Day 4 Fes - Merzouga ON ROAD: 470kms
Continuing south from Fes we spend the morning winding our way through the Middle Atlas Mountains. A country road which takes us through the National Park of Ifrane and on through the unusual university town of Ifrane.
Ifrane is a real oddity in Morocco as it has been modelled on a Swiss town and looks very out of place in this North African country. Well-known for its A-line roofed houses it is a popular place for the wealthier city dwellers to come and get cool in their summers, or in winter spend weekends skiing at the resort – one of just three in Morocco - the other two being at Mischliffen and Oukmaimeden.
We carry on, winding through the beautiful cedar forests which this area is known for, where barbery apes can be seen, until we get to the town of Midelt which is one of the main towns in this region and is the apple growing centre of Morocco.
About 70kms on and we enter the spectacular area of the Gorges de Ziz following the Ziz river as it winds its way through the Eastern foothills of the High Atlas on its way to the desert. At the southern point the large dam Hassan Addakil was built by the previous king to supply the town of ErRachidia with unlimited water.
Unfortunately, as a result, the once fertile land and the people further south have suffered due to water shortages and droughts. Er Rachidia has recently seen a lot of investment and improvements being made to it as it has become the head of the region.
We continue to the desert town of Erfoud where we turn onto the original old road, recently repaved, which leads out to the dune area of Erg Chebbi (at 184mtrs these are the highest dunes in Morocco) in Merzouga.
Our 4* hotel is an unusually decorated Kasbah style construction set in the desert with views out over the spectacular Cathedral dunes of Erg Chebbi. Spa facilities
If you are interested in a place on a full tour contact SU to be put on her waiting list & be advised if a place comes free.