About Sahara Region
If you have come this far then you must visit the fringes of the Sahara and you can do this at Erfoud (Merzouga and the dunes at Erg Chebbi) and Zagora (M'Hamid and the dunes at Ch'Gagga and Erg Lihoudi), both of which offer the opportunity to explore the desert by camel or 4WD, or even by quad bike.
Er Rachidia is the first town you arrive in that is truly "of the south" and after a long drive down from Fez you may wish to consider this as an ideal break in your journey before tackling the desert region. Er Rachidia is located at one end of the stunning Ziz Valley, an ideal stop-over hotel for those en route from Fez to the south or vice-versa.
Erfoud is a perfect base for Merzouga and the dunes at Erg Chebbi - the opportunity to explore the desert by camel or 4WD, even quad bikes. The ideal spot to enjoy desert life and experience Morocco's most important oasis, the Tafilalet, as well as venturing over to see the Erg Chebbi (massive dunes) beyond Merzouga. The famous date festival is held here in October.
Merzouga is 25 kms of mostly dirt track from Erfoud, this is the location for many visitor's unforgettable Sahara experience, which may be an exhilarating walk up and down the dunes, an overnight camel trek or simply the most stunning views at sunrise and sunset.
Deep in the south, well beyond Ouarzazate, is the stunning Draa Valley and the main town, on the fringes of the Sahara is Zagora. This is the place you should head to if you are looking to visit the oasis of M'Hamid and the dunes at Erg Lihoudi and Ch'Gagga. An incredible drive along the Draa Valley will bring you into Zagora which is an outpost in the deep south; famously on the edge of town is the signpost indicating Timbuktou to be a mere 52 days journey across the desert (by camel caravan of course).
Where to stay
A very welcoming little hotel on edge of the Sahara dunes of Erg Chebbi; a fabulous spot to watch the sunrises and sunsets and a convenient place to relax either side of your desert adventure.
The Kasbah Hotel Tombouctou can be found in the Erg Chebbi desert. Its architecture and privileged location make the Kasbah Hotel Tomboctou a good option for any traveller in the south of Morocc ...
Le Riad Hotel is a modern hotel built in traditional architecture amidst a large garden with a swimming pool.
A charming hotel on the edge of town; traditional pise construction and decoration.