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Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Merzouga March 14th 2020

Day 7 dawned bright and sunny once again. The bountiful breakfast buffet at Erfoud’s Kasbah Xaluca Maadid gave us an excellent start for the day’s activities. As mentioned in my previous blog, we started out with a fairly short drive to view the ruins of historic Sijilmassa before visiting the Mausoleum gardens of Sultan Moulay Ali Cherif and the market in the town of Rissani. This was followed by an interesting and enlightening visit to the Macro Fossiles Kasbah back in Erfoud. We were ignorant of the fact that northern Morocco had once been covered by a vast prehistoric ocean, or that its subsequent retreat had ended in causing many types of marine life of this period to become extinct; their remains, having settled on the ocean floor in sediment, became fossilized and therefore preserved. Lunch ... read more

Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Merzouga May 10th 2017

The next stage of our trip in Morocco was a four day trip from Fes to Marrakech via the Atlas mountains and the Sahara desert. Day One - Fes to Merzouga via Ifrane, the Atlas mountains and Midelt We were picked up from our hotel in Fes at 9am; we walked out of the medina, hopped in the car and set off towards Ifrane. On the way out of Fes we drove past plantations of fruit trees and farms. The scenery changed as we got further from Fes and after after about an hour and a half we arrived in Ifrane which is in the Middle Atlas mountains. Ifrane is known as the 'Switzerland of Morocco' as it is a resort city known for its nearby ski resorts. Apparently 85% of the properties in the town ... read more
Day One - Barbary monkey
Day One - Barbary monkey
Day One scenery

Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Merzouga April 29th 2016

Route from last entry... Boulemane Dades - Merzouga (Sahara Desert) - Fes - Chefchaouen - Tangier - SPAIN!! Leaving from the last blog, after that sweet hotel in Boulemane Dades, we set off for a night in the Sahara desert near Merzouga. Having received a random confirmation email a few days back that we had been upgraded to a private luxury berber camp in the Sahara, we were pretty excited to say the least. Our route to the Sahara was surreal, driving through a landscape of scorched earth, nothing around but a random camel or goat or two. It was a long drive but we arrived at Merzouga, the gateway city to the desert. Now, from here, most tours (that's how you see the desert) just stop at town and base yourself there for the obligatory ... read more
Camel Drive By
Desert Nomad Guides
Nighttime Campfire

Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Merzouga October 16th 2015

Oci otvaram o 5/00 a definitivne sa vyhrabavam zo stanu (no stan,skor mini miestnost) o 6/00. Volanie prirody :) Na dune zacinam sledovat fascinujuci vychod slnka, len skoda,ze su tam neni piesocne duny ale len skaliska. Obloha je neskutocne sfarbena, mozem povedat,ze lepsie nez zapad slnka vcera a to o milion percent. Guide pomalicky chysta mojho jednohrbeho tatosa, doplnam tekutiny v podobe caju a moze sa vyrazit nazad k brahimovy. Pred tym ale tak ako vcera vecer vykonal guide modlitbu na koberceku. Spiatocna cesta je rovnaka ako vcera, paradne piesocne duny, po ktorych jazdia motoludia. Jeden dzip to riadne rozfofroval, nadskocil na dune a tvrdo dopadol na predok, mensi naraz ale auto bolo ok. Spanieli co ho soferovali zbehli dolu do duny a nevedeli sa odtial dostat. Chvilu sme ich sledovali, guide sa pytal ci chcu ... read more

Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Merzouga October 15th 2015

V noci domaci trochu buntosili. Postel ale hlavne podusky boli neskutocne tvrde. Normalne som si musel dat pod hlavu mikinu. O 6/00 klasicky budicek od stekacov z mesity. Nieco po 9/00 opustam gratis ubytko a smer ranajky,tam kde som vcera veceral. Mladik zo vcera tu neni, je tu iba majitel. Testujem berbersku omeletu s matovym cajom. Fakt mega syte. V pohodicke si vychutnavam jedlo a cajik. Odpozoroval som ako piju caj domaci. Z cajnika si naleju tekutinu do dvoch malych poharkov a tie potom nazad naleju do cajnika. Nasledne si z vysky naleju caj do poharika. Ma to dobry efekt, nalievat takto z vysky (asi30cm). O 10/30 zacinam svoju put na juh, do dedinky Khamlia. Krizom cez vyprahnutu zem sa napajam na hlavny tah,cestu N13. Skusam stopovat ale vsetko len tour auta, nikto nezastavuje. cca po ... read more

Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Merzouga October 14th 2015

Budik nastaveny na 6/30 ale nakoniec padam z postele o 7/00. Zachod moc nesplachuje,no co uz, budu mat na mna spomienku. Rano premavka na ceste ziadna, dve auta,ani jedno sa nadomnou nezlutovalo a nezastalo mi. Skusam stopnut skolsky bus (na neakom fore som cital,ze zastavuju ludom), sofer len zamaval rukou a nic. Toto gesto znamena,ze ma nemoze zobrat, pouzivaju ho skoro vsetci, vratane taxikarov. Po 20.min slapania konecne dalsie auto. Zastavuje mi moderny jeep. Vodicom je miestny guide, ktory vezie svojho kamosa do mesta do skoly. Cestou sme videli jedno auto v priekope. Vysadzaju ma pri hoteli oasis, ktory je oproti stanovisku dolmusov/ grand taxikov. Na hlavnej ceste zastavuju busy do roznych destinacii. Kedze mam este cas, smerujem na ranajky na omeletu do znameho prostredia. Davam si ju z dvoch vajec. Opat mega dobra. Najedeny smer ... read more

Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Merzouga May 23rd 2015

As previously mentioned, the Palais du Desert was the one clinker in our hotel experiences. Although the rooms were lovely, and the overall layout was fine, there were simply too many problems, and management seemed both unwilling and unable to fix them. But I shall cover that in my TripAdvisor review. After spending the night, we arose the next morning and headed to Rissani. Risen is the old capital of the Tafilalet region, and in the past was an important way station on the caravan routes. It is also the closest city to the Erg Chebbi, the largest sand desert in Morocco. We visited the mausoleum of Moulay Ali Cherif, father about 6 generations back of Moulay Cherif, the founder of the current Moroccan Alouite dynasty. It was wiped out in a flood of the Ziz ... read more
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Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Merzouga October 15th 2014

Ausflug in die Wüste Die Wüstenregion in Marokko liegt ca. 10 Autostunden östlich von Marrakech. Aus Marrakech starten regelmäßig 3-tägige Touren dorthin, in dessen Rahmen auch die Schlucht "Gorges du Dadès", eine kleine Village "Aït-ben-Haddou" und die "Tifilalte" Oase besichtigt werden können. Was eine Schlucht ist, ist selbsterklärend, das Dorf Aït-ben-Haddou diente für einige Filme als Kulisse, und wurde von der UNESCO als World-Heritage eingestuft. Es leben nur noch wenige Familien dort, die meisten sind ins nahe Neudörfl umgezogen. Da das Dorf unter dem Schutz der UNESCO steht, dürfen für die Filmproduktionen keine Gebäude umgebaut werden, deswegen werden neue Kulissen aus einem mit Ton überzogenen Bambusgerüst gebaut, und nach den Dreharbeiten wieder entfernt. Als wir am Abend des zweiten Tages Merzouga erreichten, haben wir den Minibus gegen ein K... read more
Aït Ben Haddou
Aït Ben Haddou
Aït Ben Haddou

Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Merzouga January 14th 2014

Today we moved from Fes across the primary mountain range in Morocco called the Atlas Mountains. We are moving into Berber dominated area. The Berbers are the original people of this area and other parts of North Africa, named such by the Greeks who called everyone not Greek barbarians. The Berber name is a derivation of the word amongst several dialects over time. The Berber language was just added as an official language of Morocco along with Arabic and French. The Berbers even have their own calendar and we are here during their New Year. No major celebrations though as this is an agricultural society and very poor. On the way we stopped in a town called Infram which many have called the Switzerland of Morocco. It was very cute and many buildings had the Swiss ... read more
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Barbary Apes

Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Merzouga April 26th 2013

Geo: 31.1106, -4.0187Bonjours tout le monde.Une nuit calme et paisible. Ha c'est plutôt rare dans le coin. Nous avons relaxé un peu puis nous sommes allé prendre notre déjeuner dans une petite terasse de la ville. Ha la chance que nous avons eu de rencontré un guide pour visiter la palmeraie.Enfin, nous avons roulés dans les Gorges de Todgha. Éblouissant. Des murs de pierre qui nous entouraient.Nous aurions pu rouler dans ce chemin des heures. Par contre, la route devenait mauvaise. De plus, nous pouvons seulement passer 1 voiture à la fois. On mangeait la gravel à chaques rencontres.Nous avons poursuivie notre chemin jusqu'à Merzouga. Réjean a un peu de difficulté avec ses lèvres, alors je lui mets du rouge a lèvre. Nous avons été arrêté par la pol... read more
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Notre novel ami (marocain!!!) ils disent tous ca!




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