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Erg Chebbi Sand Dunes

Listed under Sand Dunes in Anti Atlas, Morocco.

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These aching, rolling dunes of sand are the largest in Morocco – strange, smooth mountains that defy any sense of scale, rising out of the flat, flat region that surrounds them. The way the great, 50 metre high pile of sand just appears from nowhere is the bit the really defies understanding, but the way that the wind creates strange shapes in them is also a source of unanswerable questions.

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Erg Chebbi is the most spectacular

This trip to Erg Chebbi was my long dream... I am very fascinated with the desert.

We took the evening trip Fes to Merzouga. It's a 9 hours travel and we arrived in Merzouga 6:00 in the morning. Youssef our guide met us in the bus terminal. He was very friendly speak English well a great guide and he make sure we had a great time.

We started our desert trek 4:00 in the afternoon. We had our Camel ride for about 1 1/2 hours to reach our camp. We watch the beautiful sunset. The desert looks red as the sun sets in Sahara. Youssef prepared our dinner and after dinner, we had campfire and we enjoyed playing drums, berber music and exchanging jokes.

The Sahara desert was very majestic at night and it's an inspirational experienced for us to feel the air being crisp , fresh and clean. The stars and the moon being so close.. you can almost touch them especially when we went to the highest Dunes behind our camp. The desert has a deafening silence at night and we sleep under the sky with soft glow of campfire underneath an ocean of stars.

We woke up early in the morning to watch the spectacular sunrise on top of the highest dunes of Erg Chebbi...Simply awesome, superb and magical. We had our breakfast then after, we went to another camp... to the Berber family.

It was another 1 1/2 hours camel ride. Nearing the camp we saw 2 kids Hassan and Himi. They were the sons of the Berber family and they were excited to see us. We arrived in their camp and Arkiya met us and together with Youssef they prepared our lunch chicken brochette and Berber salade. The chicken and salade were perfectly done..then we had our favorite mint tea.

About 4:00 pm , we went to the highest dune...the panoramic view was awesome and breathtaking...we took lots of photos and videos while waiting for the sunset. The sunset over the top was magnifique and the dunes formations was magical. The picturesque Erg Chebbi sand dunes are the natures most beautiful and interesting phenomenen I've ever seen. God's creation and nature was really amazing. The remarkable structure and pattern of sand dunes are fantastic and every photos we took...picture perfect...The dunes...the real moving sculptures in form of different colors that varies according to the intensity of light. The jewel of Sahara - magic destination which is full of magnetism and mystery.

After viewing the famous sunset of Erg Chebbi, Arkiya prepared our dinner..their famous Berber pizza cooked the traditional way. Super good and tasty..we had a delightful time. After dinner we had some fun. We stood in awe campfire...talking and tea. An incredible experienced the magic of the desert...i love the peaceful of the sorroundings watching the caravans of dromedaries was terrific.

We had fun meeting the Berber family. They teach us all their knowledge from Sahara and the Berber culture from the desert and we gain experienced from them and really have a great taste of Berber culture. Their simple life are marvelously adapted to the serene environement. We enjoyed staying with them and playing with the kids and little baby Omar. They have simple life...simple joys..i promised them ..someday i will visit them again.

The desert is so magical that it stays in your mind forever and you will certainly come back. The desert always draws me that I came back 3 times already. I like to come here to unwind..relax and a perfect place for me to see more incredible sights like the desert marathon I've witnessed and be immersed in Moroccan culture.highly we recommend local company who offer this magic experience

Thank you!

Hi, I love to travel. It makes me alive so I have been to many countries and many places. Recently, I just came back from my trip to Morocco and I absolutely loved it. I have stayed few days in Marrakech, which was absolutely beautiful. The famous square of Djema El Fna coming alive at night. The streets full of souks leading from Djema El Fna square. The stunning Kotuibia mosque, the gardens, people.

The reason I am writing this report is because of the trip that we took to the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi into the Sahara desert. Our guide and driver Hafid was fantastic. He made us welcome and was so happy all the time. He was not only our driver but he became our friend. He was always there for us to make sure that we are having a good time and we are well off taken care.

Visiting the sand dunes is so beautiful! Claiming one of the dunes and sitting there atop and watching the sun goes down is stunning. You see the different colors of the sand changing. Than the night sets in and the sky is full (I mean really full) of stars. You have the local Berbers sitting with us around the fire and singing and playing their drums. It was such a romantic night out.

I want to warn you that riding the camels is not that easy. After couple hours you do feel tired and prefer to walk. But it is good to try it. Also driving through the sand dunes is so much fun. Just make sure you are with the right guide, it is so easy to get lost.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you Sahara Magic Tours and Hafid, our driver, for the fantastic trip. It was one of the best trip I took. Thank you, Chukran (as Hafid taught us in Arabic). We hope too be back again in Moroccco soon..

Most of the hotels and kasbahs around Erfoud and the various other clusters of civilisation that touch the edges of the Erg Chebbi can easily arrange an overnight stay for their guest in a tented bedouin-style camp. This is a fantastic experience as it allows you to watch the desert sun drop majestically to the horizon in the evening, and then rise with renewed power the next morning. Just make sure that you set your alarm clock and don't miss it as some people do. Also find a spot away from other people from your camp as it is a sight not to be missed or spoiled by others!

Tim, CEO of Morocco Gateway

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