Moroccan desert adventures ,Merzouga...
camels, tents ,shooting stars, sunset sunrise...
Discover the Morocco that suits you…
From Marrakech, drive East to Erfoud (2 days drive, stop for the night in or near Ouarzazate). From Fez, drive South to Erfoud (1 day). From Erfoud, continue South 14 km Protected content to Rissani, carry on through the village and follow the road South-East 40 km Protected content to Merzouga. In recent years, the road to Merzouga has been asphalted and also to Taouz, a southern military border town. The short access roads (1 or 2 km long) from the main road to the hotels alongside the sand dunes are normally not asphalted but well maintained. There is now an asphalt road to Hassi Lybed a smaller village - located about 4 km before reaching village of Merzouga.
You can also fly to Ouarzazate from Casablanca or start from Marrakech to see hight summits of Tichka,Atlas mountains,6 green valleys Dades,Tinghir,Imgun,Draa,Ayt Benhaddou..., then continue to Erfoud, Rissani and Merzouga. There are also weekly flights into Errachadia- about 2 hours north of Merzouga by car.
We arrange 4x4s or SUVs with driver/guides from Marrakech or Casablanca and back.
Sunrise/sunset over the dunes. Folk dances and black G'nawa music. Visits to villages near Merzouga inhabited by ,Twareg ,Nomad ,Senegalese musicians and dancers such as Khamlia can be arranged with your guide .See the ducks, and in early spring, flamingos, on the Dayet Srji salt lake, just West of Merzouga. There are many other species of birds (ruddy sheldrack and Kittllitz's plower during the spring migration, Tristram's desert warbler, the Egyptian nightjar, the arabian buzzard and falcons), and the desert sparrows are unique to this region and can be seen all year round.
We offer you the experience of a life-time living very close with a Berbers family(Berbers are first nation ,first settlers of north Africa before invasion of Arabs,Romans... ,having different culture ,civilisation ,mentality, they are tolerant amazing people ,they are free and like to be so..) in the breath-taking Moroccan Desert. You will be able to be closer to Berber style families, scenes that would make you as you are dreaming/living very ancient era .Everything is still original .Their world is just nature, camels ,sky ,sand ,water ...You’ll experience a camel trek in to the magnificent erg chebi dunes, and watch the shooting stars in the clear night sky.
You won’t be watching desert life from a gas hungry 4x4, but will get out and live with the people, experience their life, make friends, and be part of the community. This 'no-frills' excursion will add a unique dimension to your Moroccan holiday. You will relax, safe in the knowledge that you are helping to secure a sustainable future for this most welcoming of families.
The aim of this holiday is to provide travellers with a truly unique holiday as they are welcomed in to the home of a Berber family to experience authentic day-to-day Berber life in the Moroccan Sahara while providing a sustainable future for the family. We can accommodate 2 groups at a time; however, we try to ensure an independent experience for each group by organizing camel treks into the dunes at different times, creating a unique experience for you and your friends. This no-frills excursion will add a unique and authentic dimension to your holiday. An experience only for the truly adventurous.
Have the experience of a life-time living and travelling with us in the Moroccan Sahara. Camel trek into the towering sands of the Erg Chebi and journey through the stark, flat and rocky Black Desert. Experience a nomadic lifestyle on a 5 day camel trek to a very remote green and tranquil oasis. Sleep under the stars or visit overnight real nomads.
Find out how to cook traditional North African bread in the sand and weave Berber sleeping mats, learn how to keep water cool in the hot desert sun and hunt for the unusual rock formations known as ‘sand roses’.
Overnight camel trips in the nearby Erg Chebbi (sand dunes).
a 4x4 and drive around the dunes.
Visits can be arranged to Berber homes to see how they live, watch them prepare home-made bread and couscous or tagines, eat with them and drink mint tea.
Visit the Sahara
For day or overnight trips to the sahara/Desert you have 3 main options:
4x4/Mini Bus ,Walk ,Camels (dromedaries)
The camel option is the best option (more connected with the environment than the 4x4 and less effort than walking). We arrange these trips. There are different excursions, spending 1, 2 or more nights in the desert with rhythm of desert drums ,nomadic style , seeing shooting stars... Most trips departing from Merzouga stop in the same oasis for the first night, so it may be crowded depending on the season. You will sleep in tents, with blanket-floors and your guide will cook dinner for you while you go to see the sunset (if you reach the top of the huge dune there, that is).
Then, if your excursion was 1 night, you will be woken up to see the sunrise (which is on the "other" side, so you don't have to climb the dune), drink tea and go back.
If you are going to stay one more night, you'll leave the oasis and continue.
We arrange large groups as well as provide an intimate setting in an oasis in the dunes for just your party. What is described below appears to be for large groups...We have private bivouac/camp ...more quiet/peace suitable space where you spend nights there at the edge of a very big dune where you can sleep at night in summer under sky full of stars...do not need to get up early and climb to the top to see sun rise next morning.
If you want have full week in desert between camps and hotels ,There are about 50 small hotels of varying categories along the sand dunes and in Hassi Lybed, about 4 km from Merzouga.
All costs like guide, accommodation and camels ,camping accommodations ,hotels are included. Sleeping bags are not provided.
Trekking, riding camel, drive tours to Moroccan desert are possible along the year ,except summer for people who cant resist hot sun weather , from 3 days to 10 days or 2 weeks. Before arriving Merzouga desert, you can also do tours, enjoy the four valleys and beautiful mountain village with amazing Berber architecture ,castles called Tighermatin In Berber ,Kasbah in Arabic .There are different tours with different duration possible. More long programs are requested.
Desert discovery offers services to all the people of different ages as well as the chance to experience Morocco.In desert by experiencing a nomadic lifestyle of a Berber family ,you will experience an organised camel trek in to the magnificent amazing erg chebi dunes of sand, and watch the shooting stars in the clear night sky. You won’t be watching desert life from a 4x4 car ,This is chance to dream under stars and sleep under tents ,enjoy desert nomad music style with drums .All in all the place is cutting and taking the breath and the mind away .In Atlas mountains for fans of trekking and wild campaigns to special summits well known in Morocco, you will witness the vastness of the Desert and the beauty of the Atlas Mountains Saghru,Mgun,Toubkal,Oukaymden...For fans of hunting birds,we organise special trips to special places for hunting.
In Ouarzazat ,South east of Morocco and most wonderful five green valleys and Gorges ,Dades,Mgun or roses,Tinghir,Ayt benhaddou besides Draa huge valley,you will feel the calm and scerenity of the place away from modern world of noisy days and crowded streets .Only face to face with nature,water,greenfields,Berber amazing architecture.In very ancient imperial cities of Marrakech,Fes,Essaouira,Agadir,Casablanca,Rabat... Through this trip you will travel back in time to explore the medieval medinas ,cities of the imperial cities .You will visit Roman ruins in Volubilis ,steady walls and tours ,mosques dating very ancient monuments.
Escorted tour price from Protected content includes:
-Six nights, twin-share accommodation, full board in a quality modern one to four stars.
, transfers, entrance fees
-Guided walking, driving tour to Marrakech, includes the famous souks ,classical markets where you can buy gifts to your friends and family , ancient historical palaces...
-Guided walking, driving tour to Ouarzazat ,six green different valleys, desert ,mountains...
-Guided camel trekking to camping in desert, valleys, nomadic style accommodation ,experience dreaming under stars ,sleeping under tents ,enjoying full night desert music ...
-Experience and get close to Berber nomad family...
Fixed dates for travels :
1 st March to 8 March
09 th March to 16 th March
N.B : Prices based on two sharing a twin/double room. Travel insurance ,Drinks and flights tickets are not included.