A Day in the Desert: Fez – Erg Chebbi Dunes
Take a whole day to escape the modern world and immerse yourself in the timeless sands of the Sahara Desert.
Day 1 : Drive from Fez to the Erg Chebbi Dunes
On our way you’ll enjoy watching the beautiful scenery change as we pass through different natural environments.
First, we will pass through the alpine climate of Middle Atlas Mountains, with rich natural features, such as oak and cedar trees, lakes, and Barbary ape colonies.
We’ll make a stop in the university town of Ifrane, also known as the Switzerland of Morocco.
Later, we will enter the provincial town of Midelt, where we will stop for lunch. Once over the mountains, the climate will become ever drier as we enter into the picturesque arid Ziz Valley.
Soon thereafter, we’ll find ourselves overlooking the Tafilalt Oasis, a region rich in palm groves, underground rivers, and traditional mudbrick architecture.
Just a little further, we’ll arrive at our destination: the Erg Chebbi Dunes.
We’ll finish this exciting day with our late afternoon arrival in Merzouga, right on the cusp of the desert, where we’ll have dinner and spend the night in a hotel.
Day 2 : Explore the Sahara Desert
After breakfast you will be able to spend your day exploring the desert surrounding Merzouga as you like.
Possible activities include: visiting the historical towns and palm groves around the Tafilalt Oasis (Rissani, Merzouga, Erfoud), taking a 4×4 excursion into the desert to explore black volcanic rock formations and fossils, visiting a nomadic family living in a tent, riding quadbikes around the sand dunes, visiting Khamlia village to hear Gnawa music, or relaxing around the desert tents.
In the late afternoon, once the day’s heat has subsided, we’ll trek out via camelback to a Berber camp site in the middle of the sand dunes, far, far away from the worries of the world.
Here your Berber hosts will cook traditional desert meals for you, while teaching you about their culture.
Spend the evening huddled around the campfire, venture out into the desert, or lie on a sand dune and gaze at the stars.
Day 3 : Drive from the Erg Chebbi Dunes to Fez
After a hardy breakfast, we will ride out of the desert on camelback to the town on the edge of the desert.
There you will be able to shower and refresh yourself in a hotel before we begin the long back drive to Fez.