The summer months between June and September can be brutally hot during the day, and not a lot of fun. Temperatures average around 115 Fahrenheit (45 C) during the summer and it's obviously dry as a bone. Nights in the desert do get much colder however and you'll need a good jacket even if you're sweltering during the day. During March and April you have a good chance of dealing with sandstorms as the Sirocco whips up. Best time to visit is from October to February.
The general climate in Merzouga is typically hot. Rainfall is almost absent less than 100 mm per year. Temperatures are 14Â°C Average at winter and 35Â°C at summer sometimes the temperatures exceed 45Â°C. Nights can be very cold in winter, and cool at summer. It is better to avoid the heart of the summer, after all Merzouga in summer is very hot ! From end of June to September, during the hottest hours, you will definitively prefer to stay in the shadows, in the hotel, and you will have little time to enjoy the dunes. The rest of the year, from September to June, you will envoy the desert, and temperatures at night will always be significantly lower than during the day.
The standard campsites in Merzouga are equipped with tents arranged in a large circle, with mattresses, blankets and pillow inside. Outside of the circle are the shared wash-up facilities.
The Luxury campsites: are more comfortable white tents decorated inside with different color and design, the tents are equipped with comfortable beds. The wash-up facilities are private
The most important thing to pack is a scarf although you can also purchase one upon your arrival in Rissani the last town before the sahara desert of Merzouga. A scarf can be used to protect your face from the wind and sand, as well as be draped over your shoulders to protect you from the beating sun.
Pack a small carry-on-sized backpack, and do not take more than you will need for one night, sunglasses, sun cream and ear plugs. You do not need laptop, cell phone or an array of high-tech gadgets,you will be in the middle of the desert. Do not dress skirts (for girls) or shorts to keep your bare legs from rubbing against the camelÂ´s saddle. There is a lot of movement involved and you do not want to get a saddle burn. Dress in layers to prepare for any temperature and top it off with your scarf. The best way to avoid sore legs the next day is to actually hold onto your handle bar rather than squeezing your legs together for balance during the entire ride. Place your camera around your neck, as it can be difficult to retrieve from your bag later on and dangerous to carry without a strap.