M’Hamid El Ghizlane is a small rural Moroccan commune in the province of Zagora located on the edge of the Sahara near the border with Algeria and near the bend of the Wadi Drâa which curves westward toward the Atlantic Ocean.
From M’Hamid El Ghizlane, which means the plain of the gazelles, begins the immense desert plateau called the Hamada du Drâa with the vast dunes that stretch for about 30 km wide.
M’Hamid El Ghizlane is the end of the road and the starting point for excursions by 4×4 or camel towards the lake of Iriki or the large dunes of Chigaga.
M’Hamid El Ghizlane is also an oasis which shelters a ruined ksar called Ksebt el Allouj, testimony of the intense activity of this region at the end of the XVIth century at the time of the Saadian dysnasias and the camel caravans which connected Morocco to Sudan.
M’hamid has been for centuries the rendezvous of the blue men.