|M'Hamid el Ghizlane Day Tour|
Off-road 4x4 Safari to Erg Chigaga Dunes
Private day safari off-road in 4x4 vehicle from desert village of M’Hamid el Ghizlane for those who do not want to spend a full night camping out in the Sahara. An ideal winter option from your cosy hotel base in the village of M’Hamid el Ghzilane! You will get to see the amazing desert landscapes, wildlife and flora as well as experience a camel ride in the magnificent dunes of Erg Chigaga. Includes visiting the Sacred Oasis of Oum Laalag, with its shrine to a holy man and its natural fresh-water spring. You will ride camels through the dunes, try your skills at sandboarding and enjoy a splendid lunch at our comfortable and well equipped bivouac camp (with WCs and washing facilities) . A traditional meal is prepared and served for you by our team of local "Blue Men" - all descendents of Sahrawi nomadic families. Group size from 2 - 5 people sharing. All ages and fitness levels. Approx total 5 hours off-road drive on a circular route.
Please note: All our Morocco tours can be customised to allow extra days for shorter daily car journeys, extra activities, relaxation days, exploration days etc. We can also adapt tours to connect with different start/end locations in Morocco. Let us know your wishes and we will build your perfect Morocco tour itinerary.
Price: Contact us for a personalised quotation.
Prices will vary according to number of people travelling in vehicle, number of days, time of year, category of accommodation chosen and activities requested.
NB Our Morocco tours are private tours organised upon request.
Day tour itinerary
M'Hamid - Sacred Oasis - Erg Chigaga dunes - M'Hamid
10.00am departure from your hotel in M’Hamid el Ghizlane when we will leave the village behind and traverse stony desert and small dunes with tamarist trees. The route passes over rocky plateaus and the stony hammada du Draa. We will stop at the shrine of Oum Laalag also know as the Sacred Oasis and you will see a natural spring of water rising from beneath the rock. You will probably see local nomads herding their camels or donkeys and some families still living in very simple tents woven from camel or goat-wool. Thorny acacia trees and an occasional well provide shelter and water for passing herds. You can stop whenever you like for photos along the way and after about 3hrs off-road safari you see the majestic dunes of Erg Chigaga - the highest in Morocco. Our team of local nomads will greet you with strong black tea and snacks. You can then rest in the shade of the bivouac tents or you can climb into the dunes to enjoy sandboarding and riding on a camel. This is an ideal opportunity to learn a traditional ‘board’ game called ‘zamma’ played in the sand using sticks and camel-dung! Lunch is served at the bivouac and then you head back to the village of M’Hamid before sunset. N.B. This is an ideal winter day tour for those who do not want to spend a full night out in the Sahara where temperatures can dip to near freezing. In summer this trip is not offered as daytime temperatures are too severe.
Meal plan: Lunch
- Not suitable for anybody with back problems due to off-road driving
- Remember to purchase plenty of bottled water in advance of departure