The Merzouga Desert
lies around 550km from Marrakesh. The distance may seem daunting, but Merzouga has become an increasingly popular tourist destination in recent years. Thanks to a paved road, visitors now have access to the beautiful scenery of Merzouga and nearby Erg Chebbi, home to the highest sand dunes in the country. The famous Sahara desert is vast, inhospitable and difficult to access. Furthermore, much of it is flat and featureless. The Merzouga Desert, on the other hand, is a scene straight from a postcard. The towering dunes of every-shifting golden sand are precisely what most people picture when they think of a desert. No wonder Merzouga is so popular with tourists.
Traveling to Merzouga from Marrakesh often means an overnight trip. It’s possible to rent a car and drive yourself out to the Merzouga desert. For those who prefer not to drive, it’s also possible to take a bus from Marrakesh. The journey typically takes 12-13 hours, so leave yourself plenty of time. Another option is to book a tour to Merzouga from Marrakesh. Not only will all the hassle be taken care of for you, but you will also learn a lot about the local scenery and culture along the way. Plus, you can rest assured knowing that your health and safety are being taken care of. Tours to the Merzouga Desert are often done by bus. But for a real adventure, it's also possible to make a three-day long camel trek from Marrakesh to Merzouga. Spending nights in a Bedouin camp is an experience not to be missed.