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“Booked the typical 3 days 2 nights tour; took 10.5 hr back to Fez”
Review of Merzouga Desert

Merzouga Desert
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Camel Treks in the Moroccan Desert departing from Merzouga
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$195.70*
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Full-Day Merzouga Desert Private Tour from Errachidia
Ranked #1 of 29 things to do in Merzouga
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase, Stroller parking
Istanbul, Turkey
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“Booked the typical 3 days 2 nights tour; took 10.5 hr back to Fez”
Reviewed June 6, 2014

It's not a real tour, you basically get a driver and a van with a group of 15 people for 800 MAD. The commute into the desert was long and exhausting with some short stops to see desert towns, valleys and funny rocks in between. It's not actually a tour, because the driver does not communicate at all. He will just open the door and let you out for some pictures and washroom or refreshments. That's it. The option for food is limited, as you will have only the typical tourist option of overpriced tagine or brouchette. Dinner and breakfast is included. The stay in the hotel for the first night is pretty nice. Beware of 'local guides' who are working for a tip, they act like they are part of the tour, but they are really just a bit random. Our car broke down on the second day, and the driver did not say anything until a random 'local guide; came by and took up to a random walk around a random village to see some random carpets. It wasn't that bad, because he actually spoke English and was kind of funny. When we went back to the car, we drove straight into the desert (don't expect the driver to tell you when you will eat and how long the trip will take). The sand dunes were of course, amazing. The people at the camp told us to buy 2 bottles of water eat (10 MAD each). I'd say I only needed one bottle. Then you take a small luggage for the night and go straight into the camp on a camel. Dinner at 10 pm. There was some singing and drumming and sand boarding. It was pretty cool. Bring your own toilet paper and flashlight. There is no washroom, just a big giant sandbox. The next day, we were woken up at 5 am to get up and take the camel back to the main road. My boyfriend and I did not want to go back to Marrakesh (7am to 7pm drive). Instead we took the local bus (110 MAD each for 10.5 hours leaving at 10am) to Fez from Rossani bus station (driver dropped us off). At first, the people at the camp offered to help us call a driver for 1200 MAD (hotel manager quoted 1000 MAD). This would be a good option if you have at least 4 people. We took the bus, which was quite interesting (there is A/C until you don't need it). You get to see real local people that you don't get to see when you are on a tour. The drive was really scenic and there were stops in between. You end up in Gare Routiere in Fez, right outside of the main gate of the Medina. Perfect! Don't take the taxi into the medina, it's literally just outside the gate.

Visited June 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Once of the lifetime experience”
Reviewed May 29, 2014

The sand dune was so beautiful especially sunrise time. It was worth a long drive and the view was breathtaking!! Camels were sitting like cars in the parking lot waiting for tourists to ride them. The camel ride was also the good experience. You can touch them they won't bite you. :P

Visited May 2014
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Bengaluru, India
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“Out of the world - Merzouga”
Reviewed May 29, 2014

It was the highlight to my trip in Morocco. The dunes are higher and the travel itself to the remote part is an experience

Visited May 2014
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Rabat, Morocco
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“The best desert in Morocco”
Reviewed May 29, 2014

When you are there,you will love all . the dunes,the people,the sunset over the dunes also the sunrise.

Visited May 2014
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Paris, France
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“Stunning; make sure you add this to your plans to visit Morocco”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

If you are touring Morocco don't miss the experience of a trek in the majestic Sahara desert. Merzouga is a great place to start your adventure.
We looked at a number of tour companies who organize desert treks on camel, and decided to go with Around Morocco Tours. They were friendly and responsive to our questions and also presented the best all-in offer. They are also a local company and know the area very well. Around Morocco arranged the entire experience for us, from the first night hotel stay at the Riad Nezha, to the trek just as the day was ending and the angle of the sun just perfect to show off the red colors of the dunes. Then we were treated to one of the most spectacular settings for a sunset I have seen in my life. We settled in at the desert camp complete with dinner and Touareg music to drumbeat and song provided by our talented camel guides. We danced around the campfire afterwards and had a great night's sleep in the peacefullness of the desert. The next morning we awoke to an equally beautiful sunrise, and breakfast.
The whole time we felt we were completely secure with our aimiable and knowledgeable guides. This allowed me to really enjoy the whole experience. I would highly recommend you add at least one night to experience the marvels of the desert, and that you do it with the help of a professional guide, as we did. It took all the hassle and guesswork out of the experience and allowed us to relax and enjoy the scenery.

Visited March 2014
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