What’s The Best Moroccan Erg : Erg Chigaga VS Erg Chebbi

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Erg Chebbi Dune

Erg Chigaga Dune

Erg Chigaga VS Erg Chabbi

1. Size :

2. Distance / Space :

3. Wilderness :

4. Bivouac / Camps :

5. Sunrise / Sunset :

6. Watching Sky / Stars :

Erg Chebbi Dune

Erg Chebbi is one of Morocco’s several ergs – large seas of dunes formed by wind-blown sand.
In places, the dunes of Erg Chebbi rise up to 150 meters from the surrounding hamada (rocky desert) and altogether it spans an area of 28 kilometers from north to south and up to 5–7 kilometers from east to west lining the Algerian border.
The nearest sizable town is Erfoud, about 60 kilometers further north. One other city is Rissani, around 40 kilometers from Merzouga. Rissani which became prosperous from the 8th to the 14th century due to its control of the caravan routes.

Erg Chigaga Dune

Erg Chigaga situated in the south east of Morocco. Chigaga is not a mainstream destination. It appeals to those seeking adventures, something unique, the camp is 70 km off-road from M’hamid village, the ride to the camp requires a car 4×4, through dunes, dried out lakes and rocks. It’s location ensure there no tour buses or mass tourism. More often than not you can climb to the top of the dunes, to watch the sunset and sunrise and enjoying the beauty of the desert.
The nearest village is M’hamid , about 60 kilometers further north. One other city is zagora, around 100 kilometers from M’hamid. M’hamid which became prosperous from it different cultures

Erg Chigaga VS Erg Chabbi

1. Size :

Erg Chebbi is famous for it’s high dunes, some of which can reach 160m, this affording spectacular views across this breakaway piece of Sahara. Chigaga on the other hand has fairly low dunes in comparison, only reaching around 140m. It is worth bearing in mind however that climbing a dune is incredibly hard work, and despite all best intentions, most sunrise-baggers only make it half way up the huge dunes in Chebbi

2. Distance / Space :

The vastness of Erg Chigaga as it appears to go on forever, giving a real sense of being out in the wilderness. To just reach the dunes here involves around a 60km journey from M’Hamid through the hamada, a flat rocky area which acts as a bone shaking prelude to the sand. The landscape is breath-taking and there is a real sense of anticipation with every mile as the terrain becomes a bit more sandy.
More than that you can drive a circuit in the 4×4, without having to retrace your steps back to M’Hamid and Zagora. The off road route follows the Algerian border, passing the vast dried up Lake Iriki before arrive to Foum Zguid

3. Wilderness :

Erg Chigaga make you live real adventures and touch the lifestyle of the desert, because you can drive in a 4×4 all the way to camp brings you back to reality, just for a moment.
Erg Chebbi as we said have small space you can make tour around the desert of chebbi only by small car and Chebbi don’t have more space as Chigaga and all the camps are near of each other

4. Bivouac / Camps :

there are no comparison between the camps in erg Chigaga and Erg Chebbi, the both have romantic camps between the dunes all the camp’s team they trying to make them camp the best one for win more tourists, the most of camps there have luxury and standard camp, nomad and Berber camp

5. Sunrise / Sunset :

the both of Erg Chigaga and Erg Chebbi have Great view of both sunrise and sunset but the different is sunset and sunrise are more beautiful in Erg Chigaga with it space largest

6. Watching Sky / Stars :

The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has included the nomination of Erg Chigaga Dunes of M’hamid in the second place in the world to watch the stars and enjoying the beauty of sky

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