Merzouga is a village in the Sahara Desert in Morocco, on the edge of Erg Chebbi, a 50km long and 5km wide set of sand dunes that reach up to 350m. The dunes are a scene of constant change and fascination as sunlight transforms them from pink to gold to red. Most people are here to take a camel safari into the dunes, and to get a taste of Berber life.
Merzouga is for most travellers the final stop on their journey south from Rissani, or Erfoud. It is a village of extremes. It can be years without rain here, but a few years back, heaven opened up and flooded the place, destroying most houses.
One of the main attractions is the Saharan lake of Dayet Srji, quite a surprise to come by. Morocco is a country of very few natural lakes, so finding a real one feels unreal at first. Here you will find numerous birds, of which flamingos will be the most fascinating to watch.
The local population is a mix of Arabs and Berber, and welcoming and friendly. Camel safaris are by far the best way to experience the dunes. After taking you into the village to buy a proper head scarf to protect you from the sun, you'll be thrown on a camel and lead off into the desert.