Moroccan legend says that the Erg Chebbi sand dunes were sent by God as a punishment for turning away a weary traveller from Morocco's Sahara desert. Moroccans believe that the dunes piled up outside Merzouga to teach them a lesson so that they would never refuse to help tired travellers ever again. The Erg Chebbi dunes at Merzouga are indisputably one of the greatest sights of Morocco. These giant hills of smooth sand line the Algerian border and are a must see for everyone.
Let’s be honest, who hasn’t dreamed at least once in a lifetime to have the chance of exploring the Sahara desert while sleeping under the stars surrounded by the majestic sand dunes?
Merzouga is a small village in southeastern of Morocco; it’s remote, and far far away from most of the big cities in the country.
However, spending a night in the Sahara is something that every spirited soul dreams about.
Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp was our home away from home while exploring the mysterious desert.
Situated within the tranquil and desolated Erg Chebbi – a large sea of dunes formed by wind-blown, this camp gave us an unforgettable nomadic experience.
Our journey to the camp took around nine to ten hours by Jeep; transport can be arranged by the same company at the time of your booking.
We know it sounds like a never-ending trip, but you'll soon find that half of the experience is getting there. You'll travel through some unreal landscape of mountain passes, lush valleys, rock formations and palm groves, through busy Marrakech and on to the desolated and peaceful, open desert.
The main camp is made up of fifteen tents, but if you prefer a little more seclusion you can choose a tent in the private camp instead, with just five tents in prime dune-viewing position.
Upon arrival we found some incredible furnishings and cosy beds awaiting in our tent, along with air conditioning, heating, a sink, shower and a private bathroom.
What’s included: bedding & towels, bathroom amenities, Moroccan furniture such as chairs, lamps, mirrors, electric charging points.
This was probably one of the best things about the camp, if it’s possible to top up all the amazing things we’ve already mentioned. We found ourselves surrounded by such a friendly and talented group of locals. Most of them spoke at least 3 to 4 languages, English, Spanish, French and German; each staff member was able to sing or play a musical instrument as well. So do expect to have lots of fun especially as you settle in around the twilight campfire at dinnertime.
The camp is located in a very secluded area so forget about Wi-Fi and relax!
We highly recommend you to stay between 2 to 3 nights to be able to fully enjoy the experience, (remember that it’ll take you almost 10 hours to get there as well)
No need to worry about food and water, the camp is equipped with everything you need
Transfers are not included. You will need a Jeep/4WD to get there. You can either arrange this yourself or the company at an extra cost can arrange it as well.
ACTIVITIES AT THE CAMP
Walking on the highest dune
Quad biking ATV
Picnics in an oasis
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