Merzouga Things To Do

Merzouga is a small village in southeastern Morocco, about 35 kilometres southeast of Rissani, about 55 kilometers from Erfoud, and about 50 kilometers from the Algerian border.

The village is known for its proximity to Erg Chebbi, a Saharan erg, and it is for this reason a part of the itineraries of many tourists visiting Morocco. Merzouga has the largest natural underground body of water in Morocco.

In 2006 Merzouga experienced devastating flash floods, displacing 1,200 and resulting in some deaths.

Near the dunes of Erg Chebbi there are some other less known villages: Hassilabied 4 km away, Tanamoust 3 km away, Takoujt 1.5 km away, Khamlia 7 km away and Tisserdmine 15 km away.


Camel Caravane in Merzouga

To get to Merzouga there’s CTM and Supratours run direct buses from Marrakech to Merzouga, stopping in all the cities in the way. The timetable for the Supratours bus is more or less: Marrakech 8.30 > Ouarzazate 13.00 > Boumalne 14.45 > Tinehrir/Tinghir 16.00 > Errachidia 18.30 > Erfoud 19.30 > Rissani 20.30 > Merzouga 21.00. Anyway check [1] for up-to-date timetable of Supratours buses.

There are also public buses going to Errachidia and Rissani from Marrakech main bus station near the medina. This option is cheaper then Supratours, you don’t stop at overpriced restaurants in the middle of nowhere, but with less comfort. Then there are other buses from Errachidia to Rissani, if the time is not convenient take a grand taxi. In Errachidia, there is a taxi station 5 min walking distance from bus station.
From Rissani to Merzouga, a grand taxi or van is MAD10/12. If you don’t want to wait for other people to fill your grand taxi, pay MAD60. If you arrive before sunrise (if you come on the 06:00-07:00bus from Fez) you can pay up to MAD100dh for a grand taxi.
Beware of guides in Rissani or Erfoud who offer to take you to Merzouga for MAD5 each, but instead strand you at their auberge 20km north of the village. If you decline their offers of camel rides and lodging, it is often quite difficult (and expensive) to make your way back to town. For example, they might ask you if you want to go to Merzouga desert or Merzouga village, so most people say desert and then are driven to the middle of nowhere.
If you’re continuing on to one of the small villages nearby, such as Hassi Labied, the usual tourist price is a fairly steep MAD50 (total, not per person) for the short 5 km drive. Beware that overnight buses may sometimes arrive more than an hour early, putting you in Merzouga before sunrise. If this happens, you may find yourself with no cabs available, so be prepared to wait for someone to arrive.

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