Merzouga is often referred to as the gateway to the Sahara. Merzouga is a reasonably small town approximately 10km from the border with Algeria.
Merzouga village is known for its proximity to Erg Chebbi, the huge sand dunes.
Whilst right on the edge of the desert, Merzouga has the largest natural underground body of water in Morocco.
Merzouga relies on tourism for most of its income, but it is still an important route for travelers and merchants heading to Timbuktu. It’s often referred to as the desert theme park due to the many desert camps, camel treks, 4×4 adventures, and other tourist activities.
We booked a night at a desert camp, the Desert Berber Fire Camp but there are dozens to choose from. We had a really great experience with this camp and would recommend it.
One thing you must do is watch the sunset over the dunes – it is breathtaking.
Merzouga is a really long trip from Marrakesh and even more so from Agadir, so you should plan a route to stay over in a few places – the roads are pretty good but why rush? We stopped in Zagora on the way.