We were originally going to take a Supratours bus from Fes to get to Merzouga, but upon our arrival in Fes, we quickly learned that the overnight bus for the date we wanted was sold out. We ended up taking a CTM bus to Rissani, which is about 40 km away from Merzouga. Not knowing what to expect, we let Hassan, one of the brothers, know we were going to go to Merzouga, and we made our way. Upon arriving in Rissani, we were intimidated by all of the faux taxi drivers we were warned of, pushy about taking us to Merzouga for a mere 5 Dh, when we knew they would take us to some other remote location to pressure us to stay there. Luckily, it turns out that Hassan had arranged for a taxi to pick us up, and we were on our way, free of charge! Upon our arrival Hassan greeted us with warm smiles and mint tea. He told us that we could go rest in our room until we were to embark on our camel trek and overnight stay in the dunes later that day. From start to finish, Hassan and his family (11 children total!) were extremely helpful and warm. We were only charged for for the overnight stay, which was 25 euro, and included the trek, dinner in the desert, a hot shower the next morning upon our return, and breakfast. He let us stay in the room the whole day before our trek and the whole day when we returned until we were to take another night bus back to Meknes. He also arranged for our taxi to take us back to Rissani, again, free of charge. I also want to comment on their father, Mohammed, who took us into the desert. The man doesn't know a lick of English, but somehow we managed to communicate effectively with him the whole time, bonding over some sheesha and constant use of the Berber word, "Waha!" to indicate that all is well. I would SO recommend staying here. It is a wonderful, peaceful little escape from the chaos of the rest of Morocco, and the family will bend over backward to make you feel at home.
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