The Merzouga Desert lies around 550km from Marrakesh. The distance may seem daunting, but Merzouga has become an increasingly popular tourist destination in recent years. Thanks to a paved road, visitors now have access to the beautiful scenery of Merzouga and nearby Erg Chebbi, home to the highest sand dunes in the country. The famous Sahara desert is vast, inhospitable and difficult to access. Furthermore, much of it is flat and featureless. The Merzouga Desert, on the other hand, is a scene straight from a postcard. The towering dunes of every-shifting golden sand are precisely what most people picture when they think of a desert. No wonder Merzouga is so popular with tourists.
Traveling to Merzouga from Marrakesh often means an overnight trip. It’s possible to rent a car and drive yourself out to the Merzouga desert. For those who prefer not to drive, it’s also possible to take a bus from Marrakesh. The journey typically takes 12-13 hours, so leave yourself plenty of time. Another option is to book a tour to Merzouga from Marrakesh. Not only will all the hassle be taken care of for you, but you will also learn a lot about the local scenery and culture along the way. Plus, you can rest assured knowing that your health and safety are being taken care of. Tours to the Merzouga Desert are often done by bus. But for a real adventure, it's also possible to make a three-day long camel trek from Marrakesh to Merzouga. Spending nights in a Bedouin camp is an experience not to be missed.
The Merzouga desert offers a wealth of different activities for guests to indulge in. Thanks to the growth of tourism in the area, it's possible to treat yourself to spa treatments in the middle of the desert. You can even enjoy a traditional Berber sand bath, reputed to cure various aches and pains. Hotels have sprung up in the desert and the village of Merzouga, allowing for a surprising range of dining and leisure options in this seemingly remote place. But if you’re after something a little more active, the Merzouga Desert can most definitely provide it. The classic way to experience Merzouga is to head out into the desert on the back of a camel. Living the life of a desert nomad, you can camp under the stunning stars and enjoy all the rich flavors of Moroccan cuisine. For a more modern twist on the Merzouga Desert experience, you can take part in a quad bike tour over the towering dunes. An hour spent blasting through the Merzouga desert on the back of an all-terrain vehicle is one you're not likely to forget. This is a part of the world that has to be seen to be believed.