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'''Saharan Morocco''' is a vast desert region dividing [[Morocco]] and [[Algeria]]. Its a hot, dry and often picturesque area. This area is not to be confused with another region further south often called Moroccan Western Sahara.
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==Towns & Villages==
  
Located around 35km from the Algerian border in the extreme south-east corner of Morocco lies M`Hamid, gateway to the desert. " Bivouac sous les Etoiles " organizes visits or touring treks. These treks will familiarize you with an area steeped in local traditions, magnificent landscapes whose beauty is surpassed only by their size, where the people are friendly and open.
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* [[Erfoud]] – The Gate of Sahara, this small city is located on the way of Erg Chebbi Dunes.
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Bivouac sous les Etoiles” is a small travel agency composed of an active group of young Moroccans who are totally at ease in the desert. The headquarters are located in the centre of M'hamid. The agency is run by Hassan Laghfiri, who was born and brought up in M'hamid and knows the desert and its surroundings like the back of his hand. He will be your coordinator. Danielle, a French native living in M'hamid, assists him in the office and with general information.  
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L’agence : 00212 (0) 5 24 84 61 75
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* [[Rissani]] - This small oasis town lies near the northwest edge of the Sahara.
  
Hassan : 00212 (0) 6 70 96 56 00
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* [[Merzouga]] – Small village on the edge of Erg Chebbi Dunes.
  
Danielle : 00212 (0) 6 71 84 16 13
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* [[Khamlia]] - This small village lies on the southwest edge of Erg Chebbi.
  
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* [[Ouarzazate]] – Considered the capital of the south, a great example of preservation and tourism that hasn't destroyed the feel of a fantastic and ancient city.
  
laghfirihassan5@hotmail.com
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* [[M'Hamid]] – Small village on the border with Algeria, south of Zagora town.
  
danycerda@aol.com
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* [[Zagora]] – Small desert town south of Ouarzazate.
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* [[Nkob]] – Small Berber town southeast of Agdz on the road [[Ouarzazate]] - [[Agdz]] - [[Alnif]] - [[Rissani]]; full of old kasbahs and surounded by palm groves and the [[Saghrou Mountains]].
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* [[Errachidia]] – Biggest town north of Erfoud. Military use of this town gives it a clean and organized urban net.
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==Other destinations==
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==Understand==
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==Talk==
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French is widely spoken by most people connected to some kind of business. Moroccan Sahara divides into Berbers and Arabs from different tribes.
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'''How are you'''
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*''Berber'': meitanit?; ''Arabic'': labass?; ''French'': ça va?;
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'''Thank you'''
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*''Berber'': tanmirt; ''Arabic'': shukran; ''French'': merci;
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'''I want one orange juice'''
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*Berber: righ ian assir limoun; Arabic: bghit wahid assir limoun; French: je veux un jus d'orange;
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'''My friend'''
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*''Berber'': assouninu; ''Arabic'': sahbi; ''French'': mon ami;
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'''1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10'''
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*''Tachelhit Berber'': yan, sin, krad, kkuz, semmus, sdis, sa, ttam, ttza, mraw; Moroccan Arabic: wahed, juj, tleta, arbaa, remsa, setta, sebaa, tamanya, tsaa, aashra; ''French'': un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six, sept, huit, neuf, dix;
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==Get in==
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==Get around==
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Getting around Moroccan Sahara desert is as easy as it gets. You have plenty of buses and grands taxis connecting all imaginable cities, towns and villages.
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==See==
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*<see name="Erg Chebbi Dunes" alt="Erg Chebbi Dunes" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Erg Chebbi Dunes</see>
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*<see name="Tinfou Dunes" alt="Tinfou Dunes" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Tinfou Dunes</see>
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*<see name="Chegaga Dunes" alt="Chegaga Dunes" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Chegaga Dunes</see>
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*<see name="Old Kasbahs in Nkob" alt="Old Kasbahs in Nkob" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Old Kasbahs in Nkob</see>
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*<see name="Ksar of Maadid in Erfoud" alt="Ksar of Maadid in Erfoud" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Ksar of Maadid in Erfoud</see>
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*<see name="Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate" alt="Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate</see>
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*<see name="Unesco Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou in Ouarzazate" alt="Unesco Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou in Ouarzazate" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Unesco Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou in Ouarzazate</see>
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*<see name="Fint Oasis in Ouarzazate" alt="Fint Oasis in Ouarzazate" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Fint Oasis in Ouarzazate</see>
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*<see name="Underground Ksar of Tamegroute" alt="Underground Ksar of Tamegroute" address="" directions="South of Zagora" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Underground Ksar of Tamegroute</see>
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*<see name="Tifoultoute Kasbah in Ouarzazate" alt="Tifoultoute Kasbah in Ouarzazate" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Tifoultoute Kasbah in Ouarzazate</see>
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*<see name="Ouarzazate open air Cinema Studios" alt="Ouarzazate open air Cinema Studios" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Ouarzazate open air Cinema Studios</see>
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===Itineraries===
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Try to do the circle from Ouarzazate to Nkob, Rissani, Erfoud, Erg Chebbi Dunes with villages such as Merzouga, Hassilabied, Khamlia, back up passing the Rose Valley and Gorges du Todra back to Ouarzazate. Also could be the southern route of Ouarzazate, Agdz, Zagora, Mhamid.
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In Ouarzazate explore Oasis Fint, Oasis Skoura, Unesco Ksar of Ait ben Haddou, Tifoultoute Kasbah, Stork Kasbah, Taourirt Kasbah, Cinema Museum, Open air Cinema Studios, Saturday morning market;
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==Do==
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*<do name="ATV Quad Excursion in Ouarzazate" alt="ATV Quad Excursion in Ouarzazate" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">ATV Quad Excursion in Ouarzazate</do>
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*<do name="Camel Trekking in Erg Chebbi Dunes" alt="Camel Trekking in Erg Chebbi Dunes" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Camel Trekking in Erg Chebbi Dunes</do>
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*<do name="Mountain Trekking in Nkob" alt="Mountain Trekking in Nkob" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Mountain Trekking in Nkob</do>
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*<do name="Gnawa Music in Khamlia village in Erg Chebbi Dunes" alt="Gnawa Music in Khamlia village in Erg Chebbi Dunes" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Gnawa Music in Khamlia village in Erg Chebbi Dunes</do>
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*<do name="Erfoud Saturday Morning Market" alt="Erfoud Saturday Morning Market" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Erfoud Saturday Morning Market</do>
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*<do name="Explore Taourirt and Tassoumaat districts in Ouarzazate" alt="Explore Taourirt and Tassoumaat districts in Ouarzazate" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Explore Taourirt and Tassoumaat districts in Ouarzazate</do>
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*<do name="Traveler's Sahara Retreat" alt="6 days of meditation in the desert="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.roadjunkyretreat.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Meditation, music and travel stories in the dunes Feb 6-11 2012</do>
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==Eat==
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*<eat name="Restaurant Pizzeria des Dunes in Erfoud" alt="Restaurant Pizzeria des Dunes in Erfoud" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Restaurant Pizzeria des Dunes in Erfoud</eat>
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*<eat name="Restaurant 3 Thes in Ouarzazate" alt="Restaurant 3 Thes in Ouarzazate" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Restaurant 3 Thes in Ouarzazate</eat>
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*<eat name="Restaurant Hotel Ennakhile in Nkob" alt="Restaurant Hotel Ennakhile in Nkob" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Restaurant Hotel Ennakhile in [[Nkob]]</eat>
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*<eat name="Restaurant Kasbah Meteorites in Alnif" alt="Restaurant Kasbah Meteorites in Alnif" address="" directions="" phone="+212.535.783.809" url="" hours="" price="" lat="31°6'42 North" long="5°10'13 West">Kasbah Meteorite is an hotel located 13km West of Alnif, a small Berber town on the road connecting Marrakech and Ouarzazate to Rissani in Sahara Desert.</eat>
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==Drink==
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*<drink name="Desert Tea" alt="Desert Green Tea" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Desert Tea is most of times just Chinese green tea and plenty of sugar. Ask for mint just for a change.</drink>
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*<drink name="Bottled water" alt="Bottled water" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="5.5 to 7 Dirhams" lat="" long="">If you're not used to Moroccan water, most likely you'll get sick of drinking it. Get bottled water selling in all small groceries stores spread around all towns and villages. Water labels: Bahia, Sidi Ali, Sidi Harazem, Ciel (watch out for Ciel water, it is made to make you drink more water), Ain Saiss.</drink>
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==Stay safe==
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All Morrocan Sahara is safe. Be careful with heat, drink bottled water. Every little town and village have small shops selling bottled water (~6 Dirhams).
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All small towns such [[Erfoud]], [[Rissani]], [[Zagora]], [[Mhamid]] have plenty of good quality pharmacies where you can get most of necessary stuff.
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Unemployment is high, and this is one of the countries touristic destination. Expect young boys proposing guidance through the desert. You are not obliged to, so if you don't want don't pressure yourself getting one, just smile and say no.
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==Get out==
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*<listing name="Flight from Errachidia to Casablanca" alt="Airplane Errachidia to Casablanca" address="Errachidia Airport" directions="70km north of Erfoud, get a grand taxi" url="http://www.royalairmaroc.com" hours="Weekend flights check updates at Royal Air Maroc website" price="370 Dirhams to 1500 Dirhams" lat="" long="">1h20m Flight from Errachidia to Casablanca.</listing>
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Revision as of 18:59, 30 January 2012

Saharan Morocco is a vast desert region dividing Morocco and Algeria. Its a hot, dry and often picturesque area. This area is not to be confused with another region further south often called Moroccan Western Sahara.

Contents

Towns & Villages

  • Erfoud – The Gate of Sahara, this small city is located on the way of Erg Chebbi Dunes.
  • Rissani - This small oasis town lies near the northwest edge of the Sahara.
  • Merzouga – Small village on the edge of Erg Chebbi Dunes.
  • Khamlia - This small village lies on the southwest edge of Erg Chebbi.
  • Ouarzazate – Considered the capital of the south, a great example of preservation and tourism that hasn't destroyed the feel of a fantastic and ancient city.
  • M'Hamid – Small village on the border with Algeria, south of Zagora town.
  • Zagora – Small desert town south of Ouarzazate.
  • Errachidia – Biggest town north of Erfoud. Military use of this town gives it a clean and organized urban net.

Other destinations

Understand

Talk

French is widely spoken by most people connected to some kind of business. Moroccan Sahara divides into Berbers and Arabs from different tribes.

How are you

  • Berber: meitanit?; Arabic: labass?; French: ça va?;

Thank you

  • Berber: tanmirt; Arabic: shukran; French: merci;

I want one orange juice

  • Berber: righ ian assir limoun; Arabic: bghit wahid assir limoun; French: je veux un jus d'orange;

My friend

  • Berber: assouninu; Arabic: sahbi; French: mon ami;

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

  • Tachelhit Berber: yan, sin, krad, kkuz, semmus, sdis, sa, ttam, ttza, mraw; Moroccan Arabic: wahed, juj, tleta, arbaa, remsa, setta, sebaa, tamanya, tsaa, aashra; French: un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six, sept, huit, neuf, dix;

Get in

Get around

Getting around Moroccan Sahara desert is as easy as it gets. You have plenty of buses and grands taxis connecting all imaginable cities, towns and villages.

See

  • Erg Chebbi Dunes (Erg Chebbi Dunes). Erg Chebbi Dunes
  • Tinfou Dunes (Tinfou Dunes). Tinfou Dunes
  • Chegaga Dunes (Chegaga Dunes). Chegaga Dunes
  • Old Kasbahs in Nkob (Old Kasbahs in Nkob). Old Kasbahs in Nkob
  • Ksar of Maadid in Erfoud (Ksar of Maadid in Erfoud). Ksar of Maadid in Erfoud
  • Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate (Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate). Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate
  • Unesco Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou in Ouarzazate (Unesco Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou in Ouarzazate). Unesco Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou in Ouarzazate
  • Fint Oasis in Ouarzazate (Fint Oasis in Ouarzazate). Fint Oasis in Ouarzazate
  • Underground Ksar of Tamegroute (Underground Ksar of Tamegroute), (South of Zagora). Underground Ksar of Tamegroute
  • Tifoultoute Kasbah in Ouarzazate (Tifoultoute Kasbah in Ouarzazate). Tifoultoute Kasbah in Ouarzazate
  • Ouarzazate open air Cinema Studios (Ouarzazate open air Cinema Studios). Ouarzazate open air Cinema Studios

Itineraries

Try to do the circle from Ouarzazate to Nkob, Rissani, Erfoud, Erg Chebbi Dunes with villages such as Merzouga, Hassilabied, Khamlia, back up passing the Rose Valley and Gorges du Todra back to Ouarzazate. Also could be the southern route of Ouarzazate, Agdz, Zagora, Mhamid.

In Ouarzazate explore Oasis Fint, Oasis Skoura, Unesco Ksar of Ait ben Haddou, Tifoultoute Kasbah, Stork Kasbah, Taourirt Kasbah, Cinema Museum, Open air Cinema Studios, Saturday morning market;

Do

  • ATV Quad Excursion in Ouarzazate (ATV Quad Excursion in Ouarzazate). ATV Quad Excursion in Ouarzazate
  • Camel Trekking in Erg Chebbi Dunes (Camel Trekking in Erg Chebbi Dunes). Camel Trekking in Erg Chebbi Dunes
  • Mountain Trekking in Nkob (Mountain Trekking in Nkob). Mountain Trekking in Nkob
  • Gnawa Music in Khamlia village in Erg Chebbi Dunes (Gnawa Music in Khamlia village in Erg Chebbi Dunes). Gnawa Music in Khamlia village in Erg Chebbi Dunes
  • Erfoud Saturday Morning Market (Erfoud Saturday Morning Market). Erfoud Saturday Morning Market
  • Explore Taourirt and Tassoumaat districts in Ouarzazate (Explore Taourirt and Tassoumaat districts in Ouarzazate). Explore Taourirt and Tassoumaat districts in Ouarzazate
  • Traveler's Sahara Retreat, [1]. Meditation, music and travel stories in the dunes Feb 6-11 2012

Eat

  • Restaurant Pizzeria des Dunes in Erfoud (Restaurant Pizzeria des Dunes in Erfoud). Restaurant Pizzeria des Dunes in Erfoud
  • Restaurant 3 Thes in Ouarzazate (Restaurant 3 Thes in Ouarzazate). Restaurant 3 Thes in Ouarzazate
  • Restaurant Hotel Ennakhile in Nkob (Restaurant Hotel Ennakhile in Nkob). Restaurant Hotel Ennakhile in Nkob
  • Restaurant Kasbah Meteorites in Alnif (Restaurant Kasbah Meteorites in Alnif), +212.535.783.809. Kasbah Meteorite is an hotel located 13km West of Alnif, a small Berber town on the road connecting Marrakech and Ouarzazate to Rissani in Sahara Desert. (31°6'42 North,5°10'13 West)

Drink

  • Desert Tea (Desert Green Tea). Desert Tea is most of times just Chinese green tea and plenty of sugar. Ask for mint just for a change.
  • Bottled water (Bottled water). If you're not used to Moroccan water, most likely you'll get sick of drinking it. Get bottled water selling in all small groceries stores spread around all towns and villages. Water labels: Bahia, Sidi Ali, Sidi Harazem, Ciel (watch out for Ciel water, it is made to make you drink more water), Ain Saiss. 5.5 to 7 Dirhams.


Stay safe

All Morrocan Sahara is safe. Be careful with heat, drink bottled water. Every little town and village have small shops selling bottled water (~6 Dirhams).

All small towns such Erfoud, Rissani, Zagora, Mhamid have plenty of good quality pharmacies where you can get most of necessary stuff.

Unemployment is high, and this is one of the countries touristic destination. Expect young boys proposing guidance through the desert. You are not obliged to, so if you don't want don't pressure yourself getting one, just smile and say no.

Get out

  • Flight from Errachidia to Casablanca (Airplane Errachidia to Casablanca), Errachidia Airport (70km north of Erfoud, get a grand taxi), [2]. Weekend flights check updates at Royal Air Maroc website. 1h20m Flight from Errachidia to Casablanca. 370 Dirhams to 1500 Dirhams.



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