Merzouga

Merzouga ( Erg Chebbi ):

Merzouga is a small village in southeastern Morocco, about 35 kilometers southeast of Rissani, about 45 kilometers from Erfoud, and about 50 kilometers from the Algerian border.

The village is known for its proximity to Erg Chebbi, a Saharan Erg, and it is for this reason a part of the itineraries of many tourists visiting Morocco. Merzouga has the largest natural underground body of water in Morocco.

Erg Chebbi  is one of Morocco’s two Saharan Ergs large dunes formed by wind-blown sand. The other is Erg Chigaga near M’hamid.

The dunes of Erg Chebbi reach a height of up to 150 meters and altogether spans an area of 22 kilometers from north to south and up to 5 kilometers from east to west.