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About Sahara desert
One of the absolute highlights on a Moroccan trip is to experience the sand dunes in Sahara and sleep under the stars in a desert camp.
The Moroccan desert has 2 big sand dunes areas. One of them is Erg Chebbi near Merzouga and the other one is Erg Chegaga near M’hamid. The areas are located about 8-10 hours drive from Marrakech.
Erg Chebbi dunes gets more visitors and is more established then Erg Chegaga. When you arrive to Merzouga there is a 2 hours camel ride to reach a desert camp in the sand dunes. The camps are closer together then in Erg Chegaga 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.
Erg Chegaga is a «newcomer» compared to Erg Chebbi and opened for tourisme in the 1990’s. The trip from M’hamid is made with 4wd cars through vaious desert landscapes and it takes around 1,5 – 2 hours with off-road driving to reach your desert camp in the sand 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 trips, we have 2 days trips from Marrakech to Erg Chegaga and 3 days trips from Marrakech to Erg Chegaga or Erg Chebbi, which includes 1 night in a guest house on the way. We would recommend to at least do the 3 days trip and even better is to choose a 4 days trip. Then you will have more time to enjoy the amazing sceneries and visit some beautiful places along the way. And not the least, you will have time to really experience the desert silence and spectacular surroundings. There is nothing quite like watching the desert sunset and the billion stars on the nightsky.
M’hamid and Erg Chegaga is the best area to organize wild camp tours, with start from M’hamid village. See: Desert Nomadic Life – Camel Trekking.