In the east of Morocco, in the rear of the Atlas mountains, the climate becomes very hot in the summer. In July and August, temperatures climb up to 53°C (127°F), due to the influence of the giant desert region of the Sahara. Not many people live there – us included. In the close proximity, there are two deserts, which belong to the Sahara. The first is the desert of the Erg Chebbi, in the south-east of Morocco, close to the border to Algeria. It is a frequently visited destination, because there are dunes to visit, which reach a height of up to 150 m.
The second desert, also in the south-eastern part of the country, is the Erg Chegaga. The dunes span over a length of 40 kilometres, and reach a height of up to 300 metres. They are also gorgeous, but harder to reach. They are accessible by 4×4 vehicles of on the back of camels. A trekking tour to Timbuktu, on camels’ back through the desert takes 52 days. The Erg Chegaga is considered unspoiled nature. We organize tours to both Ergs, but our personal favourite is Chegaga.
The tents are equiped with beds, but in the warm months, we rather sleep under the open sky. There are toilets and showers. The trekking tours are led by an experienced guide, who knows the desert insided out. I am often there in person, to provide my help in Polish and German (soon also English).