Erg Chigaga’s towering
Last Updated: May 13, 2023

Mohssin Mazar

Erg Chigaga captivates adventurers with its stunning beauty and endless sand dunes. Where the desert offers exciting experiences, such as trekking on camel back and sand boarding. It also allows visitors to immerse themselves in the vastness of the landscape. It´s dunes of Erg Chigaga provide the perfect backdrop for magical sunrises and sunsets. The silence and tranquility of the desert creates a sense of serenity and connection with nature. Travelers can spend the nights in traditional desert camps, enjoy traditional Berber hospitality and savor delicious Moroccan cuisine under the starry sky.  Remote and untouched charm of Erg Chigaga makes it a great destination for those looking for desert adventures and unforgettable memories.

Erg Chigaga’s towering

These beautiful sand dunes are located in the Draa-Tafilalet region. It is about 45 kilometers west of the small rural village of M’Hamid El Ghizlane and 98 kilometers south of the city of Zagora. As it is the largest and harshest race in Morocco. With some dunes rising more than 50 meters above the surrounding landscape and measuring about 35 kilometers by 15 kilometers.

Jabal Bani and Mahamid Hamada also represent the northern and eastern borders. respectively. Erg al-Samar is located in the southeast, near Erg al-Zahar. Since 1994, Lake Iriki, a dry lake, has been located in Iriki National Park to the west.

Erg Chigaga is less frequented than Erg Chebbi due to its more difficult access. For this reason, the Erg Chigaga is considered more romantic and is generally seen as a group adored by purists as well as artists such as landscape painters and fine art photographers.

Starting from the M’Hamid El Ghizlane oasis, the dunes can also be accessed by off-road vehicle or camel and off-road motorcycle via an old caravan track; However, the approach route is not direct and it is also recommended to use a local guide if you do not have GPS navigation and relevant waypoints. Erg Chigaga map.

Erg Chigaga dunes, Morocco’s picturesque Sahara desert

Erg Chigaga, is a stunning sand dune in southeast Morocco. Located approximately 500 kilometers from Marrakech, 310 kilometers from Ouarzazate. And 45 kilometers from the tiny village of Mhamid. With its golden sea dunes and diverse Ergs, we can confidently refer to it as the enchanting Sahara of Morocco. This wild Moroccan Sahara can only be explored via 4×4 excursions or traditional camel treks if you are a true adventurer.

There are two varieties of desert in the United States:

Rocky desert, known as REG, and sandy desert, known as ERG. To investigate Chegaga, you have the opportunity to travel off-road from Reg to Erg to better comprehend our epic Sahara adventure.

After the Erg Chebbi dunes, Chegaga is the most frequented destination for travelers seeking adventure in the Moroccan Sahara desert.

Erg Chegaga excursions departing from Marrakech

The center of tourism in Morocco is the city of Marrakech. It is an ideal starting point for a desert excursion to the Shigaga Dunes. 3 days from Marrakech to Erg Chega will be enough to explore Erg Chega and spend the night in these majestic sand dunes, as well as visit the largest valley of palm trees in Morocco. Draa Valley, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Ben Haddou.

In addition, you can get to the Chegaga dunes from Agadir or from another city. Be sure that the best way to reach the dunes is either with a four-wheel drive vehicle, which will take about two hours on rough roads, or by trekking on camel back.

Camps in the Erg Chigaga dunes

The accommodations in the Sahara consist of tent sites with all the necessary comfort amenities. A desert camp in Chegaga can accommodate up to 50 people in the open air. Making it the ideal location for stargazing or simply spending time by the fire in the winter.

In Erg Chigaga, there are numerous Desert Sahara camps that provide all the entertainment necessary for a memorable night. These facilities always offer the opportunity to ride camels. In the midst of the sand dunes. Where nothing can be seen on the horizon but sand dunes, opulent desert camps provide every amenity for a comfortable stay.

Features of the nearby Erg Chegaga Desert:

Erg Lahoudi: It consists of small dunes located a short distance from Mhamid. Where you can also spend the night under the desert sky at night.

–  Lake Leriki: It is a dry lake in the Iriki National Park and one of the landmarks of the Erg Al Shagha trip to Foum Zkeda desert. It also provides stunning landscapes consisting of a wide plateau with a length of 40 kilometers.

– Draa Valley: contains the largest palm plantations in the country and the longest hydraulic irrigation system. From the dam in Ouarzazate east. Then west, reaching M’Hamid El Ghizlane, the distance exceeds 200 kilometers.

– Kasbahs and Kassars: Notable examples of Berber architecture in this region are the Kasbahs of Ait Ben Haddou, 30 kilometers before Ouarzazate.

– The village of Tamghrout: Also located a few kilometers from Zagora is the village of Tamghrout, home to crafts related to poetry as well as the most historically influential zawiya (brotherhood or inn), also known as the Zawiya of Nasiriyah (1603-1674).


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