North African Adventures
Morocco has so much to offer that it's difficult to appreciate in a single trip so we now offer THREE different tours of the kingdom.
More than any other North African country, Morocco offers a rich diversity of landscapes and culture. The north of the country is Mediterranean in feel with rolling green hills and vast fertile plains. The mighty Atlas mountains provide a natural barrier from the arid south. However, even in the desert, the scenery varies, with rocky plains, salt flats and, of course, the vast sand dunes of the Sahara.
Our Morocco tours offer the opportunity for fantastic off-road driving with miles and miles of tracks through spectacular landscapes. In the Sahara there are endless horizons with tracks crossing empty plains and rocky pistes over the corrugated hamada, You will be able to practice your sand driving skills and recovery techniques in the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi.
For both tours we meet in southern Spain, catching the ferry from Algeciras. As the ferry passes Gibraltar, North Africa comes into view and the feeling of adventure really begins.
Our Classic Tour will interest first time visitors to this magnificent country and showcases the diverse attractions such as the Atlas Mountains, Dades Gorge, the bustle of the ancient medina in Fes and of course the boundless Sahara.
Our Grand Tour is aimed at returning visitors and to those who want to get further off the beaten track, spending more time in remote areas of the desert.
Morocco Classic Tour
Our first stop at Fes offers you the opportunity to sample Moroccan life at first hand. We take you on a guided tour of the old medina to stroll through the bustling souks, sampling exotic produce or haggling over finely crafted silverware or textiles. The famous tanneries and the ceramics workshops are a highlight of the visit.
From Fes we make our way southwest through the mighty Cedar Forests towards the Middle and High Atlas Mountains and the opportunity to drive some of the best mountain tracks you are likely to experience. We then head south towards Dades Gorge with its 300 foot red sandstone cliffs soaring upwards from a narrow base.
From here it's south across the Jebel Sahro mountain range on one of the finest and most remote high altitude routes in North Africa to Zagora. Here we'll be restocking with food, water and fuel and preparing our vehicles for our desert adventure. Every type of desert driving will be experienced as we make our way, from soft sand and impressive dunes to stony black hamada and flat expanses of emptiness. Along the way we will encounter tiny desert villages and experience the genuine southern Moroccan hospitality. Wild camping along the way under the desert skies will allow you to absorb the silence and magic of the Sahara.
Our route through the desert ends at the mighty dunes of Erg Chebbi and a well-earned two night stay at a desert auberge. Half-board accommodation is included with the opportunity for more delicious Moroccan cuisine. After time to relax in the dunes, our route north will take in more of the Atlas Mountains and we will spend time enjoying some more of the countryside as we finally head back to Europe.
Morocco New Grand Tour
Our Grand Tour explores some of the lesser visited regions of Morocco, away from the tourist trail. We begin our tour with a journey across the northern countryside, passing the imperial city of Meknes to the Middle Atlas mountains. We'll be camping in the mighty Cedar Forest in the company of the native barbary macaques.
From here we head away from the tourist areas and deep into the High Atlas mountain range. we'll be tackling 10,000 feet high passes. Sparsely populated but ruggedly beautiful, this seldom visited region boasts endless and breath-taking vistas.
Travelling further south, we cross another mountain range, the stark Jebel Sahro with its black basalt peaks and remote valleys. Continuing south, we arrive in Zagora where we'll restock with food, fuel & water for the desert and fettle our vehicles.
From Zagora it's south to the desert through the Mhamid dunefield and then a rocky piste to the Chegaga dunes and a continuation of the Paris-Dakar piste across Lake Iriki towards Tata. If the lake is dry we'll be picking up the pace and be able to spread out. However, rain and flash floods can soon turn the piste to treacherous quicksand so we'll be keeping an eye on the weather.
After a couple of nights wild camping under Saharan skies, we turn north to explore the Anti Atlas mountains for a couple of days with its lush gorges and dramatic canyons.
Then it's back to the desert to continue west to the coast. We'll be travelling for another couple of days on a very seldom used piste, wild camping at a remote oasis. On reaching the Atlantic Ocean, we'll complete our southern sojurn with a long beach drive at Plage Blanche.
Finally, we turn north and overnight in Marrakech before heading north to catch our ferry back to Europe.
Morocco New Sandy Special
Let's face it, when most folks think of Morocco or the Sahara desert, they're thinking of sand. Whilst Morocco may not have the endless sand seas of Algeria or Libya, there's still plenty of opportunities to hit the soft stuff.
Our tour begins with a dash down from TangerMed port to our first overnight stop in Marrakech. From here, it's up and over the High Atlas mountains and south all the way to the little town of Foum Zguid on the fringes of the desert.
Now it's time for the desert! From FZ, we'll take a piste due south to intersect the Paris-Dakar piste which runs parallel with the Algerian border. We're on the hunt for dunes so we'll turn east to follow the border piste to a wild camping spot among the dunes near Lake Iriki. We'll spend a couple of days here honing our sand-driving skills and recovery techniques as we circumnavigate the mighty dunes of Erg Chegaga.
We'll bug out at the Mhamid dune field and nip up to Zagora for a bit of fettling with Dr Aziz at Garage Iriki. A restock and fuel fill will set us up for our next stretch of the rally piste to continue heading east. We'll be crossing dry lake beds, rocky hamada and the treacherous feche-feche, super soft, flour-like sand.
More wild camping and then the huge dunes at Erg Chebbi await. We'll also be picking out some more remote sandy pistes along the border.After more fun in the sand, we'll spend a couple of nights relaxing at a desert auberge at the foot of the dunes.
At some point we need to head back north, but we'll be avoiding the main roads where we can, travelling across country to pick out gorges and mountain passes with a final wild camp in the Cedar Forest before heading north for our ferry back to Europe.