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Erfoud Sahara's entrance is the last city before the desert if you come from Errachidia.
Erfoud is in the Tafilelt. This region used to be the most important place of departure for the cross saharan caravans. From the city of Sijilmassa, which is not far from Erfoud, they would leave for Ghana and Tombouctou. In the 14-th century the Genoans or GNAWA had an embassy here.

This is the place tourist usualy are stuck and have no idea how to enter de desert or how to drive into de desert and find the dunes of Merzouga. There are hundreds of guides wondering around the town trying to find lost tourists in order to take them to their friends hotels and get some comission money about the fact of taking you there. There are many guides that are on the town and that will follow you on their bikes asking you for hotel or Merzouga.

Unique Suggestions: negociate with the guides if you fell you need one. the price of someone taking you to a hotel on the dunes hsouldnt cost more than 80/100/150 DH. if you think you need!

Fun Alternatives: You can go to Merzouga Dunes alone! You just have to drive until Rissani and from there take the road to Merzouga which is asfalt all the way. You dont have to enter the desert from Erfoud road which is very messy and will definately ruin your car. Even local with 4x4 will not take this one.
You have asfalt right to the village of merzouga.

this road after rissani (be careful because the sign after the end of Rissani has the name Merzouga erased by some locals in order to get tourists lost and consuued, on the end of the way when you see this road sign with a name erased, just keep straight, dont turn left.
after a while you will see lots of sign of hotels in the dunes. you can either go to the dunes or drive in the asfalt all the way to Merzouga village.

On the picture you can see the sign after Rissani, maybe about 10km from the city. You can turn left and enter deseert track and foloow the white marks on the floor. From here you are already able to see the dunes.

(You can click on the links to go direct to the pages on Merzouga, Erfoud or Rissani)

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  • Updated Sep 26, 2004
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