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Erg Chigaga

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"Erg Chegaga is one of Morocco's most impressive desert destinations, known for its vast and untouched sand dunes. Located further into the Sahara than other popular spots like Merzouga, Erg Chegaga offers a more remote and adventurous experience. The dunes here are among the highest in Morocco, rising up to 300 meters, creating a stunning and expansive desert landscape. Visiting Erg Chegaga is about embracing the sense of adventure and the beauty of solitude. The journey to get there often involves a thrilling 4x4 ride through the desert, which adds to the excitement. Once there, you can ride camels across the sweeping dunes, enjoying the quiet and the vast open spaces. Watching the sunset from the top of a dune is a highlight, as the colors of the sky and sand shift in a breathtaking display. At night, the desert becomes a stargazer's paradise, with an incredibly clear view of the Milky Way. Staying in a desert camp, enjoying traditional Moroccan cuisine, and listening to local music around the campfire create an unforgettable experience. Erg Chegaga offers a deeper connection to the Sahara, making it a perfect choice for those looking for a more immersive desert adventure."
"The highlight of this tour, and likely the reason you drove close to 10 hours from Marrakesh, Erg Chigaga is the largest and most impressive set of dunes in the Moroccan Sahara. Nothing but sand and small camps that dot the horizon for miles on end, it is a breathtaking experience. There are numerous camps you can book with, offering very basic to very high end luxury tents. In your camp, they will offer a meal and take you on a camel ride. Your camp may even have sandboards (like snowboards but for dunes) to try out. A few interesting local culture bits. While at our camp, we found out they drink thyme tea instead of mint tea, as the mint gets dried out and bitter before they get to the camp. There was also a campfire where the people running the camp played traditional Berber music. The campfire consisted of one giant log - a huge (yet successful) departure from the traditional campfire. Believe it or not, you won't spend too much time at Erg Chigaga. We arrived at 6 PM and left by 8 AM the next morning. However, that is more than enough time to experience the magic. Longer excursions with camel treks are available if you are looking for something more exotic."

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