Visiting the Nomads
Merzouga is an ideal area to make sense of the Nomadic life. The warmth hospitality of the Berber Bedouins is such a long life tradition. There you can sit under their tent, drink a cup of tea while meditating around the impressive old stuff of those people. The father (head of the family) is usually charged for making tea, the mother in her “house work” while the kids surround you with brighter faces. They welcome you with a charming smile and make you share their daily activities, such as herding of cattle, the traditional cooking style and listen to the enchanting Berber language they speak. Surely you’ll appreciate the moments as it remains a wonderful experience.
The Gnawa of Khamlia
Khamlia is a small village nearby Merzouga main town. The uniqueness of this village stands at the fact that all its inhabitants are black Africans, but speak Berber as their mother tongue. They were taken from Mali, Sudan and Senegal, and displaced to Morocco centuries ago. The inhabitants brought with them the folkloric aspect of their life as embodied through the Gnawa music.
If you have scheduled a full day in Merzouga, you’ll attend the show in Khamlia without prior notice, as all the bands are ready to perform for new visitors.
4×4 Jeep desert off-roading experience
Explore the sensational landscapes of the great Sahara and lifestyle of local nomads. Visit the village of Khamlia, home of the black ex-Africans who were displaced to Morocco thousands of years ago.If you have scheduled a full day in Merzouga, you’ll attend the show in Khamlia without prior notice, as all the bands are ready to perform for new visitors.
camel trek merzouga desert
Few travel experiences compare to that of riding a camel through the shifting dunes of the Sahara desert. Let their sure, swaying gait carry you back in time to when camels were an essential mode of transportation in this region. While large and sometimes intimidating at first, camels tend to be calm and docile, and their adaptations including wide, flat feet, long eyelashes, and a protective coat of thick hair let them carry you comfortably through the sand.
If you just want to know what it’s like, you can take a ride for a few minutes. You can also find hour-long, overnight, and even multi-day trips by camel. Morocco is one of the few places you can experience this type of adventure, so don’t miss out!
Merzouga is a growing hub for adventure travelers wishing to explore the surrounding deserts. As such, there are excellent budget accommodations for travelers that are looking to spend the bulk of their money elsewhere in Merzouga. Many hotels also offer their own tours and treks into the desert, making it a great place to inquire about what kind of excursions you want to do while in Merzouga.
For something a bit more off-the-wall, you can stay right in the Erg Chebbi dunes at Luxury camp Desert. Comfortable tents are elevated with great, friendly service, evening entertainment, fresh local cuisine, and Western-style washrooms.
Have fun sliding down the dunes on a sand board! There are many tour organizers that offer this fun activity. It’s not too hard to get the hang of, and will come easily to you if you enjoy surfing, skateboarding, or snowboarding.For something a bit more off-the-wall, you can stay right in the Erg Chebbi dunes at Luxury camp Desert. Comfortable tents are elevated with great, friendly service, evening entertainment, fresh local cuisine, and Western-style washrooms.
Renting quads and zooming across the desert with a local guide is a great way to experience the Sahara hands-on. It’s a lot of fun to swerve over and around sand dunes, passing by villages or palm groves, or simply reaching a more remote area of the desert.