Sand-bathing therapy in Merzouga


Type: Therapy & wellness


Duration: Morocco Incoming Services offers this trip as a special health travel tour departing from Marrakech for 3 days & 2 nights or from Agadir for 4 days & 3 nights.



The sand dunes of Merzouga attract thousands of local and international visitors seeking peace, tranquility and never before seen landscape that is stunning and out of the ordinary; but for a select group of visitors in particular, the trip to the sand dunes is more than just an exploration one, they come here for the unique purpose of sand-bathing. 

Sand bathing is an ancient Berber treatment for curing ailments affecting the joints, muscles and tendons. It is best performed during the hottest months of July and August and Merzouga in the Moroccan Sahara desert is the Mecca for this kind of therapy practice.

Prior to taking a sand bath as a form of articular treatment, it’s wise to seek the advice of your medical doctor.  Visitors with diabetes, blood pressure or suffering from other heart related ailments are advised against taking a sand bath due to the intense heat.


Process of sand-bathing:

In preparation of the sand-bath, a horizontal hole about 25cm deep and as wide as the size of the person is dug in the sand. The hole is left open for as long as half an hour to allow the desert heat to penetrate the sand and for the sand to take in as much of it as possible, once sufficiently hot, the person lies in the hole and is “buried” in sand, obviously leaving the head free.  For this practice to work and depending on the visitor’s state and health it is recommended to spend between at least 10 to 30 minutes at a time in the sand bath during which the visitor is served water to avoid dehydration and to quench thirst and this could be done up to twice a day.


Price per person: Contact us. (Min. 4 participants).


Book this health and wellness trip with us, it is so soothing you would want to come back again; contact us.


Note: Morocco Incoming Services takes into consideration your safety first; we only collaborate with experienced and knowledgeable drivers and we use top notch vehicles to drive our customers around and will guarantee you the skills and know-how of the best tour guides in any language.

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