a VirtualTourist member from Wellington
We are planning to be in Merzouga around the 15th of September. Is that not too hot a time to venture into the desert on a camel trip? Thanks, Ron. Wellington, New Zealand
Thanks for the reply and advice! Any recommendations on specific places to stay and who to go with for an overnight camel trip into the desert? Ron
Hi yes see our travel pages with tips on where to stay, what to see on Merzouga and Morocco! a very good choice of places to stay! Theres a rating and ranking system too which helps point out tips and pages that are helpful and to find the pages and tips that are
Id recommend staying out in the desert with nice management such as Kasbah Mohayut or Dunes dor, Timbuktu too is also an upmarket experience.
If you run late or something and need to stay in Rissani then Id recommend Hotel Asmaa or Hotel Enassra - go to the Rissani souk in the morning and perhaps the circuit touristique and the old palace museum - if a local tout wants to guide you thats usually a good advantage to take - will only cost about 20 or 30 dirham and can be an interesting way to meet a local and get to find the sights -
though you can still get out to the desert auberges in the dark - contact the auberge you want to stay at and they probably would meet you at their turn off signposts that are along the bitumen road towards Merzouga
and that reminds me - ignore any information that says the road to Merzouga or the desert is from Erfoud - even the latest edition of the Michelin is still incorrect in that department! - that is 4x4 piste and sand road - the access road has been bitumen for almost 10 years and runs from Rissani to Merzouga and on all the way to Taouz. This way anyone in any normal car can access the auberges and stay out in the desert without needing to be on a tour, have a guide or have a 4x4.
Also check the latest edition of Footprints - an excellent edition to get hold of - up to now my recommendations were the Lonely planet and DK eyewitness guidebooks