Merzouga
Merzouga

Merzouga

Merzouga

The basics

The majority of travelers arrive in Merzouga on multi-day excursions from cities such as Marrakech. Typically, these private or group adventures cross Morocco’s Atlas Mountains, then check out sights such as Ouarzazate, the UNESCO-listed Ait Ben Haddou casbah, and the Todra Gorges, before moving on to Merzouga. Most then continue with short camel treks into Erg Chebbi, where guests stay overnight in tented camps among the dunes.

Those staying longer in Merzouga can book various desert sports and adventure trips like dune buggy drives, 4WD safaris, and sunset camel rides.

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Things to know before you go

  • Merzouga is hot all-year round, though evenings tend to get chilly.
  • Take sunblock, a scarf to protect you from sandy winds, and plenty of layers.
  • Some hotels and tours in Merzouga are accessible to wheelchairs—verify in advance.
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How to get there

The easiest way to reach Merzouga from Marrakech is on a guided tour; you’ll maximize your sightseeing while skipping the hassle of driving yourself. Daily buses also run to Merzouga from Marrakech, while overnight buses depart from Fez. Alternatively, fly to Errachidia Airport, a 2-hour taxi ride from Merzouga.

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When to get there

Between June and September, Merzouga and the dunes are unbearably hot, with midday temperatures often hitting 115°F (46°C). The town is busiest between October and February, when the days are comfortably warm. March and April are also pleasant, but sandstorms aren’t uncommon.

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Other Activities in Merzouga

If you have time to spare in Merzouga, grab the chance to go a little off the main tourist trail. Head to the nearby mirage-like Lake Dayet Srij, crowded with flamingos, storks, and egrets. Or, visit the village of Khamlia, where Gnawa musicians chant and play castanets and drums, performing songs that draw on their ancestors’ history as slaves.

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