This morning you’ll have the option to relax and walk through Erfoud or travel to the nearby Holy City of Rissani to view the Mausoleum of Moulay Ali Sherife, Ksour Abdel Hamid and the Abdel Malik Kasbah.
As the day cools and the desert colors intensify, drive to Merzouga and hop in 4x4s headed to your desert camp*. Accompanied by indigenous Toureg nomads in their famous blue-dyed turbans, you take a short camel ride into the Erg Chebbi, a vast expanse of huge, drifting sand dunes. Touregs are truly masters of their domain: Centuries ago, Touregs turned the deadly Saharan sands into a trading route using their ‘ships of the desert’ (camels) to transport goods as varied as dates and gold bullion from the Atlantic coast across Africa to Lake Chad. The sunset changes and deepens the hues of this mystical landscape as your surefooted dromedaries transport you back to your deluxe desert encampment for the night.
After a cold drink and a delicious dinner, retire on carpets and pillows around the fire under a vast star-lit desert sky to ponder the imponderable, and to marvel at the comfort of your private well-appointed tent with mattress beds, linens, towels, pillows, and Berber rugs with en-suite bath including wash basin, mirror, toilet and hot shower facilities. (Drive 3 hours)