|Duration:||9 days with 7 days motorbike touring|
50% gravel, dirt tracks, sand, 50% tarmac
Off-road motorbike tours in Morocco
Off-road experience is strictly necessary
|Highlights:||Imperial city of Marrakech, the Tizi n’Test and the Tizi n’Tichka passes of the Atlas, the UNESCO site of Ait Benhaddou, Ouarzazate – the door of the desert, the Draa valley, M’hamid and the sand dunes of the Sahara, great pistes and tracks of Southern Morocco, the blue rocks of Tafraoute|
The ultimate test of your off-road skills, this adventure goes where few fear to tread
During this 9-day motorbike adventure tour we will cross the Atlas twice through the two most famous passes and discover some of the least frequented pistes of Southern Morocco. Our tour will start and end in the Imperial City of Marrakesh. During the tour we will ride the Tizi n’Test and Tichka passes through the Atlas, spend a night in a special camp in the desert and ride the less frequented dirt roads of the South. You will have the opportunity to see the different sides of Morocco, from the greenery of the mountains and the multicoloured face of the desert, while exploring Marrakech and Ouarzazate, the home of many famous movie scenes. We will ride fast-paces roads filled with switchbacks and flowing corners and we will take the bikes through some rocky off-road sections where speed will be replaced by technicality. This trip is recommended to experienced riders and adventurers who wish to participate in a unique tour.
Day 1 : Arrival
Arrival to Marrakesh. Transfer to your SPA hotel, where you will be able to settle in and relax by the pool before the start of the trip the next morning. You will meet your tour guide and go through the briefing session as well as the formalities required before the start and you will receive your welcome pack.
Day 2: Marrakech – Ait Benhaddou (approx. 200 km)
We’ll pick up the bikes at the workshop and head out of the city to conquer the High Atlas. The first riding day will give you a good taste of the stunning gravel tracks and amazing landscapes this land has to offer. After a first tarmac section we head off-road high into the mountains on narrow tracks and tight gravel switchbacks, before returning to tarmac and climbing the Tichka pass at 2260m. We then take the smaller road through the Ounila valley to ride through remote villages and breathtaking scenery. We will head to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ait Benhaddou and you will have the opportunity to explore this unique Kasbah before heading to the hotel.
Day 3: Ouarzazate – M’Hamid (approx. 270 km)
This day starts with a mix of fast gravel tracks and tricky crossings through the stony riverbeds to get to Ouarzazate. After a quick coffee break, we’ll tackle great tarmac roads, cross the Anti Atlas and then ride through the Draa valley heading south. After a lunch in Zagora and a last fuel stop in Tagounite, we head off-road for the firs encounter with sand. Our last section gets us through gravel tracks and sandy sections before hitting the small dunes we need to cross to get to our desert camp for a good rest under the beautiful desert sky.
Day 4: M’Hamid – Foum Zguid (approx. 150 km)
The challenges begin. We will experience a day of riding the remote pistes of the Sahara. The tracks are a mix of sand, gravel tracks, rocky sections and more sand. Off-road experience is a must to handle the heavy bikes on this terrain. Although the distance seems small, it is challenging riding and a tiring day for most. You will enjoy the remoteness of the desert and will be amazed by the varied terrain it offers. We’ll sleep in a beautiful hotel so you can enjoy great food, a nice pool and a good night rest.
Day 5: Foum Zguid – Tafraoute (approx. 300 km)
We are back on tarmac for most of the day, starting with long stretches of desert riding, passing multiple oases and canyons on the way. After a fuel and coffee stop in Tata, we’ll head to the Anti-Atlas and ride towards the gold mines of Akka on flowing, twisting dirt roads. Beware, these tracks are slippery when wet. We then tackle multiple passes on smaller, remote roads and head to the breathtaking Ait Mansour oasis, riding between the palm trees on narrow, twisty roads, beneath the huge overhanging cliffs. After our lunch break, we climb out last pass and descend to the valley to visit the painted rocks of Tafraoute, before heading to our sublime hotel. Great food and comfy beds will ensure a good night sleep.
Day 6: Tafraoute – Agadir (approx. 200 km)
This riding day will take us to our wonderful accommodation near the surfing spots of Morocco. Depending on the option chosen by the group, we either ride the more remote, twisty roads of the Anti-Atlas before descending towards Agadir, or we head west towards the coast for more sand riding.
Either way, we will cross the crazy traffic of Agadir, to ride our final stretch to the hotel on the stunning coastal road along the Atlantic. We’ll relax at a wonderful surf / yoga resort at the beach.
Day 7 : Agadir – Taroudant (approx. 200 km)
We usually start the day with a ride on the beach – something you can seldom experience elsewhere. Once the fun is over, we’ll ride the remote, narrow – and sometimes broken – roads of the Atlas towards Taroudant. After a short coffee break, we head off-road and will tackle the rocky, challenging tracks winding up and down the valleys. A mix of loose gravel, rocks, off-camber slippery slate will ensure you stay concentrated throughout.
Once back on the tarmac, we’ll stop for lunch and then head to our hotel within the old walls of the city. Before dinner, we’ll have the option to wander around this busy, culturally rich town.
Day 8: Taroudant – Marrakech (approx. 250 km)
We kept some fun for the last day. We’ll leave Taroudant behind, and will climb the Tizi n’Test for a great ride and amazing views for a coffee at the top of the pass. This road is a mix of great tarmac and some challenging bits, being rated as one of the most dangerous roads in the world.
We’ll then descend towards Marrakech but will make a detour after lunch, to conclude this great trip with some afternoon fun in the Agafay desert. Loose gravel, riverbeds, steep climbs and descents and some narrow single trails will be on the menu in the afternoon.
We then head back to the city, refuel the bikes and take them back to the workshop before you are transported back to the hotel for a quick shower and some rest.
The day is not over, as our farewell dinner is scheduled for that evening in a stunning location in town.
Day 9: Departure
Depending on your flight time, you might take the opportunity to relax at the hotel or decide to take surfing lessons. Those of you who opted to extend their holidays will remain to enjoy the weather and the many activities on offer, while those leaving will be transferred to the airport through their pre-arranged pick-up.
This is one of our most challenging and unique Morocco off road motorcycle tours. If you’re dying for a real moto adventure, look no further. Off-road experience is required!