Adventures in the world’s deserts: readers’ tips

Far from being featureless, deserts are fantastic for stargazing, exotic wildlife, ancient architecture and adventure

People don’t necessarily associate Morocco with sand dunes: many people restrict their trips to the cities of Marrakech and Fez. We hired a car in Fez and took a three-day trip through the Atlas mountains to the end of the road at Erg Chigaga. Once there, you can go on a safari or just wander out into the desert to climb the vast dunes. The scale and size of these shifting mountains is gob-smacking, and you can drive back along the base of the Atlas mountains before returning the car in Marrakech.
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