Our longest day’s drive. We depart from this Imperial City and travel south, destination the Sahara. We spend the morning winding our way through the Middle Atlas Mountains.
Midelt is one of the main towns in this region and is one of the fruit growing areas, mainly apples, in the 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 205mtrs these are the highest dunes in Morocco) in Merzouga.
We have chosen a lovely local auberge for tonight's accommodation situated right at the base of the high dunes. Relax round the pool, take a walk into the dunes, or maybe a camel ride. Dinner in the colourful dining room and then sit out around the
pool having a drink, enjoying the silence and admiring the amazing variety of colours on the dunes as the sun sets, followed by millions of stars.
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.