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“Most amazing family adventure”
Review of Merzouga Desert

Merzouga Desert
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USD 53.32*
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Excursion on camels and Overnight in oasis camp...
Ranked #3 of 29 things to do in Merzouga
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Stairs / lift, Baby buggy parking, Food available for purchase, Lockers / storage, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 19 January 2018

We spent two nights in Merzouga Desert, one in our camp hotel and one in the desert. It was one of the most amazing things we have ever done as a family. While we were riding the camels through the desert, we were all giddy with delight at the sights and fact that we were doing this together. It was during the hottest months of the year, so it was not very busy, but since we did not have an option for our timing, we decided to just take the chance and do it. So very, very glad that we did. We will remember this for the rest of our lives.

Thank Canadamzungu
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Reviewed 16 January 2018

Beautiful pristine massive sand dunes in pure silence. What could be better? This was our favourite experience in Morocco. Climb the dunes for insanely awesome photo opportunities! Without hesitation I would recommend this activity. Camels are sweet.

Thank Chrissyrich
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Reviewed 14 January 2018

Visited there in last December in a very cold and windy day, but the sky was extremely amazing. Bright stars all around you, so close, so clear, wandering it should be only seen in the movies. Spend one night there, absolutely worth but remember to wrap warm.

Thank Wing Chi C
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Reviewed 11 January 2018

After traveling to Erg Chebbi, near Merzouga and come back. Spend sometime on the topic whether it indeed part of the Sahara Desert also brother me. Human nature we want absolute sure where we are, in particular we had GPS geo location can be use for confirm the geo location.

My journey, wake up at 4am early morning at Erfoud hotel, pick up by 4×4 wheel drive to Merzouga near the desert edge, change camel ride to high sand dunes location, climb up to the high spot and wait for sunrise, sand the sunrise moment with the love one.

In Morocco got two Saharan ergs (dune sea, sand dunes) – large seas of dunes formed by wind-blown sand. One is Erg Chebbi, and other is Erg Chigaga near M’hamid. I am checked on both Google Maps and Google Earth to get precise geo location for the area.

Merzouga, the local tourist center, is located near the edge of the dunes. A number of companies offer camel trips from Merzouga and into the desert, taking tourists on overnight trips several kilometres into the erg, which is enough to bring the village out of sight. The dunes of Erg Chebbi reach a height of up to 150 meters in places and altogether it spans an area of 50 kilometers from north to south and up to 5–10 kilometers from east to west lining the Algerian border. The nearest sizable town is Erfoud, about 60 kilometers further north. One other city is Rissani, around 40 kilometers from Merzouga.

As far as for human eye can see, at Erg Chebbi, is endless of sand dunes, changing color as the light change, it epic when camel ride to the high sand dunes and wait for the sunrise moment see it pass thru from far sand dunes. Take the 4×4 wheel drive to enter inside the desert and change the camel ride to the high sand dunes location, and then back to the camel ride pick up location and change back to 4×4 wheel drive back to you hotel.

From geography and political bounder, Morocco do not in the Sahara Desert, it is very close to that. Or whether it is Sahara Desert sand blow over to the current Morocco after for so many years or not, no sure. But one thing I can confirm, the scene endless of sand dunes, you no really need to see in the truly desert said take a month of the journey to travel inside. As the modern traveler, since Morocco is strategically can make the travel experience for camel ride, night camp in the desert for the night stars, saw the sunrise and sunset for that experience in part of the overall Morocco epic journey, why not take it as part of the desert safari and your life time experience.

In the end what we really want is “incredible Sahara desert experience”. It matter of fact you most likely get more or less the same shot for the endless desert scene, where I saw it at different part of the world for the desert, whether at Egypt or China. So, it important for you to plan and make it amazing travel experience for your family and love one together, that is really what matters most.

After make a series study for the “true Sahara Desert”, I am question myself whether I am adventure type, as go in deep of the Sahara desert, that is no tourist location, you got to facing sandstorm, and endless of sand dunes day after day, I think I will get bored, maybe I looking for different kind of travel experience as the modern traveler, epic in a way.

2  Thank limkimkeong
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Reviewed 7 January 2018

i celebrated my birthday in the beautiful sand dunes of erg chebi and stayed for a night. My kids lovd climbin the dunes and sledging down...following the beetle tracks...watcing sunset...fire and music at night...the toilet was clean...i must admit that the tiredness of the camel ride and sleeping in the tent got me down after we returned from the trip...but it is a memory i will always remember....

1  Thank Shumaila Y
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