"Merzouga- Morocco's window to the Sahara Desert" Merzouga by Venturingnow

Merzouga Travel Guide: 159 reviews and 714 photos

It's hot as heck here

Merzouga is a small 'settlement' out on the edge of the Sahara Desert, pretty near to Morocco's border with Algeria. The place is no more than a auberge (hotel) or shack out in the middle of nowhere, and I mean nowhere. Erfoud and Rissani are the nearest towns, and it's a good 30-45 minute drive through the desert to reach Merzouga from there.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:An awesome experience to see the Sahara and take a camel trek into it
  • Cons:It's hot, plus 45 degrees Celsius with no rain or shade in sight
  • In a nutshell:Morocco's less traveled window to the Sahara
  • Last visit to Merzouga: May 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Aug 15, 2006 at 9:36 AM

    Good on Ali, he met and married a japanese tourist and took off out of there!

  • jessicadf's Profile Photo
    Mar 15, 2003 at 6:20 PM

    Love that golden dune photo. And wow, I can only imagine the stars you must have seen when camping in the sahara. Cool!

  • Feb 17, 2003 at 7:49 PM

    The solo Merzouga page as of feb 2003, a very nice addition

  • cbeaujean's Profile Photo
    Feb 12, 2003 at 10:03 AM

    amazing sandhills,as in "tintin"....sharing with you same impressions....a perfect desert as imaginated in dreams!

  • dabuwan's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2003 at 5:41 PM

    Wonderful page with great pics. I love the desert.

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Jan 18, 2003 at 10:55 AM

    GREAT page on a must see in Morocco; my guide looked the same as yours there hehe; I had a lot of fun driving there and riding crazy, old camel + a guide - singer and musician :-)) I see I should put up my Merzouga page soon !

  • prunila's Profile Photo
    Dec 18, 2002 at 1:36 PM

    nice pages!!!

  • penpoison's Profile Photo
    Dec 14, 2002 at 4:26 AM

    yep, that's one of the colors of the Sahara but instead of a car, we had jeeps :)

  • Oct 25, 2002 at 10:44 AM

    What a fascinating trip!

  • Oct 24, 2002 at 8:52 AM

    Wow, this sounds fantastic


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