Visit the Erg Chebbi, Morocco
The first colossal dunes of the Sahara rise at Morocco’s eastern edge.
The best time to see the dunes is at sunrise and sunset when the changing light subtly alters their color with each passing second, from butter yellow to gold, ochre and honey.
Visiting The Erg Chebbi
These are the most accessible dunes of the Sahara in Morocco, but are not easily incorporated into a short trip, being about 10 hours’ driving time from Fez and at least as much from Marrakesh, so realistically you need at least three-day round trip to fit them in.
They are best incorporated as part of a circuit itinerary between Marrakesh and Fez, or as a loop through the southern oases from Marrakesh.
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in the Erg Chebbi, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of the Erg Chebbi
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Places near the Erg Chebbi
- The Dades Valley 121 miles away
- Zagora 125 miles away
- Skoura 154 miles away
- The Southern Oases Valleys 159 miles away
- Ouarzazate 176 miles away
- Oued Mellah 188 miles away
- Fez 210 miles away
- Meknes & Volubilis 212 miles away
- Ourika Valley 220 miles away
- The Atlas Mountains 234 miles away
- Marrakesh 240 miles away
- Rabat 260 miles away
- Casablanca 272 miles away
- The Draa Valley 281 miles away
- Chefchaouen 288 miles away
- Taroudant 295 miles away
Photos of the Erg Chebbi
Accommodation choices for the Erg Chebbi
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit the Erg Chebbi. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Located in the towering dunes of the Sahara, Gold Sand Camp offers a taste of nomadic Bedouin life with a touch of extra comfort.
Ideas for experiencing the Erg Chebbi
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting the Erg Chebbi, and which use the best local guides.
Sunrise and sunset are without doubt the best times to see the dunes, as the changing light on the dunes runs through a huge spectrum of colors, from sandy yellow, through ochre, to deep orange, and verging almost on purple. It is a remarkable sight.