Erg Chebbi Things To Do
Erg Chebbi is in Saharan Morocco. The dunes are one of Morocco’s best Sahara Desert destinations. Erg Chebbi special feature is its beautiful unique orange colored sand.
Erg Chebbi dunes are bean shaped and cover an area 30km long and around 5-10km wide. This is a region on nomad Berbers, as opposed to Zagora and Mhamid desert where people are Bedouin Arabs. Around the Dunes of Erg Chebbi exist few villages: Merzouga, Hassilabied, Tanamoust, Takoujt, Khamlia, Tisserdmine.
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.