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Erg Chebbi

Erg Chebbi

Erg Chebbi, Morocco

The Basics

A visit to Erg Chebbi offers an opportunity for a variety of adventures, from desert driving classes to camel rides, all-terrain vehicle safaris, and sandboarding (dessert snowboarding). You can also book an overnight safari; accommodations range from army-style tents to luxurious affairs with draperies and en suite bathrooms. Opt for an overnight adventure from Merzouga or visit as part of a multi-day journey between Fez and Marrakech or a round-trip from Marrakech.

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Camel Trekking Excursion Overnight Desert Camp Merzouga Desert Erg Chebbi Dunes

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Camel Trekking Excursion Overnight Desert Camp Merzouga Desert Erg Chebbi Dunes
$53.95 per adult
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The highlight of my week in Morocco
Amazing experience! The team treated me so well after I drove to Merzouga to start the tour. An hour long ride by camel out into the dunes was very cool. Then watching the sunset was glorious. Our dinner was delicious and more than I could eat. Gazing at the stars out next to the fire was so peaceful. Watching the Berber's make music was mesmerizing and they had so much fun playing and including us. A comfortable night's sleep and then an early morning to climb the dunes. The sunrise from the dunes was so moving I cried. The sand changed colors as the sun rose. BEAUTIFUL!! Then a downhill walk to a great breakfast and a camel ride back to town. My only thoughts are how I can come back and who can I bring to share this experience with next time. THANK YOU!!
CoachClark721, Jun 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Morocco Sahara

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What a great experience this was. I...
Norms K, Mar 2018
3-Day Desert Tour to Marrakech via Merouga-Erg Chebbi from Fez
What a great experience this was. I got to see the many parts of Morocco that I would not normally see without the tour. I would like to spend more time there in this beautiful country.
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We really enjoyed this tour! Our...
AW, Oct 2017
3-Day Desert Tour to Marrakech via Merouga-Erg Chebbi from Fez
We really enjoyed this tour! Our driver was very good and knowledgable. All lodging was excellent. We saw so much of the country! The camel ride in the dunes to the camp was breathtaking.
star-4
Sanddunes Erg Chebbi worth a visit
Eric, Mar 2020
Camel Trekking Excursion Overnight Desert Camp Merzouga Desert Erg Chebbi Dunes
Thumbs up for this excursion and our guide Murat. Bit onfortunately that he didn't speak much English or French, so the conversation wasn't great, but nevertheless he was a great host. As it was low season, we were just the two of us. Later joined by 8 other guests. On our way to the bivac we had two stops, one of them to see the sunset. the first one wasn't completely necessary to us, but maybe it was good to do so my back wouldn't hurt too much on arriving?! The biggest surprise was the tentplace: kind of luxury in the middle of the dessert, with real beds, a sanitary bloc and even a dining tent! The diner was superb and way too much. What a nice dishes! to us the best dinner at the best spot possible during our trip in Marocco. The possibility to have a shower at the hotel when we were back, was great.
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The trip went exactly as described...
Tyson S, Oct 2018
Camel Trekking Excursion Overnight Desert Camp Merzouga Desert Erg Chebbi Dunes
The trip went exactly as described, which was perfect for us. Met at the Auberge which had plenty of room for parking overnight. About 6 other guests met there as well and we departed on time on the camels about an hour before sunset. I guess the camel walk took about an hour as well and we watched sunset from the top of the dunes around the camping area. Dinner was later, after 8 I think, and was a very delicious typical Tajine. My friend and I are vegetarian and they accommodated us by making a veggie Tajine. There was traditional music later that they played and then we went to bed in the tents. Woke up for sunrise and took a shorter route back to the auberge in the morning. Whatsapp is a very good way to communicate with them if you dont have a local phone number.
star-4
Great Intro to Rural Morocco
Maps24639036758, Apr 2019
3-Day Desert Tour to Marrakech via Merouga-Erg Chebbi from Fez
This trip is a bit of a whirlwind tour of the Moroccan back country with the highlight being the sunset / sunrise in the dunes outside of Merzouga. Downside is that it takes a long time to get between stops resulting in a lot of windshield time. Ride was comfortable - Mercedes minivan that seats 8 - and we were lucky to be joined by an Austrian couple and their children that were great travel companions. Shout-out to our driver Mustafa who kept the rig on the road, provided a great insight on Moroccan culture and pointed out relevant facts and history along the way. He was especially helpful on the drop off in Marrakech making sure we were either at our hotel or had a somebody walk you to your riad. He will make the trip memorable. Food stops along the way were comparable to restaurants in the Medinas of either Fes or Marrakech. Glamping in Merzouga was above expectations with a private in bathroom in the tent. Mattress was a bit stiff but clean, warm and spacious. Random highlight was our tour guide of Rassini who was super hip yet extremely traditional and walked through the customs of the ethnic groups of the town while we took in the local markets. One tip for newbies - pack wine or spirits as you will not find anything along the way.
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Good Trip
Meander385984, Sep 2019
3-Day Desert Tour to Marrakech via Merouga-Erg Chebbi from Fez
It was an entertaining trip for the 3 days, picked up early in Fez at my Riad and dropped off at my Riad in Marrakech around 1700L. The guide Mustaf was very nice and friendly to the group. We had 5 of us total. There is a LOT of time in the van, however we stop a lot to take pictures of the country and sites, and the landscape at times was beautiful. The camel rides where a lot of fun. We got in late so actually had a night right with the Harvest moon over the sand dunes, very cool. Accommodations were ok, the semi-permanent tents were basic but did have private bath and shower, and the second night was a good hotel with a pool and good dinner.
star-5
Amazing! Highly...
Matej K, Jul 2018
Camel Trekking Excursion Overnight Desert Camp Merzouga Desert Erg Chebbi Dunes
Amazing! Highly recommended. Booking was easy and fast, no complications. The staff was very friendly and welcoming, they took very good care of us. Pickup at camping La Liberte, with parking. Camels were very calm and nice. The fotoshooting on the way was by our guide, and very very profesonal, awesome pictures!!! The ride to desert camp was cca 45 min. After sunset diner in desert camp. FOOD WAS DELICIOUS. And portions big. Come very hungry. No problem for vegetarians. Accomodations very nice, including europian style toilet in the desert. Plenty of time to see the sunrise. Set your own alarm clock. After that you leave the desert camp. Another fotoshoot on the way back to La Liberte. There you end with a big breakfast. Very good experience.
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This is a amazing tour. It was a...
alice_anb, Jan 2018
3-Day Desert Tour to Marrakech via Merouga-Erg Chebbi from Fez
This is a amazing tour. It was a great experience on this three days. We enjoin the sunset ride and sunrise time. We were transferred to a 4x4 jeep to the camel base when our van arrived to desert. The staffs on the camel base ask we taking more cloths and water then bring us to the camel. But there were extremely cold after sunset in the desert. There were most tourist didn't had a good sleep on the night because not enough warm. There were nothing supplied except the dinner and a cup of tea on morning in the camp. The dinner was good. The breakfast was severed after return back to the camel base that was almost 10:30 am. Please bring enough cloths and some snacks with you. On the following two days, we enjoin the views and the meals. The driver Salim is a very good guy. He speak good English but he is not a tour guide. But he answer all the questions we asked. He stop the car on the side when he knew we were taking the picture. He went to our FEZ hotel to pick up and shipped the painting to our next stop when he knew we left it in Fez. He contacted our hotel staff before drop us in Marrakesh. This tour price was very good and valued. We found we got the best price on this tour when we talk to others on the same camp.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • In summer, the desert sand can burn your feet, so make sure to wear close-toed shoes.

  • Desert adventures can be great fun with children old enough to handle heat and long road trips. Camel guides will often request that younger children ride with them for safety.

  • Morocco is a challenging destination for travelers who use wheelchairs, and Erg Chebbi’s rolling sand dunes are no exception.

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How to Get There

Erg Chebbi begins about 5 miles (8 kilometers) from the town of Merzouga, in the Morocco Sahara, and rolls towards the Algerian border. You can reach the area by taking a domestic flight to Errachidia, which is about 75 miles (120 kilometers) north of Erg Chebbi, but most travelers opt for the scenic overland journey from Marrakech, or catch a bus to Merzouga from Marrakech or Fez.

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When to Get There

Temperatures can reach well over 104°F (40°C) in July and August, making even the nights uncomfortable: spring, fall, and the winter holiday season are the most popular times to visit. Opt for a visit between mid-January and late February if you want to enjoy the desert at its least crowded, but be aware that nighttime temperatures can drop close to freezing during this time period.

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From Marrakech to Merzouga and Erg Chebbi

To get to Erg Chebbi from Marrakech, you’ll likely travel via the Tizi-n'Tichka Pass, a spectacularly winding road that runs through the High Atlas mountains. Along the way, you’ll also pass the Kasbah of Aït Ben Haddou, a red mud fortress that is a UNESCO World Heritage site; Ouarzazate, Morocco’s film capital; and the Todra Gorge, then returning by way of the Draa Valley.

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