- Situated approximately 50km from the village of M’Hamid. No public transport available. Numerous private options available in M’Hamid. A friend recommended me Sahara Services and I found them to be reasonably professional. By no means the cheapest option.
- If you are looking for a bargain, it may be worth your while checking with other operators in the village. Ask fellow travellers for recommendations.
- Possible all year round. Summer may be a tad on the warmish side. Think the surface of the sun. Yep, that’s about it.
Maps / Info :
- Erg translates to ‘ocean of sand’.
- Visitors to Erg Chigaga generally come as part of an organised trip. Camels or 4×4’s are the standard modes of transport. If you would prefer not to be on a set itinerary, it is possible to arrange for a lift out to the dunes with a travel company from M’Hamid. Once at Erg Chigaga, you can use one of the Bivouac Camps as a base from which to explore the dunes at your own leisure.
- Whenever heading out into the dunes be sure to leave details of your departure/approximate return time with the people with whom you are staying.
- If you are overnighting in the dunes be sure to take a compass. When conditions turn nasty (ie. sandstorms), it is easy to become disorientated.
Route / Conditions :
- No shade, no water – come prepared. Hat and sunscreen are essential.
- Nights can be cold. If you are camping out, bring along a sleeping bag and a mat for insulation.
- There are numerous bivouac camps situated at the base of Erg Chigaga. I have to say that the Sahara Services camp was pretty cush. Great food. Hard to beat location.
- Incredible place. Well worth at least three days.
- If I had to choose just one of Morocco’s Erg’s, I would pick Chigaga over Chebbi. Less people, less hassle, more remote and the dunes themselves are probably a little more spectacular.