- On May 28, 2018
- In Morocco desert tours archives
Marrakech to merzouga tours
BERBER FESTIVAL OF MARRIAGE IN IMILCHIL
If you make this roadtrip in mid-October, take the time to continue the road to the village of Imilchil to attend the wedding festival infused with the legend of the Moroccan Romeo and Juliet:
According to legend, a young man and a young woman belonging to two rival tribes had fallen in love with one another after seeing each other in the mountains, but their families forbade them to marry. The tears of the lovers, formed the separate lakes of Tislit and Isli (a really salty lake). The elders decided that once a year, young people from different tribes could meet to find their half. The festival is an opportunity for visitors to attend a flamboyant market, to appreciate traditional clothes and adornments, and to observe millenary rituals.
KHETTARA IN ERFOUD
From here, we take a straight road that penetrates more and more into the desert towards the village of Erfoud.
The barren desert landscapes follow one another.
On the edge of the road we see strange mounds of earth, often surmounted by a wooden pulley. They are called here Khettaras. These are underground irrigation systems dating from the seventh century that still allow farmers to harvest the precious liquid from the water table to irrigate their land. We stop to visit one of the underground galleries before sipping a mint tea in the shade of a Berber tent, listening carefully to the explanations of a local guide.
ARRIVAL AT MERZOUGA AT THE DOORS OF SAHARA
More than a few kilometers, before reaching the village of Merzouga at the foot of the Erg Chebbi dunes, just twenty kilometers from the Algerian border.
The sight of the monumental sand dunes that almost overflow the
village is an almost unreal moment. I rub my eyes. We are really in the Sahara. “We did it! For centuries, the region has been a real crossroads between the civilizations of the African desert. We are going to have a little taste of the life of the nomads while spending a night in bivouac in the desert.
ROADTRIP FROM MARRAKECH TO MERZOUGA: THE VERDICT
I think the pictures speak for themselves. This circuit is certainly one of the most beautiful roadtrips that can be done in Morocco. WAHOUUUUU! That’s all I have to say. The landscapes are so grandiose that it’s almost like a movie. The human warmth is palpable. A real treat for the eyes and for the heart.