Erg Chebbi is a remote stretch of dunes about 22 Km from north to south and about 5 Km from east to west at the widest point. The highest dune, 884 m, is in the north. Among the dunes there are several oasis and you can easily get water just by digging a little. The trip to the oasis starts with a long route by road which is an experience itself geographically speaking, and also because of the numerous stops to cool down and get in contact with the local people.

Day 1

Marrakech - Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou - Dades Valley

We Depart from Marrakech at 9am in a modern, air-conditioned vehicle. We travel over the Atlas Mountain range, enjoying the magnificent views of the surrounding countryside below and we will visit the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou. This journey takes approximately 3 hours. From there, after our break at the Kasbah, we continue to Ouarzazate (approx 1 hour or so) for a lunch break and sightseeing. Lunch is available in the local cafes, which serve a variety of typical Moroccan affair as well as more familiar dishes for Western travelers. After lunch, we continue along the route of the Dades Valley to reach our guesthouse where we will stay for the night. The guesthouse offers private ensuite rooms and an evening meal and breakfast are included.

Day 2

The Dades valley - Erg Chebbi - Merzouga

The next morning we continue along the Dades valley, visiting the Dades Gorge, Todra, Todra Gorge and other interesting sites while making our way to Merzouga. In Merzouga we explore the village and meet our camels who will take us for a unique and enjoyable ride 1 and a half hours into the dunes to reach our desert camp at Erg Chebbi. Each person will ride their own camel. The camel trek is usually just prior to sunset, so that you may enjoy the sun setting over the landscape from the top of the dunes. Once we arrive at the desert camp, we are greeted with a cup of delicious mint tea and we’ll spend the evening under the stars, on the dunes and beside the warmth of a fire. We enjoy a traditionally cooked meal of Tagine or couscous (vegetarians are catered for with vegetable tagine), a drum party and story swapping. The camp has toilet facilities. Those that wish to can sleep directly under the stars, but there are enclosed Bivouacs for everyone. The stars in the desert are a great opportunity to see as there are no artificial lights around and you can fully appreciate the glory of the skies above.

Day 3

Merzouga - Marrakech - Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou

Wake up early, just prior to sunrise, where we will have a 1 and a half hour camel ride at sunrise to explore the area further before heading back to Merzouga on our camels. When we reach Merzouga we will have breakfast and have the opportunity to shower and freshen up. We’ll then begin our journey through the stony desert and over the Atlas Mountains, with plenty of stops for photos, exploring and lunch as we return to Marrakech. The usual arrival time in Marrakech is between 17:00hrs and 18:00hrs.
If you prefer to break the distance of the last day then we suggest spending the night in the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou as follows.


  • Transport from and to Marrakech
  • Qualified English, French or Spanish speaking guide
  • 1 Night in a hotel at Dades Gorge
  • 1 Overnight camping in the Dunes
  • Breakfast and dinner during trip
  • Breakfast and dinner on the trip

Not Include

  • Travel insurance
  • Soft/alcoholic drinks
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Lunches
  • Entrance fee (Monuments visits)


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