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Merzouga, Region de Meknes-Tafilalet, Morocco

How much does it cost to travel to Merzouga?

You should plan to spend around $17 (MAD173) per day on your vacation in Merzouga. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $5.93 (MAD59) on meals
  • $20 (MAD205) on hotels

A one week trip to Merzouga for two people costs, on average, $242 (MAD2,423). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Merzouga cost?

A one week trip to Merzouga usually costs around $121 (MAD1,212) for one person and $242 (MAD2,423) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Merzouga on average costs around $242 (MAD2,423) for one person and $484 (MAD4,846) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Merzouga will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Merzouga on average costs around $518 (MAD5,192) for one person and $1,037 (MAD10,384) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Merzouga has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Merzouga expensive to visit?

Merzouga is a very affordable place to visit. Located in Morocco, which is a reasonably affordable country, visitors will appreciate the lower prices of this destination. It is in the top 10% of cities in the country for its affordability. Budget travelers enjoy spending long periods of time exploring Merzouga in depth.

Within Africa, Merzouga is a very affordable destination compared to other places. It is in the top 10% of cities in Africa for its affordability. Very few cities in the region are as affordable as Merzouga.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Merzouga Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Merzouga?

The average Merzouga trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Merzouga travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) MAD205 ($20)
Food 2 MAD59 ($6)
Accommodation Budget in Merzouga
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Merzouga is $10 (MAD102). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Merzouga is $20 (MAD205). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Merzouga

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Merzouga based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $62. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Food Budget in Merzouga
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Merzouga can vary, the average cost of food in Merzouga is $5.93 (MAD59) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Merzouga should cost around $2.37 (MAD24) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Merzouga is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Water Budget in Merzouga
Average Daily Costs

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  • On average, people spend $1.12 (MAD11) on bottled water in Merzouga per day. The public water in Merzouga is not usually considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Merzouga On a Budget
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Let's say you want to truly get away. I don't mean putting your ear buds in on some beach with a stronger on the next chair over. I mean really get away, and find yourself deserted. Merzouga, Morocco lets you do just that. This land of sand dune after sand dune is ideal for anyone yearning to ride a camel to the ends of civilization. And you'll find plenty of options to get here with a tour, or even on your own.
One of the most stunning things you'll see in Merzouga is the sunrise and sunset over the Erg Chebbi sand dunes. Take in this spectacular beauty while also watching out for all the friendly critters that call Merzouga home. You're likely to see ducks, flamingoes, and rare birds like the ruddy sheldrack, Tristram's desert warbler, the Egyptian nightjar, the Arabian buzzard, falcons and more. Also be cautious of the reptiles in this desert. Steer clear of Algerian sand lizards, Berber skins and snakes.

The most unique thing you can do while in Merzouga, is walk the dunes of Erg Chebbi on foot. You can also enjoy some off-roading with a 4x4, motorbike or even camels. The camel safaris typically include a one night stay on a permanent nomad settlement in the middle of the dunes. You may also want to consider looking into a night trek by camel. There's nothing quite like the stars over a quiet desert.

One of the main draws of this area is camping under the stars in the desert, which is sometimes called desert glamping in Merzouga. However, if sleeping on the sand is not your cup of tea, don't worry. There are plenty of sleeping accommodations available in Merzouga. The locally owned Auberge Soleil Bleu is a traditional Kasbah hotel just a five minute walk from the Erg Chebbi sand dunes. Another traditional, family-run Kasbah hotel is the Ksar Bicha. Suite style rooms are arranged around two courtyards of plants, and the employees speak English, French, Spanish, German and Italian. For the nearest hotel to the actual dunes of Erg Chebbi, find a room at the Complexe Touristique de Merzouga. The unique experience includes a restaurant, bar, terrace, pool, bivouac and they will arrange a 4x4 or camel excursion for your group.

If you're looking for an all-inclusive tour, the Wustentouren Morokko Day Tours offer a fantastic package of backpacking out to the biouvac. Enjoy some time with your guides and fellow travelers as you make tea, listen to music, point out the constellations, cook crepes and explore this unique region.

Birding is also a fun activity in the spring. Try and spot all the species soaring above during the spring when the lake next to the village fills with water. This is when all the migrating birds make their stop.

If you're looking for a more spiritual way of connecting to your higher self, there are some retreats available for the wandering, spiritual traveler. During the winter months you and your fellow travelers can go out in the sand dunes in Erg Chebbi for a week of meditation, yoga, dance, music and storytelling.
Food and Dining
Most people in Merzouga find their meals in their hotels, but a few restaurants are scattered around town should you feel so inclined. Visit the Mac Aldi for a good place to try the Berber tajine (or tagine). Prepare for a bit of a wait, though, as tajine is always made fresh.

The only way to get around the village of Merzouga is by walking. The area is pretty small and easy to navigate on foot. If, however, you're visiting in the summer months, make sure you are prepared to handle the midday heat. To visit attractions outside the village, you'll want arrange transportation like a car, quad or motorbike.

Getting into Merzouga is through Rissani. Once you arrive in Rissani, you'll drive through the town and follow the road southeast to Merzouga. The road into town has recently been re-paved with asphalt. Beware of guides in Rissani or Erfoud who offer to take you to Merzouga for a cheap price, but then strand you at their auberge kilometers away from the village. Then, they will try to charge you for camel rides and lodging. Unfortunately, by that time, if you refuse it's quite difficult, and expensive, to make your way back to town.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.