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Erg Chigaga Tours

Erg Chigaga
Translating from Arabic as Field of Dunes, the rolling landscapes of Erg Chigaga are some of the Moroccan Sahara’s most beautiful. The camps nestled between the dunes feel particularly secluded, making Erg Chigaga a great place to enjoy the space and silence of the desert.

The Basics
With dunes towering almost 1,000 feet (300 meters) high—some still marked only by wind-blown ripples—Erg Chigaga offers an unforgettable empty-desert experience, making an overnight stay a must. The only way to reach the dunes is by 4WD, camel, or on foot. Almost all tours include a camel safari element, whether it’s a multi-day adventure or an hour undulating over the dunes in full Berber garb.

Besides enjoying campfire feasts, desert sunsets, and stargazing, you can go hiking or sandboarding down dunes on a customized snowboard. Many travelers start from Marrakech and spend a couple of days enjoying the scenic route: packages save you the stress of arranging your own accommodation and activities, and often work out cheaper.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Desert adventures can be magical with kids who are old enough not to mind long drives and heat, however they’re not stroller-friendly.
  • The rolling motion of a camel is not for everyone so it’s recommended to try a shorter tour before committing to a multi-day safari.
  • Bring a scarf and sunglasses to protect against wind-blown sand and wear closed-toe shoes in summer as the sand can be extremely hot.
  • The Erg Chigaga dunes and desert camps are not wheelchair-accessible.
How to Get There
The Erg Chigaga dunes roll for an impressive 25 miles (40 kilometers) through the desert southwest of M’Hamid, just north of the Algerian border. There are buses to M’Hamid from Casablanca, Marrakech, and Ouarzazate. The nearest airport is in Ouarzazate, about 160 miles (259 kilometers) away but most travelers take the scenic route from Marrakech.

When to Get There
Spring (March-May) and fall (September-November) are the best times to enjoy Erg Chigaga. During these months, the nights are still reasonably warm and the days aren’t scorching hot.

Which Moroccan Dunes Should I Visit?
The three best-known dune fields in Morocco are Erg Chigaga, Erg Lihoudi, and Erg Chebbi, near Merzouga. Though the Erg Lihoudi dunes are smaller and less serene than Erg Chigaga, they are easily-accessible and therefore a good choice for travelers on a budget. Erg Chebbi is a great option if all-terrain vehicle rides are on your agenda, while Erg Chigaga is ideal for longer desert trips.
Address: M'Hamid El Ghizlane, Morocco
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Erg Chegaga desert in Two days one night from Zagora

Erg Chegaga desert in Two days one night from Zagora

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A rugged landscape of rolling sand dunes, Erg Chigaga is considered among Morrocco’s prettiest stretches of desert—but organizing accommodation and meals to explore solo is challenging. On this tour, enjoy pickup and drop-off in central Zagora, and explore Erg Chigaga with all the key logistics covered. Dressed in traditional Arab attire, trek deep into Erg Chigaga on camelback with your guide and admire uninterrupted views over the desert scenery.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$228,13
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Erg Cheggaga Mindful Desert Tour 3 Days 2 Nights

Erg Cheggaga Mindful Desert Tour 3 Days 2 Nights

Ideal for those who are short on time, this 3-day Sahara desert tour from Marrakech includes an overnight stay in a Berber tent, a camel ride across the dunes, and a visit to the village of Taznakht to watch how Berber carpets are made. The trip ends with a return drive back to Marrakech through the High Atlas Mountains.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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Morocco Desert Trek Travel from Marrakech

Morocco Desert Trek Travel from Marrakech

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Meeting early in the morning at 7:30 am, departure to M’hamid via the Tizi-N-Tichka pass, continuation to join the kasbah of Tamdakhte and that of Ait Ben Haddou then arrival in Zagora where a tasty lunch will be served. Direction M’Hamid on the road, stop at Tamgroute for the visit of the Koranic library, the underground kasbah and the pottery making. Continuation by a sandy track for the big dunes of Chigaga, the biggest dunes in Morocco; lunch under the shade of palm trees or tamarisks, afternoon return to the track towards Chigaga., arrival at the bivouac between the dunes, installation, dinner around the fire to the sound of folklore, night in a tent. After a breakfast in the middle of the desert, you will take a dromedary ride around the dunes then departure by 4x4 return to mhamid crossing more into the desert and enjoying different landscapes (lake, mountains, fossils), lunch at ouarzazate after for marrakech .
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$335,31
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Desert tour from Marrakech to chegaga & draa valley 2 days including camel ride

Desert tour from Marrakech to chegaga & draa valley 2 days including camel ride

Explore the landscapes that have captivated many travelers in their passage through the desert. Discover the most hidden desert of Morocco (Erg Lehoudi and Erg Chegaga), and delve into the mountains of the great Atlas, a trip that will capture the traveler for its variety of contrasts, and for the hospitality of its inhabitants. We are waiting for you on this trip to experience Morocco like never before. Marrakech to Chegaga, this tour connecting the Drâa valley to the Chegaga desert. For lovers of adventure, unforgettable sensations.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$367,73
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Désert Erg Chegaga en deux jours une nuit au départ de Zagora

Désert Erg Chegaga en deux jours une nuit au départ de Zagora

Explorez l'Erg Chigaga de manière traditionnelle lors de ce safari à dos de chameau Votre guide vous emmène au plus profond de la nature sauvage Avec l'hébergement sous tente et les repas inclus, vous pourrez vous détendre Transport aller-retour sans souci du centre de Zagora
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  • 2 days
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Erg Chigaga Desert Experience 3 days 2 night From Zagora

Erg Chigaga Desert Experience 3 days 2 night From Zagora

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this  Erg Chigaga desert Experience  2 nights desert trip start from Zagora this Big Erg Chigaga Dunes.  Camel Trek, SandBoarding .and berber Music around the fire under stars
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  • 3 days
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Adventure at erg Chegaga in Off Circuit mode

Adventure at erg Chegaga in Off Circuit mode

This immersion in the desert is for the traveler who does not look for comfort. You have the possibility of going off the beaten track, avoiding tourist camps and benefiting from a program of outdoor activities and tailor-made to really disconnect and taste the pleasures of the desert. This tour is perfect for families, couples, small groups of friends and even individual travelers.
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  • 4 days
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From Ouarzazate: 6 Days Private Camel Trekking with Berber family

From Ouarzazate: 6 Days Private Camel Trekking with Berber family

This camel trekking from/to Ouarzazate starts at a local families home in the desert of Zagora and combines the experience to live and eat with a typical berber family together with a 5 days camel trekking crossing flat desert plateaus, mountains and golden dunes. It is a perfect opportunity to learn more about the life of the Berber people in the desert of southern Morocco. You will also love the sunrises and sunsets on the ridge of the dunes and the mint teas at the set up camping. Sleeping in your tent or under the stars, bake the bread with the camel drivers, read the map of the starry sky, make a campfire... and share this unique experience with us.
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  • 6 days
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US$1 364,17
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Price varies by group size

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