MERZOUGA DESERT

Situation

The Merzouga desert is located in the southeast of Morocco about 35 km (22 mi) southeast of Rissani, 55 km (34 mi) from Erfoud, and about 50 km (31 mi) from the Algerian border.

 

About

Counts the leyend  that when a wealthy family refused hospitality to a poor woman and her son, God was offended and buried them under the mounds of sand called Erg Chebbi. So goes the legend of the dunes rising majestically above the twin villages of Merzouga and Hassi Labied, which for many travellers fulfil Morocco’s promise as a dream desert destination.

 

The erg Chebbi or so-called Merzouga desert dune system consists of a N-S oriented sand deposit, about 156 km2.

The system is a free aquifer. The entry of the water system is limited to direct infiltration of rainwater meanwhile the discharge of the aquifer is produced by evaporation natural drainage in the springs and wells extractions from khettaras.

 

 

In places, the dunes of the Merzouga desert rise up to 150 meters from the surrounding hamada (rocky desert) and altogether it spans an area of 28 kilometers from north to south and up to 5–7 kilometers from east to west lining the Algerian border.

 

 

WEATHER

Erg Chebbi has a desert climate with continental nuances and average annual temperatures around 20 ° C, although the temperature contrasts between day and night are high. The maximum temperatures are around 50 ° C in the months of July and August, with a minimum of 5 ° C in the month of December. Annual rainfall is between 28 mm and 129 mm depending on the hydrological year considered. The low rainfall usually occurs between the months of March and May, although it is necessary to highlight the specific rainfall changes, cyclonic storms, which cause lightning avenues.

 

Activities

Most of the tourists arrive to the Merzouga desert willing to spend one nigth in a desert camp surrounded by the dunes. You can find more information about the whole experience in our Merzouga luxury desert camp link.

 

Appart of that the desert offers many activities such as sand boarding, sanbaths, tours by 4×4 to explore the desert or by ATV. If you are interested on any of these activities contact us.

 

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