Into the desert

Erg Chebbi

The Sahara is the world’s biggest scorching desert, with a diverse range of landforms. Ergs, or sand deserts, are one of its most well-known geographical characteristics. Erg Chebbi and Erg Chigaga are two of the largest in the Moroccan Sahara.

The one we will sleep in tonight is Erg Chebbi – the name of the highest and largest sand dunes of Morocco. The dunes spread over an area of near 200 km2 (28 x 7 km) and are 150 meters high. Also called dunes of Merzouga, the name of the little hamlet close to the desert.

The dunes are moving and living sculptures that mold with the winds to create ever changing perfect natural sand masterpieces .

Coming from Erfoud, our last resting spot, you cross an incredibly desolate and flat area. For several kilometres there is nothing but small, black stones spread on the ground – a “reg” or desert of stone. Then suddenly the long mountain of sand rises in front of you.

Watching the sun rise or sun set over the sand dunes of Merzouga will be one of the most spectacular experiences in our visit. Colors change with the intensity of the light with infinite number of shades as far as the eye can see. And one we hope to see and capture on our cameras….and maybe then a clear and dark sky allowing us to to view the stars at night.


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