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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.
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.
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.
[[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="" 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.
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.
Most people eat meals at their lodge, but a few basic restaurants are scattered around the town if you are in need.
*<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 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>
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!