Deserts in Adrouine

Erg Chebbi

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Erg Chebbi (عرق الشبي) is one of Morocco's two Saharan ergs – large seas of dunes formed by wind-blown sand. The other is Erg Chigaga near M'hamid.


The dunes of Erg Chebbi reach a height of up to 150 meters in places and altogether spans an area of 50 kilometers from north to south and up to 5-10 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, and from the 8th to the 14th century there was a separate kingdom, known as Sijilmassa, which was prosperous owing to former caravan routes.

Although rainfall is very brief and uncommon, in 2006 flooding adjacent to the dunes destroyed many buildings and killed three people.


Merzouga, the local tourist center, is located near the edge of the dunes. A number of companies offer camel trips from Merzouga and into the desert, taking tourists on overnight trips several kilometres into the erg, which is enough to bring the village out of sight.

During the warmest part of the year, Moroccans come to Erg Chebbi to be buried neck-deep in the hot sand for a few minutes at a time. This is considered to be a treatment for rheumatism.


See also

  • Aeolian processes
  • Blowout (geology)
  • List of ergs



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Joe Black
29 November 2013
Desert trip is a "must do" while in Morocco. Erg Chebbi is probably the best value in terms of ease to get there + quality of experience. Definitely stay overnight if you have the time.
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1hours on camels from Hotel to Nomad Tent & 1 hours back in tommorow morning.I Think 1 night in Sahara desert is enough
Mohamed Sahara
15 November 2019
CAMEL TREKKING EXPERIENCE Welcome to Morocco, in the new and updated Tour information & resource site of the Camel Trekking Experience company
Wiwi Kiwi
15 March 2012
Spend a night in the Sahara: see the sunset & watch the sun rise in the morning..breathtaking!
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1 đêm ở Sahara là đủ,xuất phát từ Merzouga,rìa sa mạc,đi chừng 10km(1h đồng hồ trên lưng lạc đà) ngắm hoàng hôn sa mạc,ngủ và ăn tối ở lều,sáng hôm sau quay về ngắm bình minh
Caroline Grimm
21 June 2016
Faça a excursão para dormir no deserto, vale a pena
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