About Merzouga: Merzouga

When we hear the word 'desert', we usually think about the boundless space of sand crossed by a caravan of camels. Actually, most of the deserts are much less interesting, generally, they are but boundless stony, and absolutely arid and lifeless, spaces. And only in some places, such as Merzouga, a desert looks just this way – boundless sand dunes.

Something similar you can see only in Namibia and Algeria. But it is not safe in Algeria, and if you want to see the sand dunes of the world's largest desert, the Erg-Chebbi would be the best place.

The sand dunes are practically immovable there. At the edge of the desert there were built a great number of hotels, including the luxurious ones. You go out of your room or the swimming-pool and literally at the distance of some tens of meters the sand dunes begin stretching to the horizon. In the morning you should go on a camel excursion to the oasis – it will be only 2-3-hours of continuous walk along the sand dunes. If you have enough strength, you may dismount your camel and ascend on one of the highest dunes to have a panoramic view of the desert, only you should take some water with you, as while climbing up the slope of a 300-meter dune you may drink as much as 1,5 liters of water.

It would be better to come to the desert in the evening, so that you may rest from a long journey at your hotel and collect your strength for the following day, order a (desert) tour in advance, and maybe have a walk at the edge of the desert admiring the sunset.

You should buy tours at your hotel and not in the street (if you stay in the village Merzouga). In this case you can fully rely on the people who will led you into the desert. Some hotels (particularly, Timbuktu) have their camping sites in the oasis, and so they may offer tours to the oasis (one-way run lasts for at least 2.5 hours). Those who are fond of true exotics may be offered a 2-day tour to the oasis with an overnight halt.

If you buy a one-hour tour, you will only be taken to some small distance from the hotel area (you may even do it by yourself), while a trip to the oasis is a kind of adventure. The road leads towards Algeria going around the high dunes. The Erg is about 5 kilometers wide and 20 kilometers long. When you go past the last high dune, you will be on the way to a stony plateau (there is nothing to do there), so you may let your guide to proceed to the oasis and you yourself may climb up this last dune. However difficult may be the ascent, and it will really be a trial, you will be quite rewarded by a view from the top of the dune. And the quaintly shaped dunes stretching up to the horizon is an impressive view indeed. Then you may roll down the dune (in whatever way you can) directly to the oasis.

By the way, in the oasis you can find some amateur equipment – skis and skateboards. And the bedouins are absolutely serious when they tell you that you can climb up the dune and roll down it on a skateboard. Unfortunately, so far there have been built no lifts in Merzouga. So, you will have to go up on foot, but every fan of skiing or skateboarding will be very proud of the snapshots of the freeride over the dunes of Sahara.

Near the sand dunes is a fairly large lake where you can see flamingos in their natural habitat. It is rather interesting, but all this you should do, if you will have time left after a trip to the desert.

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