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About Sahara desert
A tour to Sahara is definetely a highlight on your Moroccan holiday. Experiencing the desert silence surrounded by sand dunes. Riding camel and sleeping under the magnificent starlit sky. There is nothing quite like it.
ERG CHEBBI VS. ERG CHEGAGA
The Moroccan desert has 2 big sand dunes areas. One is Erg Chebbi near Merzouga. The other is Erg Chegaga near M’hamid. The both areas are located about 8-10 hours drive from Marrakech.
Erg Chebbi dunes gets more visitors as it is more established then Erg Chegaga. When you arrive to Merzouga there is a 2 hours camel ride to reach your desert camp in the sand dunes. The camps are quite close together and you can hear the drums and songs from the other camps. This will not necessarily destroy the desert experience, but it takes away some of the wilderness feeling.
At the edge of the dunes, there are luxury hotels with swimming pools and a beautiful view of the desert.
Erg Chegaga is a «newcomer» compared to Erg Chebbi. It opened for tourisme in the 1990’s. The tour from M’hamid is made by 4wd car through vaious desert landscapes. It takes around 1,5 – 2 hours with off-road driving to reach your desert camp in the dunes. The camel trips start from the camps. Erg Chegaga is more authentic and gives you the wilderness feeling. It is in this part of the Moroccan desert that some nomad families still live the traditional nomadic life style with their animals.
Among our selection of tours, you can find 2 days tour from Marrakech to Erg Chegaga. In addition 3 days tours from Marrakech to Erg Chegaga or to Erg Chebbi. The 3 days tours include 1 night in a guest house on the way. We would recommend to do the 3 days tour, at the least. Even better is to choose a 4 days tour. Then you will have more time to enjoy the amazing sceneries and visit beautiful places along the way. And not the least, you will have more time to experience the desert silence and the spectacular surroundings.
M’hamid and Erg Chegaga are the best areas to organize wild camp tours from, with start in M’hamid village. See: Desert Nomadic Life – Camel Trekking.