The hamada meets the dunes near Touas village, Moroccan Algeria border, Sahara Desert, Erg Chebbi, Morocco
The wild Saharan dunes meet the Hamada near Touas village in Morocco, located just a few kilometres away from the Moroccan/Algerian border in the Erg Chebbi region of the Moroccan Sahara desert, near Merzouga, Southern Morocco, 2014-04-04.
The Berbers (Amazigh) and Nomads who inhabit these regions of Morocco call them the “hamada,” which literally translates as “barren wasteland.” These vast areas are made up of rocky scrubland plateaus where, over time, the wind has removed sand and dust, eroding the rock beneath. They are a spectacle to encounter when travelling in the Sahara and pre-Sahara regions of Morocco.
The Moroccan Sahara desert is divided into two main regions; Erg (“dune”) Chebbi and Erg Chigaga.
The Erg Chebbi region is more easily accessed from both Fez and Marrakesh, with well built asphalt roads taking you right upto the face of the dunes. It sees increased tourism as a result. A short walk from the historic trans-Saharan caravan-route town of Merzouga, and you’ll find yourself immersed by the Chebbi dunes. The drive alongside towering walls of sand dunes as you approach in itself is a spectacle. The Chebbi region has the tallest dunes in Morocco, which is another reason as to why its the most popular choice, and its views of mountains in Algeria in the distance is not to be missed.
Whether bound for the “chebbi" or the “chigaga" dunes, your journey from the Imperial cities of Fez or Marrakech will take you through significant changes in landscape, from barren rocky plateaus to lush Oasis valleys, before reaching the desert itself.
- Chris Griffiths
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