Category: Erg Chigaga or Erg Chebbi at Merzouga

Erg Chigaga or Erg Chebbi

Erg Chigaga or Erg Chebbi? Many Marrakech visitors that can spare 3 or 4 days for a Morocco Sahara desert tour get confused about what direction they should take: Northeast to Merzouga or southeast to Erg Chigaga (Cheggaga).

Choosing which dunes to visit depends on your other plans in Morocco and where else you intend to visit.

Merzouga dunes can be done in a 3-day tour

This Chebbi Desert Tour can be done in a minimum of 3 days – 2 nights, and one can easily find a Private desert tour departing Marrakech to Merzouga in 3 days, which is usually in an air-conditioned 4WD.
Erg Chigaga (Cheggaga) is usually done in a minimum of 4 days – 3 nights, and since the paved road ends in Mhamid located south of Zagora, a 4WD is needed for the last portion ( 3 hours drive ). In Morocco, you have the choice between two broad areas where you can visit proper dunes; the Erg Chebbi dunes near Merzouga and the Erg Chegaga dunes close to M’hamid.

Merzouga Erg Chebbi

Dunes Erg Chebbi is a well-developed area. With desert camps and hostels scattered around, the pink color sand dunes are huge (sometimes 300 m high ). The drive to Erg Chebbi is pretty interesting. As one can visit Kasbah Ait Ben HaddouDades Valley, the Valley of the roses. The road of the Kasbahs and Todgha Gorges on the way.

Erg Chigaga, off the beaten track and ideal for desert adventure seekers

Erg Chigaga is a much younger destination, owing to border disputes with Algeria. Tourists have only been visiting since the 1990s. That said, it is becoming more popular and there are more camps than there used to be. As far as solitude is concerned, however, it still has the upper hand over Erg Chebbi.  The journey from Marrakech is about 9 hours. The journey down to Erg Chigaga is fascinating. You can add a visit to Ait Ben Haddou along the way and then follow the Draa Valley and the many oases & crumbling Kasbahs dotted along the way. Once you reach the small town of Mhamid, you can continue on to one of the camps on the dunes. You can be trekking by camels direct from there. The dunes themselves are not as big as out at Erg Chigaga, but the desert is somehow more vast and wild here.

Erg Chigaga Or Erg Chebbi

Erg Chigaga offers the chance for some true wild camping and saves you a couple of hours in the car. It is perfectly possible to manage a visit to Erg Chegaga in 3 days. But we recommend visiting the dunes and then spending time in one of the palm groves and at Ait Ben Haddou as well.

Travel To Desert will be glad to assist you with any further questions to organize your next shared Sahara desert tour to Erg Chebbi or private desert tour to Erg Chiggaga. Please note that we can tailor your Morocco desert tour according to your time and needs.

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