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Desert Motorcycle Tour in Morocco

Why a guided motorbike off-road tour in Morocco? The country that pretty much resembles a fairy tale from a thousand and one nights with its incredibly rich and wild nature in the south is an ideal setting for your dirt bike holiday. Under the sharp peaks of the High Atlas, flash floods have carved steep and precipitous dry valleys that are a majestic playground for your light hard-enduro motorbikes; your guided dirt bike tour takes you through cute oases with date palms surrounding ancient kasbahs – citadels with defensive towers built of mud; you'll ride along the slopes of the already very eroded Anti-Atlas to the south and reach the sky-high dunes right on the Algerian border.

Key information

  • Terrain: a mix of asphalt, gravel, compact sand, sand dunes, rocky surfaces
  • Bike: personal or rental bike (SWM RS 300 R and SWM RS 500 R)
  • Riding gear: not included, please bring your own
  • Meals: Half board meals and snack

Meet the guides

Tilen
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Highlights

  • Starts in Marrakesh, ends in Errachidia
  • Navigate your bike on a stunningly beautiful mountain stage
  • Ride to Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, which is included in UNESCO World Heritage List
  • Ride through numerous villages, an abandoned mining "ghost town"
  • Service of a guide and support vehicles
  • 8 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


8 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: Croatian, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Group size: 8-12 participants
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Accommodation

During the tour, you will stay in three or four-star charming hotels, mostly the adobe-built kasbahs or old fortresses, converted into hotels.

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Marrakesh

Please arrive at Marrakesh, a charming oriental city on the northern slopes of the High Atlas, where your motorbike will be waiting for you, latest by mid-afternoon. Desert Soul Adventures recommends an evening stroll to the main city square Jamaa el-Fna with the famous storytellers and snake charmers, stalls selling freshly squeezed orange juice and meat skewers and adjacent minaret of the magnificent Koutoubia Mosque. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Marrakesh - Tizi N Ticha - Ait Benhaddou

The first riding day of the off-road motorbike tour in Morocco will take you off the road a kilometre or so from the hotel. Before reaching the High Atlas, you ride off the asphalt and through majestic mountains mostly on gravel roads, partly also on poorly maintained asphalt. An obligatory stop is on the Tichka pass. Till the Kasbah (citadel) Telouet you’ll ride your motorbikes along a narrow asphalt road which will later turn into slightly technical trails to reach the Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, included on the UNESCO World Heritage List and the filming set for many films. After a walk through the kasbah you ride off-road to the nearby hotel, opened in an ancient adobe-built fortress.

  • Surface: asphalt, gravel, and sharp rocks

Day 3: Ait Benhaddou - Noor Ouarzazate - Skoura

After the breakfast, you’ll ride your bikes from the hotel towards the east following the so-called Valley of the Kasbahs to the Kasbah Amridil in Skoura, where you will spend the next night. The daily stage will allow you to ride more or less technically, depending on each participant's desires and skills. After having ridden only 130 kilometers in the whole day, you'll conclude the stage nicely tired.

  • Surface: compact sand, gravel piste, rocks, and dirt road

Day 4: Skoura - Ifrane N Ait Zghar - Ait Toumort - Bou Tharar - Dades

You’ll ride your enduro bikes to the north this time and once again head into the High Atlas. Long, physically demanding, but a stunningly beautiful mountain stage will lead us eastwards on quite narrow and winding paths under the high ridges of the highest mountains of North Africa. In these very remote areas, you’ll quite often drive through villages, inaccessible by car, so the locals are not used to see tourists. The landscape and the living conditions there are pretty wild. You will spend the night in the Dades valley in a nice hotel above the river.

  • Surface: asphalt, compact sand, gravel piste, rocks, dirt road

Day 5: Dades - Msemrir - Tamtetoucht - Tinghir - Saghro - Nqob

You'll refuel your motorcycles in the morning and then head over the 2,600 meters high mountain pass and through the river Todgha gorge descend to the charming town of Tinghir and have a quick lunch there. Past oases with palm groves, where all sorts of crops are grown among the irrigation channels which require dedicated care and maintenance, you ride to the south end of the town where a magnificent view of the highest peaks of the Massif Saghro in the Anti-Atlas mountains will open to your eyes. It’s a day of fast pistes, numerous villages, mountain gravel bends through the abandoned mining "ghost town". Later, you'll take your motorbikes past dented peaks to the southern side of the Anti-Atlas where in the town of Nqob a far more desert atmosphere will be already felt.

  • Surface: gravel roads and rocky surfaces

Day 6: Nqob - Merzouga

A marathon stage on the dirt bike tour in Morocco will be set today through dry (?) riverbeds, past small oases and rivers that disappear among the dunes of southern Morocco, over the hills and under high cliffs. After a very long day on the bike, you’ll reach a completely African dusty desert town of Merzouga. Facial features of the locals mixed with the Touareg are much sharper and a very dark skin under the hoods of their white jelabbas offers an even sharper contrast.

In the distance, the mighty silhouette of erg Chebbi will rise ahead of you. It’s a huge set of dunes, at the base of which you’ll spend the next 3 days.

  • Surface: asphalt, gravel, and sand dunes

Day 7: Merzouga - Dunes - Merzouga

Here you are! The grand Moroccan heap of sand with sky-high dunes is at your disposal for discovering, getting stuck, jumping, and sweating on your bikes.

  • Surface: dunes.

Day 8: Merzouga - Rissani - Ziz - Merzouga

If you get bored with the dunes, you’ll take your motorbikes in the north direction to the caravan town of Rissani and possibly further to the pleasantly cool oasis, stretching along the Ziz valley. On the way back to the south, you cross the lunar landscape around different plantations and across vertical shafts of underground irrigation channels ghetarrat.

  • Surface: rocky desert and asphalt or sand dunes

Day 9: Merzouga - Er-Rachidia

Early in the morning, the staff will take you to Er-Rachidia Airport, where the services end. From there, you can take a flight with Royal Air Maroc to Casabalanca or keep exploring Morocco on your own.

Note

Moroccan Desert Soul enduro desert adventure is intended for experienced riders with well-prepared bikes. You can also rent a bike from Desert Soul Adventures' fleet. In this case, it will be delivered to you at the beginning of the adventure in Morocco.

This adventure tour was created as an upgrade of the Tunisian Desert Soul enduro desert adventure for riders who want to discover new desert landscapes, its hauntingly beautiful nature and, in comparison with Tunisia, pretty rich culture.

Due to the specifics of off-road riding on this adventure – a number of routes are only a single-track – the supporting vehicles do not follow the group, you only meet them at the supply points. On some routes, the assistance vehicles would take quite some time to reach you, on others, it would be even impossible. This fact will define the dynamics of riding through the remote valleys of the wild and beautiful Moroccan landscape.

What does the desert soul enduro desert adventure give you?

  • In a cold winter, you will enjoy sunny days
  • You will experience some of the Dakar spirits and test yourself and your motorcycle on different types of desert surfaces
  • Improve skill in offroad driving a motorcycle
  • You will have fun a few days looking for passages across the High Atlas and playing in the sand
  • You will enjoy the beautiful desert landscape
  • You will experience the Moroccan culture, amazing ethnographic diversity, and hospitality

Desert enduro equipment

Hard enduro or cross motorbike (may be unregistered) with 21" front wheel and hard enduro or motocross tires (tracks in Morocco are very hard, so Desert Soul Adventures advises motocross tires with thicker plugs with larger surface than in Tunisia) capable of developing 100 km/h of top-speed (the lighter, the better, preferably under 140 kg).

You will need enduro equipment for maximum daytime temperatures between 20 and 28°C, light clothes for during the day and warm ones for the evenings, head-lamp for the camp, good mood and reasonable physical shape for the planned stages.

Each participant will receive ahead of time all the necessary information about the trip, how to prepare the bikes as well as what to take with you and what to leave at home.

A valid driver's license is required to take part in the tour as you'll be also riding on public roads. The staff members do not check your license, but prior to the first driving stage, you will have to sign a declaration that you possess one and that you will ride according to your experience and capabilities and entirely on your responsibility. In case of an emergency, the insurance company might require you to present your valid driver's license.

Skill level(s) required for this tour: intermediate, advanced

Intermediate:

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Advanced:

  • can ride for 5-6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Included excursions

  • A stroll across the Jemaa el-Fna square in Marrakesh medina
  • Ride over the world-famous Tichka pass
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ait Benhaddou
  • Watch the sunset from one of the highest dunes in Erg Chebbi

Guides

Tilen Gabrovšek

Location

Why a guided motorbike off-road tour in Morocco? The country that pretty much resembles a fairy tale from A thousand and one nights with its incredibly rich and wild nature in the south is an ideal setting for your dirt bike holiday. Under the sharp peaks of the High Atlas, flash floods have carved steep and precipitous dry valleys that are a majestic playground for the light hard-enduro motorbikes. The guided dirt bike tour takes you through cute oases with date palms surrounding ancient kasbahs – citadels with defensive towers built of mud. You will ride along the slopes of the already very eroded Anti-Atlas to the south and reach the sky-high dunes right on the Algerian border.

A diverse mixture of people from Arabs and Berbers to the Touareg put an especially colorful mark on the land on the very northwest of Africa. Date-palm plantations, brooks which get lost in the Sahara, forgotten villages under the snow-capped mountain peaks, and vivid colors in a number of settlements ensure you that in addition to the unique motorcycle desert experience, you will also experience a true culture shock.

Food

Moroccan cuisine is regarded as one of the best the Arab world has. This is what you will be served during the tour.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Transportation of 1 motorcycle, riding equipment (if delivered by you), delivered spare parts and personal baggage (if delivered by you) on the route Slovenia - Morocco - Slovenia
  • 13 accommodation in 3 or 4-star hotels from the first to the last night of the adventure, half-board basis
  • Midday snacks on riding days
  • Guide on a motorbike which cancels any need to wait for assistance vehicles while accessing routes, inaccessible by car
  • Rapid assistance car on meeting points, carrying food, water, fuel, your clothes, tools, spare tubes and tires, first aid kit, etc.
  • Assistance off-road truck with an electric generator, an air compressor, water, food, petrol
  • Health insurance with travel assistance
  • Transportation to and from the airport in Marrakesh
  • Water, coffee, tea, and soda
  • Transport of 1 motorbike, your enduro equipment (in case delivered by you), possible spare-parts (in case delivered by you) and personal luggage (in case delivered by you) from Slovenia to Algeria and back
  • 8 nights accommodation throughout the tour generally in twin rooms in charming hotels based on half-board
  • Mid-day snacks until arrival to Merzouga
  • Guide on a motorbike
  • The rally assistance truck with kitchen, power generator, air-compressor (for bikes and filters cleaning and tyre inflation), washing line, water, food, petrol, your equipment and for recovery interventions in case of a breakdown
  • Travel medical insurance and assistance
  • Possible motorcycle rental includes an SWM RS300R or SWM RS500R with a set of tyres suitable for the tour, engine oil and filters as per the servicing interval, and motorbike maintenance during the tour (oil changes, air-filter cleaning). All the bikes are equipped with TUbliss, so any possible puncture is sorted out quickly by your tour guide

What's not included

  • 1000 EUR security deposit for bike rental
  • Air-ticket to Marrakesh (RAK) and from Er-Rachidia (ERH), Morocco
  • Energy drinks nor sports nutrition supplements
  • Spare parts (i.e. inner tubes, tyres, oils, filters etc.)
  • Damage on rental motorcycles
  • Other individual expenses

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
9 days / 8 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 8 participants

Availability

Start: Saturday February 26, 2022
End: Sunday March 6, 2022

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