Erg Chebbi Deluxe Desert Adventure

From Erfoud / Merzouga (ref. 03m)

Summary

The BEST way to see the incredible Erg Chebbi - a golden sea of sand dunes. A journey by camel into the 'true' desert area of the kingdom of Morocco.

START / FINISH - Erfoud [or Merzouga].

Activity code: ITCLAS03m

Duration: 2 Days

The highest dunes in Morocco's Sahara are in the far southeast of the country, beyond Erfoud and Merzouga at the wild sand sea of Erg Chebbi. This particular excursion is designed to be included in one of our self-drive holidays or as part of one of our popular chauffeur-driven private journeys.

What's the journey like?

All travel from Erfoud is by 4WD vehicle across the piste routes to Merzouga and then to the very edge of the dunes of Erg Chebbi.

Where will you stay?

You will spend the night out in the desert, in a luxury Bedouin camp at the mesmerising dunes of Erg Chebbi. The sunsets and sunrises in the rarefied air of the desert simply take your breath away, this night will be spent in our carpeted, spacious, deluxe caidal tents or, of course, you may choose to lie out in the open under an awesome canopy of the starlit heavens.

The Luxury Camp at Tislite Noumzar is an isolated Sahara camp, exclusive and private situated in the North East of Erg Chebbi. It’s tucked away with high dunes enclosing you on all sides, just a couple of hours by dromedary from the starting point of the Auberge. There are typical Moroccan white tents and nomad Berber tents made from traditional dark materials, with proper mattresses, sheets and blankets as well as electricity inside providing all the comfort and privacy needed to enjoy your experience. There are also shared, flushable western toilets and hot showers.

On arrival at the bivouac a welcome cocktail will be served with Moroccan biscuits, followed by a copious Moroccan dinner in the stylish restaurant, a traditional mud-type house decorated in a Saharien style ... and in the evening, there will be plenty of music and dancing around a campfire. The following morning, before making the way back to the Auberge, an American breakfast will be served, (coffee, tea or hot chocolate and orange juice, Moroccan bread with butter, a choice of jams and olive oil, Berber pancakes, fried, boiled eggs or omelette, cheese and yoghurt). The luxury Sahara desert camp is an adventure not to be missed if you want to get the right feeling of nomadic and rural Morocco.

Important Information

There is a reduction possible if you are able to rendezvous independently in Merzouga, for example if you are on a self-drive holiday with a 4WD or if you have a private driver/guide booked through Rediscover the World which would also be in a 4WD vehicle. However, the 4WD transfer through the desert from Erfoud is part of the experience and is definitely not to be attempted in a regular vehicle.

We recommend that you bring the following: day pack (for camera, water bottles, hat, etc.); windcheater (seasonal), broad-brimmed hat (or you may purchase a 'Cheche' before you set out from Zagora); personal toiletries and towel; hygienic wipes (or gel); small First Aid kit; torch with batteries (non-essential); filled water bottle(s); sunscreen, sunglasses; nibbles and/or dried fruit. Drinking chocolate if preferred. Extra toilet rolls could come in handy! For those who wear contact lenses, perhaps it would be a good idea to bring along a spare pair of glasses.

Clothing: Comfortable clothes for travelling, loose clothing for the camel ride and warmer layers for the colder desert nights.

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Based upon 4 persons travelling.

Prices from £128 per person

What does your Deluxe Desert Adventure include ?

  • Experienced licensed bi-lingual desert guide throughout
  • Meals and tented accommodation
  • Lanterns and candles
  • WC, shower with mini shampoo & shower gel and towels
  • Dinner includes hors d’oeuvres & wine
  • Trained dromedary & drover
  • Transfer by 4WD Erfoud-Merzouga-Erfoud
  • Live Moroccan folklore musicians around camp fire
  • Bar service.

Itinerary

From the rendezvous point in Erfoud (around 2pm) you will set out with one of our drivers for a journey of around 90 minutes in a 4WD towards the south, crossing the Oued Ziz, first along a tarmac road then along sandy piste trails carved out of the desert crust by other adventurous vehicles to the tiny desert town of Merzouga, located in an enormous palmeraie. From here you will see, in a dramatic line almost perfectly from north to south, the incredible panorama of the sea of sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. Time to enjoy a traditional welcoming glass, or two, of mint tea at the Auberge du Sud whilst your baggage is being loaded on to your dromedaries.

At around 4pm you are ready to set off, one person per dromedary, for some 2 hours across a sea of golden dunes. This is the only ‘true’ desert area of the kingdom of Morocco and an area where meteorites continue to be found, as well as crocodile teeth, shark, pterosaur and spinosaurus fossils. Your chamelier (camel drover) will stop in the middle of 'nowhere' for you to witness, from the high dunes, nature’s incredible light show of a sunset over ever-changing colours of dunes, before continuing on under the star-filled heavens to the bivouac site of a carpeted Berber tent in a small oasis. First things first, a glass of mint tea whilst your packs are being unloaded. A tagine dinner is prepared and after dessert, tea or coffee, seated around the camp fire (it can get pretty cold at night) you are free to sing and chat to your heart’s content.

  • Overnight at Deluxe Erg Chebbi Bedouin Camp
  • Meals: Dinner.

A brilliant sunrise*, equal almost to last night’s unforgettable sunset, a Bedouin breakfast of tea, bread, jam and cheese tucked away whilst the dromedaries are saddled up for the return stage. Set off back across the dunes around 8:30am for a final Meharee to the Auberge Du Sud, where you are free to freshen up / shower before re-boarding your 4WD for the drive back to Erfoud and your original starting point.

* Please ask if you wish to be woken for sunrise; it is likely that you will have travelled some distance prior to arriving at the desert so your guide will not automatically wake you. Alternatively, your guide will confirm the local sunrise time for you to set your alarm.

  • Meals: Breakfast.

Flexible Tailor-Made Holidays

  • We believe passionately that no two holidays should be the same.
  • With our flexible tailor-made holiday options you can travel at your own pace.
  • Rediscover a city, a resort or an island in a weekend or longer.
  • Take a small group tour or embark upon a more adventurous trip.

Trusted Service

  • ATOL cover for flight inclusive holidays.
  • One of us at Rediscover the World is very likely to have visited the hotels and travelled along the routes on your itinerary.
  • Dynamic, comprehensive travel app with all your documents, maps and much more.
  • Full financial protection for your holiday (TTA).

Why book Sahara trips with us ?

  • Transport throughout by air-conditioned 4WD with English-speaking driver.
  • Extended duration camel ride with experienced chamellier & trained dromedary.
  • Overnight in deluxe Bedouin tents (with proper beds) in a beautiful and peaceful setting.
  • NO hidden extras. NO groups. FULLY Insured.