The best option for travelers looking to get from Boumalne Dades to Merzouga is hiring a private driver. The 157-mile (253 km) trip will take approximately four hours, and there are plenty of opportunities to stop and experience points of interest along the way.
By Private Transfer
Duration: 4 hours
About an hour into your journey will arrive in the oasis town of Tinghir, where you may wish to stop and find one of the lookout spots to view the area's surrounding scenery and take some photographs. You may also enjoy a walk around Tinghir's water canals and lush vegetation, and you may even see some villagers tending to their gardens.
Right outside of Tinghir, you'll come upon the incredible canyon known as the Todra Gorge. The red limestone rocks on the road leading up to the gorge are over 500 feet tall, making this area extremely popular with rock climbers. When you get to the gorge, get out to take photos of this breathtaking landscape.
Taking a slightly shorter route after Todra Gorge, along the N12, would save about 20 minutes of travel time, but if you take the northern route instead, along the N10, you will be rewarded with more to see along the way.
History enthusiasts will want to stop by the Musee des Sources de Lalla Mimouna outside the village of Tinejdad. Founded by a Moroccan artist and built around an ancient spring, this unique open-air museum houses ancient books, eclectic art, rich textiles from around the country, artifacts from the Stone Age and more.
About 45 minutes from Merzouga, you will arrive at the oasis town of Erfoud, where you can get a wood-fired madfouna (akin to a Berber version of pizza) and visit the ancient Ksar M'Aadid. This area of Morocco is also famous for its prehistoric fossils and the annual date festival held in October.