Erg Chebbi is an area of Saharan sand dunes near the Algerian border, in the south east of Morocco. Erg means dune, and Chebbi relates to black, like carbon. The land around the sand dunes is volcanic and the black colour is in sharp contrast to the yellow and orange dunes. The sea used to be here and there are lots of aquatic fossils.
There are also sand roses – made when minerals crystallise at the water table, below the surface of the sand, and form beautiful natural flower-like shapes. Katie was given this one by another admirer of her blue eyes and fair hair.
It’s a beautiful area. Camels can be hired in Merzouga or Khamlia, for trips into the desert. For an afternoon, an overnight, a week, it’s up to you. We left one day, stayed in an oasis in the centre of the dunes overnight, then returned the next day. It was about all our bottoms could take. It’s definitely worth being there for different times of day – the colour of the sand changes dramatically between sunrise and sunset. An overnight, food and transport (the camel) costs between 350 and 500 Dirham 35 – 50€ per camel.
Matt has done a separate post about the trip. I have no idea how to link it to this post :), sorry. it will come up using the search button – camel trekking.
Here’s the photoclip………
[To make the barbie boots, wrap Barbie’s feet overnight in loo roll, leave to dry, squeeze out a used tea bag and drip onto boots. Katie]