The internationally famous village of Merzouga, known as the Merzouga Dunes, is located 50km south of the Erfoud dunes. The natural attraction is easily accessible and provides an exceptional and emotional experience.
The touristic area offers various activities and great possibilities to spend the vacations, including classic bivouacs in the dunes under the tents of Tuareg.
A magnificent setting with a thousand shades
Merzouga’s dunes can reach a height of 150 meters, displaying a wild and spectacular landscape while showing an expanse of sand that changes shapes with the wind.
The sand piles are covered in a yellow or ocher tint that changes throughout the day. The light lulls the landforms and turns the landscapes yellow around midday. In contrast, the oblique rays awaken the shadows in the morning and late afternoon, enhancing the contrasts and bringing out the full magnificence of the orange dunes. The views of the sunset and sunrise are just amazing.
In addition to the dunes, Lake Dayet Sriji is also worth a visit. Depending on the season, it is home to pink flamingos and a diverse range of migratory birds. The pictures of the dunes from the lake are legendary.
The dunes darken in the evening, and the heavenly dome takes over. The sky is lit with endless stars as the many grains of sand on the dunes. Then begins the campfire ritual at the bivouac, along with folkloric songs.
Merzouga’s dunes provide relaxation, serenity, and the discovery of breathtaking landscapes. They are also an excellent location for experiencing thrills through unusual activities. Accompanied by a guide, here are nine (9) activities to try to live the experience:
Only 11km from the village of Merzouga, 4X4 trips also go out of Merzouga for the discovery of prehistoric rock engraving in Taouz, as well as quartz, khol, barite and copper mines in M’ifis.
This outstanding site attracts travelers from around the world for decades and creates an atmosphere for various events and movies. Sequences of movies such as Lawrence of Arabia in 1962, Legionnaire in 1997, and the Momie in 1998 were actually captured in Erg Chebbi. The Marathon des Sables (Sands), Merzouga Rally, and the International Music Festival are also hosted in Merzouga.