A trip to Morocco would never be complete without an unforgettable experience in the Grand Sahara desert
The Grand Sahara Desert is the third largest desert in the world and the largest hot desert in the world. The Sahara Desert covers an area of approximately 3.5 million square miles. This desert represents most of the lands of North Africa, excluding the fertile regions of the Maghreb, the Atlas Mountains and the coastal region adjacent to the Mediterranean Sea. Most of the desert is made up of rocky slabs.
The landscape of the Grand Sahara desert is constantly reshaped by the winds and by the extremely small amount of precipitation perceived in the region.
For a more adventurous vacation, the desert of south-eastern Morocco is worth the long journey. It is a very picturesque and atmospheric region with breathtaking views such as the gorges, the stony desert, the amazing architecture of the land and the peaceful palm groves as well as the spectacular sand dunes of the Grand Sahara. The climate of this region varies enormously due to its large size and variations in altitude and becomes more extreme inland and further south.
Erg Chebbi and Erg Chgaga are the two main sand dunes that you can visit to explore the desert of the Grand Sahara of Morocco and which offer a distinct experience. However, the most popular is the Erg Chebbi dunes for its accessibility and modern hotel infrastructure located 30 minutes by camel from the sand dunes. The trip to the dunes of Erg Chgaga, located about 60 km from the nearest road, offers a more rustic experience and is perfect for those looking to think outside the box. However, the two dunes offer the opportunity to ride a camel, climb the dunes, run the cinnamon and sugar grains of sand between your fingers, admire picturesque views and sleep under the stars.