Camel treks in the Merzouga desert are a popular activity for tourists visiting Morocco. Merzouga is situated in southeastern Morocco, and it is famous for its magnificent sand dunes of Erg Chebbi.
Camel treks in Merzouga start from the village of Merzouga, where tourists can hire a camel and a guide. The treks usually last for 1-2 days, and the camel guides lead tourists through the desert to the Erg Chebbi sand dunes.
Tourists are provided with tents in which they can camp for the night. The guides usually prepare dinner, and tourists can enjoy traditional Moroccan cuisine. In the evening, tourists gather around a campfire and listen to the traditional music of the Berber people.
The next morning, tourists watch the sunrise over the sand dunes, which is a breathtaking experience. After breakfast, they ride back to Merzouga, where they can take a shower and have some leisure time.
Merzouga sunset and camel trek trips begin around 5:30 pm. It takes almost half an hour to reach the biggest sand dune of Erg Chebbi riding on a camel. We will trek on foot for about 260 meters to reach the top of the highest dune of Merzouga for those who want to see a panoramic view. If you prefer to not climb the highest dune then nearby small dunes are also perfect to watch the sunset. After having enjoyed the short time of sunset we travel back to the village.
Merzouga is a small village in southeastern Morocco. About 35 km (22 mi) southeast of Rissani. About 55 km (34 mi) from Erfoud and about 20 km (12 mi) from the Algerian borders.
The village is known for its proximity to the Erg Chebbi dunes. A most popular destination for tourists. It’s known as “a desert theme park”. Merzouga has the largest natural underground water in Morocco.
In 2006, Merzouga experienced a devastating FLASH FLOOD. Displacing 1,200 and resulting in some deaths.
Erg Chebbi is one of Morocco’s several sand dunes. There are several other ergs. Erg Chegaga near Mhamid El Ghizlan along the Draa Valley. Technically all these ergs are within an area of semi-arid Pre-Saharan Steppes and not part of the desert which lies some distance to the south.
Along the Erg Chebbi dunes Lives various tribes. Hassilabied is 4 Km. Tanamoust is 3 km (1.9 mi) away. Takeout 1.5 km (0.93 mi) away. Kamiya 7 km (4.3 mi) away and Tissrdmin is 15 km (9.3 mi) away.
Merzouga was uninhabited but later it became a transit point for merchants heading to Timbuktu. It becomes a pilgrimage for the nomads of the Ait Atta tribes. Merzouga became a tourist destination in the late 90s.
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