Day 4 (Merzouga)I consider this as my first legit desert experience. The sand dunes are around 1.5 kms from the town centre. We knew the sun rises at around 7 45 am. So we started walking towards the dunes at around 6 30 am. The highest dune is at a height of around 200 metres. Depending on how fit you are it will take you anywhere between 20 to 45 minutes to hike. Once on top, one can see the vast expanse of desert land and sand dunes. The sand is surprisingly soft as if it were velvet. Sunrise immediately turns the sand golden in colour and it is one of the best sights I have seen so far
Day 3 (Fes to Merzouga)This was to be the longest drive of the trip – over 450 kms. Merzouga is a little town in the south eastern part of Morocco, around 30 kms from the Algerian border. The town is famous for being the gateway to the largest desert in the world – Sahara.We stopped at a very beautiful cafe for lunch. This place overlooked the Ziz river valley. For 75 dirhams, we had a sumptuous meal.
After breakfast in your riad, you will leave for the southeast following the Caravan roads to Merzouga. During this journey you’ll experience glimpses of the Middle Atlas and Higher Atlas mountains. Stopping in the Cedar forest, the largest in Morocco, over the Middle Atlas Mountains– where you may well see Barbarian apes. After lunch in Midelt, you will continue through the large, high desert, and notice how the scenery changes to reveal hints of the desert as you approach the city Errachidia. Your journey continues along the luxuriant Ziz Valley and the Tafilalet date palm grove, famous for date cultivation. This area is the foundation of the Alaouite dynasty - the current ruling royal family in Morocco. You’ll arrive at Merzouga at the end of the afternoon – to be welcomed with a glass of mint tea before you check in to your riad.