Even though you have the option of coming back to the kasbah to spend the night instead of sleeping in a Berber tent (or out under the stars) in the Sahara... don't do it! The kasbah is charming and the staff are plenty helpful and friendly (I left a t-shirt in the desert tent and they fetched it back for me without a grumble as I was departing).
The property is a bit old but comfortable enough for a dip in the pool, a nap, a shower, and a change as you prepare to go into the desert and to freshen up as you come back for breakfast in the morning and prepare to head back to civilization. The real highlight is the trek into the desert on camel back. The guide we had was superb! He didn't speak much English or French, and I speak so-so French but we had a great time exchanging facts about ourselves, hiking up the dunes in the moonlight, sipping mint tea under the stars, and just enjoying the stillness of the desert.
For those of you worried about "camping" - fear not. There is a fully functional flush toilet and sink with running water at the camp. You'll be more than fine :) The food is tasty, there are no scary animals in the desert, and it's beautiful to sleep under the stars. Just ask your guide to bring the beds out of the tents.
On our trek back in the morning, our guide stopped often to point out animal tracks and he even managed to catch a beautifully colored sand fish (lizard). I had so much fun!
Last tip though: I wouldn't spend more than 1 night out in the desert.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kasbah Mohayut welcomes you in a peaceful setting at the foothills of the high dunes of Merzouga. It is the perfect choice to combine relaxation, authenticity and adventure! The Kasbah offers spacious rooms and suites set around the swimming pool . Each room combines typical Moroccan features and modern facilities such as air conditioning.For your comfort, the hotel features a restaurant serving typical Berber specialities and terraces from which to admire the starry sky at night. During your stay, discover the magical atmosphere of the desert: the Kasbah has a bivouac in the desert, two hours away on dromedary's back. The hotel offers many day trip opportunities. Hotel has 20 rooms, and offer for all our guest free WIFI . ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kasbah Mohayut Merzouga
- Kasbah Mohayut Hotel Merzouga