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As mentioned, if you arrive in MHamid in an econobox (easy to do), you will be swarmed over by guys wanting to do 4x4 tours with you, any length you want. ..........

If you fancy a few nights down there, Take a look at this spot: Dar Sidi Bounou Mhamid auberge - M'hamid maison d'hotes Mhamid

We stayed there in our camper, but they specialise in their rooms, and can arrange camel pickup from their place, and straight into the sand from there. The food is good!

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I can second that, very welcoming, great food and they can help you to arrange what you want. We went in December
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admanz, we were at erg chebbi about a week ago (now at chefchouen), merzouga is an easy drive with a surfaced road all the way. When you arrive at the town, drive through an arch across the road and into the area with a few cafes and shops to your left. Here you will be approached by touts, you can ignore them and drive straight on, the road at that point turns into a piste but it is easy to drive, after a few hundred meters there are signs for camping on the left hand side, the one we stayed at was called little prince and was very nice,then follow the track toward the campsites, just to the right of the camping is a parking area, you can wild camp there if you like. The dunes are right there ! We walked into the dunes and climbed the large dune you can see from the car park, not an easy task ! But the view from the top is fantastic. We also visited Mhamid and took a 4x4 to the dunes at erg chagaga, this was a full days outing as the large dunes are about 40k from the town,but it was a great day out.We were camped on a small site called camping la'boussole and the owner Kalifa, arranged the excursion...
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admanz, we were at erg chebbi about a week ago (now at chefchouen), merzouga is an easy drive with a surfaced road all the way. When you arrive at the town, drive through an arch across the road and into the area with a few cafes and shops to your left. Here you will be approached by touts, you can ignore them and drive straight on, the road at that point turns into a piste but it is easy to drive, after a few hundred meters there are signs for camping on the left hand side, the one we stayed at was called little prince and was very nice,then follow the track toward the campsites, just to the right of the camping is a parking area, you can wild camp there if you like. The dunes are right there ! We walked into the dunes and climbed the large dune you can see from the car park, not an easy task ! But the view from the top is fantastic. We also visited Mhamid and took a 4x4 to the dunes at erg chagaga, this was a full days outing as the large dunes are about 40k from the town,but it was a great day out.We were camped on a small site called camping la'boussole and the owner Kalifa, arranged the excursion...
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Thanks for the Merzouga suggestions, but mileage will have to be limited so visiting both is not really an option. (First trip we take with our son, he also has to enjoy it) and I really have my sights set on the Erg Chegaga, mainly since it is a bit more remote than the Erg Chebbi at Merzouga.
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Has anyone any advise as to alternative Chegaga pistes please?

Red is MS7/MS8
Blue I think is based on a Gandini route.
Green is a prominent route on viagens4x4's map.

Has anyone done either the blue or the green routes and can offer advise on the track condition's or offer any other routes around this area?

Hi all,

Old thread, but I thought people might be interested in an update. I took the piste from M'Hamid to Foum Zguid as shown on the map below 4 weeks ago. Only one other car during the day / 145 km. Some parts with really deep sand, so slow going and with tires deflated to 60%. Many alternative tracks to choose from, but a reliable track on a GPS makes navigation easy. If you're looking for a campsite near M'Hamid, try the one just outside the village. No hassle and a magnificent view of the desert, sunset and camel caravans. No hot water/shower or electricity though.
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