Merzouga and Erg Chebbi

Merzouga is a small village in southeastern Morocco, located about 35 kilometres southeast of Rissani, about 45 kilometres from Erfoud, and about 20 kilometres from the Algerian border. The village is most famous for Erg Chebbi, a Saharan erg, or sand dunes. Merzouga also has the largest natural body of water in Morocco. The erg is 22 km long (north-south) and 5 km wide. Its dunes reach a maximum height of 150 metres. Here visitors can see or climb the 650 foot high sand dunes.

Supposedly, the locals believe that these dunes were sent as a punishment for turning away a weary traveller from the desert. They say that after they sent away this traveller the gods made the dunes pile up right outside their town; to teach them a lesson and to never send away weary men and women ever again. Camel rides amongst the Saharan dunes or an overnight sleeping out under the stars are popular activities here.


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