Merzouga (Morocco)

Merzouga Travel Guide and Trip Resources


Gateway to Morocco's Sahara (Erg Chebbi)

Gateway to the Sahara and specifically Erg ChebbiVery remote, getting here will most likely be a day trip
Chebbi is one of the largest Sahara sanddunes (50km by 10km)
Trek into the desert by camel and spend the night in a tent

There are plenty of deserts in the world, but when we speak about deserts there really is only one we are picturing in our minds, right? We are of course talking about the majestic Sahara. Of course there are plenty of other deserts, but few manage to capture the stereotype of what a desert should look like as well as this: endless golden sand dunes, camels and an oasis here and there.

This is Merzouga, a small town in the southeast of Morocco, just 50 kilometer from the border with Algeria and on the edge of Morocco's Sahara. It is the nearest town of any meaning to Erg Chebbi, one of the main Saharan "ergs" (these are the famous sand dunes formed by the wind) in Morocco. Chebbi is laid out over an area that is dozens of kilometers long and reaches a height of 150 meters.

The thing to do for the countless tourists that go here is to make their way into the desert by camel and perhaps spend the night out there in a Berber tent. Meanwhile of course catching the sunrise and the sunset and the magnificent arid scenery. This is the town's main raison d'être (when it comes to tourism, anyway), so don't expect much else here other than the odd hotel and the most basic of conveniences. [Review by travelindicator]

Key info

  • Merzouga is a city in Morocco's region of Meknes. It has a population of 10,000, is situated at an altitude of 2283ft and the best airport to fly into is RAK (Menara, Marrakech)
  • The currency used in Morocco is the Moroccan dirham (MAD)

Merzouga Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

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Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

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