Merzouga is a village in the Sahara Desert, Morocco, next to the Erg Chebbi sand dunes.
From Marrakech, drive East to Erfoud (2 days drive, stop for the night in or near Ouarzazate). From Fez, drive South to Erfoud (1 day). From Erfoud, continue South 14 km (11 miles) to Rissani, carry on through the village and follow the road South-East 40 km (24 miles) to Merzouga. In recent years, the roads have been asphalted to Merzouga and on to Tauz, a southern military border town. The short access roads (1 or 2 km long) from the main road to the hotels alongside the sand dunes are normally not asphalted
Rent a quad (sand-buggy) or a 4x4. Hike. There are no local busses. There are taxis from Merzouga to Rissani and back, but they don't do other routes. Tour operators can arrange 4x4s or SUVs with driver/guides from Marrakech or Casablanca and back.
Sunrise/sunset over the dunes. Folk dances and black G'naui music.
Overnight camel trips in the nearby Erg Chebbi sand dunes. Hiking. Hire a 4x4 and drive around the dunes. Visits can be arranged to Berber homes to see how they live, watch them prepare home-made bread and cous-cous or tagines, eat with them and drink mint tea.
Berber rugs, jewellery, antiques, from the local Berber co-operatives, where they will gladly explain their history and the symbology of the designs on the rugs.
Note: All food is made to order from local fresh products, and takes time to prepare.
There are a couple of small restaurants in the center of Merzouga, but most restaurants are in hotels.
There are about 50 small hotels of varying categories along the sand dunes and in Hassi Lybed, about 4 km from Merzouga.
The owners also run a tour company that can organise tours around Morocco for individuals, families and small groups.
If you have a vehicle, drive back to Marrakech, Fez, Casablanca, etc, or continue your tour of Morocco.