We welcome you to enjoy all that Erg Chebbi has to offer - and offer a variety of activities and suggestions that are sure to please you and your companions and make for an unforgettable trip.
The Camel has been a mainstay of desert life for thousands of years and is an essential activity for your desert experience. Once used to ferry precious cargo from sub-Saharan Africa to the trading ports of the Mediterranean coast, they are now your sturdy “all terrain vehicles” for getting around Erg Chebbi. With a bit of assistance from your guides, you'll soon be slipping into the pace of the caravan – at leisure to take in the spectacle and silent grandeur of the desert as you ride across the dunes.
Our luxury camp allows you to do as much – or as little – as you like. We keep a selection of board games at the camp suitable for adults and children. After long hikes on the dunes, bird watching, shopping, riding your camel, and having a Sanhammam – you may find a quiet game of chess or backgammon just the thing to end your day.
4 x 4 WD Driving
For those who love crave action, let our expert drivers take you off-road in one of our Toyota 4X4 vehicles. Buckle up and be ready for a wild ride though the dunes.
Feeling a bit achey? Many locals travel to Merzouga during the summer months for a very special type of restorative treatment. The warm sands are said to alleviate the discomfort of painful joints. This involves being buried in the sand – up to your neck – for two minutes. If you would like to give it a try, we'll be happy to oblige! It may come in handy after Sandboarding.
It seems that a love of music and storytelling runs through the veins of everyone in Morocco – and our guides are no exception. Join us for our nightly campfires – full of song and rhythms of the desert. By the end of your visit you'll be drumming and signing along!
Visit of Khamila Village
Khamila Village is known for the popularity of the Gnawa music – a traditional form of African Islamic spiritual music indigenous to sub-Sahran West Africa. The music is characterized by presence rhythmic drumming. Troupes are invited all over Morocco to perform – but we can travel to them! Visits can be arranged to Khamila for a short concert – a delight that will stir your soul and stay with you always.
Visit to Rissani
The town of Rissani has played a significant role in the history of Northern Africa. Built on the ancient capital of the first Independent kingdom to the south, Sijilmassa, it served as the original capital of Tafilalet -the most import oasis in all of Morocco. Located on the Ziz river, Rissani was a center for commerce and a stop on the caravan routes from Niger to Tangier. On Auction? A thriving trade of gold and slaves. The ruins are well worth a visit as is the market, held every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Who knows what you'll find!
Bird Watching and A Visit to a natural Lake, Dayet Srji (seasonal)
It is said that “nature finds a way” and this exceptional lake is a fine example of indigenous adaptation to rather inhospitable living conditions. In the early Spring, water floods what is (for the rest of the year) an empty salt plain. This 'pop up' salt lake attracts a variety of birds on their Spring Migration path – including (but not limited to) pink flamingos, desert sparrows, Tristram's desert Warbler, the ruddy sheldrake, and – if you're lucky - the rare and charming Kittllitz's plover. We'll be thrilled to escort you to this one-of-a-kind annual event.
Our camp is far away from the bright lights of Morocco's shimmering city centers – and perfect for viewing the night sky. As the clear sky slips to a deep inky blue, the stars and planets shine like diamonds scattered across the Universe. You'll easily spend hours – amazed by what you've been missing.
Sunrise and Sunset watching
Catching the dawn or the close of the day in the desert must be seen to be believed. Bring your camera and your companions for this beautiful – and often quite emotional – experience.
Separated from the stress and trappings of modern life, our secluded desert camp is the ideal place to relax and kick back. Luxuriate like the sheiks of legend on our cozy pillows, soft padded mattresses, and cradling hammocks – gazing out on the splendid vistas with a cooling cup of tea and good book. The cares will melt away...
Lunch or Tea with the Nomads
The warmth and hospitality of the Berber people is legendary. If you would like to have the unique experience of true native immersion, we can arrange a visit to one of the local families. Our guides will be happy to go over a few bits Berber etiquette so your experience is an absolute joy.
Picnic on the Dunes
With so much to do, you'll be hungry. Please speak to us about preparing a hamper of delicious goodies for you to enjoy on the dunes under shelter of the sun. If you have specific requests or dietary restrictions, please let us know and we will do our best to fulfill your wishes.
The breathtaking desert landscape is perfect for both the professional and amateur photographer. Its actually quite difficult to take a bad picture here – especially at sunrise and sunset. Our guides will be happy to make suggestions for times and places where you can take wonderful photos – so you can remember fond memories and plan to visit us again!
Don't be intimidated! No experience is needed to take advantage of this unique desert adventure – just determination. It's a heart pumping workout and amazing fun – running up the dunes and surfing your way down. The fine desert sand makes the perfect “wave” - and a great cushion for your landing.
Our two hour guided walks are very popular with our guests – but you may also arrange to have longer or shorter walks during your stay. Guided walks are a great way to “see” the life that hides in the desert. In the cool hours of early morning, tracks in the sand left by nocturnal creatures provide vidence of a surprising quantity and variety of fauna: The Fennec, desert Hedgehog, jerboa, and more.
If you are looking to challenge your physical fitness, few will argue that climbing across the dunes makes for an amazing workout. It is also just a lot of fun! If you plan to venture out for a long walk out of range of the camp, please request an escort with a Berber guides. It is very easy to get lost in an unfamiliar terrain. Never forget to bring water – it is available at all times.