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6 Days Merzouga Special Guided Motorcycle Tour in Morocco

Merzouga, Morocco

Morocco Motorcycle Tour

This guided motorcycle tour in Morocco is perfect for those with limited time. The tour includes the highest dunes at Erg Chebbi (203 meters) and puts an accent on dune and sand riding. Experience the best bits of Morocco through this tour.

Key information

  • Bike: rental bike (KTM 450 EXC)
  • Mileage: approximately 500 kilometers / 311 miles
  • Daily rides: approximately 125 kilometers / 78 miles
  • Riding gear: included: body, knee, and elbow protections
  • Meals: full board

Meet the guides

John
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Highlights

  • Ride on the original Dakar desert trails
  • Starts with flight into ErRachidia and ends in Ouarzazarte
  • Go up and over the beautiful Jebel Saghro mountain range
  • Rides dunes of all shapes and sizes - conquer the highest dunes in Morocco
  • Overnight in desert bivouac with campfire and tamtam players.
  • Ride to the old village of N'Kob
  • 5 nights twin share accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


4 riding days
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer included: Ouarzazate Airport
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Accommodation

During this tour you will stay in twinshared rooms in a desert inn and a 200 year old converted kasbah (castle) and overnight in a desert bivouac.

Program

Day 1: Arrival

Arrival into Er Rachidia Airport in the early hours! You will take a 2.5 hour road transfer down to your local hotel at the base of the Cathedral dunes. Don't worry - not an early start in the morning.

Day 2: First attempt at conquering the Cathedral dunes

Your pleasant small, local inn is situated right below the Cathedral dunes - the highest in Morocco. Moto Aventures have just registered the highest at a new record - 203 meters! At about 10:00 after a late breakfast, it is time to ride the dunes. 26 square kilometers of dunes of all shapes and sizes. Avoid the camel grass or getting stuck in the bottom of the deep sandy bowls.

After you've tired yourselves out and conquered as many as you can, there's a very nice pool area for relaxing around, having a beer and waiting until lunch. You will wait for the sun to drop a bit and the sand to cool down before re-attacking the dunes. Dinner and a beer sitting on the terrace, while listening to the cicadas.

Day 3: Conquer the rest and on to the bivouac!

Breakfast will be at 8:00 a.m., and you will leave at 9:00 a.m. for some more dune riding during the morning. Back for a pleasant relaxed lunch and, you will then set off across the desert on beautiful twisting trails to your bivouac, about 100 kilometers away. Algeria is about 50 kilometers away as the crow flies.

Go on further smaller dune riding near the bivouac and a beer at “Johnnie’s Bar” on the top of the 80-meter dune while watching the sunset. After a plentiful dinner - chicken tajine and loads of great chips etc., listen to local tamtam players around the campfire.

Lie by the fire and gaze up at the star filled sky waiting to see comets or falling stars, and then sleep out under the stars. Plenty of sheets, blankets, mattresses, etc. are supplied as it gets cold out in the desert at night.

Day 4: Tonight in the old village of N'Kob

Have breakfast and then set off through more dunes and fesh fesh to your lunch spot - a small family run auberge set alone in an oasis in a pretty rock gorge. Frequently, large herds of groaning camels can be found here, as they are brought here to the only water source in this area of desert.

Then after lunch, it's faster hard terrain and dry lake-beds to your beautiful converted 200-year-old Kasbah (fortified castle) in N’Kob. From the roof, check out the view across the old village filled with many beautiful kasbahs in different states of repair. There is also a very nice pool to relax by. At night, you will have your dinner.

Day 5: On to Ouarzazarte

Leave after breakfast and head north to your final destination in the town of Ouarzazarte. Up and over the beautiful Jebel Saghro mountain range with it’s own spectacular “Monument Valley”. Fast twisting trails ascending passes and descending into valleys with small local communities dotted around.

You will end the tour at the base hotel. Dinner in the evening will be around the pool, if weather permitting.

Day 6: Departure - all finished!

Have breakfast and then departure from Ouarzazarte Airport or a minibus transfer to either to Marrakesh Airport or a riad if you are continuing with some extra days in the Red City.

Bike rental deposit

Moto Aventures requires a 700 euros deposit against bike and / or GPS damage which will be returned at the end of the tour if none done. Please bring this in cash – dollars and pounds also accepted.

Requirement

A full biking licence is needed - so bring it with you! Sorry, if you don’t have it with you, you won’t be allowed to bike.

Assistance vehicle information

The assistance vehicle has limited space to carry luggage so Moto Aventures supply a barrel type soft bag - 40 liters - for each client to put their personal effects and clothing into for the tour. Only this bag is permitted. Bear in mind you will be in biking gear most of the time so please think carefully what you bring. Moto Aventures would also appreciate keeping the weight down.

Skill level required for this tour: beginner

Intermediate

  • reasonable off-road experience
  • can ride off-road for 6 hours with stops
  • only dune and sand riding guidance required
  • manage rocky riverbeds
  • steep ascents and descents

Guides

John Griffiths "Johnnymaroc"

Location

Food

All meals are included in your package as well as picnic or cafe lunches. All meals during lunchtime will be in a café.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • KTM 450 EXCs
  • Third party insurance
  • All fuel
  • All meals included
  • GPS
  • MXshirt and trousers
  • Body, knee, and elbow protections
  • Transfer back to Ouarzazarte Airport at the end of the tour.
  • 5 nights twin share accommodation
  • Drinking water during the day’s biking (carried in the 4 × 4)
  • Support vehicle with driver & mechanic, equipped with; fridge, compressor, large first aid box, medical equipment, satellite phone, and GPS

What's not included

  • Return flights
  • Medical insurance, with repatriation (OBLIGATORY)
  • Bike rental returnable deposit (700 EUR in cash)
  • Riding gear

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at ErRachidia Airport (ERH). A general transfer will be arranged for those requiring it down to Merzouga. (2.5 hours on road)

Departure

The tour will end in Ouarzazarte and you can either fly from Ouarzazarte airport (transfer included) or from Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK). Transfer can be arranged and the cost is split between however many take this trip. Please contact Moto Aventures for more information.

Airport: Ouarzazate Airport Airport transfer included: Ouarzazate Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% 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.

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Start: Friday December 11, 2020
End: Wednesday December 16, 2020

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