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Merzouga

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From Rissani to Merzouga, a grand taxi or van is 10/12dh. If you don't want to wait for other people to fill your grand taxi, pay 60dh. If you arrive before sunrise (if you come in the 6=7am bus from [[Fez]]) you can pay up to 100dh for a grand taxi.
Beware of guides in Rissani or Erfoud who offer to take you to Merzouga for 5 dihram each, but instead strand you at their auberge 20 km north of the village. If you decline their offers of camel rides and lodging, it is often quite difficult (and expensive) to make your way back to town. For example, they might ask you if you want to go to Merzouga desert or Merzouga village, so most people say desert and then are driven to the middle of nowhere.
You can also fly to Ouarzazate from [[Casablanca]], then continue to Erfoud, Rissani and Merzouga.
There are also weekly flights into [[Errachadia]], about 2 hours north of Merzouga by car.
Supra Tour Supratours buses from Marrakech and also from Fez have daily trips that stop in Merzouga village.
If you're continuing on to one of the small villages nearby, such as Hassi Labied, the usual tourist price is a fairly steep 50 dirhams (total, not per person) for the short 5 km drive. Beware that overnight busses may sometimes arrive more than an hour early, putting you in Merzouga before sunrise. If this happens, you may find yourself with no cabs available, so be prepared to wait for someone to arrive.
* '''Animals''' – see the ducks, and in early spring, flamingos, on the Dayet Srji salt lake, just west of Merzouga. There are many other species of birds (ruddy sheldrack and Kittllitz's plower during the spring migration, Tristram's desert warbler, the Egyptian nightjar, the arabian buzzard and falcons), and the desert sparrows are unique to this region and can be seen all year round. There are also reptiles (Algerian sand lizards, Berber skinks and snakes), mammals such as gerbils, desert hedgehogs, field mice and desert foxes, and scarab beetles. In the morning, you can often see their tracks in the sand. Brown scorpions can occasionally be seen, but they come out at night and tend to avoid humans.
*<see name="ouargaga omar" alt="" address="www.wlderness-lodge.net" directions="rissani hassi labiad" phone="0661591297" url="" hours="" price="60dirham" lat="" long="">auberge wilderness lodge is middle of hassi labiad</see>
[[Image:Berber children selling dolls in Erg Chebbi.jpg|thumb|250px|Berber Children selling dolls in desert]]
* <do name="Camel Safaris" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.cameltrekking.Com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Almost certainly the reason you came here in the first place, and by far the best way to experience the dunes. After taking you into the village to buy a proper head scarf to protect you from the sun, you'll be thrown on a camel and lead off into the desert. Meals, water, tents, etc should all be taken care of by your leader, but naturally you'd want to confirm this when you do your negotiations beforehand and make sure you're very specific, and ask lots of questions. Speaking of negotiations, do your research before coming (ask other travelers in Marrakech, etc for recommendations and for what they paid), and be prepared to bargain ''very'' hard.... the industry here is smooth and deceivingly vicious.<br><br>
On the first night, most groups end up at a pre-setup camp circle at the base of some large dunes, where the various tour operators have their Berber tents set up. Dinner will be cooked here, perhaps some music played, and you can frolic on the sand dunes under zillions of stars. If you're only on a 1 day trip, then you'll wake early, have some tea/breakfast, and head back before it gets hot. Others will hang out during the day, beating the heat in the tents all day, and either spend another night here or venture further out beyond the dunes and stay with a berber family, where you'll then set out to return early on the third morning.
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It is also possible to tour the dunes on ATVs, but this is '''highly''' discouraged.... You're destroying the beauty of what you came to see in the first place, and severely ruining the remote experience that most people are here enjoying on a camel.
 
More tours are proposing in Merzouga desert, like '''[www.merzouga-tours.com]''' did, '''(☎ 00212 66 77 66 236)''', mail : [[[email protected]]]. An exceptionel experience with camels, 4x4, quad, ski, snowboard on the top on the dunes, etc. Sleeping in 3 stars hotels or in tent under millions of stars. A real nomad experience during 1 night or 1 month. For exemple, 1 night in the middle of the dunes in berbere tent, 4 hours going and come back with camels, with diner and breakfast, berbere music at night (drums), cost '''30 euros'''.
 
If you are planning a trip around Jan 27 - Feb 2, 2013, you might join the '''Road Junky Retreat [http://www.roadjunkyretreat.com]''' when up to 30 travellers spend a week in the dunes with meditation and dance workshops as well as music and storytelling around the fire.
==Eat==
Most people eat meals at their lodge, but a few basic restaurants are scattered around the town if you are in need.
*<eat name="Raid auberge merzouga" alt="oasis nin" address="hassi labiad merzouga" directions="merzouga erg chebbi" phone="00212 76 02 46 86" url="www.auberge-oasis.net" hours="" price="€20 per person, breakfast and dinner included." lat="" long="">Hotel Raid loasis is located in Merzouga, on the edge of the Sahara Desert. It offers a rooftop terrace and an . Wi-Fi is free. All of Oasis's rooms are air conditioned with private bathrooms. Guests are invited to relax in the riad’s private courtyard with fountains. Hotel Oasis's restaurant serves traditional Moroccan food such as tajine and couscous.Kalia ... oasis Safaries can arrange 4x4 and camel caravan excursions for guests. Riad Rooms: 20. </eat>
*<eat name="Haven La Chance" alt="" address="Hassi Labaid" directions="" phone="+212.66859.9340 " url="www.desert-hotel.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Arrange lunches at Haven La Chance Desert Hotel. Either by the hotel or in the desert itself. Popular is pizza cooked in the sand as the nomads do.</eat>
* <sleep name="Auberge Les Dunes D'or" url="http://www.aubergedunesdor.com" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+212.6135.0665" email="[email protected]" fax="+212.3557.7146" checkin="" checkout="" price=""></sleep>
*<sleep name="Auberge Oasis" alt="" address="Hassi Labiad merzouga " directions="merzouga maroc erg chebbi " phone="+212.66173.9041" url="http://www.aubergeoasismerzouga.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="15€ breakfast and dinner included." lat="" long="deser auberge ">The Auberge l’Oasis is located right on the edge of the desert, at the foot of the golden Erg Chebi sand dunes, 2.5 miles from Merzouga. It offers air-conditioned rooms with private bathrooms. The hotel’s restaurant serves traditional Moroccan cuisine, prepared with fresh ingredients. Guests are invited to relax on the terrace with panoramic views. Additional services at the Auberge L'oasis include a 24-hour reception and free Wi-Fi in the hotel’s public areas. The Oceean of Sand is in close proximity to the hotel, which guests can cross on desert boats. Hotel Rooms: 17</sleep>
* <sleep name="Auberge Sahara Hotel" url="http://www.auberge-sahara-merzouga.com/" alt="" address="Ksar Hassi Labiad" directions="" phone="+212.3557.7039, Mobile:+212.6676.6355" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="+212.3557.7303">Clean hotel in a oasis at the edge of erg chebbi sand dunes run by flexible staff. Swimming pool, restaurant, free parking, and a variety of accommodation options including camping under palm trees. Camel safaris and various trips around the area can be arranged.</sleep>
the snack serves taggine,couscous,Kalia,jus,sandwich....
Snack Hassi Labied can arrange also a camel trekking into desert,ski with sand boards,rent bike,quads,excursion with 4x4...</sleep>
*<sleep name="Hotel Kasbah Mohayut" alt="" address="Merzouga" directions="email: [email protected]" phone="+212.666.039.185" url="http://mohayut.com/index.html" checkin="12:30 - 11 pm" checkout="12 - 1 pm" price="" lat="N31º 07.869" long="W04º 01.034">Beautiful hotel with a friendly and knowledgeable staff, fluent in English/French/Arabic/Berber and other languages. Many rooms include terraces overlooking the Erg Chebbi and air conditioning. Rooms are comfortable and clean, with private bathrooms (Western style). Hotel also features a swimming pool, free internet connection, and a restaurant. You can arrange for desert excursions by camel with guides and Berber tent accommodations. </sleep>
 
* <do name="Travel Exploration" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.travel-exploration.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""> Leading Sahara Desert Morocco Travel Agency operated by an Ait Atta Berber who is an expert on the South from the Draa Valley and specializing in Merzouga Sahara Desert Tours. Travel Exploration offers Sahara Desert off road experiences in Merzouga, camel trekking, 4x4 excursions, and comfort / luxury bivouac tent camps.</do>
*<sleep name="Ecolodge Adventures" alt="Camenls Trek & Desert Camp" address="Merzouga Dsert" directions="" phone="00212627462652" url="www.ecolodge-adventures.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="300" lat="" long="">Ecolodge Adventures welcomes you to Merzouga , Camel Treks & Sahara Camps .</sleep>
 
==Get out==
Supra Tour Buses now travel from the center of Merzouga village north to Meknes, Fes and also over to Ouarzazate and then Marrakech. This is new and an affordable way to get to the desert- but there are no stops to visit the Todra Gorge, Dades valley or Ait Ben Haddaou. Or to take rest stops at your leisure!
The bus for Fes leaves Merzouga at 7pm and arrives around 4-5 in the morning in front of the train station in Fes (150dh).
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