Erg Chebbi Dunes
Erg Chebbi Dunes
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Khamlia
Stockholm, Sweden16,772 contributions
Erg Chebbi is just the desert in Morocco but many people believe it is Sahara. It is wrong, however, that the Sahara begins first in Algeria or in Western Sahara.
In any case, the dunes Erg Chebbi are fantastic, they play with many different colors from red to white, gray etc, depending on the light and the weather. If it is sunny the color is red but if it is thunderstorm for example or approaching rain the color changes to white or gray.
Sand dunes are high up to 150 m in some places, wide 5-10 km and long 25-30 km.
Today there are no camps in sand dunes and I think it works well so that people do not destroy the environment. But you can take a camel ride around there and enjoy the trip or you can just walk on foot. It's fun even though it's harder to walk in the sand.
Written April 24, 2020
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Natalya l
Vancouver, Canada17 contributions
Watching the sunset from Erg Chebbi dunes is an amazing experience. However, though it was the prettiest place We saw on our desert tour. We would highly recommend Erg Chebbi for its pristineness and off the beat path. Star gazing in the warm spring evening was out of this world. it was fabulous!
Written April 20, 2022
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain10,137 contributions
Family
Erg Chebbi Dunes are in Merzouga Desert, in Morocco. In fact, this part is the most beautiful in the Merzouga Desert due to here you can see the real desert with sand and dunes. We came here with my 4 years old daughter and we did a 1h 30min walk on a camel. It was a wonderful experience for my 4 years daughter (and also for me). In this time we enjoy a lot with the walk, the sunset (fantastic!), the wonderful views of desert and the natural border with Argelia and obviously taking a lot of photos. Really one of the top moments in the travel. Also, we walk until our haima in the desert and we stay alone during all walk, so it was very quite and magic (we seem the 3 Wisemen!) ;-)
(see also Merzouga Desert)
Written February 10, 2020
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Musicians Mum
266 contributions
Stayed one night in a desert camp .No idea which one as it was part of a small group tour from UK.
Selfishly,happy that tourism really low ebb following lockdowns ,there were no other tent camps occupied so at night it was total silence under the dome of the starry night sky.
The camels were well behaved on the way there and I wish I had opted to ride them back rather than use petrol in a 4 x 4 .
The camp staff cooked super tagine.Beds were comfortable,toilet tent clean and functioned reasonably well.
Cannot wait to go back again sometime soon.
Written May 1, 2022
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Alex W
Singapore, Singapore1,451 contributions
Solo
One's experience and memory of Erg Chebbi -- a large pond of sand in an otherwise stony desert -- depends on the season. Being there in late November/December meant that the sand underfoot was always cool, even cold at night. It isn't the stereotype of a desert.

The best way to walk the dunes is to go barefoot -- the sand is remarkably soft and at places you sink down past your ankles -- so temperature matters.

I think the cool season would be better. One has less of dehydration issues (there are no facilities once out among the dunes), and it is easier to keep warm against the cold than to try to counter the heat of summer.

Please, please do not hire the "quads". They make a fiendish noise (and can be heard miles away!) and I suspect they damage the dunes -- quads are environmentally irresponsible. The silence of the desert is precious, not just to visitors who want to appreciate nature but to the wildlife who live there who need to hear their prey or enemies coming; don't spoil it for all of us.

Walk, sand-surf or camel-trek the dunes, like people have done for generations.

There appears to be two main types of accommodation: stay in guest houses/hotels in the villages of Hassi Labied and Merzouga which are at the edge of Erg Chebbi, or stay in desert camps some distance away (from the villages) among the dunes.

The guest houses and hotels naturally have better facilities (e.g. phone signal, wifi, electricity to charge your camera, hot water), while the camps -- I'd say no facilities at all, barely a portable toilet and a tent -- no airconditioning, no heating. Your choice will depend on how prepared you are to rough it out.

I stayed two nights in a camp (see my review "Hassilabied: Moda Camp") amid the dunes. It is possible to stay one night and just see one sunset and one sunrise, but I don't think one fully gets into the slow serene vibe of the desert unless a full day is spent there. I don't think my two nights were too much. It is also possible for your hotel/camp owner to arrange a day tour to surrounding places, e.g. a Berber nomad's camp, if you don't want to be stuck amid the dunes the whole day.

Since I stayed in a camp right among the dunes, the sand and dunes are literally at my tent's doorstep. I could wander out anytime I wished. As for those who stay in hotels in Merzouga or Hassi Labied villages, I'm not sure how much time they will get to be among the dunes. I guess for them, it's more organised, perhaps as a camel trekking tour -- organisation has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Written December 20, 2015
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Thank you very much for your review on TripAdvisor and for taking your time sharing your experience with our team We are pleased that we were able to ensure a memorable moment We hope to be able to be welcoming you again, in a future! Best regards Rachid Aalla
Written February 12, 2018
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MMTMDavis
Rome, Italy200 contributions
Family
This is the place where you can truly experience the desert that you see in the movies. Undulating sand dunes, camels gracefully pacing accross the sand, silence and a night in a million star hotel. Most desert is not like this - it's mostly endlessly flat, stony and boring, but a few places, like Erg Chebbi make the fantasy real.

Bab Africa took us there from Fes and arranged for a local Berber camel handler to take us into the dunes where we stayed in an overnight camp and ate dinner. Youssuf from Bab Africa did all the negotiating which saved us the hassle. They also arranged somewhere for us to shower and have breakfast the next day.

We watched the sun set on the way to camp, snowboarded down sand dunes, admired the stars, enjoyed local music round a fire, adn in the morning rose early to see the sunrise before heading back to Merzouga.

Be warned, the desert at night in December is seriously cold - probably around zero centigrade!
Written January 9, 2015
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Thank you very much for your review on TripAdvisor and for taking your time sharing your experience with our team We are pleased that we were able to ensure a memorable moment We hope to be able to be welcoming you again, in a future! Best regards Rachid Aalla
Written February 12, 2018
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bealight
Houston, TX120 contributions
Friends
What started off just my group, the four of us, was nice. We rode the camels to the dunes to watch the sun set. We laughed as the camels rose and started walking. Once we got to the top of the dunes for sun set along came 200 other people on camels. It became crowded and lost its magic. Then the sand blew in. Our private dinner at our luxury tent was a bust. We went to bed in the tents and woke up with an inch of dirt all over us and everything. Not worth the cost but it was a once in a life time adventure.
Written August 25, 2013
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Thank you very much for your review on TripAdvisor and for taking your time sharing your experience with our team We are pleased that we were able to ensure a memorable moment We hope to be able to be welcoming you again, in a future! Best regards Rachid Aalla
Written February 12, 2018
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lisa187337
Frankfurt, Germany18 contributions
We (my husband and I) had booked a 3 nights-tour from Marrakech passing the Atlas Mountains to Erg Chebbi. Our guide was Mohamed from Soul Adventure 4x4 and we can highly recommend him since he was born himself in the Sahara and knew a great deal about the area (including good hotels to stay and places to eat at). Also, we payed a rather fair price.
The dunes themselves are amazing although there are several tourists, which can disturb the quiet now and then, but still, most of the time it's simply plain marvellous.
We rode to our camp in the desert on camel back for about 1,5 h. It was only the two of us and an American couple (plus the two camp tenders), which meant we could enjoy the night in desert without feeling like being in a big tourist sharade. We slept in Berber tents, which were really comfortable and returned to the hotel (where we had breakfast) after watching the sunrise in the Sahara.
I can totally recommend the whole trip since it was nothing like anything I've ever experienced.
Written December 8, 2010
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Thank you very much for your review on TripAdvisor and for taking your time sharing your experience with our team We are pleased that we were able to ensure a memorable moment We hope to be able to be welcoming you again, in a future! Best regards Rachid Aalla
Written February 12, 2018
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Macloo
Gainesville, FL152 contributions
Friends
I was with an Intrepid group and this was included, so I don't know the name of the outfit that set us up with camels and tents. It was very well managed, though. We left our luggage in our van at the small inn and mounted our camels around 5 p.m. Then we rode for about 90 minutes into the dunes. After we arrived, there was time to climb to the top and watch the sunset.

Several large tents were already set up for us, with clean sheets and pillows and very heavy blankets (which we did not need). The outfitters prepared a very nice dinner for us (tagines, bread, fruit) and cleared it all away when we had finished. Then they played drums and sang for a while! It was warm enough to sleep outside under the stars, or we could choose to go into the tents, which had comfy mattresses.

In the morning we had to wake up very early to beat the strong sun. We had tea only and got back on the camels, then rode back over a different route (also about 90 minutes). When we returned to the inn, a generous buffet breakfast was laid out for us. This was a great experience!
Written May 30, 2016
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Thank you very much for your review on TripAdvisor and for taking your time sharing your experience with our team We are pleased that we were able to ensure a memorable moment We hope to be able to be welcoming you again, in a future! Best regards Rachid Aalla
Written February 12, 2018
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Peter A
New York City, NY117 contributions
Family
the true Sahara desert. Camels, sand dunes, sandstorms,even rain.
we stayed overnight in a bivouac tent and were served by authentic, very, very friendly locals. Great food. We were out at night under the stars. It was other worldly, Not to be missed.
Written June 3, 2015
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Thank you very much for your review on TripAdvisor and for taking your time sharing your experience with our team We are pleased that we were able to ensure a memorable moment We hope to be able to be welcoming you again, in a future! Best regards Rachid Aalla
Written February 12, 2018
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