Erg Chebbi Excursions
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A visit to the Sahara desert is definitely an experience everyone should have at least once in their lifetime. It is a journey well worth the effort and you will have fond memories to last you forever. Imagine yourself on top a camel, trekking through the Sahara desert. There is nothing around you and all you can hear are the footsteps of the camel on the soft sand. The sky is vast and clear in the day and filled with millions of bright stars at night. It is a very peaceful experience, one raley known to most of the Western World.
The dunes of Erg Chebbi near Merzouga is 30 miles (50km) south east of Erfoud and has the highest and most spectacular sand dunes in Morocco. These golden dunes dramatically 50m from the desert floor. They run in a line almost perfectly north/south to the village of Merzouga and beyond, and mark the western fringe of the Sahara Desert, dividing Morocco from Algeria.
The dunes of Erg Chigaga (Erg Chegaga) near M’hamid is in the south of Morocco, over the Atlas Mountains and pass Zagora. Erg Chigaga is also part of the Sahara desert and more difficult to get to than Erg Chebbi.
This ocean of pure Saharan sand, provides the back drop to an authentic Arabian adventure which involes a camel trek across the dunes to a secluded oasis, where an authentic spicy Berber tagine is being prepared over an open fire by Bedouin tents.
We’ll have a chance to explore this magnificent desert landscape – if you’re feeling energetic you can climb the dunes for sunrise or sunset to watch the light and colour of the sands change. As the stars come out you can often hear the rhythmic beat of tribal drumming carried on the still night.
best Moroccan Tours may not be the most comfortable means of travelling for some, but it is undoubtedly a ‘must’ for every traveller as a way to experience the mode of transport of the Berber nomads of the Sahara.
There are a number of possibilities of camel treks (méharrées), offered by Us, starting from a day’s outing to a two-week expedition. The best time of year for camel trekking is September to February.