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7 Day Ouarzazate Loop Guided Desert Motorcycle Tour in Morocco

Ouarzazate, Drâa-Tafilalet, Morocco

Off-Road Motorcycle Tour Morocco

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Moto Aventures aims at off-road bikers with some experience, this tour is a total of 7 days; your arrival and departure days, plus 5 days biking, level 6-7 (1-10). You will experience fast tracks across vast dried lake beds, sandy river beds, and trails, rocky tracks up through the southern foothills of the High Atlas Mountains, Virgin desert sand to the famous Cathedral Dunes at Erg Chebbi (the highest in Morocco), twisting trails through the palmeries of the Draa Valley, Jebel Sahro - considered some of the most beautiful mountains in Morocco, a night in our desert bivouac with musicians and campfire - 90kms from the nearest road, and alcohol every night - Moto Aventures brings the beers and wine to their bivouac!

Key information

  • Terrain: off-road
  • Bike: rental bike (KTM 450 EXC)
  • Mileage: 1061 kilometers / 659 miles
  • Daily rides: 186 - 250 kilometers / 116 - 155 miles
  • Riding gear: included: chest protector, knee protectors, elbow protectors; available to rent: boots
  • Meals: half-board meals and picnic or cafe lunches

Meet the guides

John
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Ouarzazate
  • Enjoy spectacular views across the Dades valley
  • Ride up Jbel Saghro mountain with rocky tracks and truly amazing views
  • Turn North across a very flat plateau on super-fast twisting tracks
  • Ride to very pleasant and fast-winding sandy trails
  • Reach the top of the highest "cathedral dune"
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


5 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: Catalan, French, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer included: Ouarzazate Airport
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Accommodation

Moto Aventures uses a selection of 3-star and 4-star hotels, most styled on the old kasbahs (fortified houses). On at least one night the accommodation is an original kasbah that has been totally renovated and conditioned to be a hotel. Most of the hotels have swimming pools but they're normally cold!

On the off-road adventures, the night in desert bivouac, 90 km from the tarmac, is always a highlight. After a good meal, you sit around the campfire and listen to some local musicians.

Program

Day 1: Arrival day in Ouarzazate

Arrival at Ouarzazate Airport and transfer to the 3-star hotel in the town, about 5 minutes away.

Day 2: Ouarzazate to Dades - approximately 186 kilometers / 116 miles

Have breakfast, the final briefing, and departure for Dades. After refueling the bikes, its straight off-road, 20 kilometers across a flat plateau and it's into a sandy and twisting riverbed. From there it’s undulating, fast sections interspersed with rocky trails winding their way through major washouts and gullies.

Picnic lunch somewhere up on the plateau. 10 kilometers on road and then onto a beautiful, narrow, sinuous mountain track - so narrow and steep in places that the support vehicle can find it difficult - before you come back out for the final 8 kilometers on road down the fertile Dades Gorge, taking you to your night’s accommodation.

You are staying in a 4-star hotel with unusual local decor and spectacular views across the Dades valley towards the High Atlas, offering spacious accommodation and plentiful buffet meals.

Day 3: Dades to Erfoud - approximately 250 kilometers - leave the hotel after breakfast and depart for Erfoud

You will leave the hotel after breakfast and depart for Merzouga and the Pink dunes. The first 30 kilometers of the ride will be heading south from Dades, first across a fast, flat plateau that will lead you into the Jbel Saghro mountain range. The range of mountains is arguably the most beautiful in Morocco. Very twisting and well-prepared tracks with stunning views await to be ridden.

Thereafter, 100 kilometers after the days start, you will stop for a coffee break on the main road, joining Alnif in the south with Tinerhir in the north. After coffee, it will be a further 60 kilometers until lunch at an auberge or Moroccan inn close to the desert village of Mcissi. You will refuel in Mcissi then it will be off again through the Moroccan desert on some fast and sinuous trails. Crossing the River Gheris usually with some water in it you then carry on until you reach your local auberge located at the foot of the Cathedral dunes at Erg Chebbi.

Catch a cool beer and relax by the pool as the sun descends, then a pleasant meal awaits the group in the evening. Go to bed anticipating riding in the dunes and the ascent of the Cathedral dunes the following morning.

Day 4: Erfoud to Erg Chebbi - approximately 200 kilometers

After breakfast, you will get on your bikes and go straight out into the famous Red Dunes of Erg Chebbi and attempt to reach the top of the highest "cathedral dune.”

You will spend time way out in the dunes and sand before returning to your auberge for lunch and some cool refreshment before setting off for your next destination 100 kilometers away. Starting with hard-packed winding tracks leading to a large and dry sandy riverbed crossing.

Then, it will be onto very pleasant and fast-winding sandy trails. Loads of acacia trees and for those who know East Africa, you could imagine giraffes and elephants. The night’s accommodation is in your pleasant Berber Bivouac with hot showers. It is situated close to a large area of middle-sized dunes.

In the late afternoon or early evening, once the sand has cooled down and weather permitting, those wanting more biking can go and play in the dunes or alternatively walk to the top and toast the sunset with a beer.

After supper, you will sit around a wonderful campfire with local “tam-tams” or drummers and gaze at the millions of stars in the unpolluted sky.

Day 5: Erg Chebbi to N'Kob - approximately 220 kilometers / 137 miles

Breakfast and another chance to play in the dunes before you head out across the desert towards Remlia where you refuel the bikes from the village shop using old wine bottles (no health and safety considerations here). The 28 kilometers from Remlia to the small hamlet of M'harech where you stop for lunch is 'fesh fesh' (a very soft powder not unlike cement dust). This section can be quite a challenge.

From here, you turn North across a very flat plateau on super-fast twisting tracks that wind around all the flat-topped hills and Acacia trees that dominate this area (those of you wanting to attempt some of the numerous sand dunes that are formed by the wind piling up the sand against these rocky formations are welcome).

Don't get any air though; it’s not sand waiting on the other side but big, gnarly rocks. In the town of Tazzarine, you refuel and have a drink before setting out on your last 50 kilometers of the day that brings you out at a viewpoint just above the village of N'Kob before you carry on to your 3-star hotel which is a renovated Kasbah.

Day 6: N'Kob - approximately 205 kilometers

Have breakfast, refuel, and you are off again. 8 kilometers of deeply rutted sandy riverbed will warm you up for the days ride up and over the Jbel Saghro mountain range for the second time on this tour, but a different route. Very beautiful, rocky tracks with truly amazing views south over 'Monument' valley and north towards the Atlas Mountains before bringing you to Skoura where you have lunch at a small Moroccan restaurant.

The last 105 kilometers of the track into Ouarzazate takes you into the foothills of the Atlas before turning south down a black sandy riverbed and into the garage where Hussein (the mechanic) will check over your bike for damages.

Day 7: Transfer back to Ouarzazate airport

Have breakfast together on this last morning and then transfer to wherever you are flying from. Look forward to seeing you with Moto Aventures again.

Skill level(s) required for this tour:

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

Guides

John Griffiths "Johnnymaroc"

Location

This motorcycle tour will take place in various locations in Morocco. You will visit Dades Gorge, Erfoud, Erg Chebbi, Merzouga, N'Kob, Ouarzazate, and many more.

Food

Half-board meals, picnic or cafe lunches, and drinking water during the day's biking are included.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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

Things to do (optional)

You can bike or walk up to the top of the mid-sized dunes in Ouzina.

What's included

  • Bike rental: KTM 450 EXC
  • Third-party insurance, all fuel, and GPS (GPS is installed on each bike with each days route installed)
  • The equipment: body, knee, and elbow protections
  • Pick-up and transfer to/from Ouarzazate Airport to the local hotel
  • 6 nights accommodation in twin-share with half board
  • Picnic or cafe lunches
  • Drinking water during the day's biking (carried in the 4x4)
  • Support vehicle with driver and mechanic, equipped with fridge, compressor, large first aid box, medical equipment, satellite phone, and GPS

What's not included

  • Riding gear
  • 700 EUR returnable deposit against the bike and/or GPS damage

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Ouarzazate Airport (OZZ). Pick-up and transfer to/from this airport to the local hotel are included. Return transfers from Marrakech can be arranged for you. Moto Aventures tries to join bikers up to reduce costs.

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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Availability

Start: Sunday March 7, 2021
End: Saturday March 13, 2021

Pricing information

Moto Aventures will need a 700 EUR returnable deposit against bike and/or GPS damage. It is paid in cash. The amount will be returned at the end of the tour, when the bikes are checked.

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