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M Hamid El Ghizlane

M Hamid El Ghizlane (Morocco)

Practical information on M Hamid El Ghizlane

  • Desert
  • Castle and fortress
  • Off the beaten track
3 / 5 - One review
How to get there
300km by 4WD from Marrakech
When to go
From April to June
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of M Hamid El Ghizlane

Latéfa Faïz Seasoned Traveller
114 written opinions

On the border of Algeria, the town of M'Hamid El Ghizlane is on the Trans-Saharan route.

My suggestion:
Leaving point for excursions to the dunes of the Sahara.
My review

I found that M'Hamid El Ghizlane is a small very quiet douar or village; once a trading stopover on the Saharan caravan route. Walking through the douar, I noticed remains of this glorious past: the el Allouj kasbah dates from 15th century and was used to check caravans leaving for the mythical Timbuktu. But today, M'Hamid is visited above all because of its proximity to the Sahara.

M’Hamid El Ghizlane is particularly well situated for visiting the dunes in the area : erg Chegaga, 50 kilometres away, erg Ezahar, 65 kilometres away ; erg Esma 80 kilometres away and the dunes erg Lihoudi and el Mesouiria each 8 kilometres away from M’Hamid.

If erg Chegaga is the main attraction, I advise you to take the time to visit el Mesouiria: it marks itself out by its dunes of white sand dotted with tamarisks (small shrubs with spikes of pink flowers).

M'Hamid El Ghizlane
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