Sahara

Sahara

Considered as the largest desert in the world, draped across the width of a continent and dividing Africa into two.

Whether you choose a great (and very long) road-trip, are whisked in aboard a private helicopter, seek out ancient kasbahs on a 4×4 adventure, zip across pistes on an ATV, or choose to redefine “slow travel” on the back of a camel, our Sahara offers true magic.

It is a land of dramatic landscapes, of shifting wind-sculpted dunes, sudden sandstorms, long morning and evening shadows, and intense sun. The vast, brilliant nighttime sky is so clear that you are tempted to reach up and touch the stars with your own hands.

Its very name – the word “Sahara” in Arabic means desert... Show more

Merzouga dunes

Merzouga is a small village in southeastern Morocco, about 22 miles (35 km) southeast of Rissani, about 34 miles (55 km) from Erfoud.
The village is known for its proximity to Erg Chebbi, a Saharan erg, reason why it is included in all the itineraries of many tourists visiting Morocco. Merzouga has the largest natural underground body of water in Morocco.
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... Show more

ERG chebbi

Erg Chebbi 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 it spans an area of 31 miles (50 km) from north to south and up to 3-6 miles (5–10 km) from east to west.
The nearest sizable town is Erfoud, about 37 miles (60 km) further north. One other city is Rissani, around 25 miles (40 km) 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.

Touaregs blue men of desert

Touareg people are a large Berber ethnic confederation. They principally inhabit the Moroccan Sahara desert, in a vast area. Traditionally nomadic pastoralists.
The Touareg speak the Touareg languages, which belong to the Berber branch of the Afro-Asiatic family.
The Touaregs have been called the "blue people" for the indigo-dye colored clothes they traditionally wear and which stains their skin. A semi-nomadic Muslim people, they are believed to be descendants of the Berber autochthones of North Africa. The Touaregs have been one of the ethnic groups that have been historically influential in the spread of Islam and its legacy in North Africa and the adjacent Sahel region.