The dunes of Erg Chebbi near Merzouga are undoubtedly one of the largest and most beautiful sights in Morocco. This gigantic hills of soft sand, forming the border with Algeria and are worth visiting. The enchanting Sahara is changing before your eyes color when it is blown by wind.
Erg Chebbi is 40 km from the staff Erfoud, near Merzouga. Historically, it was a severe hardship for traveling Moroccans and other traders who had to go through this area. They followed the route of the Sahara caravan salt, gold, slaves and spices brought to Timbuktu. Before reaching the dunes of Erg Chebbi, there was a long journey to be traveled by the most flat and arid landscape you can imagine. During summer garments and skin of the travelers were literally out of the body by the sun away scorched.
Nowadays it is not difficult to travel from Merzouga Erg Chebbi, this is the last decades, namely improved a lot. You have several options. The easiest way is with the 4x4 Land Cruiser. But if you really want to explore the Sahara, then the camel trekking may be a better option. Choose the first option you can take English or Arabic speaking guide. You are then in the hands of an expert that offers you the opportunity to go through the dunes and areas for cruising around. When trekking by camel will have to pull you a week for it.
By camel or when the guide gets a break from the Cruiser, you'll have plenty of opportunity to explore the flora and fauna of this area. You'll spot in the desert in particular reptiles, by following their tracks. During the night you have a chance to catch a glimpse of the Jerboa, or the desert hedgehog, and Fennec, also called desert fox with its extremely long ears.
Plants are scarce here because it's raining here rarely and when it rains, even in small degree. In the spring, the period during which it can rain, you can find the asphodel pink and purple statice. Although it rarely rains, are there are there still some small streams and thereby an oasis. The water is driven off of the snow in the High Atlas Mountains.
The best spot you find different species of birds and sometimes even species that are rare. Bird lovers are especially looking for the desert sparrows, the Egyptian nightjar, the desert Warblervink, the buff craic and the Saharawi green bee-eater. When it rains in the spring, there is a small lake northwest of Merzouga. This lake can also see ?? flamingos and other waterfowl.
Sahara's climate is quite seasonal, sometimes it's dead quiet, but ... if there emerges a sandstorm, you hear a deafening hiss of which you will be surprised. A sand storm can sometimes take days and there you are not waiting. But do not fear, the locals see something like that coming in advance.
If you have long hair, it is advisable to tie it tightly. During the desert trip, it is also advisable to purchase a flowing dark blue turban. This is mainly worn by Tuaregs, a nomadic people that are the main inhabitants of the Sahara, but also the Berbers. The turban to keep his cool in summer and warm in winter.
When you walk through the dunes, you have to look at the clear footprints you leave behind. This gives a nice view, on the otherwise flat sand. If you are traveling with others and they are located at a great distance, it is also an unreal image if you like ants in the distance beyond the horizon eroding.
Whether you look to the right or to the left, you see everywhere sand dunes. You imagine yourself in a movie! Erg Chebbi gives you an authentic desert experience and extends up to the Algerian border. The best visit Erg Chebbi and Merzouga around January and February. You have the desert to speak for yourself and see virtually no other tourists. In addition, the summer months can be very hot and some may be too much.
[If you stayed at the nomads, you behold the clear sky that has no equal. You look at the many stars, planets, shooting stars and satellites fly by. During these nights you will also learn what ?? quiet ?? means.
The dunes are known for their, sometimes, sheer size. They can be 150 meters high, 20km long and 5km in width. The high dunes are ideal for a new activity, namely dune boarding, a variant of snowboarding. All in all a wonderful experience awaits you in this beautiful piece of nature on earth.