Tour from Marrakech
The dunes of the Sahara Erg Chigaga are a much younger and less populated destination. The dunes of Erg Chigaga are located southeast of Marrakech, towards the border with Algeria, more than 60 km from the nearest city, Mhamid. The desert is here bigger and wilder. Those who opt for an excursion to the Erg Chigaga desert should expect a rustic experience without access to nearby hotels. This circuit in the desert requires at least three days of travel through Ait Ben Haddou, the palm groves of the Draa Valley and a rocky and desert landscape before reaching the dunes of the Sahara. The tour through the desert of Erg Chigaga is fascinating, the trip to the Sahara desert offers you the opportunity to ride a camel, climb the dunes of the Sahara, admire the magnificent views and sleep under the tent or the beautiful star The other dunes of the Sahara they are the dunes of Erg Chebbi de Merzouga. The dunes of Erg Chebbi are more popular and reach a height of 150 meters in some places and extend along 50 km. The hotels line the edge of the desert, offering travelers the opportunity to spend the night in the comfort of a traditional hotel room or a luxury camp, and then explore the desert of Merzouga and its surroundings in daytime.
Day 1: Chegaga Desert
We begin our 3-day desert tour in Chegaga with a 4 × 4 car, which will take place at 8:00 am from your accommodation in Marrakech. We pass through the High Atlas Promenade, in Tizi-n-Tichka, leading along a beautiful region to reach the World Heritage Site of Ait Ben Haddou, the most famous town of Kasbah in Morocco. Lunch will be in Ouarzazate or Agdez. After lunch, you will cross the Draa Valley with palm trees and ancient kasbahs. The night with dinner will be in a hotel in Zagora.
Day 2: Zagora – Mhamid – Sacred Oasis – Erg Chigaga Dunes
After breakfast, our adventure in the Erg Chigaga desert continues through the palm groves of the Draa Valley. After a short break in the panoramic view of Draa palmeraie, we will stop in Tamgroute to visit the famous Koranic library (closed for national and religious holidays) and an underground kasba, then we will go to M’Hamid, a small town – the last town and the main oasis of Draa before the great desert of Erg Chegaga Sahara. Then we continue our three-day desert tour from Marrakech, 60 km from the M’hamid road to the Erg Chegaga dune. This largest group of Sahara dunes in the region reaches a height of 300 m and covers an area of 40 km. Dinner and overnight at a Berber tent camp after a 40-minute camel ride to enjoy the golden desert sunset.
Day 3: Erg Chigaga Dunes – Foum Zguid – Taznakht – Marrakech
After breakfast at Erg Chegaga Camp, departure in 4 × 4 via Marrakech towards the natural and dry Iriqi Lake towards Fom Zguid, lunch in the Berber village of Fom Zguid or Taznakht. Arrival in Marrakech at the end of the afternoon around 6 pm.
– Private A/C land cruiser Toyota 4*4
– English/French/Spanish speaking driver
– Pick up and drop off at Riad/Hotel or airport
– Overnight in Zagora or Mhamid
– Dinner and breakfast
– 1hour camel ride to watch the sunset of Erg Chegaga dunes
– Overnight in Chegaga camp with a private tent
– Local guide to visit Ait Benhadou village
– Flexibility of photos stops and
– Absolutely shopping free
Night / hotel room / tent
1st night: Zagora • Riad Lamane Ou • Kasbah sirocco
Private room ✓ Air conditioning ✓ Ensuite bathroom ✓
2nd night: Chegaga
☑ Desert Bedouin Camp
Private tent ✓ Shared toilets ✓ Or private toilets in a luxury camp
Please note:if a long Camel trek and overnight stay in the camp is not for you you can still enjoy the sunnset in Erg Chebbi with a schorter camel trek or a walk and pass the night in the Hotel at the dune line. If the itineraries that we offer does not match what you are looking for ,contact us and we will prepare the trip to your needs and requirement