If you have read my Zargora Post, you will know I was so unsatisfied with the baby sand dunes around that area:P. So, right after I hit Zargora city center, I went into a tour company and negotiated a price with them to go deep into the desert. The original plan was to take a 4×4 and tour around the desert for the whole day and come back to Zargora and stay for the night! The price is 2000 Durham(Around 200 euro) and it would included staying for the night in a Riad after I come back. However, the owner of the company kept saying it will be better to stay in the desert for one night because I will see the sunset and sunrise of the desert. Also, it’s spectacular to see the stars at night time without any light pollution. I need to tell you all, I was in a dilemma when I heard that. First, I need to pay 500 Durham more just to spend that extra night in the Desert. Second, I need to stay alone in the Desert with 6 Berber men!! One of the Berber man will be the same guide as my Zargora desert tour. My gut was telling me I need to do it because I really want to see the big dunes! And I actually felt that the owner and his staff are genuine and honest:) So, after 30 mins of negotiation and explanation, I jumped into a 4×4 vehicle and head to one of the biggest Sand Dunes of Sahara- ERG CHIGAGA….without regrets:P
It’s a 4 hours drive from Zargora town to Erg Chigaga and we passed through the last town-M’hamid before we hit the Desert. We stopped for lunch at a really pretty restaurant and I had a wonderful lunch over there:)
After this town, there’s no more paved road and it’s pretty rocky at the beginning. An hour drive alter, I started to see Sand Dunes and some motorcyclists driving insanely fast around the sand dunes!!!
Then BOOM, all of a sudden a SEA OF SAND DUNES appeared right in front of me and they just get bigger and bigger!! After 45 min, we arrived our tents in the middle of the desert.
After I put my stuff in the tent, I went for a walk with my Guide Ali- a 26 years old berber who grew up in this desert.
We climbed to one of the biggest Dune in the Desert and the view is Spectacular:)
We saw more motocyclists playing around the DUNES!! IT must be so much fun that I really want to try that some day:P
And so as the Sunset…..
Check out the Camel Hair slippers that I got from my driver:P. It kept my feet warm from the sand:P
And below is my cute little Berber driver. It’s so funny everyone there were trying to persuade me to be their wife but they are all very good person who didn’t harm me at all!! We all just spent the night talking about our life:P
The night ended with great dinner and lying on the sand dune (with blanket underneath) with stars above me:) IT’s just an Amazing experience that I will never forget:) Now, I am back to casablanca for a week and will take some rest over there. If you want to know my funny experience over there, do follow me on Facebook and I will tell you all about it. Thanks for visiting and cheers everyone:)