Sandboarding in Morocco or Dune surfing, has been a popular pastime for Nomad and desert children in Morocco for many years.
Thinking back to their childhood, the adults will tell you that they used to use a wide range of self made materials to do Sandboarding at Erg Chebbi.
Morocco has various desert areas, but only one area really stands out for sandboarding in Morocco, and that is Erg Chebbi.
Located a few Km outside the desert village of Merzouga, Erg Chebbi is a massive dune of the Moroccan Sahara desert.
SANDBOARDING AT ERG CHEBBI :
Once at Erg Chebbi, the Dune Surfing can begin! But don’t forget… first you have to climb up the Dunes!
The higher you climb, the better the ride down, the faster your board will take you.
And what goes up, must, most of the time, come down. You hope to ride down the Sand Dune as fast as you can to make the effort of climbing up to the top totally worth it!
GETTING TO ERG CHEBBI :
There are two ways of getting from Merzouga to Erg Chebbi :
Camel trek from Merzouga into the desert, usually reaching Erg Chebbi within 1 and a half hours.
4X4 vehicle, riding around and over the Dunes to reach the base camps of Erg Chebbi.
COSTS OF SANDBOARDING AT ERG CHEBBI :
Usually, the cost of Sandboarding at Erg Chebbi is around 40.00 Euro per hour, per person.
Remember that, whilst you may just want an hour of fun sliding down the Dunes, someone has to put in the preparation work in before you do.
For example, someone has to deliver the boards to you, the boards need to be maintained and (sometimes replaced) etc.
So, whilst 40.00 Euro per hour may seem like a lot, considering the work that some local puts into the preparation and experience, it’s actually quite a fair amount.
One hour of Sandboarding would usually be enough for the average person to have some fun and take some great photos for their Facebook profile!
How to find Sandboarding Erg Chebbi, Firstly, you have to travel from Marrakech to Erg Chebbi. This is a long journey and cannot be achieved in one day.
Sandboarding at Erg Chebbi is a great option to add onto one of our Marrakech Desert tours or one of the Fez Desert tours.
We suggest adding Sandboarding to the 3 day Erg Chebbi Desert tours as an extra activity.
So, get up and go! Get up those Dunes and start sliding down!
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