Best Things to do in Merzouga Desert
4×4 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.
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.
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.
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.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.