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Excursions from Merzouga Desert

Sahara Desert Morocco

Excursions from Merzouga to Ouzina & Zagora

If you want to discover the desert at a very low price, we offer you an offer you can’t miss. You just have to use public transport from any city in Morocco where you arrive, be it Marrakech, Fez, Tangier, Agadir, Casablanca, Ouarzazate, Erfoud, Rissani, etc… to Merzouga, where we will pick you up in a 4×4 with driver/guide to enjoy a route through the purest desert and live the adventure, something really recommendable and an experience you will never forget.

If you need help booking bus tickets, car hire or anything else just let us know and we will be at your disposal.

2 days excursion from Merzouga to the desert of Ouzina or Zagora:

Day 1: Merzouga – Khamlia – Taouz – Dakar Rally Track – Ouzina Desert – Lunch in a Berber family’s house – Sunset in the dunes.

After breakfast, around 09.00 a.m., the driver/guide will come with his 4×4 to your accommodation in Merzouga, to start an adventure in the desert, visiting the abandoned village (Mifis) and its baryte and lime mine. Then we will go to the village of Khamlia, where live the Gnawa, musicians of sub-Saharan origin (Black Africa), who will delight us with music and dances, while we enjoy a mint tea (Berber whiskey). Afterwards you can buy a CD of their music or give them a tip. We will continue to Taouz, from where we will take the old track of the Dakar Rally to see some marvellous rock carvings, and we will pass through the village of Jdaid until we reach Ouzina, where we will have lunch at a Berber family’s house (Berber pizza and tea), and we can also get a Henna tattoo, by a person specialised in this art. If you are interested you can go for a walk in the village of Ouzina and its oasis. In the afternoon we will go to the dunes of Ouzina to see the sunset and make an adventurous excursion in Erg Ouzina.

Overnight at Riad Hotel PORTE DE SAHARA OUZINA with dinner and breakfast.

Day 2: Ouzina – Paris Dakar Rally Track – Ouzina Desert Nomads – Barite Mines – Bourika Oasis – Oubahou Abandoned Village – Ramlia Oasis – Taouz – Merzouga.

In the morning, after a leisurely breakfast, we will go by track to see the authentic nomads of the desert, who live in the area of Ouzina. Then we will go to the baryte mines, to see the mine and how they work in a traditional way (the baryte is a mineral that is extracted there in the mine and taken to Europe, where they make crystal). Then we will go to the Oasis and the palm grove of Bourika, where we will have a picnic lunch (Moroccan salad or similar and grilled chicken). After lunch we go to the Lost City Oubahou (Portuguese city), which are ancient Portuguese ruins. We take a walk there and in the afternoon we arrive at the Oasis of Ramlia, where we can have tea in a cafeteria and we can also go for a walk around the village and its Oasis. In the afternoon we will go by track until we reach Jdaid, where the asphalt awaits us until we reach Merzouga (Erg Chebbi). Transfer to your accommodation and end of our 2 days and 1 night excursion from Merzouga to the desert of Ouzina and surroundings.

Included:

  • Trip in a comfortable 4×4 vehicle with private English speaking driver/guide and fuel included.
  • 1 Night in Riad Hotel Porte de Sahara in Ouzina Desert with breakfast.
  • 1 Lunch at Berber Family House (Berber pizza) in Ouzina Village.

Not included:

  • Drinks
  • Midday meals
  • Tips and entrance fees to monuments
  • Accommodation in Zagora or Merzouga (but if you are interested we can book these accommodations for you as well)

3 days excursion from Merzouga to the Ouzina Desert and Ramlia:

Day 1: Merzouga – Khamlia – Taouz – Dakar Rally Track – Ouzina Desert – Lunch in a Berber family’s house – Sunset in the dunes.

After breakfast, around 09.00 a.m., the driver/guide will go with his 4×4 to your accommodation in Merzouga, to start an adventure in the desert, visiting the abandoned village (Mifis) and its Barite and Lime mine. Then we will go to the village of Khamlia, where live the Gnawa, musicians of sub-Saharan origin (Black Africa), who will delight us with music and dances, while we enjoy a mint tea (Berber whisky). Afterwards you can buy a CD of their music or give them a tip. We will continue to Taouz, from where we will take the old track of the Dakar Rally to see some marvellous rock carvings, and we will pass through the village of Jdaid until we reach Ouzina, where we will have lunch at a Berber family’s house (Berber pizza and tea), and we can also get a Henna tattoo, by a person specialised in this art. If you are interested you can go for a walk in the village of Ouzina and its oasis. In the afternoon we will go to the dunes of Ouzina to see the sunset and make an adventure excursion in Erg Ouzina.

Overnight at Riad Hotel PORTE DE SAHARA OUZINA with dinner and breakfast.

Day 2: Ouzina – Paris Dakar Rally Track – Ouzina Desert Nomads – Barite Mines – Bourika Oasis – Oubahou Abandoned Village – Ramlia Oasis – Ouzina Desert

In the morning, after a leisurely breakfast, we will go by track to see the authentic nomads of the desert, who live in the area of Ouzina. Then we will go to the baryte mines, to see the mine and how they work in a traditional way (baryte is a mineral that is extracted in the mine and taken to Europe, where they make glass). Then we will go to the Oasis and the palm grove of Bourika, where we will have a picnic lunch (Moroccan salad or similar and grilled chicken). After lunch we go to the Lost City Oubahou (Portuguese city), which are ancient Portuguese ruins. We take a walk there and in the afternoon we arrive at the Oasis of Ramlia, where we can have tea in a cafeteria and we can also take a walk around the village and its Oasis. In the afternoon we return to Ouzina desert by track where we spend the night in Riad Hotel.
Overnight at Riad Hotel PORTE DE SAHARA OUZINA with dinner and breakfast.

Day 3: Ouzina – Ramlia – Sand river – Lac Maider – Zagora desert.

In the morning, after a leisurely breakfast, we will drive along the Paris Dakar Rally track to Zagora (there is also the option of returning to Merzouga), arriving at the village of Ramlia where we will cross the sand river, Oued Ghris, which is about 4 kms of sand. Then we pass through a gorge between mountains called the Kem Kem plain, until we reach the dry lake Lac Maider, and stop in the village of Tafraoute (Sidi Ali), where we will have lunch or refreshments. In the afternoon we will arrive to Zagora city, transfer to your accommodation or to the bus station and end of our 3 days and 2 nights excursion service from Merzouga to Zagora via Ouzina desert and surroundings.

Included:

  • Trip in a comfortable 4×4 vehicle with private English speaking driver/guide and fuel included.
  • 2 Nights at Riad Hotel Porte de Sahara in Ouzina Desert with breakfast.
  • 1 Lunch at Berber Family House (Berber pizza) in Ouzina Village.

Not included:

  • Drinks
  • Midday meals
  • Tips and entrance fees to monuments
  • Accommodation in Zagora or Merzouga (but if you are interested we can book these accommodations for you as well)

NB: PORTE DE SAHARA OUZINA offers you different types of excursions from Merzouga, ending in Zagora or Merzouga (Erg Chebbi) and passing through the Ouzina Sahara Desert of Morocco, but you can make us your proposal, if you fancy something different from what we have, we will be happy to make a trip to suit you…This will be your own trip and you will live your own adventure!

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