Morocco Travel and Tourism Guide
The village of Merzouga is a small town on the edge of one of the two great erg of Moroccan Sahara, erg Chebbi. A large arch marks the opening, with a road that seems to go directly into the dunes. A slightly spaghetti western atmosphere, with streets crushed with heat …
If the Moroccan desert is often a stone desert, erg Chebbi offers splendid landscapes, with its large dunes of orange sand , waves ridges for several kilometers. To go from one dune to another, is to go down in the hollow of a landscape of sand, and to lose any reference. And then, going up on the next ridge, we perceive here and there a tree, a tent … the desert is never empty.
On a surface of a little more than 100 square kilometers, the dunes succeed one another, rising to nearly 150 meters in height. 150 meters easy to do on the back of a camel, but more athletic on foot!
Many birds live in the area, especially in the area to the east, furthest from the road and the least frequented.
Lake of Merzouga
Lake Merzouga is a real wonder, a fairly large body of water, almost at the foot of the dunes. It is a place where nomads lead their animals to drink, and to enjoy abundant food. The spectacle of the dunes reflected in the water, when the lake is full, is superb.
A fragile site, that we must protect
The desert is a fragile ecosystem. To be able to enjoy it for a long time, it is necessary to spare it: to avoid pollution, by not throwing garbage in the dunes, to avoid destroying the flora while walking on it, as some plants take months to leave the sand.0