Lake Yasmina making an infrequent appearance at Merzouga, beside the Sahara Desert, Morocco pictures. Look closely and you can see tourists climbing the dune.
The Sahara Desert
Much of the Sahara desert is a lot less attractive than the Merzouga dunes. This is a dried river bed between Skoura and Ouarzazate, with the Atlas Mountains in the background. Photo by linpadgham.
This notorious desert stretching across North Africa is the size of the USA but only about 25% sand. The rest is composed of volcanic hills, rock and gravel plains and some vegetation which is home to around 300 species of bird and animals such as mongooses, snakes, jackals, hares, deer, foxes and even baboons.
A desert experience in Morocco is not to be missed. It’s easy enough to drive on hard packed sand/rock near to massive dunes and have a climb (and even picnic), though preferably travel on camel for a couple of days including sleeping under the stars. Merzouga is a famously easy place to reach big dunes.
Kasbah Ait Benhaddou. Photo by Donar Reiskoffer.
Drive the lovely Ziz Valley from Errachidia to Erfoud – then on to Merzouga and the Sahara desert. Or along the Dràa Valleyfrom Ouarzazate to Zagora and on into the desert.
Also driving between Errachidia and Ouarzazate (the Kasbah Route) with snow-capped mountains, valleys, oases, villages and kasbahs is magnificent. Visit the Todra and Dadès gorges.
During Ramadan most, if not all Muslims will neither eat nor drink during the daytime and consequently many cafes, restaurants and even shops may open only after sunset; public eating, drinking and smoking by tourists may upset the locals. In one Muslim country the only alcohol served to us during our visit was from a teapot into tea cups in a first class hotel.
Furthermore service personnel may be missing, careless or irritable during the daytime.
The last day of Ramadan, known as Idd al Fitr, can be a wild time with much celebrating, depending on location.
Dates depend on the full moon rising in your location so they may differ by one day depending on where you plan to be.
In 2018 Ramadan will start on the 16 May and will continue for 30 days until the 14 of June.
In 2019 Ramadan will start on the 6 May and will continue for 30 days until the 4 of June.