to create the ideal tour, taking into consideration the tastes and passions of your family. We use some incredibly lovely, genuine lodging and have many imaginative ideas for experiences along the road.

You will also receive special rates at our camp and numerous other hotels when you reserve your tour with us.