Erg Chigaga sahara dunes is a much younger destination and less-frequented destination. Erg chegaga dunes are in the southeast of Marrakech, toward the Algerian border and they're located over 60 kilometers away from the nearest town Mhamid. The desert is somehow more vast and wild here. Those opting for an Erg Chigaga desert tour should expect a rustic experience, without access to nearby hotels. This desrt tour requires at least 3 days of travel through Ait Benhaddou, Draa valley palm groves and a rocky desert landscape before reaching the sahara dunes. The Erg chigaga desert tour is fascinating, the sahara desert trip that offer you the opportunity to ride a camel, climb sahara dunes, run the cinnamon-and-sugar sand grains through your fingers, admire picturesque views and sleep in tents or under the stars. The other sahara dunes are Erg Chebbi dunes in Merzouga. Erg Chebbi dunes are more popular and reach a height of up to 150 meters in places and altogether spans an area of 50 kilometers. Hotels line the edge of the desert, giving travelers the option of spending the night in the comfort of a traditional hotel room or in a luxury camp and then exploring the Merzouga desert and its surrounding by day.
Day 1: Marrakech – Ait Benhaddou – Draa Valley – Mhamid
We start our Chigaga 3 days Morocco desert tour with an air-conditioned 4×4 vehicle at 08:00am from Marrakech. We cross the High Atlas Mountains- Tizi-n-Tichka Pass driving along a scenic and picteresque area to reach the world heritage site of Ait Benhaddou, Morocco's most famous kasbah. Lunch in Ouarzazate. The trip goes through Draa Valley with its palm trees and old Kasbahs, partly off road. After Zagora we will have a stop at Tamgroute to visit the famous Koran library and an underground Kasbah, night with dinner will be either in a hotel in M'hamid or under the Tent.
Day 2: Mhamid – Sacred Oasis – Erg Chigaga Dunes
After breakfast, our Erg Chigaga desert adventure continue through the palm groves lined Draa valley . After a short break in the panoramic view of Draa palmeraie, we will continue to M'Hamid is a small village – the last town and the major Draa oasis before the Erg chegaga sahara dunes. Next, we continue our 3 days desert tour from Marrakech another 60 km off road from M'hamid to Erg Chegaga dune.. This largest group of sahara dunes of the region reaches a height of 300 m on a length of 40 km. Dinner and night in a berber tented camp after a 90 minutes camel trek.
Day 3: Erg Chigaga Dunes – Foum Zguid – Taznakht – Marrakech
After breakfast in Erg Chigaga Bivouac, departure with 4×4 via the old Paris – Dakar race road to Foum Zguid crossing the natural dried Iriqui lake, lunch break in the berber village of Taznakht. We arrive to Marrakech at late afternoon around 6pm and you will be dropped off in your Riad.
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