Do not miss Merzouga under any circumstances. You will discover sand dunes as far as the eye can see, a very special atmosphere, in the heart of the Erg Chebi, the first real pre-Saharan erg, 13 km long and 5 km wide. On the other side of the dunes, a few kilometres of rocky desert extends to the Algerian border. In recent years, the site has undergone spectacular development, as evidenced by the multiplication of hostels at the foot of the dunes. As soon as you leave Rissani and its palm grove, the dunes appear. Merzouga is 34 km away from Rissani, on an asphalt road. The Erg Chebi is located west of this road, from which there are unmarked tracks leading to the dunes and inns about ten kilometres away. If, a few years ago, a 4x4 was necessary to get there, today a tourist vehicle holds up very well. On a lunar terrain, the dunes of the Erg Chebi are gradually taking shape in the distance.
Unlike M'Hamid, you can drive to the foot of the dunes and then walk up to the top. Sunrises and sunsets are unforgettable. With the play of light and shadow created by the dunes, the sand takes on a reddish hue in these moments, with shades that vary infinitely. Bedtime is usually around 5:30 p.m. and getting up around 5:30 or 6 a.m.
The welcome is still warm, and you can spend long evenings with the sound of drums. The village of Merzouga is of recent construction. It is said that the site was once a place where caravans camped and that it was the date cores left by the nomads that gave birth to the palm grove. With time, the place became welcoming, a little out of the way of civilization, perfect for the sedentarization of nomads.
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