Do you want to celebrate new year in a desert camp, surrounded by beautiful sand dunes? Where the fireworks are the spectacular starlit sky and the occassional shooting stars flying over the atmosphere? Then you are welcome to our new year celebration in Sahara .

The celebration takes place in our desert camp, by the feet of the highest sand dunes in Erg Chegaga. The nomads prepare a feast meal, which includes soup, mechoui, couscous, dessert and other delicious food. Mechoui is a traditional Moroccan feast meal  consisting of whole grilled lamb being slowly roasted for many hours to make the meat very tender.

After dinner we gather around the camp fire and enjoy the desert evening. We are entertained by a local folklore group and the nomads play traditional drums and sing. Everybody can join in and dance around the fire. Or maybe you want to sit on a sand dune and just gaze at the stars. Remember to make a wish for the new year when you see a shooting star.

  • From: M’hamid El Ghizlane vilage, Zagora region
  • Start/stop: Agreed meeting point in M’hamid
  • Duration: 2 or 3 days (the trip can be extended at an additional cost)
  • Transport: Landcruiser 4x4 car with aircondition
  • Language: Driver/guide speaks English and French


Day 1: M'hamid - Erg Chegaga dunes - Desert Candles camp

We start from M’hamid village and our driver takes you to Erg Chegaga in a 4wd car, a trip of 65 km off-road driving. On the way we pass different features of the desert, like erg (dunes), reg (stone desert), hamada (rock plateau) and oases.

Our desert camp is located at the feet of the highest sand dunes in Erg Chegaga. At arrival you are welcomed in the traditional nomadic style, with Moroccan tea and small snacks and you get settled into your private nomad tent.

After, you can go on a camel ride in the desert (before sunset) and try the sandboarding down the dunes. Climb the highest top (about 300 metres) and enjoy the amazing sunset over sand dunes as far as the eyes can see.

Back in the camp there is time for a shower to freshen up, before a feast meal is served in the restaurant tent. After dinner a local folklore group entertain us. We gather around the fire in the middle of the camp with the nomads who play traditional drums and sing. You are wlecome to join in and dance around the fire. Spend the last evening of 2018 under the spectacular star lit desert sky. Sleep in a nomad tent with comfortable beds.

Day 2 / 3: Erg Chegaga - M'hamid village

Wake up with the sun and watch the amazing sunrise over beautiful dunes. Or, if you prefer, you can sleep until breakfast which is served in the camp.

If you have booked the 2 days stay, our driver takes you back to M’hamid village after breakfast.

If you have booked the 3 days stay, you have the whole day to experience the unique desert silence. Relax in the camp, take a walk in the dunes, try some more sandboarding or book an extra camel ride. Return to M’hamid after breakfast the next day.

We wish you a Happy New Year 🙂

Price information
  • 2 days: EUR  70 per person when 6 persons travel together in a 4wd car
    3 days: EUR 140 per person when 6 persons travel together in a 4wd car
    For bigger groups: Please contact us for price

Transport in 4wd, guide/driver, nomad tent with comfortable beds, dinner, breakfast, tea/coffee, local folklore music, 1 x camel ride, sandboarding. If 3 days stay: lunch and extra dinner

Not included:
Drink, tip

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