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the great dunes of erg chebbi merzouga

Erg Chebbi Merzouga

Erg Chebbi Merzouga is one of Morocco’s two Saharan ergs, vast color seas of dunes formed by wind-blown sand. About 50km south of Arfoud is the tiny village of Merzouga and nearby the famous Erg Chebbi dunes. Morocco’sonly genuine Saharan erg-one of those vast, drifting expanses of dunes that typify much of the Algerian Sahara.

 Erg Chebbi Merzouga – Tours

We offer a desert trip from Marrakech to Erg Chebbi. It’s a magical landscape, which deserves much more than just a sunrise glimpse. The dunes themselves are fascinating, color from pink to gold to red at different times of the day. The Sahara desert is a great place to appreciate the immense, clear desert sky.

For bird watchers, this is the best area in Morocco for spotting many desert species, including desert sparrows, Egyptian Nightjars, desert warblers, fulvous babblers, and blue-cheeked bee-eaters. Sometimes in spring (dependent on rainfall), a shallow lake appears northwest of Merzouga, near the Auberge Yasmina, attracting flocks of pink flamingos and other water birds.

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