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.
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.
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
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;
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, . You can join up to 30 other travellers to spend a week deep in the dunes with meditation and dance workshops, as well as music and storytelling around the fire. Jan 27 - Feb 2, 2013
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)
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.
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.
Flight from Errachidia to Casablanca (Airplane Errachidia to Casablanca), Errachidia Airport (70km north of Erfoud, get a grand taxi), . Weekend flights check updates at Royal Air Maroc website. 1h20m Flight from Errachidia to Casablanca.370 Dirhams to 1500 Dirhams.