3-Day to Erg Chegaga Desert / Desert tour from Ouarzazate
3 Days tour from Ouarzazate to Erg Chegaga Desert
Erg Chegaga Desert – Sand Dunes of Erg Chigaga
Erg Chigaga is the largest golden sand dune in Morocco, located approximately 45 km from the small Berber desert town of M’Hamid El Ghizlane in the region of Zagora, Morocco.
Erg Chegaga is the best destination for those who want to experience camel trekking, desert hiking, and desert camping. It’s a great chance for visitors who are staying in Marrakech and want to discover the Sahara Desert. Erg Chegaga is known for its high sand dunes and that’s why it’s great for sandboarding and hiking. Erg Chegaga Desert is Morocco’s most immense magical sand sea, some dunes can reach 300m.
The journey from Ouarzazate to Erg Chegaga Desert takes about 5 hours. While you are in Ouarzazate, you are already at the gate of the Sahara Desert. These types of tours are usually made by 4X4 until you reach M’hamid El Ghizlane, the last desert oasis village in the region of Zagora, then you take camels to trek the golden desert dunes.
On your way from Ouarzazate to Erg Chegaga Desert, you will pass over Zagora, Amazrou, Tamegroute, Tinfou dunes, and M’hamid El Ghizlane. You can stop to visit some Berber villages to enjoy the desert life and to learn some Berber traditions. People here are known for their hospitality and simplicity.
We offer you one or more night stays in Erg Chegaga in a desert camp, hiking, and camel treks. Don’t miss the chance to experience a night in the heart of the high dunes of Erg Chegaga under the shiny starry sky.
Erg Chegaga is known for its difficult road and that’s why Erg Chebbi dunes in the Merzouga region are famous in Morocco. But the highest ones are the Erg Chegaga dunes. It is wonderful for a unique experience. Erg Chigaga dunes are loved by photographers, who find it an interesting site.
Overview of your Journey in Erg Chegaga Desert
The journey will take you to the heart of the Sahara Desert. Our driver will take you from Ouarzazate to the Erg Chegaga desert, along the way you will see small villages and visit the oasis village of M’hamid. Also, on this tour, you will experience camel trekking and desert night. Contact us to know more about this tour or to customize a new tour.
Highlights of the tour of Erg Chegaga Desert
- Meet in Ouarzazate ‘the Hollywood of Africa’
- Visit Zagora
- Night Camp in Mhamid
- Camel trekking and hiking the Erg Chegaga High Dunes
- Pass over Foum Zguid and Taznakht
Programmed Tour to Erg Chegaga Desert, the highest Dunes
Day 1: Ouarzazate – Agdz – Zagora – M’hamid
Morning departure by 4×4 with driver from Ouarzazate to M’hamid, crossing the Draa Valley and its thousand-and-one kasbah through a palm grove for over 200 km. Drive through the village of Zagora and Agdz. In Tamegroute you can visit the Koran Library, a ceramics factory, and the underground streets. Follow the trail through the palm grove of Oulad Driss and towards M’hamid, the last palm grove of Draa, and reach the bivouac in the desert. Overnight in the camp.
Day 2: M’hamid – Erg Chegaga Desert
After breakfast, we ride camels for about 2 hours and stop for lunch, after that set off on a 4×4 on a sandy track to the big dunes of Chegaga, the biggest dunes in Morocco. Arrive at the bivouac to admire the sunset. Locals will tell us about the desert and play Gnawa music for us to enjoy a fair site. We will have dinner, and spend the night under the shiny starry sky and for those who want to sleep, they can enter the Berber desert tent.
Day 3: Erg Chegaga Desert – Foum Zguid – Taznakhte – Ouarzazate
In the morning, you will attend the panoramic sunrise over the dunes, take your breakfast, and then depart to Ouarzazate via the trail between the Chegaga ergs and Iriqui Lake, and pass Foum Zguid. Continue via Taznakht where you will have lunch. Later, we drive back to Ouarzazate.
- Private Transportation.
- Comfortable and air-conditioned vehicle.
- Pick up from your Hotel/Riad or Airport.
- Drop off at your Hotel/Riad or Airport.
- English speaking guide/driver.
- Fuel for the whole desert travel package.
- All-night accommodations.
- Camel trekking in Sahara desert.
- Free stops when you want.
- Soft Drink available for purchase.
- Lunch depends on location.
Questions & Answers
How far is M’hamid from Marrakech on this tour?
Marrakech to M’hamid (via Ait Benhaddou) distance is 473 Km (294 Miles)
What do I wear for the camel ride?
Be sure to wear full and loose clothes on your camel ride, especially on the desert space tour. If you want to wear shorts, long shorts are recommended. Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and comfortable shoes are also advised to make your camel ride more comfortable.