Morocco is a country rich in tradition, history and culture, visited by millions of tourists each year. A tour of Morocco is a journey like no other.
There are many reasons why tourists travel to Morocco. It could be to visit old cities and ancient medinas, trekking the Atlas Mountains, swim the Atlantic Ocean, but the main reason for many is a visit to Sahara desert with camel ride tour.
Here might come a dilemma which sand dunes of Morocco to visit. There are two main regions, Erg Chebbi by Merzouga and Erg Chigaga (or Chegaga) by M’hamid.
Morocco desert tours to Erg Chebbi are very popular with tourists. These sand dunes are promoted in many guide books, Morocco tour packages and hotels. It is due to the fact, that there are many Auberge built right in the desert, trying to attract guests. It might be a big advantage to some or disadvantage to others. If you are traveling with small children or elderly or just do not like camping out, Morocco tours to these sand dunes are right for you. You can go dip yourself in the swimming pool or sip a cold drink atop a terrace to view the desert. You can even safely wander in the immediate dunes without needing a guide. Or you can have your morocco tour of these sand dunes arrange with a camel trek and overnight in the Nomad tent. There is also a possibility to overnight in very luxurious tents where you have your own private bathroom facilities and comfortable bed just like in 5 star hotel.
These sand dunes are described as the highest sand dunes of Morocco. Erg Chebbi dunes are 22 km long and 5 km wide with the tallest sand dune reaching only 150m, while the tallest sand of Erg Chigaga is 300m tall.
Erg Chigaga, home to semi nomadic Berbers Ait Atta, spreads over 40 kms and the tallest sand dune Lahbidia is 300m high.
These sand dunes contrary to Erg Chebbi are not easy to reach. You can travel to them only by camel (about 4 days) or by 4×4 wheel drive from M’hamid or Forum Zquid (65kms off road through desert landscape). The best way is to organize a Morocco desert tour to Erg Chigaga is with Morocco tour operator.
There are no auberges in Erg Chigaga, the only type of accommodations is Nomad tent without luxury.
As someone said “If Erg Chebbi was nice then Chigaga was awesome, mindblowingly beautiful. A lot less tourists and one can really experience the solitude of the desert there. It’s something you cannot describe to someone who hasn’t seen it with his own eyes”.
Morocco desert tour is an inspirational experience, well worth the effort. Imagine yourself saddled on a camel and nothing around you, just vast sand, a deafening silence and solitude. The only sound might be the gentle, rhythmic plodding of the camel’s hooves. At night welcome the crisp air, clean and clear with sky covered by million of stars.
What it comes down to, that no matter which of the sand dunes you visit on your tour of Morocco, you will be richer by an unforgettable life time experience.
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