More than 20 years after the French colonization of Morocco began, the region of Erfoud was put under control, and Morocco was considered pacified. To control the forceful and freedom-loving Bedouins of the region, a major military settlement was put up, and this place came to be known as Erfoud
Erfoud is not a typical tourist destination, but a good number of travelers from all over the world fill the streets almost all through the year. Erfoud can work as a good base for people exploring the Ziz valley, and the dunes out at Merzouga (finally something in Morocco that really fits the image of Sahara!)
The setting of Rissani is very much like what you find in villages near the Nile in Egypt, in terms of building styles, number of people, heat and nature.
There are small canals running between heavily populated villages which all seem to be at least 50 years behind the development of the rest of Morocco.
An early wake up call for sunrise excursion to Dunes. An experience not to be missed is to watch the sun as it rises from the top of the golden dunes, a spectacular view of the Sahara which no words can describe. Back to the tent for special Breakfast with the Touargees people, then continue on to explore the holy ancient city of Rissani by your 4X4 Land Rover. ( CT&T's Program)
The Saharan lake of Dayet Sriji is a surprise. You see, in most of Morocco the only form of lake you will see are the ones behind modern dams. So out here, about an hour of travel south of everything, you see a real lake. A salty one, that is true, but still it is a lake.
In the lake there are numerous birds, of which flamgoes will be the most fascinating for most to watch. I had a small accident with my camera, which destroyed the good pictures I made of the birds. The one of to the left is the closest I have to any flamingo.
The very start of the oasis zone. It is well cultivated, and not a single straw of grass is there without a purpose. Notice the well in the middle of both photos.
In between all the trees of the oasis, run canals. Considering how far you are from the next trace of civilization, how barren the nature is, and how hot it is all through the year, it is surprising to see how strongly the water streams through the canals.
From :Adventures of Morocco