If you love adventure and off the beathen path travel then this tour is for you. Erg Chigaga will not disappoint anyone that is a nature seeker and has a great sense of adventure. Erg Chigaga attracts fewer tourists so allows for a deeper desert immersion experience.
We would not recommend this tour to small children due to the difficulty to reach medical help from the desert camp. This tour is not available for the months of July and August.
No special equipment needed. Though if you are traveling in summer please bring a hat, sunscreen lotion and sun glasses. For riding camels, longer pants are preferred than shorts/skirts and possibly light sport shoes/tennis rather than sandals that can slip.
Winter nights are cold! So warm jackets and even hats are great addition.
Remember sand gets everywhere so if you have some expensive equipment zip lock bags is to keep it safe from sand grains getting on it.
This tour is great if you want to experience the desert adventure but don’t have too much time. Departure early from Marrakech at about 8 am setting onto the High Atlas Mountains crossing them to South. It is a great a dramatic drive with plenty of beautiful views. Then we descend into the rather sleepy town however, famous for its Berber design handmade carpets. Then along the Anti Atlas we reach Foum Zquid. Here the road will disappear as we travel off road for about 2 hours till we reach the camp for the 2 nights in the Erg Chigaga desert dunes.
After leisurely breakfast we go camel trekking or by foot to explore this region. We’ll get to admire this Sahara desert and learn to respect it, how easily one could get lost in this vastness of never ending sand dunes. We’ll have a lunch either in the desert dunes or an oasis and then return to camp for some down time/ relaxation before dinner and campfire.
Long journey of about 7 to 8 hours back to Marrakech the same way as we arrived.
Tip: The helicopter ride of about 1 ½ hour can save that long day driving. Cost of the helicopter ride to Erg Chigaga and back is around $9500 USD. – email us for a quote.