Many rumors and stories have been told about the legendary sand dunes of the deserts. More and more in trend are tours where tourists can live the magical experience of being in Aladin’s deserts themselves. 1000 and one night can become true for you too if you book a Morocco desert tour.
In this post, we’ll talk about Erg Chebbi and Erg Chegaga. We’ll cover what they are like and what will be the best desert for you to visit.
Minimum Trip time: 3 days and 2 nights
Perfect Trip Time: 4 days and 3 nights, with extra spent time at the places to visit
Erg Chebbi is more popular for many tourists. To access it, you need to take a drive from Merzouga which is approximately 10 hours long. But inspire of the long journey, there are many amazing places to visit alongside the way…
Places to visit near Erg Chebbi:
- Ait Ben Haddou
- Dades Valley
- Valley of Roses
- Todra Gorge
On the border of Merzouga you’ll take a 2-hour camel track to our desert luxury camp in the dunes.
TIPP: Erg Chebbi is a perfect destination involving Marrakhesh and Fes because it’s on the way between those two.
Minimum Trip time: 3 days
Perfect Trip Time: 4 to 5 days and spending time at the palm groves and at Ait Ben Haddou
Erg Chegaga is a newly discovered destination for many tourists. It’s unique because of the solitude you can experience in the desert. Erg Chebbi has it too, but because Erg Chegaga is less known it is more peaceful, and you’re less likely to meet other people.
From Marrakech to Erg Chegaga you drive about 9 hours on a fascinating route. The last two hours are off-road and a wild adventure once you pass the gateway town of M’hamid.
Places to visit alongside the drive are:
- Ait Ben Haddou
- the Draa Valley
- many oases
- Crumbling Kasbahs dotted along the way
After you reach the first destination – the small town of Mhamid, you can drive to the desert luxury camps in the dunes, or you can go in a camel ride.
Although the dunes are not as high as Erg Chebbis, the desert has a more vast and wild feeling. That’s why it is also perfect for wild camping.
Erg Chegaga is perfect for you if you enjoy the complete solitude of the wild dunes.
At this point, most people wonder, “Erg Chebbi or Erg Chegaga?”
I’d love to give you one right answer… but there are only right decisions. Both deserts are stunning once-in-a-lifetime experiences and won’t trade for anything else in the world.
The best option of all is taking advantage of a first trip to Marrakech to visit Erg Chebbi, and planning a second trip with more desert landscapes with Erg Chigaga as the finish line.
If you want to feel the full beauty of the dunes of the desert, start your trip now.
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“Can I trust you brining me home safely?”
Yes, we have done this with uncountable tourists.
“How far is the desert from Marrakhesh?”
The fastest route to the desert takes about 6 hours driving time.
“How can you fly from marrakech to Sahara desert?”
There are easy flight options. Just give us a call here and we’ll consult you in the best way possible.