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Erg Chegaga

Erg Chegaga (Morocco)

Practical information on Erg Chegaga

  • Relaxation
  • Desert
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Essential
  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
50km by 4WD from M'Hamdi
When to go
From April to June
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Erg Chegaga

Latéfa Faïz Seasoned Traveller
114 written opinions

In the Sahara, on the border of Algeria, the dunes of Erg Chegaga stretch out for more than 40 kilometres.

My suggestion:
To be done with an experienced guide during holidays in Morocco.
My review

I would advise you to leave from the small village of M'Hamid to get to the dunes of Erg Chegaga: a good stopover before the Saharan adventure. I suggest you book your guide in advance: I made contacts well in advance. Going into the dunes requires planning Beware of the touts, there are many in M'Hamid. Go to a professional: the Moroccans have been trying to develop "environmentally-friendly and fair" tourism for some years by offering "Bivouacs under the stars".

I was fascinated by the dunes of Erg Chegaga: these are one of the most imposing dunes of Morocco (standing nearly 300 metres high!). I had the the impression of being faced with an infinite sea of sand, which leads you into almost mystical contemplation.

I spent a fabulous night observing the beauty of the sky illuminated by the stars of the Milky Way; before admiring the colours of sunrise in the early morning. A splendid sight!

Erg Chegaga
Julie Olagnol Seasoned Traveller
145 written opinions

Erg Chigaga is a collection of dunes at the end of the Draa valley.

My suggestion:
If you have the time, explore the Draa valley even if you have already seen Merzouga and Erg Chebbi.
My review

During my trip to Morocco, I was so blown away by Erg Chebbi, in the East, that I really wanted to see the other dunes in Morocco, Erg Chigaga. and above all, the Draa valley, off the beaten track.

It's all an adventure to get there. in my case from Ouarzazate, in a shared taxi, at night, to arrive in Zagora in the early hours of the morning. I adored this town, its breakfast with olives, its walk to Djebel Zagora with the view over the whole Draa valley, its stroll through the plantations...

From Zagora, it's easy to get to Erg Chigaga with a tour, but I insist, the most incredible thing remains the Draa valley, so much less touristy and therefore so peaceful. It's one of the only places were we weren't "harassed" by merchants in this beautiful country.

Erg Chigaga at the end of the Draa valley.
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