A 24 members family, among them 14 kids, wore trekking with camels in the middle of Merzouga sand dunes, it was late December, when it's freezing cold by night, but a perfect weather during the day, blue skies, golden sands, and an awful tires traces all over the place. Not faraway comes laud sound of moto-engines, then we spot three off-road motorbikes claiming a big dune, while making laud sounds as they straggle getting on top. One the the parents who was riding a camel ask the tour guide if their is some control over machines coming into the dunes? "unfortunately No" the guide said; the parent replay, "Thanks Mr. the minister of culture".
Merzouga sand dunes desert, is one of the most visited places in Morocco, and when you are there, you see the reason. A 150m high sand dunes, that's took your breath away, caravans of camels walking slowly into the dunes, and houses nearby just as noticeable as the landscape. It feels as the beginning of the big Sahara.
The only strange thing you will notice is the bright saturated colours of the 4x4 cars, and off-road motorcycles.
Spans on an area of 50km, Erg Chebbi can handle quit a big number of people as long as they are not driving big laud machines, witch is the actual state.
Most of the people visit Merzouga desert for one or two days. they experience the camel ride, sleep under the starts in the middle of dunes, and watch the quite magical sunrise. Few people come with their big toys and ruin it for all, unfortunately.
What is most unfortunate is that their is no control over it; A cameleer said "The government should control the cars coming into dunes, they should Tax them, and specify an area just for their activities, other wise we are living in a jungle, and everyone do as he wishes".
Some travel agencies now prefer to go to Erg Chegaga in staid, less spectacular, but much more quieter.
As the kids wore claiming and jumping on the sands while the camels walking foreword, I was wondering why the parent blame the culture minister, and not the tourism minister? Those tourists do visit us to learn about our culture, to try living as we live, isn't that the purpose of travelling! But I think it's not only the culture minister who is responsible, also the tourism minister, the agriculture minister (As Erg Chebbi should be consider as a Nature reserve, if it's note already the case), and our responsibility.Regarding the joy of walking barefooted on the sand dunes, riding a camel to to watch one of the best sunrises in Morocco, most people who visit the desert will tell you there is something magical here, because they can not find the right word the describe the experience, an experience that change something in you.
They say "Water cleans the body, desert cleans the soul".