- Sustainable Tourism
- Off the beaten track
I would advise you to leave from the small village of M'Hamid to get to the dunes of Erg Chegaga: a good stopover before the Saharan adventure. I suggest you book your guide in advance: I made contacts well in advance. Going into the dunes requires planning Beware of the touts, there are many in M'Hamid. Go to a professional: the Moroccans have been trying to develop "environmentally-friendly and fair" tourism for some years by offering "Bivouacs under the stars".
I was fascinated by the dunes of Erg Chegaga: these are one of the most imposing dunes of Morocco (standing nearly 300 metres high!). I had the the impression of being faced with an infinite sea of sand, which leads you into almost mystical contemplation.
I spent a fabulous night observing the beauty of the sky illuminated by the stars of the Milky Way; before admiring the colours of sunrise in the early morning. A splendid sight!
During my trip to Morocco, I was so blown away by Erg Chebbi, in the East, that I really wanted to see the other dunes in Morocco, Erg Chigaga. and above all, the Draa valley, off the beaten track.
It's all an adventure to get there. in my case from Ouarzazate, in a shared taxi, at night, to arrive in Zagora in the early hours of the morning. I adored this town, its breakfast with olives, its walk to Djebel Zagora with the view over the whole Draa valley, its stroll through the plantations...
From Zagora, it's easy to get to Erg Chigaga with a tour, but I insist, the most incredible thing remains the Draa valley, so much less touristy and therefore so peaceful. It's one of the only places were we weren't "harassed" by merchants in this beautiful country.