Ouarzazate to Erg Chegaga Desert Tour – 2 days

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Desert tour from Ouarzazate to Erg Chegaga 2 days – overview:

Step into a desert world in the Sahara and go deep as you set out on this 2-day desert tour from Ouarzazate to Erg Chegaga, the remote and still unspoiled dunes of Morocco. It is a perfect place to escape the bustling cities and find your soul in the middle of the majestic Sahara Desert.

You cross the Anti-Atlas Mountains, Kasbahs & oases and the Dra’a Valley to Erg Lihoudi in M’hamid. Then, continue to the Erg Chegaga dunes, where the silence and expanse are breathtaking. Here, you ride camels and spend a magical night in a private tent in a luxury desert camp in the golden dunes of the Erg Chegaga Desert.

If you would like to experience the real Sahara Desert, this 2-day adventure packed desert tour is what you are looking for.

Erg Chegaga desert tour from Ouarzazate 2 days – highlights:

  • Travel over the Anti-Atlas Mountains and through Agdz, a Berber village famous for its palm dates
  • Explore Dra’a Valley’s huge palm groves & fortified Kasbahs and visit a pottery co-operative
  • Hop on camelback to the summit of the Erg Chegaga dunes and witness the spectacle of the sunset
  • Taste dinner under a sky full of stars and share an evening of music with the nomads around a campfire
  • Sleep in your private tent in a nomad luxury desert camp nested among the big dunes of Erg Chegaga
  • Visit a Berber rug crafting co-operative in Taznakht and search for fossils in Iriqui Lake

What is included in this 2-day desert tour from Ouarzazate to Erg Chegaga:

  • Transportation in a private air-conditioned vehicle; 4×4 Toyota Prado TX
  • Experienced English, French, Spanish, Italian-speaking Berber/Nomad driver-guide
  • Pick-up from and drop-off at your hotel in Ouarzazate
  • One night in a luxury desert camp in Erg Chegaga dunes: private tent equipped with bathroom & shower, king-sized beds, mattresses, sheets, pillows, blankets, lamps & traditional furniture
  • All meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner – with vegetarian and vegan options available
  • Bottled water, tea, and coffee in the desert camp
  • Sunset camel ride with guide plus free sandboarding if desired
  • Possibility to go for short hiking in the midst of beautiful scenery
  • Free time to explore sites of interest, for walks, photos and tea/ coffee breaks
  • Luggage service to the desert camp
  • Entrance fees and local guides

What is not included:

  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Extras

Good to know about this 2-day Erg Chegaga desert tour from Ouarzazate:

  • It is possible to customise this tour to accommodate your areas of interest, preferred budget & timetable
  • For a diversified desert experience, we recommend our 2-day desert tour from Ouarzazate to Merzouga
  • Want to visit the desert & ride camels – with lunch in nomad tents over a day trip? Consider our Tinfou Dunes day trip
  • There is a 25% reduction for children under 12 years old & we do not charge for children under 5 years old
  • We ask for a 30% deposit to confirm your booking. The balance can be paid to the driver or at our Ouarzazate office
  • We accept payment through PayPal, credit card, bank transfer or cash(USD, Euro, GBP or MAD)
  • These prices can be subject to an increase over the high season, Christmas and New Year’Eve period

Price details

Number of persons2 Persons3 Persons4 Persons5 Persons6 Persons
Price per person315 €285 €265 €245 €245 €
Total price630 €855 €1060 €1225 €1470 €

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2-day desert tour from Ouarzazate to Erg Chegaga – itinerary:

1st Day: Ouarzazate – Erg Chegaga dunes

Departure in the morning at 08:30 from your riad or hotel, and you venture south on your 2-day desert trip from Ouarzazate to Erg Chegaga. You travel over the Anti-Atlas Mountains as far as Agdz, a oasis town well-known for the variety of its palm dates. As you start to descend the Tizi-n-Tinfifite pass (1660m), you will be amazed by the splendid views of the extensive green oases and the innumerable palm trees, all indicating the beginning of the Dra’a Valley.

After a visit to Kasbah Tamnougalte, you travel north via the Dra’a Valley’s unlimited palm trees and green oases and along the ancient Caravans Road as far as Zagora, the last town before the Sahara Desert and the venue for lunch. Here, you can visit a local green pottery co-operative and an old Quranic library.

Then, you continue further south as far as M’hamid, the end of the paved road and the gate to the mighty Sahara Desert. You continue to Erg Chegaga dunes with about 65km of off-road driving through the varying features of the Sahara; ‘erg’ (dunes), ‘hammada’ (stony desert) and oases.

At the campsite, you check in to your tent and enjoy a relaxing glass of tea and Moroccan biscuits. Then, you take a camel ride to the summit of the Erg Chegaga dunes (300 m) to enjoy the sunset. These dunes are far away from civilization, and the silence and the expanse of the sand are overwhelming.

Back at the camp, dinner is served under the Sahara starlit sky, followed by an evening of nomad music and drumming around a campfire. You spend the night in your tent, equipped with a private toilet & shower, king-sized bed, mattresses, sheets, pillows, blankets & carpets, lamps and beautiful Moroccan furnishings, all tastefully arranged to enhance your stay.

2nd Day: Erg Chegaga Dunes – Ouarzazate:

If you wake up early in the morning, you will be treated to an amazing sunrise with stunning dune colours and captivating shadow play. You will also have some free time to wander around the dunes and experience the tranquillity of this magical place.

Back at the camp, breakfast is served. Then your 2-day Erg Chegaga desert tour from Ouarzazate continues through another 80km of the Sahara Desert with varying scenery: Lake Iriqui, where you are likely to experience a vast mirage in the heat. Here in this dried lake, you have the opportunity to look for fossils.

You travel west from here, following the old track of “Rally Paris-Dakar” as far as Foum Zguid, the first village after the desert and the venue for lunch. From here, you drive north along paved roads and past fantastic rock formations to the small town of Taznakht, famous for its Berber carpets and rugs. If interested, you can visit a display room with looms and women at work.

Turning back east, you arrive in Ouarzazate by the end of the afternoon. Your driver will transfer you to your hotel which marks the end of your 2-day desert tour from Ouarzazate to Erg Chegaga.

Map of Ouarzazate to Erg Chegaga desert tour 2 days

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