Dayet Srij lake, hidden jewels of the Merzouga desert
Dayet Srij lake, also known as Merzouga lake, located to the west of the city, used to be a salty lake but it is not anymore due to the water released by the Errachidia dam and the water that enters the lake when it rains in the river Ziz, which has caused his alteration. In spring, Dayet Srij Lake is home to a wide variety of bird species, including desert warblers and vast colonies of flamingos, sparrows and hawks. Snakes, lizards, desert foxes, and hedgehogs can be seen year-round. Dayet Srij Lake is known for its ornithological richness and for being a relaxing and pleasant place to spend time.
In the distance, you can see sand dunes on one side, mountains on the other, and a magnificent sunset. When it doesn't rain much, the lake dries up and will fill up again when it rains again. It is one of the few lakes in the center of the desert, as well as one of the few natural lakes in Morocco. During the summer, this lake is dry, and it does not fill with water until the rains begin in autumn.
Where is it located?
Dayet Sirj Lake is located 4 kilometers west of Merzouga, close to the desert, and is a lovely area to spend time surrounded by nature and magnificent birds.
How to get?
To get to the lake, use any of the trails off the road. Another option is to go from Hassilabiad on the N-13 road for one kilometer and then take the route to the Hamada desert.
The road that leads to the Hamada desert goes to the lake, which is about three kilometers to the west. The journey is a bit difficult, but it is worth it, since you can enjoy a beautiful landscape.
What can be done there?
The rainy season, which lasts from June to September, is the best time to visit this lake.
Dayet Srij Lake boasts a spectacular sunset due to the combination of colors of the lake, the desert, the birds and the flora. You can also see pink flamingos between June and September.
When the lake is full, residents of numerous adjacent villages can be observed using the Dayet Srij Lake for agricultural development, as some of its water has been used for certain agricultural plots located south of the Dayet Srij.
Are you looking for an excursion to visit the lake?
We are a travel agency based in the Merzouga desert and we organize different activities from quad biking, sand boarding, buggies and excursions through the Merzouga desert to discover its attractions.
Contact us for more information on a plan that includes the most interesting places in Merzouga, including the lake *only if it is not dry.*
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