We had booked to take a camel ride into the desert and camp overnight so we did not actually spend the night in the guest house but we wish we could have had an extra day to spend here. We arrived from Todra Gorge with our car and french speaking driver and as my french is very basic it was a great relief to find Ali spoke good English. When he learnt we had not had lunch a berber omlette and enormous salad were produced for us. Ali told us a great deal about the area, the nomadic way of life and the village before kitting us out with authentic headgear and introducing us to Ibrahim his camaleer. We spent about 2 hours on the camels before arriving at the camp where we were to stay. The whole experience was magical, the sunset and the stars were amazing. Ibrahim spoke a smattering of European languages all mixed together and cooked a mean tajine for us A highlight of the whole experience was him teaching my 10 year old a game similar to nought and crosses in the sand with twigs and them both sitting there playing till it was too dark to see. The next morning we got up to see the sun rise then headed back for a shower and breakfast.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tout au milieu du désert au pied des dunes d'or d'Erg Chebbi se trouve une auberge pas comme les autres,la maison d'hôte de la famille SEGGAOUI.Ici, vous aurez toutes les chances de découvrir l'hospitalité berbère authentique, dans un climat familial chaleureux.Ali et sa famille vous accueillent à Merzouga, site grandiose du Désert Marocain, au pied des dunes de l'Erg Chebbi, de véritables sculpture mouvantes en forme de draperies, qui culminent à 150 mètres. ... more less