Erfoud, This small town was built beside
the river Ziz by the French in the 1930s as their administrative centre
for the biggest oasis in Morocco. Erfoud is the starting point for
excursions to Erg Chebbi where the famous sand dunes of Merzouga are
located and to Tinerhir with its beautiful Todra gorges.
Merzouga Sand Dunes : 50 km/31 mi far. An early wake up call for sunrise excursion to Dunes. An experience not to be missed is to watch the sun as it rises from the top of the golden dunes, a spectacular view of the Sahara which no words can describe. Back to the tent for special Breakfast with the Touargees people, then continue on to explore the holy ancient city of Rissani by your 4X4 Land Rover. ride camels over the dunes. Visit the ancient town of Rissani and the ruins of Sijilmassa, a famous capital of the old caravan routes in the 8th century
On the way, Borj Est (East Fort) overlooks the villages offering a splendid view across the date palms, the Ziz valley and the Sahara desert. Further South the Goniatite quarries where fossils are extracted. Then a succession of splendid sand dunes stretching along 40 km/25 mi. and 170 meters/558 feet high making up the Erg Chebbi and giving a foretaste of the breathtaking beauty of the desert, especially at sunset and sunrise. Nearby lake Dayet Srji, where during the wet season (February, March) you can see various species of birds such as pink flamingos. Transfer by chauffeur driven land rover. Possibility to have Berber lunch or dinner and sleep under nomad's tent.
Rissani & Sijilmassa : a 75 km/47 mi. circuit passing through beautiful palm grove. Visit the Tinrheras ksar and Oulad Abdelhalim ksars, Ksar Akbar ruins, Moulay Ali Cherif Mausoleum, Rissani (souks on Tuesday and Thursday) and Sijelmassa ruins first Muslim city in North Africa and stating post on the Trans-Saharan caravan route.
The dunes of Erg Chebbi is a
strikingly strange natural formation. On the top of the flattest area you could
imagine, suddenly a long mountain of sand rises. This mountain is surrounded by
flat and desolate nature on all sides, and you could end up wondering if it
really is real. But so it is, even if its existence is so weird that it has
given rise to lengeds and myths among the locals
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