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Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Merzouga and the dunes of Erg Chebbi


As much as I enjoy the Ocean, the desert of Merzouga evokes in me a profound feeling of peace and serenity.
Better known as the pink dune or the gateway of Sahara, Erg Echerbi dune is the most appropriate place to visit if you are looking for meditation and seeking for symbioses with Mother Nature. 

Some 61 km southwest from Erfoud, Merzouga has one attraction, the 150 m high dunes of Erg Chebbi, a vast pile of sand stretching into the Sahara. The dunes are an offshoot of a much bigger area of dunes across the border in Algeria but because of the relative accessibility of Erg Chebbi they have often been used as a film set by Hollywood directors. And it’s not hard to see why. As the sun shifts across the sky during the day the dunes change colour, from the palest cream to deep oranges and reds, and their beautiful shapes and patterns are constantly sculpted by the wind.


The most striking thing is the beautiful colors on the dunes. The best time to see these is at sunrise or sunset as the colors change quickly though at any time through the day it's an impressive sight.
Here, in this amazing spot you will have the opportunity to explore unknown horizons: wonderful landscapes, meeting with Touaregs who would gladly play of traditional instruments around a cup of mint tea and Moroccan sweet.

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