Dunes of Erg Chebbi

Although not quite part of the Sahara itself (which technically lies a little further south), the dunes of Erg Chebbi cast mighty shadows at sunset with some dunes towering 150m tall.

An expansive dune sea, Erg Chebbi (which is created from blown sand like all Ergs) stretched for about 28km.

One of the best ways to see Erg Chebbi is by camel ride from Merzouga.

Location of Erg Chebbi on a map

Location of Erg Chebbi

Erg Chebbi is located just a little East of the tourist node of Merzouga, which in itself is just South Rissani and the larger town of Erfoud, and it is just a few kilometers from the Algerian border.

Although it resembles the Sahara desert and is not a huge distance North of it, Erg Chebbi’s semi-arid weather means that it is not officially a desert and not part of the Sahara.

That won’t stop visitors enjoying the stunning sunsets that cast long shadows on the undulating dues.

Erg Chebbi Information

Erg Chebbi is formed from blow sand that was carried down primarily by the Ziz and Rheris rivers, creating towering and beautiful dunes that put visitors in mind of the Sahara. Many people would consider these dunes more attractive than the actual Sahara due to their towering and majestic nature which is largely absent from the Moroccan section of the Sahara.

How To Get to Erg Chebbi

Erg Chebbi is far more accessible that you may think, with good roads to the North running through Rissani and Erfoud down to Merzouga which acts as a stepping-off point over the dunes, usually via quad bike or more traditional camels.

Things To Do At Erg Chebbi

For those looking for an authentic and photogenic experience, there are regular camel rides out into the dunes running from Merzouga which usually take around 2 hours to complete in either direction.

Once out in the dunes, popular activities include camping in a nomadic style enjoying traditionally cooked foods such as tagines, and taking in the stunning dune sea sunsets.

If camels aren’t your thing, the dunes can also be accessed via quadbike.

In more recent years, dune-surfing (flying down a dune as if body-boarding) has become available, although it’s not for the faint hearted!

Places Nearby

Merzouga – tourist town – 5km West

Rissani – ancient town featuring nearby ruins


Erg Chebbi FAQs

is Erg Chebbi part of the Sahara desert?

No Erg Chebbi is not officially part of the Sahara Desert, but that doesn’t stop it being even more beautiful than the Moroccan Sahara, with taller dunes created by blown sand.

The Sahara lies further South, but Erg Chebbi is considerably more accessible and actually a lot better to visit!

How can you get around on the Erg Chebbi Dunes?

Most tourists access the dunes using either camels or quad bikes.

Are there any traditional settlements around Erg Chebbi?

Yes, including Hassilabed, Khamlia and Merzouga which has not become the jumping off point for the dunes.

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