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Merzouga is a small town in the deep south of Morocco, at the Algerian border. It used to be a fortified military outpost during the French colony period. Now it mainly relies on tourism. All year long, buses unload tourists in front of the famous pink dunes, before the next attraction on the tour list.
If you really want to enjoy the region, stay in a Merzouga hostel a few days at a time, and hire yourself a guide to take you for hikes in the dunes or the nearby Hamada (rock desert). While there you will have the opportunity to live at the pace of the nomads and local sheep farmers, and sip some hot sweet mint tea under a Berber tent.
While staying at your Merzouga hostel you can also try new and trendy activities such as dune surfing or sand massage. Locals are very friendly, but some of them have learned to prey on naive tourists, so don’t let them trick you, and bargain hard on everything, they will enjoy it, and you will eventually as well.
There's only a handful of hostels in Merzouga, so pick one based on the most recent feedback you can get, mainly focus on the atmosphere and cleanliness of the place. Hygiene can be a problem in Morocco, and un-bottled water is not usually safe to drink or to even to wash veggies with.
If you have not hired your own car to tour Morocco, you will be able to get to Merzouga by shared ‘public taxi’, usually a very old blue Mercedes, which can take up to 10 people together to the same location. Sharing such a cab can be a good way to get to know some of the locals.
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Les Pyramides Hotel
"… you will be pleased to find barbecue grills and 24-hour room service. Multilingual staff are available at the front desk 24 hours-a-day and can provide tour/ticket assistance. Guests staying at this guesthouse on a business trip can hold meetings as there is a meeting/conference room as well as translation services and a 24-hour business center. You can also benefit from an Internet point and event catering. A safe is available at...
"Auberge les Pyramides is a guest house in Merzouga , south-eastern Morocco. This guest house an ideal stop for guests travelling Africa, where the3y can discover the magnificent ergs such as Erg Chebbi and the !*$$!%@ Saharan landscapes. During a holiday in Morocco , guests staying at the guest house can enjoy various activities including trekking, excursions, and wellness treatments. Nearby, guests will also find Erfoud (50 km) and Rissani...
Kasbah Bivouac Lahmada
"kasbah bivouac lahmada is a charming traditional kasbah located between the arms of the sand dunes erg-echebbi,double rooms with private bathroom,nice panoramic views and facilities .camel trek ,excursion 4*4 . transport from the station to the kasbah IS available all the day just contact us before .. we offer also tours from marrakch or fes to merzouga through a beautiful places." … "… between the golden sand dunes ,the green...
"Auberge Tamariste is ideally located in the village of Hassi Labied. We welcome you to our authentic and traditional guesthouse. A few hundred meters from the village center, and a few meters of sand dunes, you can enjoy a taste of the lively village. The Kasbah Tamariste offers different type of accommodation: comfortable rooms, traditional tent, camping site for campavans, camping in the dessert. The desert is calling you .....
"… comfortable, constitutes a real space of conviviality. To take a seat there, it is to adopt it! Another big Berber lounge offers an ideal place for the sharing of the meals, of moments of musical relaxation (you will find some instruments of traditional Moroccan music there). The house has an Internet connection, a parking lot, a station of reception for IPad and IPod as well as a service of laundry. The breakfast is included in...
"Merzouga Apartments is located in the center of Hassi Labied Merzouga,with the dunes of the sahara only a few minutes walk . Merzouga Apartments is your oasis in the desert,your place to meet fellow travelers,explore the desert and dunes,and experience the traditional easygoing life,food and ambiance of the sahara natives,at packpacker friendly prices. We offer everything to make your time here a great one - camel treks, - Excursion...
Campsites & Camping Bungalows
"Located in Hassi Labied, Merzouga Camp offers tents in the Sahara Desert, just 1,5 km from the dunes of Erg Chebbi and 1 km from Hassi Labiad Oasis. All the tents are featured views of the desert. Guests have take include camels to the camp'Bivouac'. Every morning, guests can enjoy a Moroccan breakfast at the camp. Traditional dishes are also prepared on site. During the night, guests will enjoy traditional, Moroccan music and during the...
Bivouac Sahara Adventures
"Offering free Wi-Fi access, the accommodations are carpeted with traditional rugs and have views of the garden. Shared bathroom facilities are available at Bivouac Sahara Adventures.A continental breakfast is offered every morning in the courtyard or in guests’ tents. Guests can also relax in the dining area and lounge. Sahara aventures Travel has a diversity tent ,standard with shared bathroom and tents with private bathroom ,with different...
Auberge Kasbah Tamariste
"Auberge Tamariste is ideally located in the village of Hassi Labied by the edge of sahara desert, you are welcome you to our authentic and traditional moroccan guesthouse. If you are looking really to experience an authentic moroccan life here is your place. The Kasbah Tamariste offers different type of accommodation: comfortable rooms, traditional tent, and traditional moroccan cuisine,and camping site for campavans, and camel trek to the...
Auberge Camping Ocean Des Dunes
Dar El Khamlia
"… There is the fan when it is warm and stove when it is cold. The bathroom is with hot shower and toilet. From window is nice view over the desert. Rooms are cleaned daily. We serve Berber food - tajine, couscous and other delicacy as Medfouna (Berber pizza cooked in the sand). Moroccan breakfast. We offer half board or full board. We can arrange for you even camel trek into the sand dunes with overnight in Berber tent, or only 2...
Chez Youssef Lodge
"… your family here at Chez Youssef and want you to enjoy every moment in Merzouga. You can go on a camel adventure into the Sahara desert, sleep in tradtional Berber tents, watch the sun rise and set over red sand dunes, enjoy Berber cusine with music and dance. We also offer 4x4 quad tours; bicycle rentals, free cooking lessons with Youssef of Berber cusine. With quaint accommodations, we offer you tranquility and good company in a...
"… a Berber-style lounge to relax in the evening. Meals can be eaten on the Roof terrace or inside in the dining lounge area along side the water fountain. Additional Moroccan Culture can be experienced by a Day Tour arranged at the Riad to the Sahara Dunes and Nomad Desert Camp. You can travel by Dromedary,or 4x4. This provides an additional opportunity to experience an adventurous play-day with Quads, Sand-boarding and Sand mashing....
La Vallée des Dunes
"… Packed lunches can also be prepared on request. Laundry service. On-site from the inn: camel rides in the dunes with or without bivouac, 4x4 tours in the reg , bike rental or storage. The palm grove , nearby is an ideal place for a stroll peacefully among gardens and almond trees. Road access from the N13 from Rissani (about 35km) . The bus company Supratours dessert Merzouga from major Moroccan cities . Support to the bus...
"Our friendly staff invites you to spend some time with us and also to enjoy the adventure or relaxation in the wilderness the more mythical world that is the Sahara. Riad Merzouga Tadarte lies within even the largest dunes of the entire northwestern part of Africa called "The dunes of Erg Chebbi. Our hotel has a restaurant who makes very good Moroccan dishes typical of the region. Our rooms are decorated in the purest style Sahara, you'll...
Maison d'hotes Chez Nous
"… blue) Double or triple room, furnished in Moroccan style with blue-light blue colors, it comes with a comfortable double bed and one single bed. It comes also with a built-in wardrobe and a private bathroom with hot shower. An additional single bed can be added upon request. 2. Narciso Room (red-yellow) Double or triple room, furnished in Moroccan style with red-yellow colors, it comes with a comfortable double bed and one single...
"… the rooftop terrace. The restaurant offers the traditional Moroccan dishes such as Tagine and couscous. We also organize a camel trekking excursion in the dunes. Through its dedicated guides, you can experience a unique journey fed warm meetings and as beautiful and varied landscapes. The guides are renowned for their perfect knowledge of the Greater Southeast Moroccan, and desert. Please note: Cancellation policy: 24h...
Chez les habitants
"… the day, or of 1, 2 of more nights, going by foot, on camel or by 4x4. Below are some examples of the excursions we do, but together with you, we can adjust the tour as you like. The guest house is located after 4 km out Merzouga centre in a small village called Tiharien . Our accommodation is comfortable without losing the feeling of being in a family’s home. We offer 2 bedrooms sleeps a total of 5 persons, Equipped with free...
Auberge Les Roche
"… salute and recieve your visit, our Hotel was Built in 2005 still new on the Bottom of the dunes of Erg Chebbi in Merzouga, it is a very intresting sahara village. The symbols of our Auberge are large Palm Trees and orange sand, you could see all of these beautiful trees close to the hotel. We encourage you to take advantage of the unforgettable sunrise and sunset in the dune of Erg Chebbi, join us to ride on camel in the dune, as...
Auberge Kasbah Derkaoua
"… of the full amount of the reservation. Cancellation within 8 days to 4 days before arrival: Charge of 75% of the full amount of the reservation. No show for reservation: Charge of the full amount of the reservation. The cuisine served in Derkaoua makes of it one of the best tables of the area. Of Moroccan or international inspiration, it is prepared from fresh products; some such as (meats and dairy products) come directly from...
Ksar Bicha Hotel Merzouga
"… Every bedroom has bathroom and hot water.A friendly, family-run kasbah, this is the favourite base to see the Merzouga dunes of the Sahara desert. Run by charming, extremely friendly Moroccan family, one of whom, Ali , has a degree in English ,french , spanish ,deutsch and italien. Traditional earth building with attractive features, simply furnished responsibly managed and good value . En suite rooms arranged around two pretty,...
"… main building is divided into the restaurant area, leisure zone, 8 fully equipped rooms (air conditioner and WC) and terrace with panoramic view to the dunes. Dar Tafouyte also offers 2 separate apartments each with 2 fully equipped rooms (air conditioner and WC), living room with fireplace, and, a private terrace with view over Merzouga village and the Sahara Dunes. Dar Tafouyte is a guest house in Merzouga built respecting local...
Kasbah Le Touareg
"… Hotel Kasbah Touareg You can enjoy a large swimming pool, Suites, double and single rooms, restaurant, bar, jaimas and much more, all so you enjoy a good holiday among friends. The hotel has 35 rooms with en suite bathroom and large shower. Air conditioning and mini bars are also included and several 220 volts plugs. The furniture is typical of south Morocco. If you wish to have a refrigerated mini bar, just ask for it at the...
Hotel kasbah erg chebbi
"At the Hotel Kasbah Erg Chebbi you are welcome and we want you to feel as it is your home. We have 30 rooms, recently renovated, with all requested comfort (of course without tv). Our rooms are decorated in the purest Saharan style, which you will remember for a long time. Recover and recreation you can find at the swimming pool. Also we offer facilities for sleeping in Berber tents in the middle of the dunes and passing nights under the...
Kasbah Hotel Panorama
"… to the well-known dunes of Erg Chebbi you can enjoy the impressive panoramic views of the Sahara desert and its immense sea of golden sand. Kasbah Panorama is run by the AIT BAHADDOU’s family; one of the Berber (Amazigh) families who have worked in the tourism field for a long time, sharing all their knowledge of the desert with their guests. The Kasbah offers accommodation, terrace, restaurant, and a leisure space where you can...
Hotel Auberge Africa
"… but the arrival at the top guarantee an incredible ecstasy. - Excursions in 4x4: We offer you to discover the region through our Merzouga 4x4 tours, designed to leave you with magical memories of the Sahara. The inn consists of 7 rooms with common showers with hot water. And 2 comfort rooms with private bathrooms. Benefits of the Auberge Africa: The quiet rooms located away from the restaurant. Tranquillity guaranteed , because we...
Camel bivouac Merzouga
"With "Camel Bivouac Merzouga agency" you will explore and enjoy all that Erg chebbi desert has to offer, crossing the beautiful sand dunes of the sahara and spending nights in the desert beneath a stunning canopy of stars in a traditional nomad bivouac camp. Our camel trek tours also includes all the important places of the desert, the oases and the berber villages ,. We can arrange your visit to the nomads visit and spend nights with nomad...
Bivouac Iguana Sahara
"Each tent is made of camel skin like the ones used by nomadic people, lined with traditional carpets. Some have a private bathroom and a seating area whilst others offer shared bathroom facilities. A buffet breakfast is provided in the morning, which you can take on the terrace with a garden and desert view. Moroccan and Berber cuisine is served in a dining area in a tent. After a day’s quad biking or horse riding, you can relax in the...
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